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Smoked Bourbon Chocolate Cherry Mini Cakes
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Smoked Bourbon Chocolate Cherry Mini Cakes

Smoked Bourbon Chocolate Cherry Mini Cakes

Gold Medal™ Devil's Food Cake Mix is smoked while it's dry, then baked up as little cupcakes with dried cherries, and served with bourbon cherry sauce and almond cream. MORE + LESS -

Servings: 198 servings
Smoked Cake Mix Mini Cakes
INGREDIENT
WEIGHT
MEASURE
Wood chips, cherry or walnut
1 lb
6 1/2 cups
Water, cool approx. 72°F
3 lb 8.00 oz
7 cups
Dried cherries
1 lb 4.00 oz
3 1/2 cups
Cherry Bourbon Sauce
INGREDIENT
WEIGHT
MEASURE
Cherry juice
8 oz
1 cup
Bourbon
8 oz
1 cup
Dried cherries
5 oz
1 cup
Honey
11.50 oz
1 cup
Almond Cream Topping
INGREDIENT
WEIGHT
MEASURE
Heavy whipping cream
14 oz
1 3/4 cups
Powdered sugar
3 oz
3/4 cup
Almond extract
2 tsp
Marcona almonds, smoked, finely chopped
6 oz
1 1/2 cups
Wood Chips
  1. Place wood chips in large bowl; fully covered with water and let soak for 1 hour.
  2. Drain water off of soaked chips.
  3. Place soaked chips in an even layer on a full-sheet pan; on lowest rack of oven.
  4. If using convection oven, turn fan speed to low or off. Bake chips for time stated or until wood chips become aromatic.
BAKE:
TEMP
TIME
Convection Oven*
275°F
20-30 minutes
Standard Oven
300°F
25-35 minutes
*Rotate pans baked in convection oven one-half turn (180°) after 10 minutes of baking.
Smoked Cake Mix
  1. Empty cake mix into 12x20x2-inch full steam-table pan and spread evenly.
  2. Place steam-table pan of mix on center rack of oven (chips will stay in oven for duration of the smoking process). (Place pan of wood chips next to pan of cake mix; if using reel oven).
  3. Smoke cake mix for 30 minutes; remove from oven and cover with foil. Discard wood chips.
  4. Allow cake mix to cool completely before using to make batter.
Batter
  1. Pour 1/2 of total amount of water into bowl of mixer fitted with paddle attachment.
  2. Add fully cooled, smoked mix; mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  3. Add remaining water while mixing on low speed for 1 minute. Stop mixer; scrape bowl and paddle Mix on low speed for 2 minutes.
  4. Fold dried cherries into batter. Deposit batter using a #40 scoop into greased mini-muffin pans.
  5. Cool cupcakes 5 minutes in pan and then remove.
  6. Place right side up onto a cooling rack, set on top of a sheet pan. Note: Cakes should be topped with sauce while still warm, so start preparing sauce while cakes are in oven.
BAKE:
TEMP
TIME
Convection Oven*
300°F
10-13 minutes
Standard Oven
350°F
14-17 minutes
*Rotate pans baked in convection oven one-half turn (180°) after 5 minutes of baking.
Cherry Bourbon Sauce
  1. Place cherry juice and bourbon in a sauce pan and bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add cherries; boil for 10 minutes, maintaining boil, until liquid reduces by approx. half.
  3. Remove sauce from heat; add honey and stir until combined.
  4. Add carefully, hot cherry bourbon sauce (including the cherries), to the bowl of a food processor; pulse for 10-15 seconds, or until all ingredients are thoroughly combined (sauce will not be completely smooth).
  5. Add approx. 1 tsp sauce on top of each, still warm, mini cake.
Almond Cream Topping
  1. Add cream to bowl of a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment.
  2. Whisk on medium-high speed until stiff peaks are formed.
  3. Add powdered sugar and almond extract; whisk until fully combined.
  4. Add almonds to whipped, sweetened cream; fold in until incorporated.
  5. Top each mini-cake with approx. 1 tsp of almond cream topping, immediately before service.
 
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Nutrition Information

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Serving Size:
1 serving
Calories
80
Calories from Fat
25
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3g
4%
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
7%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
90mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate
13g
4%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
5g
Protein
1g
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
2%
2%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Nutrition values are calculated using the weights of ingredients.

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