Q: A friend and I are hosting a Cake-Off party, a friendly cake-baking competition. We've got about ten people baking different cakes, and the decorations are all taken care of, but I'm completely unsure of what beverages to serve with such sweet fare! Personally I like to have cake with a glass of milk or coffee but this seems out of place for an afternoon backyard party with a bunch of adults who normally down craft beer at parties.
Any suggestions for a palate cleanser to break up all the cake sampling? Or any simple finger foods that might help?
Sent by Laura
Editor: Laura, what a fantastic party! We wish we could be there — it's a fabulous idea. As far as beverages go, I think that having a milk bar, with chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla milk in Mason jars (on ice) could actually be super-sweet and retro. (See Leela's recipe for strawberry milk here). You could also have soda on hand to make homemade egg creams (with a bit of booze, if you're so inclined).
You could also serve chilled dessert wines. Mary has a great post on pairing wines with cake:
And then, why not iced coffee as well? All of this seems fun and quite grown-up to me!
Readers, what do you think?
Related: Marvelous Valentine's Recipe: Strawberry Milk Cake (pictured above)
(Image: Leela Cyd Ross)