Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Vegetarian's Nightmare Cake...

AKA Cinnamon Spice Pork Rind Cake. Ron's birthday is coming up, and I have been determined to find a cake everybody could eat. I remembered this recipe and pulled it up for analysis. The only bad ingredient was cream, so I decided to just try it with coconut milk and see how it turned out. I was totally skeptical as I think pork rinds are the grossest thing in the world, but Orion and Ron both like them, so I figured what the heck. Well, with all the cinnamon, you actually can't taste them at all. I didn't eat this cake with relish, but I did taste it. :) The texture is great, but I hate the Splenda aftertaste. Ron was IN LOVE with it.

I meant to take pictures of the process, but I totally forgot and just took one at the end.

And the dreaded recipe:
7 egg whites, room temperature 
2 cups of pork rind flour***
2 1/4 cups Splenda or 6 tablespoons Sweetbalance (use more or less to 
adjust to personal tastes)
1/2 cup cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon cinnamon extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup soured, scalded, heavy whipping cream (33-35% milk fat)
(Coconut milk worked fine, and you add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to sour it. I also didn't bother with the scalding.)
3/4 cup boiling water
4 egg yolks
*** One 80 gram bag of pork rinds yields about one cup of pork rind
Using a blender or food processor, grind pork rinds into a fine flour 
or brown sugar-like substance by placing one pork rind at a time in
blender or food processor and grinding it.
Direction: Preheat oven to 350 Degrees Farenheit. Lightly grease one 
16X16 rectangular cake pan, or two round 8 inch cake pans, or two 8X8
square cake pans. Set aside. In a large bowl, add pork rind flour,
sweetener, cinammon, nutmeg cinammon extract, baking powder, and baking
soda. Mix until thouroughly blended. Add scaled, soured cream and
boiling water. Beat on low speed with an electric mixer, or with a hand
whisk, until well blended. 
Add egg yolks and beat until smooth.
Beat egg whites with an electric mixer on low speed, or with a hand
whisk, until egg whites are thick and frothy. Increase electric mixer 
to high speed and continue beating egg whites until stiff, white peaks
form. Be careful not to overbeat the egg whites, as they will lose begin
to lose their volume. Gently fold in 1/4 of the egg whites into the
cinammon batter.
Fold in the remaining egg whites, working quickly yet gently to preserve
the volume of the egg whites.... Bake for 30-36 min.

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