April 27, 2009

Recipe: Grilled Cake – Ride for Family Homelessness Day 6

Author: Chris Perrin

Grilled CakeWelcome back!  It’s Day 6 of Dancing Deer’s CEO Trish Karter’s 1,500 mile bicycle trek from Atlanta to Boston, which she is doing to raise awareness for family homelessness.  Hopefully you’re following her progress on Dancing Deer’s website.

When I started this crazy adventure, I had no idea that Dancing Deer was more than just brownies.  At my local Whole Foods, all I had ever seen was Dancing Deer brownies, to point where sometimes I want to call the company Dancing Deer Brownies instead of just Danicng Deer.

With that being said, sometimes what you don’t know can hurt you.  As I found out when I learned Dancing Deer makes cake.  Which I turned into

Grilled Meyer Lemon and Raspberry Cake

At first, I just wasn’t sure if I was going to like meyer lemon and raspberry cake.  While I do like lemon cake, I’ve found that the addition of fruit (especially raspberries) can overwhelm the flavors of the rest of the ingredients in the cake.

Ha!  I had no reason for concern.  None.

Quite literally the meyer lemon and raspberry cake was head and shoulders the best cake my wife and I have  ever tasted.  It was moist, delicious, crumbly…it was simply divine.  So it was with a sense of awe that I struck out to improve it.

Grilled Cake

There is an art and science to grilling already baked cake.  You have to strike a delicate balance between adding flavor to the cake (through caramelization and getting the cake just warm enough to barely melt some of the whipped cream) and not drying the cake out.  I had to experiment several times with this particular cake before I found the perfect cook time.  If you are not fortunate enough to get your hands on a Dancing Deer cake, I still suggest you start with these cook times and doing your own experiments.

At the very least you can eat the failures!

You will need:

  • 1 Dancing Deer Meyer Lemon and Raspberry cake
  • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
  • Whipped Cream
  • 8 strawberries, sliced
  • 8 springs of mint

Cut the cake into 10 even slices, grease your grill grate with canola oil, and warm the grill to make a 3 second fire.  (This means that you cannot hold your hand over the fire for more than 3 seconds.)

Grill the cake 90 seconds on each side.  Unlike meat, don’t rotate.  Just leave the cake on the grill and flip.

Immediately after removing from the grill, hit the cake with a little shot of whipped cream, a few sliced strawberries and a sprig of mint.

Enjoy!

And Now For Some Indigestion

According to The National Center for Family Homelessness, 60% of all homeless women have children under the age of 18, but only 65% of these women live with their children.

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