Cake Baking with Xylitol

Posted on July 22, 2010

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July is a month-long birthday bash in our family.  Besides celebrating our nation’s birthday, both my mother and my mother-in-law’s birthdays fall 2 days apart the last week of the month.  Oh what fun to have not one but two cakes in one week!

Birthday cakes for Nana usually end up being just one bite for her.  She and sugar don’t mix (pardon the pun).  She gets headaches if she has sugar, so she has been experimenting with stevia and xylitol.  Well, if you know me, you know I love experiments!  I offered to bake any kind of cake she wanted with xylitol for her birthday.  She asked for just a white cake.

I flipped through my cookbooks and remembered the Lemon Gem Cupcakes recipe from Vegan With a Vengeance.  I used this once before eliminating the lemon to make a white with strawberries birthday cake for my daughter’s Max and Ruby party.  I decided to double the recipe to make a sheet cake, use Emerald Forest Xylitol, eliminate the lemon zest and use only 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice.

Lemon Gem Cupcakes as a cake minus the lemon and substituting Xylitol for sugar

The xylitol worked beautifully, although it took much longer to mix than granulated sugar.  At first it seemed to just want to sink (and stay) at the bottom of the bowl.   A bit more mixing than normal was definitely required.  The end result was very moist, and we couldn’t taste a difference between using xylitol and granulated sugar.

MiMa’s lemon cake was made exactly according to directions except doubled.  She and my first-born son share a love for a restaurant called Sweet Tomatoes which has revolving monthly themes for their salad and dessert bars.  The last time she visited, she helped my son indulge (on more than one occasion) in their lemon muffins.  I knew they would both appreciate the similar taste (but vegan this time) and recollections this cake would help them have.

Happy Birthday to two of my favorite mothers in the world!

Our oldest son with Nana and MiMa - July 2010

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