I have been giving more thought to being healthy lately–being physically active in a different way, using more essential oils and less chemicals, giving up some foods that are bad for me,. But unless my life depended on it, I don’t think I could give up birthday cake for one of my children.
So this May when Number Six asked for German Chocolate Cake, I was happy to oblige. But with all those “health” thoughts running around in my head, I immediately started to wonder if I could make a cake that was, in some way, actually GOOD for you. Well, I don’t know if you’d call Rosa’s birthday cake nutritious, but…it could have been worse. Here’s what I did and what I will do differently next time. (Of course there’ll be a next time!)
The big thing was that I switched out the white flour for freshly ground organic whole wheat pastry flour. Cup for cup. Just switched it out. The sugar I used was labeled “100% cane sugar” and it was tan-colored. I don’t know if it was the legit, no bone-char used kind or not. Next time I will look harder for that kind of sugar. And…that’s pretty much the only change in the cake itself. I could have used baking powder without aluminum, but I’m not quite convinced that the aluminum kind is bad for you–and it works better, in my opinion.
For the frosting, instead of the regular sweetened grocery store kind of coconut, I used organic unsweetened coconut, which came in larger pieces than the little bitty flakes I’ve always used before. And I think the nuts I used were organic…maybe not. I used half pecans and half almonds, all lightly toasted. Same kind of sugar.
So how did it turn out?
Well, the cake was okay. Reminiscent of wholegrain muffins, which I like but are not the same as cake. After a short while, the cake became quite dry. Next time, I’ll use less of it instead of substituting cup for cup; maybe that will make a heavier, denser cake (which I prefer), but not so dry.
The frosting tasted the same as the other kind. The coconut being unsweetened didn’t seem to make any difference in the cake. It was pretty chewy. Are cakes supposed to be chewy? Probably not. But I liked it. (Why be like everyone else?)
So, there you are. I have another birthday cake coming up in June, and it is for an off-and-on health nut. I will definitely turn on the brain gears for it.