Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Democracy never tasted so sweet...

Unless you've been living in a cave the past year, you probably know that today is Election Day. I don't care what your politics are...please, please hit the voting booth and exercise that right that so many people have fought for, marched for and died for in years past. Election Day allows us to play a role in determining how our government is run and what policies our legislators enact. And if my little soapbox lecture on civic pride won't sway you into casting a ballot, how about food-related freebies? In Atlanta alone, there are a ton of restaurants, bars and coffee shops offering up free drinks, appetizers or entrees to those wearing a voter sticker.

Here are some more options:

* Ben & Jerry's is giving away free scoops of ice cream from 5 to 8 p.m.

* Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will be handing out star-shaped doughnuts to voters, although some stores may decline to participate.

* Starbucks is offering a free tall cup of coffee today.

Finally, a friend whipped up an uber-yummy sucralose-sweetened cake over the weekend in honor of a friend's birthday/Halloween party. It was the perfect treat for a cool, fall day. Check it out...

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:
1 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup canola oil
1 cup egg substitute
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt

Frosting
1 (8 ounce) package reduced fat cream cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 drop imitation maple flavor
1/2 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil or spray a 13X9 inch pan with baking spray. Set aside.
To make the cake: Place SPLENDA® Granulated Sweetener, brown sugar, oil, egg substitute and pumpkin puree in a large mixing bowl. Mix until well blended. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Pour cake batter into prepared pan.
Bake in preheated 350 degrees F oven 25-30 minutes or until when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool cake.
To make the frosting: Place frosting ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed until well blended. Ice cake when cake is completely cool.
Optional garnishes: Sprinkle finely chopped walnuts or crushed ginger snaps over the top of the cake.

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