Low Fat Lemon Sponge Cake with Lemon Icing | Low Fat Recipe | Reflux Recipe

A lemon cake that is reflux-friendly

and, as all reflux-friendly recipes, very low in fat!

This is a very indulgent (it’s low in fat, but packed with sugar, so not for every day!) cake that allows even reflux* sufferers to enjoy delicious cake without fear of nasty after-effects.

How is it possible to enjoy a reflux-friendly recipe containing lemon, I hear you ask…

That’s because all we’re using in this recipe is lemon rind, no juice, so you get the WOW-factor of the zesty lemon flavour, without any of the nasty acid.

Lemon Sponge Cake with Lemon Icing | Low Fat Cake | Reflux-friendly cake | Reflux Recipe | Low Fat Recipe

This is only a slight variation on the basic ‘Three Ingredient Low-Fat Sponge Cake‘ and still just as easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 150g light brown soft sugar
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 540g Philadelphia ‘Lightest’ cream cheese (or any 3% fat cream cheese)
  • 300g icing sugar
  • Finely-grated zest of two lemons

Equipment

  • 20cm (8in) loose base non-stick round cake tin
  • Greaseproof paper, cut to a circle to fit in the base of the cake tin
  • Electric whisk
  • A drop of vegetable oil to grease the base of the tin before laying on the greaseproof paper, and to then very lightly grease the greaseproof paper before pouring in the cake mix

Method

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar until the mixture more than doubles in size and becomes quite thick.  This will take quite a few minutes.   A good test is to make a dent or line on the surface with your finger or a spoon and see whether the shape holds.  Just before it gets that thick, add in the very finely-grated zest of one lemon (you will need the second one for the icing) and keep whisking.  Once it briefly holds its shape when you make a dent in the surface, it is ready for the next step.

Sift the flour and fold it carefully into the egg, sugar and lemon mixture, taking great care to be gentle and not lose the air you have whisked into the eggs.

Having prepared your cake tin as described under ‘equipment’, above, pour in the mixture and place the cake tin into a pre-heated oven at 170°C (fan) and leave it in for 25 minutes.  Test with a cake skewer or wooden toothpick before removing it from the oven to ensure the cake is cooked (the skewer/toothpick should come away dry).

Take it out of the oven and leave to cool in the tin for a little while before carefully removing from the tin and leaving to cool completely on a cooling rack if you have one.  The cake often sags a little in the middle – this is perfectly normal and won’t affect the taste or texture.

Once the cake has completely cooled, prepare the icing: Place the cream cheese, very finely-grated zest of the second lemon and half of the icing sugar in a large bowl.  Using the electric whisk on the lowest setting at first, start combining the ingredients.  Be careful as icing sugar tends to go everywhere!  Once the ingredients are amalgamated, add the rest of the icing sugar and, again, start on a low setting until the ingredients are combined, then turn up to maximum speed and whisk for about half a minute.

Carefully cut the cake in half so you have a top and bottom half.

Spread approximately half of the icing onto the bottom half, then replace the top over it and finish off by spreading the remaining icing over the top.

The icing will be quite runny at this point, so get the cake into the fridge as quickly as possible and, ideally, refrigerate overnight to allow the icing to go more solid.

Tip: Once you have cut into the cake, make sure you cover it with clingfilm to ensure it doesn’t dry out, before returning it to the fridge – that’s assuming there is any left!!

Gloriously simple, gloriously indulgent, gloriously good!

*Please note I am not a doctor, speech therapist or in any way medically qualified.  The recipes are a combination of my interpretation of the rules outlined in the ‘Dropping Acid – The Reflux Diet’ book and ingredients that work for my reflux.  If you believe you suffer from reflux, please seek advice from a medical professional to confirm your diagnosis and work out the best course of treatment/management for you.  I hope that my recipes can help you as part of this management.  The recipes are, by their nature, very low in fat, so are also suitable for anyone wishing to follow a low-fat diet. 

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Fat free sponge | reflux-friendly sponge | three ingredient sponge | slice

Fat Free Sponge | Three Ingredient Sponge | Reflux Recipes

This is my first reflux recipe* on here, but I promise it will be the first of many!

