Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Another experiment with Splenda

Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake
Splenda No Calorie Sweetener Copyright 2004

Cake Batter:
3 cups cake flour
1 tablespoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 cups Splenda
1 large egg
1/4 cup egg substitute
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups light sour cream

3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 10-inch tube pan (angel food pan) or nonstick bundt pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
Sift the cake flour, baking powder, and soda into a medium-sized mixing bowl. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer. Add Splenda and egg. Beat until smooth. Add the egg substitute and vanilla. Beat briefly to incorporate. Add applesauce and half of the sour cream. Beat until smooth. Add the sifted flour mixture and beat at medium speed just until smooth. Add remaining sour cream and blend just until incorporated and batter is uniform. Set aside. I added a bit of salt.
Make Filling: Place 1/4 of cake batter in a small bowl. Add brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir well.
Place 1/2 of the remaining cake batter into prepared pan. Top with filling. Swirl with knife. Top with remaining batter.
Bake in preheated 350°F oven 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Makes 16 servings (slices). Nutrients Per Serving: Serving Size 1 slice, Total Calories 200, Calories from Fat 72, Total Fat 8 g, Saturated Fat 5 g,
Cholesterol 25 mg, Sodium 180 mg, Total Carbohydrates 28 g, Dietary Fiber 1 g, Sugars 5 g, Protein 4 g.


I think we all know enough about sugar and carbs to know that just removing the white sugar doesn't make a cake healthy but it's one step in the right direction. I thought that this cake was pretty good. It was moist with a strong hit of cinnamon (even though I used two very skimpy tablespoons because I was worried that this recipe might be a dud and I didn't want to waste all that cinnamon). I don't think the Splenda aftertaste can totally be avoided but it wasn't overwhelming here.

This is one of those recipes I've had my eye on for a while and I was very pleased that it wasn't disappointing.

I have to do my grocery shopping a day earlier this week since they're calling for snow on Thursday night. I hate when snow coincides with my regular grocery shopping night. The store will be swamped with people. It's only a forecast of 2-4 inches, yet people in this area tend to start stockpiling as if we were expecting a blizzard.

Blast From The Past: Chicken Piccata from March 2006. I've been craving this so maybe I'll make it next week.

Question of the Day: Do you run for groceries when they're calling for bad weather?


Anonymous said...

We're lucky enough that we don't get much bad weather here (Las Vegas) but when we lived in Florida I would try to be prepared before the hurricane warnings hit. (I know that's not the same as snow, but that is bad weather)

Anonymous said...

I do sometimes. When I do I always feel kind of stupid because the weather is never as bad as they are predicting.

Sarah - The Home Cook said...

Not unless I was planning to go anyway because we were completely out of food. I tend to have a lot of staples on hand like pasta, tomatoes for sauce, canned tuna, bread, etc. so unless they're calling for a blizzard, I'm not worried about being snowed in with no food. Plus, like you, I HATE dealing with all the crazy people.

Jennifer said...

Never, Never, couldn't pay me to be with all the wacky people. Last summer they, the weather people, were saying we were going to get some hurricane leftovers (I live alllll the way up in Dallas). I happen to be at Super Target to get something else and I walked by the water asle. There was not a bottle to be found, the shelves were totally empty. Needless to say, no hurricane weather, not even a drop of rain.

Red Dirt Mummy said...

Yep - we're in cyclone season and while we have all the basic stuff like batteries, candles, etc, and lots of stuff in the cupboards I'd still need to run and get bread, water and milk and probably whatever fruit I could find to satisfy two small kids who don't understand what's going on and expect everything to happen as normal. Also, if the cyclone hits, the area south of us gets flooded so no trucks can get through with fresh provisions, sometimes for a week or more.

Randi said...

I could walk to the grocery store if I really needed anything. The bigger grocery store is only about 1/4 mile from my house too. One of the few benefits of living in a small town

Wanda said...

Not unless a hurricane is on it's way. And even then, I don't get a whole lot. When I was growing up, I can remember being w/o electricity for 4-5 days at a time. But at the most in years since, it's been about 2 days, tops, and that's been rare.