We Beer Batter Anything!
There is a restaurant in Boston that literally will beer batter and deep fry anything that a customer requests. Customers are welcome to bring in their own food items and the fry cooks will do the rest. Items like leftover pizza and cookies are popular customer sourced food. Leftover birthday cake and wedding cake is popular too.
The problem with this beer batter restaurant concept is that it does not conform to modern health code standards. In many states, all restaurant food purchases have to be made with registered sources. This reduces food borne illness outbreaks and it makes investigating a food borne illness outbreak much easier to do.
There really is no telling how a customer handles food or whether a customer's food is contaminated with chemical, physical or biological health threats. Once the customer food item is in a kitchen, the risk of contaminating other customer's food is greatly increased. From a business liability standpoint, allowing customers to bring their own food in to be beer batter fried is taboo.
A restaurant chef can make or purchase the items that customers commonly request for beer batter frying. This is the only way to satisfy modern health codes. If a restaurant purchases a wedding cake or birthday cake from a registered resource, then the leftover cake can be used to make some nifty beer batter fried snacks.
Home cooks can beer batter just about anything that they want. Some home cooks are more adventurous than others. Beer Batter Wedding Cake or any kind of cake actually is not a bad idea. A ginger flavored beer batter works best for cake of any kind. The beer batter does not have to be sweet, because the cake is sugary enough.
Cheap manufactured lard or butter cream icing will melt in deep fryer temperatures, so do not expect this kind of icing to remain intact. A few other kinds of icing will survive deep frying with a beer batter coating.
The appeal of beer batter cake is not hard to imagine. The beer batter adds a crisp crunchy crust and the cake heats up, so it is like the cake just came out of the oven. A leftover piece of chocolate cake will become aromatic and very rich tasting when beer batter fried.
This recipe yields enough beer batter for 2 portions of cake.
Step 1: Place 2 cups of pilsner beer in a mixing bowl. (Leftover flat beer actually is best for this recipe.)
Add 1 teaspoon of ginger powder.
Add 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric.
Add 2 pinches of sea salt and white pepper.
Step 2: Add just enough flour while whisking to make a medium thin batter. (Less than 2 cups)
*The batter should be the same thickness as pancake batter.
Chill the beer batter for 20 minutes, so the flavors meld.
Beer Batter Chocolate Wedding Cake:
This recipe yields 1 portion.
Any kind of leftover chocolate cake can be used. A cheap chocolate cake from a grocery store is not a bad choice.
Step 1: Cut a rectangle shaped piece of leftover chocolate wedding cake that measures 4"x5"x2".
Chill the cake to 41ºF in a refrigerator, so it becomes firm.
Step 2: Heat 6" of vegetable frying oil to 360ºF in a high sided pot.
Step 3: Dip the chilled piece of cake in the ginger beer batter. Make sure the cake is completely coated.
Step 4: Carefully place the beer batter coated cake in the hot oil. (The cake will float.)
Fry the cake till the beer batter coating is crispy golden brown.
*If necessary, use a fryer net to flip the cake over, so both sides cook evenly.
Step 6: Use a fryer net to place the fried beer batter cake on a wire screen roasting rack over a drip pan to remove any excess oil.
Pre-made syrup products and whipped cream are fine for this ultimate junk food item!
Paint a plate with streaks of your favorite chocolate syrup or raspberry sauce.
Place a dollop of whipped cream on the plate.
Place the Beer batter Chocolate Wedding Cake on the garnished plate.
Serve while the cake is still hot!
Viola! The ultimate beer batter street food!