It’s time to celebrate yet another birthday at the office. I have volunteered to be the “cake baker” , but the birthday celebrant has to select his/her favorite cake. Sometimes I even ask them to provide me with their favorite recipe, and I will do my best to create a cake. This time the selection was a chocolate cake with lots of frosting.
In our family tradition, Christmas Holiday begins on Christmas Eve, when we prepare a 12 course meatless meal, followed by a variety of baked goods. Since I am not a big fan of Pumpkin Pie, I bake a Pumpkin Roll instead. It might look like a challenging task, but it actually is quite simple to prepare, and it looks nice, tastes great, and does not require too much fuss. Much easier than making cookies….even though I love making these as well.
Dieting is not an easy task to keep up with, but worse yet, what do you do about celebrating a Birthday, and you need a special cake for the occasion. How about a cake for someone on Atkins Diet (high fat and extremely low carbs), which means no sugar and no flour……a couple of main ingredients you always use in making cakes!
Google.com to the rescue!! I found a real nice recipe for a Sugar Free Pecan Chocolate Cake, but I was quite skeptical about the outcome of this project….cake without flour or real sugar…only sugar substitutes….??? Would it taste like chocolate flavored cardboard??? Would it be very dense? Would it be very flat???
Everyone has their favorite cake for special occasions. One of my sons favorite cakes is a carrot cake, so I always make it for his birthday. This recipe offers cream cheese frosting, which I normally use, but also a cream cheese glaze, for those who are not so fond of frosting.
Ice cream cake is my husband’s favorite cake, especially for his birthday. Every year we would buy a Carvel’s Ice Cream cake, but this year I decided to make one (for a fraction of the cost of Carvel’s cakes). Making this cake was quite simple, since all the ingredients are ready made, and no baking is required. All I had to do is to assemble, freeze, and serve. The most laborious part of this project, was the unwrapping of the ice cream sandwiches.