Would you ever swap your sweet cake for a savory option? Turns out that’s a yes for a lot of people! Savory cakes are unsweetened cakes made with slices of bread covered with spreads, fillings and toppings.
“The good old club sandwich of yesteryear reminds us of that,” says baker Ila Prakash Singh, whose bakery bakes savory cakes using the lowest possible gluten content, kaphli wheat flour, and keeps the cake free of cream or cream cheese, mayonnaise, and proprietary spreads. “With a large population moving towards a healthy, sugar-free diet, savory cake is a nice sandwich that can be served guilt-free. Usually cakes always mean meetha, but I’m sure over time , more people will opt for savory cakes at least once a year, or even for a delicious healthy breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner,” adds this Gurugrammer.
And Gurugram-based Hema Malik, who bakes savory cakes for friends and family, much to the delight of foodie groups on social media, shares, “I’ve been baking for a long time, but I haven’t never had a sweet tooth. The Swedish sandwich cake, Smörgåstårta, was a big inspiration. I baked breads and customized her toppings with guacamole, cream cheese, pesto, charcuterie, eggs, veggies, and pickled pickles. The options are limitless; you just need to make sure the flavors are balanced and complement each other. Since decorating is an integral part of the cake making experience, I also tried various new techniques to make the cakes attractive.
But Delhi-based baker Shikha Sachdev believes Delhi residents have yet to catch up to this eating frenzy. “The concept of savory cakes is starting to be trendy, but it will take time [to get accepted]. People still think that a cake means a sweet dish and everything else is just bread. The actual savory cake, which is accepted as a savory cake, is a sushi cake!
Singh shares that savory cakes can be made with meat or vegetables or both. “I use farm-fresh leafy greens and produce. We focus on making vegetarian savory cakes targeting diabetic and very health conscious families that have members from all age groups. It’s a great way to instill healthy eating with all the nutritional benefits. People can make savory layered cakes, in order to slice them and serve them as open sandwiches during lunch or as part of the children’s tiffin. These can also be sliced for a snack,” she adds.
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