I hope you will enjoy this delicious light low-fat sponge cake

This cake is delicious on its own, but for those who don’t suffer from reflux, you could of course slice it in the middle and add buttercream, or jam and whipped cream for a Victoria Sponge. I’m sure it would also taste delicious with custard 🙂

Fat free sponge | reflux-friendly sponge | three ingredient sponge | slice

 

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 150g light brown soft sugar
  • 150g self-raising flour

Equipment

  • 20cm (8in) loose base non-stick round cake tin
  • Greaseproof paper, cut to a circle to fit in the base of the cake tin
  • Electric whisk
  • A drop of vegetable oil to grease the base of the tin before laying on the greaseproof paper, and to then very lightly grease the greaseproof paper before pouring in the cake mix

Method

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar until the mixture more than doubles in size and becomes quite thick.  This will take quite a few minutes and a good test is to make a dent or line on the surface with your finger or a spoon and see whether the shape holds.  At that point, it is ready for the next step.

Sift the flour and fold it carefully into the egg mixture, taking great care to be gentle and not lose the air you have whisked into the eggs.

Having prepared your cake tin as described under ‘equipment’, above, pour in the mixture and place the cake tin into a pre-heated oven at 170°C (fan) and leave it in for 20 minutes.  Test with a cake skewer or wooden toothpick after 20 minutes to ensure the cake is cooked (the skewer/toothpick should come away dry).

Take it out of the oven and leave to cool in the tin for a little while before carefully removing from the tin and leaving to cool completely on a cooling rack if you have one.

(As you’ll see on my photo, it tends to sag a little in the middle – I have made quite a few of these now and it always does, so it is quite normal. I put this down to the amount of air in the cake, but trust me, it makes no difference to the taste or texture.)

Fat free sponge | reflux-friendly sponge | three ingredient sponge

Gloriously simple, gloriously good!

*Please note I am not a doctor, speech therapist or in any way medically qualified.  The recipes are a combination of my interpretation of the rules outlined in the ‘Dropping Acid – The Reflux Diet’ book and ingredients that work for my reflux.  If you believe you suffer from reflux, please seek advice from a medical professional to confirm your diagnosis and work out the best course of treatment/management for you.  I hope that my recipes can help you as part of this management.  The recipes are, by their nature, very low in fat, so are also suitable for anyone wishing to follow a low-fat diet. 

Tiramisù Cheese | Tiramisù Spread

Tiramisù-flavour Spread

aka: Coffee, Marsala All’Uovo & Cocoa Spread

Tiramisu Cheese | Tiramisu Spread | Tiramisù

When I recently made lemon cheese, I decided to have a go at some different flavours next.  I first thought to make a Marsala one, but then thought I’d take it one step further and make a Tiramisù Cheese (spread) instead, using coffee and cocoa in addition to the Marsala all’Uovo.

Marsala All’Uovo is a fortified wine (Marsala) that is already quite sweet and tastes similar to port or sherry; the “all’uovo” variety has had egg added to it for extra richness and it is this wine/liqueur that gives authentic Tiramisù (along with the other ingredients, of course) its unique flavour.  If you can’t get any, you can use a different liqueur, e.g. Tia Maria or similar, though the flavour won’t be quite as Italian or reminiscent of authentic Tiramisù.

Ingredients (for approx. 3 x 350ml jars):

  • 3 ‘long’ espressos (3 x 60 ml, i.e. 180ml espresso, freshly made) – you could substitute with the same quantity of good quality strong filter coffee if you don’t have an espresso machine
  • 120ml Marsala all’Uovo
  • 2tsp cocoa powder
  • 1.5tsp cornflour
  • 350g caster sugar
  • 225g unsalted butter, chopped into chunks and left to soften at room temperature before use
  • 4 large free-range eggs

Method:

Gently whisk the eggs in a pan, then add the other ingredients and whisk with a balloon whisk over a medium heat for approx. 7 minutes.  As the mixture heats up, it will start to thicken. Make sure you keep whisking and that you cover the entire pan area with your whisk so you don’t burn the cheese and it doesn’t go lumpy.

Turn the heat down and keep whisking for another minute or so.  The finished mixture will be thick but still quite runny; bear in mind it will thicken as it cools down but if you prefer a thicker mixture, cook and whisk a bit longer.

Pour into sterilised glass jars (I put my jars through the dishwasher, then sterilise them in a cold water sterilising solution), place a greaseproof paper disc over the top, close the lid and refrigerate immediately.  Wait until the jars are cold before affixing labels.

Enjoy spread onto hot toast or, if you’re anything like my family members, eat with a spoon!

Gloriously Simple, Gloriously Good!