Earlier this year I attended the International Food Bloggers Conferences (IFBC) in Portland, Oregon. It was a fantastic event where bloggers from all over gather to network, learn new techniques and meet new friends. On Saturday of the conference, a luncheon and presentation was held by the Ninja Cooking System. What is a Ninja Cooking System you ask? Well, it is an appliance for the kitchen that can sear foods, bake and slow cook, all in ONE device! It is amazing! I have browned, slow cooked and now have tried to steam bake in it. So far, I have made soup, spaghetti sauce, carnitas and now cake! One of the perks of steam baking is that you can use 1/2 the fat in a recipe and it will still be extremely moist. Oh, I forgot to mention by attending the conference we all had the privilege of having one delivered to our home to try out. Sweet!
I used a recipe from Bob’s Red Mill called Magically Moist Almond Cake. The recipe called for a 9 x 13 pan, but I used the pan provided by Ninja for the Cooking System which is 7 x 9.5 inches. Per the recipe, the cake was to bake for 30 minutes. The insturction booklet said for steam baking add 1 cup of water for every 10 minutes of baking time. In this case, I added 3 cups of water for the 30 minute baking time. I checked the cake at 30 minutes and low & behold it was done!
The adjustments I made to the recipe was to use 1/2 the fat, in this case butter, added a little almond flavoring and sprinkled some sliced almonds on top. I took a class on how to make butter last week, so I had some fresh buttermilk and replaced the milk called for in the recipe with that. I also swapped out the sugar for a natural, no calorie sweetener for dietary reasons.
Let me talk about the cake. It was utterly moist and remember, I used half of the amount of butter! It was a little crumbly, but I cut it while still warm. I would say to let the cake cool thoroughly before serving. A very light almond flavor was a lovely touch. I was very impressed with the way this cake turned out and will absolutely try this method again. This cake would be an enjoyable treat whether for dessert or with a cup of coffee in the morning. I think serving it with some fresh local fruit would be a tasty addition.
Local Notes: Buttermilk – Cindi’s Kitchen, Almonds & Butter – California
Equipment: Ninja Cooking System