Cancer Fighting Cake Recipe
Washington, D.C. – infoZine – American Institute for Cancer Research – This summer, experts at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) have come up with a fun and healthy way to beat the heat: Try a delicious, vitamin-rich, cancer-protective summer version of Red Velvet cake, minus the hot kitchen (and, technically, the cake).
AICR’s cool, refreshing “No-Bake Watermelon Cake” offers an unusual and festive presentation: It looks like an ordinary cake until cutting into it reveals rich, red watermelon in place of calorie-packed cake. Each slice, slathered with white, creamy icing, makes up a hearty, healthful serving of fruit.
And if this dessert’s eye appeal, juicy sweetness, and refreshingly cool, crisp texture aren’t enough, there’s solid science to suggest it can help lower your cancer risk. Researchers know that diets high in a variety of fruits may reduce risk for several cancers, but watermelon’s come under special study recently.
No-Bake Watermelon Cake, photo courtesy of AICR
“Watermelon is loaded with vitamins A and C,” says Alice Bender, MS, RD, Nutrition Communications Manager for AICR. “It is also rich in the red pigment called lycopene, a potent antioxidant.
AICR’s expert report found that foods containing lycopene probably reduce risk of prostate cancer. Researchers are also looking at a potential role for lycopene in protecting against breast and other cancers.
No Gluten, No Guilt
Perfect for backyard picnics or family gatherings, this cake can be enjoyed by everyone, even those watching their weight or following a gluten-free diet. Low in fat with minimal added sugar, each serving tops out at only 150 calories. The gluten-free icing contains high-protein Greek yogurt, a small amount of whipped cream and low-fat cream cheese.
Preparing the melon requires a bit of carving and shaping with a sharp knife, but the icing and decorating can be a family affair, involving even young children. In addition to the recipe below, visual instructions for carving and decorating are available on the AICR blog .