Monday, August 9, 2010

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Cakes for Diabetics

With the number of diabetics in the United States on the rise it's not unusual for a bakery to get numerous requests for sugar free cakes.  When I decorated for Walmart bakery one of the things that just broke my heart was the number of people who came in looking for something that was sugar-free but rich in flavor.  Many requests came in for sugar-free decorated cakes.  Unfortunately WalMart doesn't have any decorated cakes for diabetics nor does any other bakery in the area!  Nothing except maybe some pies or a few cookies and sliced, un-iced cake pieces. I have friends that are diabetic and my daughter is diabetic as well;  let me tell you, if you don't already know, some of these people really suffer.

I tried several recipes at home when I had some free time to play but found that simply substituting Splenda or Stavia for sugar doesn't always give desired results.  I ended up with cakes that were so powder-dry they weren't worth eating and cakes that had such an after taste that I lost my desire to eat any more after the first couple bites.  Some had chemical tastes and others just way too sweet!  I'm not finished yet though; I'm still going to do some more experimenting.

Today I did some searches for sugar-free decorating icing and found a couple recipes that just might do the trick!

I picked up a couple of these recipes from Learn Cake Decorating .com.  She seems to know what she's talking about and thus I will post them and give them a try as well.  But I'm curious to see if this "granulated sugar replacement" makes it too sweet and powdery dry.  I'm assuming this is whatever type I choose since it doesn't have an actual brand included.  I hope it's good!  And by the way, if anyone has any sugar-free recipes they'd like to share I'd greatly appreciate them.  I promise to put them to good use.

Powdered Sugar Replacement

  • 2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • 1 cup granulated sugar replacement
  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Whip until well blended and powdered.

Sugar Free Icing Recipe

  • 1/4 cup solid shortening
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla flavoring
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar replacement (above)
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • Cream together shortening and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  • Stir in powdered sugar replacement and milk until well blended.
  • The icing may be a little thick. If so, add a tsp of milk at a time until the desired consistency is reached.

Here's another recipe she says is nice but isn't of a consistency for decorating but just for a simple icing and decorating fruit:

Diabetic Icing Recipe

Diabetic Icing
1 large package sugar free vanilla instant pudding mix
1 cup milk
1 8oz cream cheese
1 8oz frozen whipped topping thawed *
Combine pudding and milk and set aside to thicken
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese then mix in pudding.  Fold in whipped
topping and frost cake.

Diabetic Cake Recipe


2 cups sifted cake flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons softened butter
1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar substitute for baking, such as Equal
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/2 c. sugar-free jam of yoour choice
1 c. nondairy, fat-free whipped topping

Prehead the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 8" cake pans with waxed paper. Sift the flour, baking powder, and the salt together. Mix the butter and vanilla together at medium speed until it is fluffy. Gradually add the sugar substitute. Add the egg, beating until the mixture is fluffy. Add flour mixture, alternating with milk, beating on low speed until well-blended. Pour mixture into the pans; bake for about 25-30 minutes, until the cake is done. 

Cool thoroughly. Spread the sugar-free jam on the bottom layer of cake. Stack one layer on top of the other. Spread the whipped topping over the cake. You may color the topping with food coloring if you like
before spreading. Refrigerate cake until shortly before serving; decorate.

You can use sugar-free pudding to ice the cake instead of whipped topping if you like. For instance, use chocolate pudding for chocolate icing. You can also sprinkle the whipped topping with sugar-free jello. Use silk flowers, small toys, sugar-free candy, and, of course, candles to decorate. If you prefer, you can also skip the sugar-free jam and just add extra whipped topping or pudding between layers.

Until next time......Happy Baking!