May 8th, 2010

Discovery BBQ Sauce

Went to buy some BBQ marinade today (incase my homemade attempt went tits up) and noticed that, in the UK at least, Discovery BBQ marinade is marked as suitable for vegans, but contains honey. I wasn't *too* concerned, but I know a lot or you will be so I thought I'd alert y'all.

Marinade I amde was great though.

4 tbls agave
3 cloves roasted garlic
2 tbls soya sauce
2 star anise
2 tsp five spice
1 tbls sesame oil
1 tbls vegan Worcestershire sauce

It was delicious, didn't need back up in the end.

Obviously I'll post the full recipe if you want, but the post was mostly to alert you to the honey thing.

german chocolate cake?

All right, friends. I am making the cupcakes for a friend's wedding next weekend! She wants German chocolate cupcakes. I am super super excited because this is my first big-ish gig for my new baking business, plus I love this lady, etc. I already have a kick-ass German chocolate frosting recipe, so my question (as a person who's never been crazy about German chocolate cake) is thus:

What sort of a chocolate cake batter would you recommend? Specifically, is there something that traditionally distinguishes a German chocolate cake from a regular chocolate cake, aside from the icing? I've got a number of chocolate cake recipes up my sleeve, and any of them I'd be happy to use, but I pretty much want these to be the most fantastic German chocolate cupcakes anyone at this wedding has ever had. Or close, at least. So let me have it - what would you use to make a German chocolate cake?