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Can I Use Grand Mariner In The No-Bake Advocaat And Ginger Cake?

Asked by Majia16. Answered on 30th January 2024

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Watching Nigella make the No-Bake Advocaat And Ginger Cake was a Boxing Day highlight. I wonder if using something like Grand Marnier might work as an alternative to Advocaat?

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No-Bake Advocaat and Ginger Cake
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Nigella's No-Bake Advocaat And Ginger Cake is an easy to make layered dessert. The layers of cake are store-bought sticky ginger cake (or you can make your own) and these are sandwiched with a creamy concotion of mascarpone, cream, crystallized or preserved ginger and advocaat.

Advocaat is liqueur made from eggs, sugar and brandy and gives the mascarpone cream a richness and depth. Grand Marnier is a cognac (brandy)-based liqueur flavoured with orange and althrough orange pairs well with ginger, the cream will lack the eggy richness of the one made with advocaat. If you don't have advocaat then we would suggest using a combination of custard/crème anglaise and some rum or brandy. Nigella suggests for an alcohol-free version that the advocaat is replaced with 300ml (1¼ cups) of custard but if you can add alcohol then we would suggest using 250ml (1 cup) of custard and 50ml (¼ cup) of brandy or rum.

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