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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:
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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:
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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:

Grappa:

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

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Limoncello (with lemon curd, whipped cream and zest)

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Comments (7)

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

teaberry:

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

Sandra:

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!

Marcia:

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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