Monday, 15 August 2011

Lump the Sugar

Being Diabetic sucks, in a fairly major way. I hadn't realised how much until I met The Boy. He's really good at looking after himself, but jabbing yourself with needles a few times a day is never gonna be fun. So, with this in mind I decided to make him a sugar-free birthday cake. I could have just made a normal one, and he could have done a bit more insulin to cover the extra intake, but I felt that a birthday present that requires him to inject himself with poison is somewhat a double edged sword, and I should at least have a bash at a more pancreas friendly version. 
Turns out, when making Victoria Sponge (Boy's favourite), sugar is a pretty important ingredient.  Who'd thunk? Replacing it with sweetener makes the cake much heavier and dryer. So, I had a  few practice runs and made my colleagues eat some frankly brick-cakes, before I came up with this, which makes a reasonable Diabetic Sponge Cake; 

Put oven on gas mark 4 to pre-heat. Check cat is not sleeping in oven.
Grease cake tins - I used two little 5'' ones. Prevent cat from licking the grease out of cake tins.
Cream together 225g butter, 22.5g Splenda (that's about 16 level tablespoons), 100g skimmed milk powder and 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence.
Separate 4 eggs, stir in the yolks. Add 225g self raising flour and 3 level teaspoons bicarbonate of soda. Whisk egg whites til stiff, then add to cake mixture. Add milk until mixture is a good dropping consistency (ie, gloops off a spoon after about 2 seconds). Mix thoroughly - seriously thoroughly, loads more than for a normal cake. Avoid stepping on cat through out, despite the fact that she is trying to sit on your feet.
Put into cake tins, bake for about 20 mins. A couple of minutes before they are done, glaze with milk 'cause the lack of sugar means they won't go brown. Whilst baking, play with cat.
Once cooked and cool, remove from cake tins. Decide with one is the least malformed, put to one side. Slice the top off of the ugly one to give a flat surface for the filling. Spread on extra thick cream, don't be skimpy. Slice some strawberries (yes, they contain sugar, but much less than jam - even the no added sugar stuff. Cherries are also good - low sugar content - if you can be arsed de-stoning them) and arrange a layer. on the cream. Put the top cake on top and decorate with another slice of strawberry. Try to stop cat from eating left over cream.
Pirate Birthday!
 Arrange amidst presents, add candles. Do not sing, because we like the boy and do not want to hurt his ears. 

My sponge was still a little dry for my taste (more milk next time), but boy and boy's mum seemed to enjoy it. Thank you all WarGoose Level Seven-ers for being my test crash dummies and providing constructive feedback :) 

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