Whip it Up Week 2 – Frozen Mojito Cake-FAILS


This week’s Whip it Up theme was something I was psyched for… Guilty Pleasures. (Oooooohhhhhhh!!!) I thought a lot about what I would make… clearly I wanted to make a dessert… how much more of a guilty pleasure can you get than dessert? But also…. I REALLY like alcohol. Hahaha. So, I THOUGHT I found the perfect recipe that had a combination of the two. Frozen Mojito Cake-tails by Rachael Ray. This is what the dessert was supposed to look like:

This is what I got:

Frozen Mojito Cake-FAILS
FAIL

The filling and the crust did not stay together, so when you pried the “cake” out of the muffin tin (with a wet knife like Rachael says!), it didn’t come out together. Boo-urns. It still tastes pretty good, just in separate pieces.

Frozen Mojito Cake-tails
Yields 12 servings
recipe from Rachael Ray Magazine

Ingredients
-2 sticks (8 ounces) butter
-3 cups salted pretzels, finely crushed
-Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
-Grated peel of 3 limes, plus 1/2 cup lime juice
-2 tablespoons white rum
-3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint, plus sprigs for garnish
-2 cups heavy cream

Directions
1. In a medium skillet, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Stir in the pretzels and 2 tablespoons sugar and cook until lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool slightly. Press about 2 tablespoons into the bottom of each cup of a 12-cup muffin pan. Freeze for 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl, until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in the remaining 1 1/4 cups sugar on low speed, then gradually mix in the lime peel, lime juice, rum and chopped mint.

3. In a separate bowl, beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Fold into the cream cheese mixture.

4. Divide the cream cheese mixture evenly among the muffin cups; smooth the tops. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 8 hours or overnight.

5. To serve, run a wet knife around each cake, then invert the pan onto a clean work surface. Set each cake upright and top with a mint sprig.

Questions!!
1. Was the recipe easy to follow?
Sort of. I made WAY too much of the pretzel crust mixture, because I misinterpreted the 3 cups of finely crushed pretzels as 3 cups of whole pretzels, then crushed, when afterwards I realized it should have been 3 cups of pretzels, finely crushed. Stupid Rachael Ray. This would explain why the crust probably didn’t stick, because there wasn’t enough butter for the amount of pretzels. I would also grate the lime peels wth a zester next time, because the peel bits were a little too big.

2. Did the dish taste good?
Yes. The batter itself definitely tasted like a mojito, and it went well with the salty/sweetness of the pretzel mixture. It is a very powerful taste though. If you don’t like mojitos, this probably isn’t for you.

3. Would you make it again?
Yes, only to see if I could make it correctly this time. 🙂

4. Leftover quotient?
Well because I made too much of the pretzel mixture, I also had more batter leftover, since there was too much pretzel in the muffin tins. So, I made a bunch more. But otherwise, if you were making this for a dessert for company or something, I don’t think you’d have leftovers.

5. Any additions/edits to the recipe?
Nope. Although next time I would also crush the pretzels more fine than I did.

6. Dave’s thoughts:
“We really need a lime zester and not a cheese grater to use on the limes. Sugar, butter and pretzels are one of the best combinations ever.” (Since we had leftover, we sampled some on it’s own.) “And the strong flavor demands that you eat it after a meal, and not first thing in the morning.” (We also sampled them first thing this morning, since we had to wait for them to freeze overnight.)

Technically I should have known that this recipe was not set up for success since we had such trouble finding fresh mint! I went to every supermarket in our town, and none of them had it. Luckily Dave is awesome and went looking for me the next day, and found some in a fruit stand nearby. Phew!

Comments

  1. Andhari says:

    Uh hello, mojito and a cake? Such an awesome recipe. Can a piece make you peachy?:p

  2. theycallmecurlysue says:

    Awh no! Well, it does sound good. Honestly, I did a recipe before the challenge started (because I'm retarded like that) and haven't done one since. ::sigh:: I seriously lack at following any sort of "challenge".

  3. Major A for effort!

  4. Shoshanah says:

    Sounds delicious! Too bad it different turn out the way you wanted it to

  5. nicoleantoinette says:

    OMG- your new blog layout is AMAZING.

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