The word “cake” on paper is a simple, one-syllable word, yet its meaning could not be farther from the opposite. Year after year, cakes have continuously topped the charts as a longstanding dessert staple for various occasions. Just as the universe is evolving, so is the cake trend in addition to the ever-changing wants and needs of patrons. Bygone is the era of simple cakes and in its place are elaborate cakes, cake pops and most important to note, the new emerging trend of gelato cakes, which can also be created with frozen yogurt. Holiday gatherings always have a plethora of cakes in store for guests, but this holiday season, the trend worth trying is the decorative and flavourful gelato cake.
A simple, yet unique twist on a classic, gelato cakes combine two of the most treasured dessert staples – ice cream and cake. Gelato cakes are an easily customized dessert concept due to their ability to use any gelato flavour within it to create the cake. Holiday flavours are one of the biggest perks of gelato shops during holiday months, so play up the seasonal favourites in your cakes such as maple walnut, gingerbread or torrone gelato. Tasting multiple flavours in one bite is enticing to guests, so wow your patrons with a chocolate mint gelato cake or a mascarpone honey gelato cake, complete with several layers. Gelato cakes are easily created using any holiday flavour, or create your own unique flavour combination and be the first shop in your town to offer it!
Gelato cakes are perfect for the holidays because they are easily decorated for any season and they serve multiple people for large gatherings with family and friends. Combined with holiday colours, garnishes and seasonal flavours, these cakes will take no time grabbing the attention of partygoers. Follow the tips below from PreGel’s Professional Training Centre to ensure your gelato cakes are a hit for your patrons’ holiday parties!
Gelato Cakes 101: Tips and Techniques
- When creating your gelato cake, it is very important to keep everything freezer cold including the cake ring, spatula and sheet pan you are building the cake on.
- If using sponge cake in your gelato cake, always soak it in flavoured syrup to reduce freezing. This will keep the cake moist and soft during serving and eating.
- When building your gelato cake, it is good to place the sheet pan on a wire rack to prevent surface contact with the table. This keeps your sheet pan colder for a longer period of time, giving you more time to build your cake.
- When decorating your finished gelato cake, remember less is more. Resist the urge to overdecorate; sometimes simpler is better.
- Box and plastic wrap your finished cakes for storage. This will keep out circulating freezer air and will extend the shelf-life and freshness of your gelato cake.
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