Black Forest Scan Bran Cupcakes

  • 30MINS
  • 30MINS
  • 84KCAL

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories84
  • Carbs9g
  • Protein7g
  • Fat3g
  • Saturates1g
  • Sugars2g

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 to know in the blurb!

We wanted to do just this with that tasty 80’s classic Black Forest Gateaux.

Now, obviously the traditional dessert didn’t even come close to being a slimming-friendly recipe, so we decided to put our thinking caps on and figure out how we could make it work.

Thinking back to our Rocky Road Muffins the answer was obvious…..Scan Bran!

If you’ve never heard of Scan Bran before, let us explain.

Scan Bran is short for Scandinavian bran crispbread. This particular crispbread is made from unprocessed wheat so it keeps you feeling fuller for longer. They are an excellent source of fibre and can be used as a crispbread alternative, as a breakfast topping or even used in baking.

What diets is this Black Forest Scan Bran Cupcakes suitable for?

This Black Forest Scan Bran Cupcakes recipe is suitable for vegetarian diets.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Black Forest Scan Bran Cupcakes recipe?

  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Black Forest Scan Bran Cupcakes recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Black Forest Scan Bran Cupcakes recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Black Forest Scan Bran Cupcakes recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make these Black Forest Scan Bran Cupcakes?

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Our sweetener of choice is Sukrin 1 which is a natural, granulated sweetener (just like sugar) that has none of that horrible, artificial taste.

If you’re using powdered sweetener, then please check how it compares to sugar. In some cases you’ll need to use less, as powdered sweeteners can weigh less.

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That being said, you don’t have to use Sukrin – there are lots of other high quality, granulated sweeteners available from the supermarket including Canderel Sugarly and Natvia.

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How many calories are in this Black Forest Scan Bran Cupcakes?

There are 84 calories per portion in this Black Forest Scan Bran Cupcakes, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

This Black Forest Scan Bran Cupcakes is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Soak the Scan Bran in boiling water.

Step 2

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.

Step 3

When the Scan Bran has softened, drain it well and mash it up with a fork.

Step 4

Beat the eggs with the granulated sweetener until it has dissolved, then add the cocoa powder, chocolate extract and drained Scan Bran. Mix it well to combine all the ingredients.

Step 5

Divide the mix between 7 muffin cases and bake for 20-30 minutes until they are firm. They should be spongey when you press down lightly and spring back.

Step 6

Let the cakes cool, then mix 5 tbsp icing with 4 tsp of Choc Shot and 3-4 tsp of tepid water. Stir until smooth and glossy.

Step 7

Spread the icing over the top of each cake and put them in the fridge to set for 10 minutes or so.

Step 8

While the icing is setting on the cakes, mix the quark with the remaining icing and the vanilla extract. Mix until smooth then put it in a piping bag with a star nozzle.

Step 9

Pipe some of the quark on the top of each cake then top with a cherry.

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How do you know when these Black Forest Scan Bran Cupcakes is cooked?

Bake for 20-30 minutes until they are firm. They should be spongy when you press down lightly and spring back.

How long can you keep these Black Forest Scan Bran Cupcakes in the fridge?

Once you’ve put them out, ideally you should eat them within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, you can keep leftovers of Black Forest Scan Bran Cupcakes in an airtight container for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Black Forest Scan Bran Cupcakes?

Yes you can, though we advise freezing without the icing. Please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

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Black Forest Scan Bran Cupcakes

I regularly scour every recipe book I own, and believe me I accumulated shelves full during my cheffing days! Looking for cake, cookie or dessert recipes that can be converted into slimming friendly recipes.
  • Prep Time
    30 MINS
  • Cook Time
    30 MINS
  • KCals 84
  • Carbs 9G
  • WW Points:
  • 2 Green
  • 2 Blue
  • 2 Purple

Ingredients

For the cakes

  • 5 Scan Bran
  • 3 eggs
  • 25 g cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp granulated sweetener
  • 1.5 tsp chocolate extract

