Monday, April 23, 2012

Carrot Cake 2.0 --> Bouchons!


I've had a streak of bad luck with cakes as of late. As I've mentioned before, cake making is not my bag. Despite my lack of cake making mojo, I plug on. Sometimes I persevere and sometimes, not so much...

Lately, it's been more of the latter than former. For that reason, when I recently got a craving for my mother's carrot cake, I decided to go in a new direction. I broke out the popover pan I use to make Thomas Keller's chocolate bouchons and went to town.

Et voilà! I give you carrot cake bouchons!
The carrot cake batter rose like a charm and the bouchons were the perfect shape- just like the champagne cork they're named for. I topped them with piped cream cheese icing and candied carrot peel.

You'll find my mom's carrot cake and cream cheese icing recipes here. The recipe will make approximately 24 bouchons but I filled my popover pan cups to the very top of the brim to ensure that I got a nice rise and wound up with 22 bouchons.

10 comments:

  1. These look amazing! The candid carrot peel is fabulous!

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  2. The cutest bouchons I ever did see - and how cool is that candied carrot peel? Love it all.

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  3. What a great idea. They are adorable! I love carrot cake and haven't had it in the longest time.

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  4. You could start a whole new cupcake trend with these adorable Bouchons! I love that you garnished your tops with candied carrot peel as I do the same on my carrot cupcakes-Only I have never done a large curl like that and I LOVE that more.

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  5. I'm fascinated by the baking tins!

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  6. So cute this bouchons...I absolutely like the candied carrot peels.
    Great pictures as well Shelley :)
    Hope you are having a nice week!

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  7. Very cute carrot swirls... I have always wanted to have popover tarts but so far making due with muffin pan for popover.
    Are you now craving for cakes? :)

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  8. These are fantastic! There's a candied carrot peel decoration I've wanted to do on a cake for ages but have never gotten around to candy-ing the peels. I'm inspired again now.

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  9. Oh my goodness! It looks like I missed some very important news! CONGRATULATIONS! And isn't Ruby the cutest little name ever!! So excited for youuuu :D

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