New Year Cake Recipe – Starting off the New Year Right

By Shihan Mary Bolz

Happy New Year! Every year people start with good intentions and tend to lose them. This year, why not follow the path of the samurai? I am not talking about becoming a professional swordsman, but about the path of life. one of purpose and discipline. Health is a valuable and precious gift from our parents and from heaven. It is our responsibility to take care of ourselves to honor them, our children, and future generations. It is important to get children and teens on the path of health before they make all those habits of eating high fat, fried, and sugary foods. Good food can be healthy. Why not try some baking with your kids one of these weekends and enjoy the challenge of making a tasty and healthy dessert? Here is one for you to try.

Basic Great Cake Recipe

Dry Ingredients:
3 cups organic whole-wheat pastry flour
2 cups unbleached white flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp. baking powder

or

1-cup millet flour
1-cup brown rice flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp. baking powder

Liquid ingredients:
1 1/4 cups corn oil (organic expeller pressed)
3/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1-cup apple juice or orange juice, natural without sugar
8 oz. soft tofu

* If use orange juice, add 1 tbsp. orange rind & 1/3 c. poppy seeds. Bake @ 375F for 45 min. or until done. Makes 2-10” layers.

*Lemon Walnut- substitute 1/4 c. lemon juice, 1 tbsp. grated lemon, 1/2 -1 c. roasted, chopped walnuts.

*Almond Spice:
2 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. clove

Tofu Frosting
One block tofu-boiled and water pressed out
1/2 cup rice syrup
1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter
1 tsp vanilla, a little carrot juice Blend in blender or electric mixer. Should not be runny.

Try this. Keep working at it until you get it right. It is delicious!
Make a healthy Happy New Year!

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