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Old 02-13-2014, 12:02 PM   #1
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Savory frosting for faux cake

I'm making what I'd like to look kinda like a cake but is really cornbread. My plan is to make two skillet cornbreads and treat them like 8" cake rounds. I want to frost between the lawyers and around the cake. (Maybe I'll skip the candles.)

I've been looking for ways to make a "frosting" that would work for this and couldn't come up with anything that didn't cross over into dessert-land. The best i could think of was to make some ghee and then whip it up with a little honey. Not sure if this would work.

I tried to find an ingredient that would substitute for the powdered sugar in buttercream frosting that would stabilize it at room temperature without the sweetness. I was thinking of xanthan gum but have never worked with that before and couldn't find a butter cream xanthan gum recipe on the web (it sounds so delicious!).

Anyone have any advice?

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Old 02-13-2014, 12:04 PM   #2
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What about a savory whipped cream cheese like a garden vegetable or garlic and herb.
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:04 PM   #3
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So you want to make a real frosting but not sweet? What flavors will be present aside from the cornbread? Is it a sweet cornbread?
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:13 PM   #4
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Mashed potatoes? Maybe mashed with cream cheese or sour cream, or Greek yogurt. Tint with beet juice or food coloring.
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:19 PM   #5
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The cornbread is a side (show) to a meal that is Hunger Game-themed, with a twist that "not everything is as it appears," which I thought was consistent with what we've seen of the Capitol. Guests are bringing various courses and my job as the host is the main course and side. I think the main course is going to be lamb and dried plum stew (one of Katniss's favorites). The cornbread is a side to go with the stew. I don't think a cream cheese or a mashed potatoes was what I was going for --- really more of a surprise that the cake isn't a cake. I was going to make the cornbread with buttermilk but otherwise wasn't going to add too much flavor to it.
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Old 02-13-2014, 01:41 PM   #6
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Maybe butter, honey and cornstarch?
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Would a thick carrot puree be any good? Make it thick by adding arrowroot or cornflour so that you can 'work' it. Slightly sweet but would compliment the lamb. Another idea would be celeriac puree thickened with cornflour. This would certainly go with the lamb.
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I want to frost between the lawyers and around the cake.
Thanks, Id like that. Make mine that German Chocolate Cake frosting!

Regarding your cake, maybe whipped Boursin cheese?
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:09 PM   #9
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Thanks, Id like that. Make mine that German Chocolate Cake frosting!

Regarding your cake, maybe whipped Boursin cheese?
ROFL!!!

I too, was thinking whipped cream cheese and half & half, maybe a smidge of cayenne pepper in it. The cayenne/paprika would make it pinkish.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:41 PM   #10
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Brian Boitano has a savory frosting for corn muffins shown on his Food Network site. Type in Bacon corn muffins in the search box.
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