Healthier Lemon and Blueberry Cake (GF, low fat, reduced sugar)

Lemon & Blueberry Cake (GF, low fat, reduced sugar)

 

Continuing my healthier baking stretch, this time we have a healthier lemon and blueberry cake. I love cakes that are better for you. So satisfying to make.

Not always the easiest though – there’s a reason why we often shove tons of sugar and butter in them.

The original is a tried, tested and very well loved orange drizzle loaf. This time, I’ve changed it up a little and this one is gluten free and has less sugar.

The blueberries were from my garden (I actually made this in the summer and just getting round to publishing it now). Blueberries go so well with any kind of citrus, and this was no exception.

 

Lemon & Blueberry Cake (GF, low fat, reduced sugar)

 

Although it might seem obvious, it’s important to mention that the texture of a cake changes when it doesn’t have any gluten. Making a healthier lemon and blueberry cake using Greek yoghurt and reducing fat and sugar content also alters not only the texture but taste, too.

What I’m trying to get at is: don’t be expecting a regular cake. That said, the end result is fabulous; make no mistake about that.

 

Lemon & Blueberry Cake (GF, low fat, reduced sugar)

 

 

 

Lemon and Blueberry Cake (GF, low fat, reduced sugar)

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 50g (¼ cup) brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 60ml (¼ cup) Greek yoghurt
  • 60ml (¼ cup) vegetable oil
  • 140g (1 cup + 1 tbsp) gluten free flour blend (see note 1)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar (or essence)
  • 75g (¾ cup) blueberries (I used frozen)

Glaze:

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 175°C (350ºF).
  • Whisk the sugar and eggs together until light and fluffy. Add honey, lemon juice, yoghurt and oil, and beat until smooth.
  • Sift the flour, vanilla sugar, baking soda and baking powder together and add to the wet ingredients, stirring well. Lastly, gently stir in the blueberries.
  • Pour into a prepared loaf tin (mine was 25cm x 12cm) and bake for around 30-40 minutes until an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for a while, then turn out onto a wire rack.
  • While still warm, mix the sugar and lemon juice for the glaze. With a knife, gently poke holes in the top of the cake and pour the glaze over. Slice and serve. Enjoy!

Notes

 
  1. The original recipe called for gluten free flour. However, if you'd like to use spelt or regular flour instead, just do a straight swap. 
 
Disclaimer:
I have converted grams to cups/ounces/tablespoons using online converters. Although I have no reason to believe they are inaccurate, please be aware that I have not made the recipe with imperial measurements.
In addition, many ingredients are different in Europe compared to North America. I do all I can to offer possible alternatives and to ensure the best possible outcomes for everyone. However, results cannot always be guaranteed if you have not used the same ingredients, measurements or methods as me.
Lastly, I do everything I can to ensure that my recipes (and instructions) are accurate and easy to follow. However, I am human, and don't always get it right. If you notice anything strange, a mistake, or even a typo, please let me know in the comments. 
Healthier Lemon and Blueberry Cake (GF, low fat, reduced sugar)


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