Baking Cakes With Sally
If you love cakes, then you’ve come to the right place. There’s nothing I love more than baking cakes. I love all cakes, whether they be sponge cakes, fruit cakes, chocolate cakes, birthday cakes, wedding cakes, celebration cakes, cup cakes – or any other kind of cake you can think of. My idea of heaven is time in the kitchen with my creative juices flowing to create a new cake redipe.
And, of course, then relaxing with a cup of coffee, and a slice of my work-of-art.
Many people think making cakes is science. And while creating recipes can be rather trial and error based, all you need is a good recipe and some clear instructions for even a novice to whip up a perfect cake. You’ll find evidence of my love for baking in the bumper cake section of my blog. There are also helpful blogs for you to get to grips with simple baking methods such as folding, creaming, and easy guides for cooking with chocolate and cake decoration. So go on. Dig in!
Don’t get me wrong I love a good cake. But what I don’t like is the opportunity cost of having to work out in the gym for my sinning. Or sitting back and wearing my cake on my hips or belly.
Well, believe it or not – what keeps me awake at night is adapting recipes so they are either healthy or just not so darn sinful. Most cakes are made of butter, sugar, flour and eggs. Now the eggs are not an issue – they’re the healthy part of your cake that provides bulk and nutrients. But the rest of the ingredients can be an issue. So here’s what I’ve come up with at Sally Cooks…
Favorite Cake Recipes From My Blog
Even Healthier Cakes
Flour is also not the main offender. It’s low fat, and depending on your outlook on carbs, not an unhealthy ingredient. However, processed cake flour is stripped of its goodness. I have made some clever adaptations to recipes using oats instead of flour, which are blitzed to varying degrees.
Then there’s the sugar. Well food technology has provided us with some options such as erythritol and stevia. It’s not entirely straightforward substituting these as few sponge cakes recipes will take kindly to it. But there are possibilities.
For calorie counters, the main issue is the fat which adds around 50% of the calories in a typical cake. I’m forever on the lookout for smart substitutions such as applesauce, Greek yogurt, and pureed pumpkin. And I have to say, I do pretty darn well.
Not So Healthy Cakes
That being said, I am not entirely health obsessed. Nor, am I mean. Sure I love to bake up batches of amazing oaty, fruity, sugar and fat-free cakes. But, I still love to dip into the cookie tin of cake recipes, I refer to as my tried and trusted old favourites.
Some cakes and chocolate brownies need their share of naughtiness. And to that day, I say, oh well – there’s always an energy busting run or full-on gym session, to get me back on track. Or a bigger pair of pants! Check out some of my healthy, healthier, and not so healthy cakes, today!