For the topping

  • 6 tbsp granulated sweetener
  • 4 tsp Sweet Freedom Choc Shot
  • 3 - 4 tsp water
  • 1 - 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 7 cherries with stalks
  • 130 g quark

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Instructions

  1. Soak the Scan Bran in boiling water.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
  3. When the Scan Bran has softened, drain it well and mash it up with a fork.
  4. Beat the eggs with the granulated sweetener until it has dissolved, then add the cocoa powder, chocolate extract and drained Scan Bran. Mix it well to combine all the ingredients.
  5. Divide the mix between 7 muffin cases and bake for 20-30 minutes until they are firm. They should be spongey when you press down lightly and spring back.
  6. Let the cakes cool, then mix 5 tbsp icing with 4 tsp of Choc Shot and 3-4 tsp of tepid water. Stir until smooth and glossy.
  7. Spread the icing over the top of each cake and put them in the fridge to set for 10 minutes or so.
  8. While the icing is setting on the cakes, mix the quark with the remaining icing and the vanilla extract. Mix until smooth then put it in a piping bag with a star nozzle.
  9. Pipe some of the quark on the top of each cake then top with a cherry.

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19 comments

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JannWednesday 27th February 2019

Hi,
Scan Bran is completely new to me; could you please let me know how long it should be soaked for and if it should just be slightly softened or soggy? Many Thanks, Jann

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JayneTuesday 19th February 2019

Please can someone tell me where to buy the chocolate extract XX

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VivienneSunday 17th December 2017

What could you use instead of th scan bran? All bran?

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AlexThursday 4th May 2017

Hi Kate.

In step 7 it says use the 6tbsp of surkin icing sugar then in step 8 it says ‘with the extra icing sugar’ I might just be being thick but obviously I don’t want to use more icing sugar than I should x

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    KateTuesday 9th May 2017

    Hi Alex
    Looks like there’s a typo in step 7. It should read 5 tbsp, then use the remaining one in step 8. It has now been corrected

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AlexWednesday 3rd May 2017

Hi!

What does it mean when it says use ‘the rest’ of the icing sugar? There wouldn’t be any left once you’ve made the choc icing.
Also, if I wanted to add some cherry extract should I add it to the ‘batter’ mix?

Thanks xx

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    KateThursday 4th May 2017

    Hi Alex
    Could you let me know hat step is saying to ‘use the rest of the icing sugar’ as I cannot find it in the article

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DeniseTuesday 14th February 2017

Thank you for updating the other chocolate cake recipe ???? can this one be updated as well regarding the sweetener? Thank you for your amazing recipes ????

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    Emma TTuesday 12th September 2017

    Hi Denise,

    All our recipes have now been updated ????

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KathrynMonday 1st August 2016

Oh my god, I had intended to have a couple a day (i got 8 out of my mix) and I’ve just scoffed them all. I feel sick and weird!! They are so yummy, but I do NOT recommend eating them all in one sitting!

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KatieSunday 31st July 2016

Doesn’t all this contain phenylalanine that causes cancer

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    KaySunday 31st July 2016

    Phenylalanine is found in artificial sweeteners. Sukrin is all NATURAL = no nasties 🙂

    Reply

Veronica thompsonThursday 28th July 2016

Is Sukrin not sweetner powder & iceing sugar from the baking section

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Kathryn GlenThursday 28th July 2016

These look wonderful.where do you get sukrin sugar and icing sugar from in the uk .
thanks

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LyndaWednesday 27th July 2016

What could you use instead of sukrin please for sugar and icing thank you xx

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    CherieThursday 28th July 2016

    I just checked on the Sukrin web-site and they list my local Sainsbury’s as a stockist. Search on their site for your postcode and it will tell you.

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    KateSunday 31st July 2016

    Hi Lynda,

    You can use any sweetener, but Sukrin doesn’t have any nasty after taste, which is why we like to use it in all our baking.

    Reply

Kate GoonanSunday 24th July 2016

I just made these but put a bit of instant espresso coffee in the cake and the icing. Chocca Mocha!

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    KateSunday 24th July 2016

    Hi Kate,

    That’s a great idea. We may have to try that one 🙂

    Reply

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