If you’ve been following Slimming World for a while you’ll probably know that despite all efforts you never quite get an exact replica when it’s a low syn cake or dessert. Having said that, I think this 3 Syn a Slice Coconut and Lemon Curd Cake turned out pretty well and not too far off the original.
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 👍
I came across the original recipe for this cake and it wasn’t very Slimming World friendly, so I decided to make a few changes to reduce the syn values.
I replaced coconut milk with low fat yoghurt, and I substituted half the honey for Sweet Freedom Fruit Syrup Dark, which is only 0.5 syns per teaspoon rather than 1 syn per teaspoon for honey.
Of course you can still use all honey if you want, just remember to syn it accordingly.
This 3 Syn a Slice Coconut and Lemon Curd Cake isn’t too dry and the texture is similar to a normal a sponge cake, but a little denser because of the coconut flour. It would also make an great base for other flavours so why not experiment a bit.
You can keep the cake in the fridge for a day or so, but it is best eaten as soon as possible.
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It’s important to note that not all coconut flours are the same. Different brands can vary in density and they can have slightly different absorption abilities. They can even have different syn values.
We only use Sukrin Coconut Flour, as we know it is 3.5 syns per 25g, and we know how much to use to create a recipe successfully.
You can use other brands but please remember to check the syn values and make any necessary adjustments to quantities.
What is Sukrin 1?
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 3 Syn a Slice Coconut and Lemon Curd Cake.
Sukrin Icing doesn’t have that strange after taste that a lot of artificial sweeteners do! It also shares the exact same sweetness and weight to regular icing sugar – which makes it really easy to substitute in recipes like this 3 Syn a Slice Coconut and Lemon Curd 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.
Whenever we need to replace oil in cooking we use Frylight. Perfect for everyday frying and cooking, it delivers exactly one calorie per spray, which makes it Syn free! The Coconut or Olive Oil flavours are ideal for this 3 Syn a Slice Coconut and Lemon Curd Cake recipe.
Synning the sweetener
As you will probably know last year Slimming World brought out some new recommendations regarding the syn value of granulated sweeteners. This means that:
Where there is 1 tbsp or more being used per serving they recommend you 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 3 Syn a Slice Coconut and Lemon Curd Cake uses 8 tablespoons of sweetener and is divided into 12 portions. That’s less than a tablespoon per portion, so there’s no need to add any syns on for the sweetener itself.
We received this information from Slimming World when the changes were made.
Or if you prefer you could go for an 8″ silicone cake pan
Finally, a pretty good alternative to honey or golden syrup is Sweet Freedom Dark Natural Sweetener , and it’s half the syns. Perfect for this 3 Syn a Slice Coconut and Lemon Curd Cake. You can buy it from Amazon
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