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Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday recipe: Vanilla birthday cake

I was asked to make a vanilla cake with chocolate frosting for a friend's birthday. The only problem is, she's on a diet. Now she wasn't specific in it being a healthy cake, and since it is her birthday, she might not care. However, as her friend, what kind of a friend would I be if I didn't at least try to help her stay on her diet?

Let me tell you, diet vanilla cake-not easy to find! A quick search produced many chocolate recipes, and while I'm all about chocolate in its many delicious forms, she was very specific. So what in my wandering searches did appear? A healthy baby food site.

Vanilla Cake adapted from a recipe for diabetic cooking

1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
1/2 cup pastry flour
1/4 cup sugar (thought about substituting apple sauce, but used unrefined sugar instead)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg whites

Instructions:Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray an 8" X 8" baking pan with low-fat spray. Sift the dry ingredients and set aside.

Whisk together wet ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add the dry to the wet and mix until most of the lumps are gone. Pour mix into the pan and bake at 350ºF for 30-35 minutes or until knife or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

You may add all ingredients together if using a stand mixer - just be sure to mix up the dry for about 30 seconds to ensure the soda and powder are spread out.

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