Living a low carb lifestyle asks for a lot of self-control. How many times do we have to shake our heads “no” the waiter, when he asks if we want to try that Key Lime Pie we’ve been eying on the dessert menu all night?
And how often do we have to ask for only a small slice of that birthday cake passed around to everyone else? While they pile their plates with a huge chunk of cake with frosting on top?
Fortunately, we can still bake a healthy cake.
There are those of us who bake cake because we love the aroma of baking, others who enjoy the whole process of baking from scratch and find it relaxing. However, sometimes there simply isn’t enough time and one looks for shortcuts. I have been looking up low carb cake ideas to find out how to shave off carbs from my dessert without having to give it up completely. Here is what I discovered.
The Nutrition Facts of Your Standard Cake
First, let us consider a piece of generic pound cake. A piece is defined as 1/10th of a cake. Taking this as serving size, one serving has an average of 116 Calories and 14.6 grams of sugar carbs. Since there is no fiber in refined flour, it is obvious that pound cake baked with sugar, refined flour and butter has only sugar carbs. So the net carb count for a slice of cake is 14.6 grams at the very least.
Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hyperinsulinism, metabolic syndrome. This list seems to keep expanding every year. Keeping this in mind, it is very hard to ever think of dessert in the same loving way. Forget obese adults, the number of obese children I see around me every day makes me feel ill from worry. I do not want that for my child. I am responsible for what goes in her mouth as long as I am in charge of setting meals on our table. Low carb cake is a guilt free option and baking from a packaged mix makes life fractionally simpler. I find it easier to keep track of calories and carb count when I use packaged low carb cake mix.
My Favorite Brand of Low Carb Cake Mix
We all will eventually choose our own favorites. But I love Dixie Carb Counters whenever I need to make cake. Recently, I made a delicious cake using their mix!
It’s tough to find a mix that tastes great and stays healthy, but this mix has done the trick for me.
As an example, here’s a recipe using Dixie Carb Counter mix from Netrition.com :
At Last, A Healthy Low Carb Cake Recipe!
Angel Spice Chiffon Cake
Net Carb Count: 2 grams per slice
- 4 Eggs
- 1/4 Cup of Oil
- 1 Cup of Sugar
- 1 Cup Carb Counters Bakesquick All Purpose Baking Mix
- 1-1/2 Teaspoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt (optional)
- 3 Tablespoons Butter
- 1-1/2 Teaspoons Maple or Vanilla flavoring
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Separate yokes from eggs, placing yokes in a medium sized bowl and egg whites in a med-large sized bowl.
- Add 1/2 cup water to yokes, along with the oil and stir to blend.
- Add 1 cup of Bakesquick, 1 cup Spoonful, pumpkin pie spice and salt to yokes.
- Whisk or stir with spoon to blend well.
- With electric mixer, whip egg whites until stiff peaks form (3-4 min)
- Spoon yoke mixture into egg whites and gently fold (do not beat) the egg whites into the yoke mixture
- Spoon into 8″ or 10″ angel food cake pan or into 9″ x 13″ cake pan
- Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown. If using angel food cake pan, turn upside down to cool.
- Cool for 20-30 minutes.
- For the glaze, melt butter in microwave
- Combine with 1 Tablespoon water, 2 Tablespoons Bakesquick, 2 Tablespoons Spoonful and flavoring
- Stir to mix well, adding slightly more water if necessary to achieve glaze consistency
- Spoon over cooled cake, sprinkle with chopped nuts if desired and chill.
Not everyone has the same tastes as me. So if you’re not a fan of Dixie Carb Counters, here are a few trips to picking the right cake mix for you.
Some Tips for Choosing a Great Low Carb Cake Mix
While baking with a low carb cake mix, it is important to keep certain things in mind:
- Note the total number of calories per slice. Even if your diet does not ask you to count calories. At the end of the day, all extra calories are stored by our bodies in the most compact form: fat.
- Watch out for partially hydrogenated fats. Do not eat them. Do not feed them to your loved ones.
- Learn to use cinnamon, stevia and citrus zest to your advantage if you must have a frosted cake.
- Mini muffins or cupcakes might be a better option if portion control is a problem.
If cake is your downfall and the reason you get off your diet, low carb cake mix might be just the thing for you. They let you have your cake and eat it too, with a net carb load of about 2-4 grams on your conscience and your metabolism. Happy baking!
If you love baking, you may want to take a look at our cookie recipes too!