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Sugar free cake that is moist and delightful is actually quite easy for the home cook. You don't need fancy equipment or weird ingredients. Many people substitute with stevia products but personally, I can't handle the metallic after-taste! Stevia will certainly give you fewer calories in your cake. However, if you are really after taste rather than eat cardboard, you can't go past dextrose as a sweetener. It is natural, used by every cell in your body, and without the excess fructose contained by sugar.
I've already shared a number of sugar free chocolate cake recipes and cupcakes recipes. So here I want to share with you some fruitcake recipes. I can already hear the objections "That's not low sugar, it's full of fruit!" Yes it is. Wondrously gorgeous natural fruit. Yes fruit has naturally occurring sugars, along with naturally occurring fibre that helps us to digest it well. Fruitcake recipes are naturally higher in calories/kilojoules. So don't choose these if you are dieting to lose weight. But if you want to make fruitcake but would like a lighter variation then this is the recipe for you.
60g mixed citrus peel
60g glace cherries
1 tablespoon marmalade
1/2 cup brandy or rum
Mix fruit, marmalade and alcohol in a large bowl. Set aside to soak (the longer the better but at least 1 hour).
125g unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon orange rind
1/2 teaspoon lemon rind
1/2 cup dextrose
1/2 tablespoon rice malt syrup
2 large eggs
Beat butter, rinds, dextrose and syrup in a small bowl with an electric mixer until just combined. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until just combined.
1 cup plain flour
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
flaked almonds (to decorate, if desired)
Stir butter mixture into fruit mixture until well mixed together. Stir in sifted flour and spice. It will be a thick and sticky batter.
Divide the batter between 12 medium cupcake papers. Bake at 160 degrees Celcius for 30 minutes.
Perhaps you would like an even easier fruit based cake? Why not try this super easy date loaf?
Sugar Free Date and Walnut Loaf
By Felicity Mullette, October 20, 2017
A dense and fruity loaf perfect to have with a cup of tea.
Soak the dates in the water in a small saucepan over low heat. Set aside to cool.
In a separate bowl beat your butter with an electric mixer until creamy, then add the eggs and mix to combine. Stir in your walnuts, flour and Allspice. Add your softened dates and water, plus a splash of milk, and stir to combine.
Spoon into a greased loaf tin (23cm x 13cm x 7cm) and bake for about 40 minutes at 170 degrees Celcius.
When ready the loaf should spring back when touched on the surface. Leave to cool, then slice and serve spread with butter.