Ever heard that little voice in your head telling you to steer clear of naughty treats? It’s hard to obey when you hit that 3pm brick wall which shouts “EAT ME” at you. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Our friends at Silver Spoon know exactly how you feel. They’ve been working away on a couple of new products; caster sugar with stevia and demerara sugar with stevia. By using this, it means you use 1/3 less sugar in your recipes.
Wondering what Stevia is? It’s a sweetener extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana.
Now, have you ever tried to bake with substitutions for sugar? Unless you have a specific recipe which has been written for the substitution, it can sometimes look and taste like you’ve baked with a blindfold on!
Our new sugars with stevia have been carefully developed so you don’t have this problem. All you need to do is use 1/3 less sugar in your recipe.
We put it to the test! We baked two of everything to compare. One with usual caster sugar, and one version using caster sugar with Stevia. I don’t think we’ve ever had such a massive queue outside the BakingMad kitchen. The verdict for the lemon drizzle cake? 10 out of 10 for taste AND texture. It tastes exactly like sugar once baked yet you’re saving 1/3 of the sugar content (and get this; The sugar’s calories too!)
We love nothing more than getting our bake on for a charity bake sale and with Children In Need this Friday that is exactly what we plan to do. We are not alone though as this year many famous faces are also doing the same all for a fantastic cause.
Nick Grimshaw, Fern Cotton, Tess Daly, Terry Wogan, Matt Baker and Alex Jones have taken it upon themselves to champion their favourite bakes and encourage everyone to take part in baking together to raise money for Children In Need. Each celebrity is heading up their own team and are encouraging bakers to share on twitter their favourite cakes using special baking related hashtags.
Nick Grimshaw is backing the delicious chocolate cake #TeamChocolateCake, Fern Cotton is taking on the yummy carrot cake #TeamCarrotCake, whilst Tess Daly fancies the traditional victoria sponge #TeamVictoriaSponge. Children In Need veteran Terry Wogan loves a tasty lemon drizzle cake #TeamLemonDrizzle and One Show hosts Matt Baker and Alex Jones are championing the might fruit cake #TeamFruitCake and colourful battenburg #TeamBattenburg.
But which camp do you sit in? If like us you really can’t pick between them all why not combine Tess and Terry’s favourite by baking our Pudsey Bear Lemon Sponge Cake.
For bake sale recipe inspiration for all of these popular cakes click below.