Introduction: Cake Fries

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What's better than a nice hot and crispy french fry? Uhh, nothing, but these faux french fries made from pound cake are pretty darn tasty! With summer right around the corner, these dessert fries are the perfect addition to any bbq or summer bash. They are served with a faux Raspberry Ketchup for your dipping pleasure.  Alternatively, you can use regular red frosting. 


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Step 1: Ingredients & Tools

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1 Sara Lee Pound Cake

2 containers fresh raspberries

2 Tbsp lemon juice

4 Tbsp confectioners sugar

1 Zig Zag Knife a.k.a. crinkle cutter  or you can use a regular knife for straight edge fries



Baking Sheet

Fry liner paper

Step 2: Cut Cake Into Crinkle Fries

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First, slice the ends of each side of the pound cake and save them for later or discard. Next, use a zig zag knife to cut the pound cake lengthwise into regular size pieces. Lastly, use the zig zag knife to cut the poundcake vertically into strips resembling fries. Leave the brown part on each end of the fries for an added realistic effect. 

Step 3: Make the Raspberry Ketchup

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To make the raspberry ketchup, rinse the raspberries under cold water. Next, place them in the blender with a few tablespoons of lemon juice. Puree the raspberries until they are broken up and smooth. Next, add two tablsespoons at a time of confectioners sugar. Puree the raspberry mixutre again. Repeat. 

Place the mixture into a strainer over a bowl. Use a spatula and press the puree down into the strainer until only the seeds remain. Pour the Raspberry Ketchup into a ketchup bottle and place some into a small dipping bowl. 

Step 4: Broil Fries

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Pre-heat broiler. Place the cake fries on a baking sheet. Place fries under the broil for 10-15 sec on each side or until lightly browned. Place the light on in the oven so you can watch them brown.

*** Do not leave fries unattended or they will burn***

Step 5: Happiness!

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Place cake fries in a fry cone or basket with liner. Pour raspberry ketchup into a bottle and place some on the side for dipping. 

Serve immedietly. if they sit out for too long, they may dry out. 



BLASTFEMI (author)2016-05-11

This is great! I'm toying with the idea of making a trifle out of this idea but with layers of 'fries', fruit 'catsup' and whipped cream with jello!

selaheedavis (author)2015-11-06


IanThigs (author)2012-09-28

Those are some lucky kids you got there. Wish my mom made cake fries lol.

ladybanksia99 (author)2012-05-29

These were a visual hit at a party recently... I used strawberries (after straining out the seeds) for the 'ketchup', and took them one step further by using caramel sauce as "gravy" and cream cheese thinned with milk, sugar, and vanilla to stand in as 'ranch dressing'. I served them in those little paperboard boats lined with parchment paper.

My issue was that they break quite easily once broiled and found that while pound cake is a natural choice here for this use, I felt it was missing something; but whipped cream doesn't exactly go with french fries.

All in all, it was fun to do; and yes, they burn very quickly if you don't watch them closely. Literally, it only took 30 seconds on the top rack with the flame on high...

Thanks for the 'ible!

Nelyan (author)2012-05-27

These. Are. AWESOME :D

lmnopeas (author)Nelyan2012-05-28

Thank you!

nevroth (author)2012-05-28

Another way to do this without dirtying your blender is to heat the raspberries in a non-stick skillet or saucepan over low heat. The raspberries will literally liquefy. Add the lemon and sugar (I used to add a bit of cornstarch too!). Then strain out the seeds. I used to do this all the time as a filling for chocolate cake with fudge on top. I love how easy this is, I might bring it to the next family get together they next time they want dessert!!

suayres (author)2012-05-27

It's a really clever idea. Do you think it would work with home-made pound cake, though?

lmnopeas (author)suayres2012-05-27

Absolutely! Just make sure you chill the cake, preferably in the freezer for at least 1 hour before cutting the fries. Otherwise you risk the cake crumbling on you.

oogilygumballs (author)2012-05-27

i like how visual this is and easy to understand!

lmnopeas (author)oogilygumballs2012-05-27

Thank you!

Zombie_BBQ (author)2012-05-27

you got my wife begging me to make these for her, very tasty looking. ^-^

lmnopeas (author)Zombie_BBQ2012-05-27

Please post pics if you end up making them. :) thanks.

Spokehedz (author)2012-05-27

Fantastic presentation, writing, and application of sauce.


lmnopeas (author)Spokehedz2012-05-27


Kdemon (author)2012-05-27

Reminds me of the Ice Cream Desert Baked Potato....

Ice Cream Baked Potato

Now all you have to do is make a common desert that looks like a dinner!

lmnopeas (author)Kdemon2012-05-27

Havent seen that one before. The butter looks so real. :)

biggsfamily2012 (author)2012-05-25

:) I luv fooling my kids so this
one should becme a family favorite!!!

lmnopeas (author)biggsfamily20122012-05-25

Awesome! Please let me know their reaction. :)

rrkrose (author)2012-05-24

Really cool there is something like it in the book hello cupcake but they just use red frosting for ketchup. Your's is much cooler. You should try entering it in the cake decorating contest.

lmnopeas (author)rrkrose2012-05-24

Thanks! I don't think it would be accepted in the cake decorating contest. I just finished working on a really cool test cake and it worked out so I will try and duplicate it tomorrow and post soon. :)

papajon (author)2012-05-23

Simply amazing. Cute kids, too. They look like their grandfather a little bit.

lmnopeas (author)papajon2012-05-23

Hey Papa Jon, glad to see you on the site! You should post some of your recipes!

lmnopeas (author)2012-05-23

Thanks for all the nice comments! I totally duped my husband. It was a great moment! If you decide to make these, please post pics!

CatTrampoline (author)2012-05-23

Perfect dessert for a Memorial Day BBQ!

Great idea & beautifully executed!

gogglecrab (author)2012-05-23

I've seen faux food done before, and the thing I never liked about them is that they never look real. But these are fantastic, so realistic and I bet they taste amazing! Great job!

sabu.dawdy (author)2012-05-23

sooo cuteeeeeeee :D

sofiadragon1979 (author)2012-05-23

OMG these are so cute, when my friend from Wales comes out I'm going to make these for her she is going to die laughing, they are too cute!

mikeasaurus (author)2012-05-22

So clever, I want some!

jessyratfink (author)2012-05-22

Lady, you are a genius! Just too neat. :D

AussieAnglerGal (author)2012-05-22

hahaha, WOW so realistic well done

mygibzone (author)2012-05-22

This is fantastic! I love the raspberry ketchup idea!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-05-22

I love it! That raspberry purée sounds absolutely amazing! Great choice for ketchup :)


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