Challenging cake recipes
In at least one Philadelpha bakery, sweet potato cake has been quietly displacing the now ubiquitous Red Velvet Cake as the top seller.
The super moist cake made from “baked sweets” has even become a popular wedding cake choice among customers of the Brown Betty Dessert Boutique. It's also one of the four sweet potato-based recipes in “The Brown Betty Cookbook” (Wiley, $22.99), just published by the bakery's mother-daughter owners, Linda Hinton Brown and Norrinda Brown Hayat.
The cookbook features recipes developed mostly by Hinton Brown for the bakery named after her mother, Elizabeth “Betty” Hinton, an old-school homemaker who cooked Sunday dinner right after church, baked “mile-high” cakes, and entertained family and friends with ease.
Among Southerners, sweet potatoes are baked and blended into pies; grated and flavored with molasses, spices and citrus to make sweet potato pone, a custardy solid pudding; or “candied” with a buttery, caramelized sugar-cinnamon glaze, sometimes with apples or pineapples thrown in.
In the Brown Betty Cookbook, sweet potato recipes include the cake (recipe below); a rich pie made with butter, cream cheese and heavy cream; a tall sweet potato cheesecake finished with sour cream topping; and a baked sweet potato pudding - also with cream cheese - that could be a pie alternative, sparing the calories of a crust.
Brown Hyat initially questioned the idea of a sweet potato cake for the bakery. "In fact, I stood in silent opposition to its creation for fear we had too much sweet potato on the menu already, ” she writes in the book.
Laura NovakBrown Betty Dessert Boutique founders Norrinda Brown Hayat (left) and Linda Hinton Brown (right) with Elizabeth "Betty" Hinton (center), the grandmother and mother who inspired the eponymous bakery and cookbook.
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Book (Search Press)
Great British Bake-off is back- but now it's on BBC1 — Bristol Post
Those taking part (we have had local interest before - notably Bristol's Ryan Chong) are set two baking challenges, one known as the "signature" to test their all-round skills.