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Note: We use frosting for some cakes but it’s drizzled or dipped. None of these cakes needs to be frosted.
Cakes Topped With Crunchy Toppings
What is Almond Crunch?
It’s a simple, almond topping that you put on your cake or cupcakes before it’s baked. It’s quick and simple and when your cake comes out of the oven, it’s ready to serve.
You simply stir almonds, an egg white, and sugar together and spoon it over the batter.
Here is a recipe to make enough almond crunch for a 9×13-inch sheet cake:
- 1-1/4 cups of sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg white.
Mix the sugar and egg white together until the sugar is mostly dissolved. Fold in the sliced almonds. Spoon the mixture over the batter and bake per the cake directions.
Almond Peach Crunch Cake with Caramel Sauce
This is a Vanilla Bean Cake. Diced peaches were folded into the batter. (The Vanilla Bean Cake is a cream cake with enough substance to hold up most inclusions. In lighter fluffier cake mixes, the inclusions sink to the bottom.)
It is drizzled with a caramel buttermilk syrup.
Cakes Topped with Syrups and Sauces
Lemon Pound Cake
To swirl the batter, put a third of the pan and then layer of lemon pastry filling. The pastry filling is more intense than pie filling, so it won’t take a lot. Add another third of the batter and then a layer of lemon filling.
Holding a spatula vertical, cut through the cake batter four or five times. The objective is to make ribbons of filling in the cake.
Cakes and Cupcakes Dipped or Drizzled
A quick and easy way to finish a cake or cupcakes is to heat a frosting and then dip the cupcakes into the frosting or drizzle it over the cake. The frosting will set as it cools.
Our Ding-Dong Cupcakes are so good, we had to morph them into a cake.
This cake is easy—it just doesn’t look like it. And it’s fabulous. It’s made with a Fudgy Baby Cake mix. The filling is made with vanilla whipped cream frosting (made with whipped cream with meringue powder added as a stabilizer).
A tub of fudge frosting was heated in the microwave to a thick but pourable consistency and then drizzled over the cake.
Saint Paul Turtle Cake
We copied this from a cake we found in a famous restaurant in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and written about in a regional magazine.
See the recipe for the Saint Paul Turtle Cake.
These are strawberry “twinkles” baked in a twinkle pan.
They are made with Vanilla Bean Cake Mix filled with a strawberry whipped cream stabilized with meringue powder. The whipped cream is inserted from the bottom with a pastry bag (the cakes are inverted from the pan).
Strawberry Pastry Filling was added to both the batter and the frosting.