Dessert Featured Recipes — 04 June 2010

 

By: Jodie Shield, RD

Batter Up!

Calling all baseball fans!  Take birthday guests out to the ball game.  This party works well for older kids especially boys, but no need for girls to be left out.  Simply modify it to a softball party.  The cake is very light because it uses applesauce to replace the fat.  This party is sure to be a big hit.  What’s in your birthday party baseball line-up?

Baseball Brownie Cake

Makes 9 servings

Ingredients:

nonstick vegetable spray

1 package brownie mix

2 egg whites

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup water

1 cup sifted powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon fat-free milk

several drops of green food coloring

1 tube of black decorator icing

miniature baseball player figures and pennants

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Then coat the bottom of an eight-inch-by-eight-inch-by-two inch glass square pan with vegetable spray.  Put the brownie mix, egg whites, applesauce, and water in a large bowl, and beat 50 strokes by hand, or until well blended.

Spread the batter evenly in the pan, and bake for about 30 minutes.  Make sure the cake is completely cooked before removing it from the pan.

To prepare frosting, combine the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and skim milk in a mixing bowl.  Stir in extra milk one teaspoon at a time, if necessary; then add the green food coloring.

Turn the cake around so it’s shaped like a diamond.  Use the frosting to create a baseball diamond in the center of the brownie.  Outline the diamond and the bases with the black decorator icing.  Add the player figures and pennants to the field.

Party Tips:

  1. Host the party at a neighborhood baseball field, or let kids practice their swing at a local batting cage.
  2. Ask guests to bring their baseball cards, and have a “major-league” trading session.
  3. Send guests home with baseball caps as party favors.

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