Low Syn Mini Lemon Curd Cakes | Slimming World

Christmas is fast approaching, and for some of us it’s time to start thinking about Slimming World Christmas tasters and the dreaded party food! So, how about trying these Low Syn Mini Lemon Curd Cakes?

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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 sponge we use for these Low Syn Mini Lemon Curd Cakes is a whisked, fatless sponge.

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This means that the syn value is considerably less than it would be for sponge made with butter. In fact the whole sponge mix will total 8 syns, and as you will get 24 small cakes out of it that’s an incredible 0.33 syns per cake. That’s 1 syn for 3 cakes, how good is that?!

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 Low Syn Mini Lemon Curd Cakes uses 4 tablespoons of Sukrin and and whilst we use 3 tbsp in the Lemon Curd we are only using 12 teaspoons from the whole batch. This amount of Lemon Curd will contain well below a tablespoon of sweetener.

This recipe is divided into 24 portions. That’s works out at well under a quarter of a tablespoon of sweetener per portion, so there’s no need to add any syns on for the sweetener itself.

Please note the syn values have been adjusted on this recipe.

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Now, we know that Quark can be a bit of an acquired taste, and everyone has their own preferred method of flavouring & sweetening it. Whether it be with sweetener, sugar free syrups, extracts or Stevia Drops. So, for the topping on these Low Syn Mini Lemon Curd Cakes, just use whichever method you like best to sweeten and flavour the 130g of Quark.

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You will need an electric hand whisk to make the sponge. If you’ve not got one you can pick one up on Amazon.


You’ll also need one of these Silicone Mini Muffin Trays from Amazon.

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Lastly, you’ll need some disposable piping bags and a small star nozzle. Which are also available from Amazon

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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 Sunflower or Olive Oil flavours are ideal for this Low Syn Mini Lemon Curd Cakes recipe.

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Prep Time

Cooking Time

Mini Cakes 15 minutes 8 minutes



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24kcal 2 Cakes for 1

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2 Cakes for 1


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  1. Pre heat the oven to 180°C
  2. Spray a 24 cup silicone muffin tray with a little Frylight
  3. put the eggs and granulated sweetener into a clean bowl and whisk until the 'ribbon stage' is reached. This is when the mixture has thickened so that when you lift the whisk out it leaves a trail on the surface for a couple of seconds. You should probably use an electric whisk for this!
  4. Fold in the sifted flour and 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  5. Divide the sponge mix equally between the 24 cups. You should get around 1/2 a tbsp of the batter in each muffin cup
  6. Bake for 7-8 minutes, until the sponges are a light golden colour. Remove from the oven and allow to cool
  7. Using a small knife or a small melon baller, remove a small ball from the the middle of each cake
  8. Spoon 1/2 tsp of Lemon Curd into the wells in the centre of each cake
To make the Lemon Curd
  1. You can make this lemon curd in advance and keep it in the fridge for about 5 days
  2. Place the grated lemon rind and sweetener into a bowl In another bowl, whisk the lemon juice and eggs together, then pour the mixture over the sweetener
  3. Place the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water, stirring frequently until thickened (takes 5-8 mins)
  4. Allow to cool slightly, and then mix in the Quark / Fromage Frais, whisking until smooth
  5. Allow to cool, before storing in the fridge
  6. Put the sweetened Quark into a piping bag fitted with a small star nozzle, and pipe a small swirl over the top of each cake to cover the lemon curd
  7. Dust with a little cocoa powder or drinking chocolate if you want or sprinkle with a crushed up Flake (but don't forget to syn it!)

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    1. It will be 8 syns as it’s 4 syns per 25g of self raising flour but check on the swaddles websitell as different makes of flour vary! X

    1. Hi Jacqui
      The 130g Quark is added after the instructions to make the lemon curd.
      Once the lemon curd has cooled, you mix it with the quark. Hope that helps.

    1. Hi Linda
      Quark is listed twice as 55g is used to make the curd itself, then when you’ve filled the cakes with lemon curd, you pipe the 130g sweetened quark on top to cover the curd. Hope that makes sense.

  1. Hi, could you tell me how much longer you would have to cook them if you made 12 full size instead of the 24 mini cakes

  2. Hi please could you confirm if quark is used in the cake mixture or whether it’s only for the lemon curd?
    Also, can Fromage Frais be used instead of quark? If so would I use the same quantity as quark?

    1. Hi Kim
      If you read through the step by step instructions, you’ll see that quark is not used in the fatless sponge itself.
      You use some when making the lemon curd, then pipe quark onto the finished cakes to cover the lemon curd. Hope that clarifies things for you. 🙂

  3. I have a dairy allergy. Can soya yoghurt (free on SW) be used instead of quark or willbut be too runny? The vegan quark is 1 1/2 Syns per tbsp so I don’t use it.

    1. Hi Yvonne
      We have only tried this recipe using quark, so can’t guarantee how it will turn out if you’re using using dairy alternatives. If you do try it, please let us know how you get on. 🙂

    1. Hi Sandy,
      Greek Yogurt should work in this recipe. Please let us know how it goes if you do give it a try! 🙂

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