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Grappa Soaked Sponge Cakes (and other flavors)

When I put Dolce Italiano on my Christmas list (because I had already read it cover to cover in Barnes & Noble), I also was wise enough to put the mini bundt cake pan from Williams-Sonoma on my list too. Brad LOVES grappa, so I figured he'd want me to make these enough to pop for the pan as a "stocking stuffer". My plan worked!

I decided to try out three different flavors:

See that pretty bottle of grappa? I once HAND CARRIED two of those suckers home from Italy. One was a gift for my cousin, Gary. The other, I figured would make a lovely centerpiece when empty with a single stem Casablanca lily in it.

The cork was stuck. I tried a corkscrew (too fat). I tried an ice pick (no luck). I tried a skewer, and ended up with half a cork and the skewer attached in the bottle!

I made three syrups:

I added a vanilla bean to the grappa, and lemon zest to the limoncello.

My batter grew to a huge amount. I divided it equally into three bowls. I added grappa to one, Amaretto to the second, and limoncello and zest to the third before folding one-third of the egg whites to each. I ended up with 22 mini cakes! All three cakes were delicious, but the lemon was voted #1, with the Amaretto a close second place. Next time I may try Frangelico.

Here they are:



Amaretto (with ice cream, another splash of Amaretto and toasted almonds)


Limoncello (with lemon curd, whipped cream and zest)


Comments (7)

Palma, you have outdone yourself! They all look fabulous. Thanks again for choosing this recipe.


They look beautiful Palma. I was thinking of using Frangelico too - I think that would work very well.


Wow, Palma, they all really do look fantastic. Since I'm mad for anything lemon-y, I think I have to try your limoncello twist on the sponge cake recipe.

Looks beautiful. And I love how you had the whole plan worked out for Christmas!!

I'm sure you had to twist everyone's arms to try all three. They all look so wonderful! I probably would go for the lemon ones also.

I would happily be a taste tester for ya honey!


See, I can blog AND read AND bake, well, at least this week I can try. I think I will try using lemoncello next time - good idea.

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