2 oz. Cake

I am one of those people who always needs a little dessert. Let me rephrase that, I don't always need dessert, but it's preferable. That doesn't mean dessert has to be anything fancy... fruits like strawberries or even an apple (honeycrisp are the best if you want something really sweet) are perfect! The other night my hands were feeling particularly antsy to bake something but my brain wasn't following along so I took the traditional idea behind pound cake (1 lb butter, 1 lb sugar, 1 lb flour, etc.) and transformed it to make a 2 oz. cake, perfect for 2-3 people!
Truth be told,  I didn't even consider sharing this recipe at first. As a standard practice I photograph everything I make that isn't completely hideous (I've had some ugly experiences with mushroom sauce and bread pudding. Not combined... that would be bad). It turns out this recipe was surprisingly good for an offhand baking attempt, though maybe better for a brunch-type treat. It wasn't so sweet that it qualifies as "dessert".
Lemon 2 oz. Cake with Ginger Glaze
2 oz. flour
1 egg
2 oz. Earth Balance (or butter)
2 oz. sour cream
2 oz. sugar
1/2 tsp lemon zest
vanilla extract
1/3 c sugar
3 tbsp almond milk (or milk)
1/4 tsp fresh ground ginger

Preheat the oven to 360ºF *
-Grease and flour a small pan: 4-5 inches in diameter
-Combine all the ingredients - flour last- and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

-Over the stove on medium high heat in a small pot, combine the sugar, almond milk, and ground ginger
-Stir to dissolve and let simmer, then begin stirring occasionally once the mixture begins to thicken to prevent from burning
-Continue to cook until a thick syrup forms
-Once the cake is baked pour the syrup/glaze over the cake and spread around with a spoon - it will harden as it cools

* If you are baking in something this small (about 5 inches across) you can easily bake in the toaster oven. It heats up much faster and is less wasteful - why heat up am entire oven for something slightly larger than a cupcake?

**One reader commented with diet concerns pertaining to this recipe, and you can see my response below. To elaborate on my response, I wanted to note that just because this cake is smaller doesn't mean it has less calories, fat, etc. than any other standard slice of cake around the same size.
And though the cake is a "recipe for two" it doesn't necessarily mean "for two in one sitting".  I made this cake while I was home with my family and between three of us it took 2 days to finish it. It is flavorful and dense enough to be satisfied with a piece the size of the slice cut out in the picture above. I like to make healthy small batch recipes and not so healthy indulgent small batch recipes because, whether healthy or not, I don't want an entire standard size cake sitting around if there are only two of us left to eat it! It's all about moderation and finding the right portion size.
I will make a future effort to indicate whether a recipe is designed to be a healthier alternative or not, as well as include healthier ingredient substitutions if the recipe is more like something along the lines of great grandma's chocolate lard cake (Ehhgggh...).


Lemon 3/5/12, 12:22 PM  

This looks like a very delicious cake, yum.

Emily 3/5/12, 8:07 PM  

such an adorable cake!

blue roses 3/7/12, 9:54 AM  

brilliant! especially for someone like me, who lives alone..... while i love the idea of having a pound of cake around, it can be a bit excessive (as i can exhibit no self restraint)


Anonymous 3/7/12, 10:10 AM  

I love adapting recipes for one or two, and thought that your recipe would make a great "mini cake" with maybe 100-200 calories a serving. Glad I did the math first, the entire cake has nearly 1300 calories so dividing by two or three or even four doesn't help much. You may not care about this - but some do! It's still an adorable little cake, I totally get the appeal!

sweet road 3/7/12, 2:08 PM  

@Anonymous Good to know! I'll be honest, I don't pay attention to calories, I only pay attention to ingredients and whether they are real, but I do understand that others have different concerns. I will add a note to the post concerning serving size - if you make this little cake, though small, you will find that it's a little much to share between two people. Even if you did share it and eat it all, that would be about 600 calories (give or take) per person - about the same as most standard "unhealthy" desserts/cake of that size!

Mary 3/8/12, 8:08 AM  

This really sounds delicious. I am new to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that.I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary


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