The Ritz cracker has been around since the 1930’s and has long been a favorite, both domestically and internationally.. It seems to be just the cracker to have with cheese and even peanut butter. Some years back, a “Mock Apple Pie” recipe was developed that called for Ritz crackers instead of apples. Believe it or not, it tastes much like an apple pie!
I’m passing along the ingredients for another use for Ritz crackers and it’s for a “Ritz Cracker Cake”. This is an interesting recipe and for a cake that doesn’t call for any butter or even flour, it’s remarkably great. If you happen to have some Ritz crackers on hand that are beginning to get stale, here would be the perfect recipe to use them and get rid of them. This recipe is rather economical, since you’re saving on butter and flour, as well as using other items you most likely already have on hand.
This recipe’s “cake” portion is much like a meringue, in that it begins with eggs whites beaten with sugar. It even has some baking powder to give it some rising. The crushed Ritz crackers and chopped nuts then go in and then the cake is ready for the pan and for the oven. The frosting is made from cream cheese, whipped topping mix and crushed pineapple, which makes this cake even better and more luscious!
One thing to remember about beating egg whites is to make certain that the bowls and beaters used for beating the egg whites are free from any traces of grease or fat. This would prevent the egg whites from whipping to their best volume. Also, any type of bowl would be fine for beating the whites, except for plastic. Plastic bowls tend to absorb fat from other foods, so this would also keep the white from beating to their highest. Make sure to separate the eggs while they are cold and letting the whites warm to room temperature before beating them. This would also ensure the highest beating volume.
Sometime ago, I shared some cookie recipes that used crackers as an ingredient. In case you don’t already have them, here’s the link so you can get them now:
So, if you have some Ritz crackers, you have the main ingredient in which to create this unusual, yet deliciously luscious, cake!
RITZ CRACKER CAKE
- 4 egg whites, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 32 Ritz crackers, crushed
- 1 cup chopped nuts
Beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually beat in sugar and baking powder, beating until the mixture holds a peak. Fold in crackers and chopped nuts. Spread in a greased 9×13 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until firm in the center. Let cool then frost with the following frosting:
- 2 enveloped whipped topping mix, such as Dream Whip
- 1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
- 1 large can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple, drained
Prepare whipped topping according to package directions. Add the cream cheese and beat until fluffy and smooth. Fold in the crushed pineapple. Spread over cake and chill at least 3-4 hours. Yield: about 12-16 servings.