As you know, since starting on the Slimming World journey one of the things we have really missed is cake, and after the successful attempt at making the Lemon Drizzle Cake we decided to try this 1.5 Syn a Slice Chocolate & Orange Cake.
You will get 8 slices out of this recipe.
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
The method is pretty much the same as the lemon one, just replace the lemon with an orange and add some cocoa powder.
We used Dr Oetker Fine Dark Cocoa Powder which is only 4 syns per 25g, but don’t forget to check the syn value if you’re using a different brand.
As you will probably know Slimming World have brought out some new recommendations regarding the syn value of granulated sweeteners. Slimming World have confirmed what this change means.
Where there is 1 tbsp or more being used per serving they recommend members count 0.5 Syn per tbsp. If using smaller amounts, like a pinch or teaspoon, there’s no need to worry about Syns at all.
The recipe for this 1.5 Syn a Slice Chocolate & Orange Cake uses 3 tablespoons of Sukrin and is divided into 8 portions. That’s less than 0.5 tbsp a portion so there is no need to add any syns on for the sweetener itself in this recipe.
Also, we all know that orange juice is a syn. But it’s 1 syn for the juice of 1 orange so it works out at 1/8th of a syn per slice of cake……so if you’re only having one slice of cake it’s up to you if you want to count the syns (if you want to eat half the cake, or even the whole thing I would suggest you add the syns).
Sukrin 1 doesn’t have that strange after taste that a lot of artificial sweeteners do! It also shares the exact same sweetness and weight to sugar – which makes it really easy to substitute in recipes like this 1.5 Syn a Slice Chocolate & Orange Cake.
If you are using a powdered sweetener, then please check how it compares to sugar. In some cases you’ll need to use less, as powdered sweeteners weigh less.
That being said you don’t have to use Sukrin – there are lots of other high quality granulated sweeteners available from the supermarket, such as Canderel Sugarly, and Natvia.
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