Flourless Garash cake made with egg whites and walnuts, frosted and covered with chocolate ganache. Giveaway at the end of the post.
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Holiday baking is very exciting to me!
I love searching for new recipes, re-testing old ones, trying new products and after all enjoying the baked goods.
When it comes to the amount of sugar in baked goods, I’m one of those people, who always tries to reduce it, even if it is with just a 1/4 cup.
But I don’t really need to worry any more because I recently found the SPLENDA® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener, SPLENDA® Sugar Blend (contains sugar) and SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend (contains sugar) at Walmart.
They are available in the Sugar Aisle.
These products are awesome and I love baking with them.
They are perfect to use in cakes (like this Garash Cake), cheesecakes, custards, pies and cookies. Enjoy your favorite desserts without all the calories from added sugar.
The Garish cake I’m sharing with you today is one of my childhood favorites. I don’t make it very often, but when I do, it is usually around the holidays. It is a Bulgarian recipe and it is one of the staple desserts there. It is light and very delicious! The layers are around 5 mm thin with chocolate ganache in between, that melts in your mouth. The cake is perfect for the holidays! Make it and bring it to your holiday party. Chocolate lovers will be impressed.
Now is the time to mention that this is not the authentic recipe. I did change it a bit, so it works for my taste. The original recipe calls for a lot of sugar, which I did not like. The chocolate ganache is made with chocolate morsels, but I did make it with cocoa powder, egg yolks and butter.
The amount of sugar in this 8-inch cake is just 2/3 cups. This is because I used the SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend for the cake batter and ganache.
As I told you earlier, whenever I can reduce the amount of sugar in baked goods, I’m more than happy to do it. It is shocking when you realize how many calories come with all of the added sugar. Through the SWEET SWAPS™ Initiative, the SPLENDA® Brand is dishing out creative ways to swap full sugar for SPLENDA® Sweetener Products in order to save calories.
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- 9 eggs — , egg whites separated from egg yolks
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
- 9 tbsp cocoa powder — (not Dutch-processed)
- 3 cups raw walnuts
- 2/3 cups SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend — , divided
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut for decorating — (optional)
- cooking spray
- parchment paper
- 8- inch cake pan
Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C). Grease 8-inch cake pan with cooking spray. Line with parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray over the parchment paper. Set aside.
For the cake layers:
In a food processor process walnuts and 1/3 cup SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend until fine crumbs are formed.
Beat egg whites until soft peaks. Carefully fold the walnut sugar mix into the egg whites. Divide batter into 4 equal parts. Bake each cake layer for 12-15 minutes. Carefully remove from the cake pan and peel of the parchment paper. Let them cool down to room temperature.
For the chocolate ganache:
In the meantime prepare the ganache.
In a medium sauce pan over low heat melt butter. Add cocoa powder and whisk to incorporate, making sure there are no lumps.
In the bowl of an electric mixer with paddle attachment beat egg yolks and 1/3 SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend for 3-5 minutes until thick and frothy. Beating on low speed, add the cocoa butter mixture. Beat until incorporated. Beating on low, slowly add the heavy cream to thin the ganache. Let it cool completely.
To assemble the cake:
Place a cake layer on a plate. Spread about 1/4 cup of the ganache over it. Cover with another layer. Spread 1/4 cup ganache over it. Repeat with the remaining layers. Cover the cake with chocolate ganache. Place cake in the fridge uncovered for at least 1 hour to set.
You can decorate the top of the cake with chopped walnuts, almonds or shredded coconut. The original recipe calls for green colored chopped almonds, but I colored some shredded coconut in green and used it to top the cake.
Nutrition InformationCalories: 531, Fat: 46g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 197mg, Sodium: 240mg, Potassium: 320mg, Carbohydrates: 23g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 16g, Protein: 11g, Vitamin A: 795%, Vitamin C: 0.5%, Calcium: 85%, Iron: 2.6%
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