Mini Strawberry Sponges

These Mini Strawberry Sponges are a wonderful and slimming friendly sweet treat. They are lower in calories and Points than their full fat counterparts.

There’s no denying it: I love cake. I also love baking. Neither of which are conducive to me becoming a svelt tennis player in time for Wimbledon. However, these Mini Strawberry Sponges are the business, and really fill a cake shaped whole.

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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 filling is made with Xanthan Gum. I was totally oblivious to this magic stuff until fairly recently but it’s really useful for thickening things, though you only need a small amount!

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These Mini Strawberry Sponges can easily be adapted to different tastes – try different fruits, or adding some choc shot as the filling.

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A lot of members from our Facebook group often ask whether it is worth buying Sukrin flours (this recipe uses coconut flour, but Sukrin also make almond flour and peanut flour) and the answer is always a resounding yes.

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Not only do you need to use less of these flours than normal flour (they’re much more absorbent and therefore you get more cake mix per gram than ordinary flour, and therefore less calories!).

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The Sukrin flour range are cold pressed and reduced in fat so the calories are lower than other alternative flours.

These Mini Strawberry Sponges are perfect for any afternoon tea, and super quick to make!

What do I need to make these Mini Strawberry Sponges?

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The Muffin Moulds

You’ll need a silicone mini muffin mould 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. You can pick one up on Amazon.

Coconut Flour

Coconut flour is great to use as a substitute for normal flour. Since Coconut Flour is rich in fibre, it absorbs more liquid than most other flours.

This means, you can reduce the amount of coconut flour (and also the calories) when you swap with regular wheat flour. We use Sukrin Coconut Flour which you can buy here on Amazon.

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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 nutritional values.

We only use Sukrin Coconut Flour and we know how much to use to create a recipe successfully.

You can use other brands but please remember to check the nutritional values and make any necessary adjustments to quantities.

The Sweetener

We use Sukrin Gold which is an all-natural granulated stevia sweetener alternative to sugar with zero calories. You can grab Sukrin Gold over onAmazon UK.

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Sukrin Gold 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 cakes like these Mini Strawberry Sponges.

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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.

We also use Sukrin Icing which is an all-natural granulated stevia sweetener alternative to icing sugar with zero calories. You can grab Sukrin Icing over onAmazon UK.


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Prep Time

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cakes 10 minutes 12 minutes




48kcal 1

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  1. Preheat an oven to 160 degree. Add eggs and granulated sweetener into a bowl and whisk until frothy. Fold in the flour, baking powder and vanilla extract and divide evenly between 9 in a silicone mini muffin mould. Cook for 12 minutes until golden and cooked through and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  2. Whilst the cakes are cooking, make the filling. Add the quark, jam, granulated sweetener and xanthan gum into a bowl and mix well until it starts to thicken. Leave to chill in the fridge until the cakes have cooled.
  3. When the cakes are cooled, cut each cake in half and spread a little of the filling on the bottom half, top with a slice of strawberry then replace the top half. Add a tiny bit of filling to the top of the cake and place a strawberry slice on top.
  4. Dust with Sukrin icing sugar and serve!

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- Soy sauce - substitute with Tamari.
- Worcestershire sauce - substitute with Henderson’s Relish.
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    1. Hi Louise,

      Sukrin is the brand name – Sukrin 1 is a white sweetener, like white sugar, Sukrin Gold is a brown sweetener like brown sugar. They also make a range of reduced fat flours such as almond, coconut and peanut.

      Hope that helps!

  1. For the filling is it the Sukrin Icing Sugar or the Sukrin gold, as the ingredients state granulated sugar but ghe recipe states icing sugar. Many thanks

    1. Xanthan Gum is a gluten free thickening agent, you can pick it up in the free from section of most supermarkets or you can get it from Amazon 🙂

    1. Hi Susan,

      Some supermarkets stock this flour, but there are lots of different brands available. We like to use a defatted coconut flour to reduce the calories so just make sure you check the nutritional values of whichever brand you choose to use 😊

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