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LAUNIE888 SparkPoints: (0)
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8/7/10 4:38 P

you could try using stevia, a natural sweetener. Just make sure that you use it sparingly. Stevia is 300 times sweeter than sugar. It comes in liquid or powder form. I prefer the powder form as I find the liquid a tad bitter. Below are the equivalents you would use:

1 cup sugar=1 tsp stevia
1 tbsp sugar=1/4 tsp stevia
1 tsp sugar=pinch or 1/16 tsp stevia

I use this all the time and I love it!

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8/7/10 2:34 A

I bet a honey cream cheese icing would be absolutely delicious.

I dont think baking a cake with real ingredients sounds horrible at all!

8/7/10 2:26 A

Thanks so much, MGPAQUIN. I knew there was some type of frosting/icing out there for what I was looking for.

And anyone that thinks whole wheat cake is gross, should really give it a try. Just substituting the bad stuff for natural things, like olive oil or whole butter instead of margarines that are full of trans-fat, or even applesauce instead of butter/olive oil and honey instead of sugar. I'm not picky about my calories if I'm making sweets, because really I'd rather have natural items than artificial that are not good for my brain or body (regardless of how low-cal/low-fat). Some fat is actually required for the body. So if I eat something full fat (sin trans-fat of course) I just eat less of it.

If anyone is interested in how bad refined sugar, white flours or trans fat oils (vegetable, canola, etc) are for you and your moods, look into "The Mood Cure" by Julia Ross. Very interesting stuff about how food really affects you and how you feel emotionally. Some foods we eat cause "false moods" and make us think we are depressed, anxious, irritable when it's really just the foods we're eating affecting our brain chemistry.

MGPAQUIN Posts: 359
8/5/10 8:34 P

I did a bit of scrounging around and found this recipe for honey-sweetened carrot cake with cream cheese icing that is also sweetened with honey. It sounds yummy! Here's the link:

OPUSEVA Posts: 1,331
8/5/10 8:01 P

Ugh. Whole wheat "cake" and healthy "frosting" without sugar?? Sounds Awful, no thanks.

8/5/10 7:48 P

I don't know of such a recipe. Frosting is all sugar and fat, so it seems kind of counterintuitive to be looking for a healthy recipe for it.

BLUETAT2 Posts: 403
8/5/10 7:09 P

since the main ingredient in any frosting is sugar or sugar substitiute, Im not sure you can find what you are looking for.

my suggestion would be to top the cake with freshly made whipped cream and thinly sliced fruit or berries :)


8/5/10 6:26 P

I was searching the internet and SparkRecipes and have yet to come across a frosting for a whole wheat cake that does not call for any refined sugars, brown sugars (which is just refined w/molasses), artificial sweeteners or powdered sugar.

Is there such a thing out there? If so, please, do tell! I don't want to give up sweets (I still love natural sugars: honey, fruit, milk products) and I don't want to give in to refined sugars or artificial sugars which are not good for your body or brain. Help?

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