I want to thank my latest customer, Albert, for purchasing a custom cocktail cake to celebrate his girlfriend's birthday and giving me the opportunity to craft my first wine-infused cake. He specifically requested moscato, or muscat wine, because it's her favorite, but gave me free reign to choose the cake type, filling, and frosting. I decided that a lightly spiced yellow cake would bring out the sweet, fragrant flavor of the moscato, and went from there. I must admit that it took me a couple of tries, testing the patience of my ever-faithful assistant (ehh, I wouldn't feel too bad for her. She enjoyed a glass or two to mellow out, whereas I, being imaginary and all, could not), until we were both happy with the end result. And happy we were!
Presenting, the Moscato Staccato Cake:
The wide range of flavors in this cake, from the lightly nutmegged, wine-infused yellow sponge layers and the wine-soaked strawberry filling to the dark chocolate ganache and chocolate-covered strawberry finish, are as distinct as staccato notes in a sheet of classical music. While distinct, they complement one another, creating a melody on the tongue. Wine, strawberries, and chocolate--now that's what I call dessert!
Happy birthday, Stephanie! I hope you enjoyed the cake!