I came up with these little Low Syn Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes – saving not only hundreds of Syns but also quite a few precious quid!
With Spring on the way, I tend to get drawn to little countryside cafes following a long walk to wear out the nocturnal toddler.
Cafes always result in a cake, which, let’s face it, isn’t good when endeavouring to still fit in last years svelte summer clothes.
My new favourite baking ingredient is Sukrin Almond Flour. It’s low in Syns, and super absorbent, so you don’t need to use much.
Best of all, there’s no separating and whisking of egg whites making this recipe quick and straightforward, with not too much washing up!
You will need a silicone mini muffin tin for these cakes – I’ve found all the silicone bakeware to be incredibly useful for all sorts of different things, so they are well worth investing in.
These Low Syn Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes can be sandwiched with whatever type of jam or filling you like.
I prefer the tartness of raspberry, but you could try any fruity flavour of jam or even a little chocolate spread. Just remember to Syn it accordingly.
You won’t believe these are a fat-free sponge. You actually won’t.
The secret Low Syn Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes ingredient? Almond Flour!
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Almond Flour is great to use as a substitute for regular flour.
You can replace up to 100% of normal flour with Almond Flour to bake anything. The only exception is baking with yeast (you should replace 10-20% of the regular flour for this)
As with coconut flour, almond flour has a high fibre content, it will soak up more
liquid – up to twice as much as normal types of flour.
This means you can reduce the amount of almond flour to 50-60% of the original amount of flour, or increase the amount of liquid in the recipe.
It also has a lower syn value (3.5 syns for 25g) so not only are you using less Almond flour, it will cost you less syns too!
Sukrin Gold doesn’t have that strange aftertaste that a lot of artificial sweeteners do! It also shares the same sweetness and weight to sugar.
That means it’s very easy to substitute in recipes like this Low Syn Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes.
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.
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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 these Low Syn Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes uses 2 tablespoons of sweetener and is divided into 11 portions.
That’s way less than one tablespoon per portion, so there’s no need to add any syns on for the sweetener itself.
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