Easter. Easter eggs. Chocolate eggs. Chocolate. Too much chocolate. Too much sweet stuff. Too much refined sugar. Sound familiar? Perhaps Natvia Sugar Free Natural Sweetener can help. Widely available in Australia where it is proudly made, Natvia is currently being introduced to the UK and can be purchased through Ocado and Amazon. You use it as a one-to-one volume replacement for sugar (1 cup sugar = 1 cup Natvia, minus all the calories) and I have done the testing and maths to get the weight measurements right to easily use Natvia in this Thermomix recipe for my Sugar-Free Thermomix Coconut Lime Easter Cake.
I had a piece of this lovely-looking cake after lunch today (it was a sacrifice for you, Dear Reader, so you would have a photo of the inside of the cake ) and it was as delicious as it was pretty. My recipe lets you get the best results baking with Natvia by beating the butter really fluffy so as to get the most air into the batter. The butterfly whisk is particularly good at this, and also beats the cream cheese into a fluffy delight of icing. And speaking of icing, Natvia’s Icing Mix is a finer ground version of this natural sweetener which makes a nice smooth icing.
The original recipe for this cake has it as an Easter cake, and I have duly decorated it here and in my original recipe with mini Easter eggs. And it’s so light, tasty and delicious that you can make it for any occasion, all year round. When would you serve a sugar free cake?
Sugar-Free Thermomix Coconut Lime Cake made with Natvia Sugar Free Natural Sweetener
Adapted for Thermomix from a recipe in ASDA Magazine, March 2008. Adapted for Natvia Sugar Free Natural Sweetener by Madame Thermomix. Serves 12.
For the cake:
2 limes (+ 2 more as below for the icing)
175 g Natvia Sugar Free Natural Sweetener Baking Pack
225 g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
1/8 tsp salt (2 good pinches)
225 g self-raising (cake) flour
50 g dessicated (dried) coconut
4 tsp baking powder (when you use a lot of rising agent with Natvia you get a nice, light cake)
4 large free-range eggs
For the icing:
125 g Natvia Sugar Free Natural Sweetener Icing Mix
600 g full-fat cream cheese
75 g simple syrup (from a bottle or make in your Thermomix using 75 g Natvia and 100 g water, Varoma setting/5 minutes/Speed Spoon)
12 decorative chocolate eggs
1. Preheat the oven to 180° C/160° C fan oven. Butter 3 x 21 cm round cake tins and line the bases with baking/waxed paper.
2. Thinly peel the zest of 2 of the limes and add to the Thermomix bowl. Weigh in175 g Natvia Baking sweetener and grind 20 seconds/Speed 10. Scrape the sides of the Thermomix bowl with the spatula.
3. Weigh in the butter. Insert the Butterfly Whisk and whisk 3 minutes/Speed 4, stopping twice during this time to scrape the sides of the bowl. Scrape the Thermomix bowl again when finished.
4. Weigh in the flour and coconut. Add the eggs and the baking powder and mix 20 seconds/Speed 4. Scrape the Thermomix bowl. Mix again 5 seconds/Speed 4.
5. Divide the batter between the three tins, level the tops and bake for 20 minutes or until well risen.
6. Leave to cool in the tins for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Remove the lining paper and leave until cold.
7. Mix together the juice of one of the peeled limes with 75 g of simple syrup. Using a pastry brush, moisten each cake with this liquid to ensure a soft, moist and tasty cake.
8. Remove thin peelings from the remaining two limes and add to the Thermomix bowl. Weigh in 125 g Natvia Icing sweetener and grind 20 seconds/Speed 10. Insert the Butterfly Whisk, add the cream cheese and whip 2 minutes/Speed 4 until you have a fluffy icing. If it’s too thick, add a little lime juice and whisk a few seconds to incorporate.
9. Sandwich together the three layers of cake with about one third of the icing. Use the remaining icing to seal the top and sides of the cake. This is an American method for icing cakes which locks in the moisture so your cake stays fresher for longer.
10. Decorate the top of the cake with 12 small decorative eggs or other edible decorations like bunnies or chicks.
Bon appétit !
Sponsored post; samples of Natvia were received free of charge.
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