Thursday, October 05, 2006

A Sweet (but Sugar-Free) Birthday Cake!

In celebration of our good friend's mother's birthday, we were recently commissioned to create an "orange and magenta" birthday cake... The only catch was that it needed to be sugar-free. Never ones to back down from a challenge, we enthusiastically rushed to our "test kitchen" and began experimenting. In the end, we created a delicious sugar-free centerpiece for a wonderful surprise party!

Sugar-free cooking creates its own set of challenges, specifically when it comes to cake. In the past we have prepared many sugar-free cheesecakes in various flavors with great success. The current project resulted in a delicious light lemon pound cake (our friend's mother's favorite flavor!). We served the cake with a three berry medley infused with vanilla and lavender, and completed the dessert with a sugar-free lemon curd lightened with mascarpone cheese and freshly whipped cream. The result resembled a deconstructed trifle... and no one would have ever guessed it was sugar-free!

Along with the centerpiece cake, we prepared a handful of smaller, individual poundcakes, all of which were decorated with beautiful fresh flowers in festive party themed colors!

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