I would like a recipe for chocolate swirl cake with a creme de cacao frosting. Thank you.
Mary Jane Peabody, St. Petersburg
Kristen Richards of Sarasota shares a recipe she found online for a marble cake with a creme de cacao frosting. This cake is the best of both chocolate and vanilla worlds. If you've never made a marble or swirl cake before, it's very easy. It fun to swirl the batters together. Just don't overdo it, or there won't be a distinction between the vanilla and chocolate. The frosting is one of the lightest I've ever tried, like eating a cloud. Don't skimp on the mixing time, which results in the fluffiness. The creme de cacao adds a subtle flavor. Another ½ teaspoon could be added but not much more because, while the alcohol burns off a bit while melting the chocolate, too much liqueur could be overpowering. For the bittersweet chocolate, I used Ghirardelli, which melts beautifully. One key to melting chocolate: Always stir with a nonporous utensil such as a wire whisk. Moisture can remain in a wooden spoon, especially if there are cracks in it, and seize your chocolate, which cannot be fixed. You will have to start over. Also, if you're using the stove top to melt your chocolate, remember that low heat is your friend. Do not rush the process; overheated chocolate will become thick and lumpy. To line your cake pans with parchment, place your pan on the parchment and draw a circle around it with a pencil. Cut out the circle and place it, pencil side down, in the pan.
Barbara Harrison, who is visiting from Colorado, recently had the gazpacho at the Crab & Fin restaurant in Sarasota. She would love the recipe. Deborah Nelle of St. Petersburg has fond memories of the Gondola restaurant and the antipasto salad. She says the salad was loaded with salami and cheese and had a delicious dressing. Stacey Whalen of Brooksville would like the recipe for a cookie with a caramel center, almost like cookie dough wrapped around a caramel. It was either a sugar cookie or snickerdoodle.
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