Do you watch Ace of Cakes? I love that show. Recently I started watching Cake Boss and I like it too. It’s amazing what they can do with cake. I think it’s so cool how they start with a regular sheet cake and end up with the state of Alaska or something. It’s the same reason I devour my Family Fun magazine each month. There are usually at least a couple of recipes where food looks like something else. This “grilled cheese sandwich” idea came from Family Fun magazine. It’s another great food “fake bake” for April Fool’s Day. A grilled cheese sandwich that’s actually cake and icing. Brilliant!
The other part of this post, besides the great fake-out, is the pound cake. You can start with any kind of pound or loaf cake you want for the fake sandwich. You can even buy the frozen kind (I won’t tell!) I wanted to bake something from scratch, but with all the baking that’s been going on around here I did not want tons more dessert laying around where I can binge eat it all it will go stale and get thrown out. So instead of making an entire pound cake I made a mini one.
One regular loaf pan will make three mini loaves, so if you’re getting a mini loaf pan you’ll want three. I have three separate ones that I like, but one of these days I’m going to get one like this so they are easier to manage (little pans like to fall through the spaces in my oven rack). The recipe below is for one mini loaf. In my readings recently I’ve come across recipes that make smaller versions of yummy foods. I’m trying to teach myself how to cut the recipes down so sometimes I can make less. It’s a good thing I majored in math. Whew! Lots of fractions and dividing went on here while I was doing this recipe! The amounts look funny (like 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons, etc.) but it worked. My first fractional recipe worked!
Making the faux grilled cheese was easy once I had the cake. Color some white frosting orange (your favorite recipe or canned), cut two slices of “bread”, and make a sandwich. I used a brown food writer marker (you can get them at craft stores and even some grocery stores) to draw the lines on it to simulate grill marks from a panini maker. I’m sending one in my daughter’s snack box for April Fool’s Day. I think she’ll like it. A lot.
The pound cake is really good. It has a hint of lemon. If you don’t use it for the grilled cheese, it would be yummy with whipped or ice cream. Or, make a simple lemon or vanilla glaze for the top (I put recipes below). I’m happy there is only about half the mini loaf left, and if I eat it all, I won’t feel as bad as if I ate half a regular sized loaf (and believe me, I would have).
Mini Pound Cake (and a Faux Grilled Cheese)
Source: Adapted from The Cake Book by Tish Boyle, grilled cheese idea from Family Fun Magazine