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Dessert Ideas for a Sweet-Hater

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My boyfriend's birthday is this weekend and I plan to cook him a homemade meal... He dislikes -- ok, hates, the taste of sugary, or sweet, desserts (most fruits are even too sweet for his liking). It feels wrong to end the meal without a cake with a candle, but I don't want him to feel obligated to eat something he detests because I made it... Any ideas on a savory or non-sweet dessert ideas? Thanks in advance!

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  1. My husband isn't much of a sweet eater either, but he loves cheesecake, carrot cake and key lime pie.

    1. This isn't too sweet and always gets rave reviews. I leave out the anise.

      Orange-Rosemary Olive Oil Cake
      1 cup fresh orange juice
      1 teaspoon fine salt
      3 large eggs, room temperature
      1 1/4 cups whole milk
      2 cups sugar
      1/4 cup orange liqueur, rum, brandy or whisky
      1 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for oiling pans
      1 tablespoon lemon zest
      2 teaspoons anise seed
      2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves, divided
      2 cups all-purpose flour
      1/2 teaspoon baking soda
      1/2 teaspoon baking powder
      6 tablespoons lemon or orange marmalade
      2 fresh rosemary sprigs, for garnish
      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Oil 2 (10-inch) round cake pans.
      In a nonreactive saucepan, reduce the orange juice over medium heat to 1/4 cup. Add salt, stir, and let cool.
      Lightly beat eggs with paddle attachment in standing mixer on high for 1 minute until frothy. Add milk, sugar, liqueur, olive oil, reduced orange juice, lemon zest, anise and 1 teaspoon rosemary. Mix for 1 minute until well blended. Mix in the flour, baking soda and baking powder until well blended and smooth.
      Pour half of the mixture into each oiled cake pan. Bake for until a knife in the center comes out clean and cake begins to pull away from sides of pan. Place on a rack to cool. Run a knife around the edges and place it on a plate. While the cake is still warm, smooth 3 tablespoons of marmalade onto the top of each cake. Sprinkle remaining 1 teaspoon rosemary evenly over both cakes. Garnish center with rosemary sprig. Cut each cake into wedges and serve.

      I'd also recommend Chow's Guiness cupcakes (check the recipe section), frosting optional.
      How about a savory bread pudding, a savory flan/custard, or a cheese plate?

      1. My future SIL also dislikes sweets,

        We've been giving him rice krispie cakes for the past few years.
        He also gets his own batch of plain sugar cookies. (reduce the sugar).

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        1. re: Cinnabon

          what about something like a pumpkin spice loaf? or a muffin with a candle in it? would he enjoy a nice cheese plate? certainly not a bday cake, but can be a wonderful way to end a meal complete with nuts and some less sweet fruits like fresh figs & apples & pears. that makes me think of poached pears, you could easily cut down on the sugar for a poached pear and just allow the flavors of the pears to come out. does he like port? or sherry or some other digestif, perhaps a nice bottle of that and save the sweet treat for you? what about a really high (over %80) cocoa content chocolate? again, not a cake but still dessert, you could add it to the cheese plate.

        2. How about a dessert cheese platter -- eg machengo, walnuts, quince jam (membrillo) and perhaps sherry.

          1. Does he like peanut butter? Perhaps some sort of peanut better cake with less sugar?

            May be a "popcorn" cake? (popcorn glued together in the shape of a cake)

            To the extreme, bake him a giant country biscuit, drizzle gravy on top, and put the candle on! :D