Need a healthy birthday cake without the calories?
Healthy birthday cake ideas If your friend or relative is on a diet, there are lots of fun ways to create a 'cake' without the calories.
I love to receive a birthday cake, but being the wrong side of 40, the calories don't love me!!
A sponge cake is full of air, and a good bet for some-one who doesn't mind consuming just a few calories.
Add lots of yummy fruit to a flan base, and decorate with ribbons and candles.
A jelly cake can be made with a sponge base, and a layer of fruit and jelly.
Carrot cake is a good bet for the health concious. Decorate it with a low fat ceam cheese topping with fruit or jelly fruit sweets. Finish off with candles
Most kids will love an ice cream cake use frozen yoghurt for a low fat version and decorate with sparklers
Diet Coke recipe coming soon....!
Healthy Birthday Cake - Carrot Cake
5 oz (150 g) dark brown soft sugar, sifted
2 large eggs
4 fl oz (120 ml) sunflower oil
7 oz (200 g) wholemeal self-raising
1½ level teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
3 rounded teaspoons mixed spice
Grated zest 1 orange
Juice of half an orange
7 oz (200 g) carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
6 oz (275 g) chopped dates
For the topping:
9 oz (250 g) Quark (skimmed-milk soft cheese)
¾ oz (20 g) icing sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Grated zest of one orange
1 level teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus extra for dusting
1. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 3, 325°F (170°C).
2. Line the base of a deep non-stick square cake tin (measuring 8 x 8 inches) with silicone/grease proof paper.
3. First beat together the sugar, eggs and oil in a bowl for a couple of minutes until smooth.
4. Now sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and the mixed spice into the bowl. Mix well and then fold in the orange zest, orange juice, dates and carrots.
5. Then pour the mixture into the tin and bake in the centre of the oven for 35 to 40 minutes. To check it's cooked poke the middle of the cake with a skewer. If it comes out clean it's done.
6. Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool on the side.
7. To make the topping, mix the quark, icing sugar, vanilla extract, orange zest and cinnamon together until light and fluffy. Cover the bowl with clingfilm and put in the fridge for a couple of hours to chill.
8. Once the cake has cooled, take it out of the tin and spread the topping over it. The cake has to be cold, otherwise the topping will start to melt.
Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and cut into 12 pieces.
Reproduced from www.deliciousdiets.co.uk
Healthy Birthday Cake - Chocolate Beetroot Cake
Serves around 8
Cooking time: 1 hour
75g cocoa powder
180g plain flour
250g caster sugar
250g cooked beetroot
3 large free range eggs
200ml sunflower oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
Icing sugar to dust
1. Grease an 8” round cake tin and preheat oven to 180oC.
2. Sift the cocoa, flour and baking powder in a bowl. Add all the sugar
3. Blend the beetroot in a food processor. Add the eggs, one at a time, oil and vanilla. Blend until smooth.
4. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, add the wet mixture and lightly mix.
5. Pour into cake tin and bake for 50-60mins or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
6. Cover loosely with foil if the cake starts to brown at 30 minutes. (expect the top to crack!) 7. Leave for 15minutes before removing from the tin, then cool a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar to serve.
Reproduced from www.vitaco.com.au
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