The secret hack to mastering flavor and muted tones for a fall-inspired cake is easier than you think!
Fall is an especially favorite time here at LorAnn. During this time, days become shorter, temperatures begin to drop, and many bakers and confectioners find themselves in the kitchen for holiday baking and candy season.
When it comes to an autumn cake that perfectly defines the season it relies on picking the right flavors and colors. True autumn style is warm, rich, earthy and comforting, which should be embodied in your flavors’ and colors’ choices. Some of our favorite fall cake flavors from our bakery emulsion line includes Pumpkin Spice, Almond, Cinnamon Spice, and Caramel. For unconventional flavors that still works for fall try emulsion flavors in Coffee, Cookie Butter, or Maple! An autumn cake is not complete without the right color palette. An autumn color palette is full of warm colors like mustard yellow, eggplant purple, and orange-just like you would see with the season’s wonderful, ever-changing foliage.
The secret to making your colors muted toned is just a few drops of LorAnn’s Brown or Red Liquid Gel Food coloring! Gel colors are very saturated so start with 1-2 drops at a time to achieve your desired color. This will help avoid ending up with a darker shade than desired, and typically desired color can be achieved in 3-4 drops. With gel food colors it is so easy to create forest green, mustard yellow, dusty rose, or even mauve with mixing just 1-2 drops of Brown Gel Food Coloring. Capture pumpkin orange or even burnt orange with just a few drops of Red Gel Food Coloring. You can use gel colors in both large and small batches of frostings for your cakes. Colors are hard to duplicate, so keep size in mind and mix as much frosting as you need for your autumn cakes.
Find our liquid gel blending tips and guide to some of our favorite colors here!
Get Our Autumn Cake Recipe We Are Obsessed With This Season Below!
Flavored with LorAnn’s Maple Bakery Emulsion in both the cake and frosting, and decorated beautifully with muted fall tones using our gel colors, this stunning Autumn Cake brings on the warm and comforting fall flavors, and most notably, showcases the ever-changing foliage you look forward to seeing each season as the days go by.
450g all-purpose flour 18 g baking powder
300g brown sugar
340 g (1 1/2 cups ) salted butter, room temperature
360ml (1 and 1/2 cups) buttermilk, room temperature
5 large eggs, room temperature
80g full-fat sour cream, room temperature
3 teaspoons LorAnn Organic Madagascar Vanilla Extract
3 teaspoons LorAnn Maple Bakery Emulsion
For Swiss Meringue Buttercream:
2 ¾ sticks salted butter (softened and slightly melted in the microwave)
6 large egg whites, room temperature
1 ¼ cups (250g) granulated sugar
2 teaspoons LorAnn Organic Madagascar Vanilla Extract
2 teaspoons LorAnn Maple Bakery Emulsion
An assortment of gel food colors in Red, Orange, Yellow, Green and Brown
- Grease and line three, 8-inch round baking pans.
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- In a large mixing bowl, sift together dry flour, baking powder, and sugar ingredients.
- Using a paddle attachment, add the softened butter to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix on low speed until the mixture looks like coarse sand, approximately 3 minutes. The butter should no longer be clumpy.
- Mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl: eggs, milk, sour cream, vanilla, and maple emulsion.
- Add the wet and dry ingredients to the sandy flour mixture in three parts, mixing on medium speed until everything is combined.
- Scrape down the bowl to ensure everything is incorporated.
- Pour batter into your three, 6-inch greased cake tins.
- Bake cakes in the oven for approximately 30-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Carefully remove the cakes and set them on a wire rack to cool completely. Wrap in plastic wrap and place on the counter to cool.
For Swiss Meringue Buttercream:
- Wipe down the mixing bowl, whisk attachments, and all other equipment with white vinegar to ensure no fat residue on anything before starting.
- Add the egg whites and sugar to a stand mixer bowl set over a double boiler.
- Stir constantly until the egg whites reach 150°F-160°F.
- Remove from the heat and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Whip the egg white sugar mixture on high-speed using the whisk attachment until medium-stiff peaks form.
- Turn the mixer down to the lowest speed and slowly add the softened butter in chunks.
- Add vanilla and maple emulsion and whip on high speed for 8 minutes.
- Place the bowl back over your double boiler, about 30-60 seconds, until small puddles form at the bottom of the bowl. This is called tempering.
- Transition to the paddle attachment and beat for five more minutes on low speed until it is shiny and completely smooth.
- Divide frosting into five different bowls to mix your colors before piping you cake.