Christmas Trees and presents, carols and stars and more than it all there’s feasting and treating to please your taste buds. Yes, it’s time for Santa to come again and he brings with him goodies and cookies, cakes and puddings. But well, has it not been your resolution forever to get fit and remain fit? Now that may be the obstacle to the unending temptation for yummy Christmas cakes. While plum cakes may be your all time favourite for Christmas (and there is no parallel to them too) but there are definitely these infinitely yummy alternatives for the diet conscious who still die to indulge their taste buds into hogging onto the scrumptious airy Christmas cakes. Yes, you got that right! There’s that one option of low fat cakes for Christmas too, and well, there are lots of flavours to try from.
8. Fruity Teacake
I am sure you crave cakes most at tea time, but well, you also crave tea cakes, don’t you? All you need are dried berries and cherries with orange juice and hot tea to add to the lovely flavour of flour and butter with brown sugar and what you get is the loveliest fruity tea cake ever. Only, leave to cool before you gorge, you’d be doing your taste buds some great favour.
7. Little Toffee Apple Cake
An afternoon tea treat and you do not want the overload of calories? There’s this one cake which adults and kids would love alike and it is comparatively low fat too! Grate the peeled apple and add to in the egg yolk with sunflower oil and vanilla essence. Add flour and sugar to the batter and scrape into the loaf tin. Put 3 toffees in a row and bake well. Now, who doesn’t like a cake with toffee for its centre and with apple for the sweetener? I sure do !
6. Lemon and Violet Drizzle cake
So you want a simple yet yummy cake for Christmas without overload of fat? Add softened butter, flour, baking powder, caster sugar, egg yolks and milk with finely grated rind of a large lemon into a shallow tin and beat till you form a batter. Smooth the batter into the tin and bake till golden. Make the icing with golden caster sugar, crystallized violets and mimosa balls with juice of one large lemon and what you get it the most delicious lemon drizzle cake ices with lemon and violet icing. What’s better? It’s neither too sweet nor too fatty! So well, enjoy, it is Christmas after all.
5. Fruity Sponge Cake
I love sponge cakes and I love fruit cakes and I absolutely love fruit sponge cakes like I’d love my favourite book! So well, fruits are healthy and I don’t mind believing that I’m going the healthier way by baking a fruit sponge cake for Christmas. Whisk egg whites until stiff and then the egg yolks into the egg whites. Fold in the sieved flour, corn flour, baking powder and caster sugar and use a spoon to level the mixture in the greased tin. Bake until golden brown. Next, mix drained mandarin segment with low fat fromage frais. Sandwich your baked cake with mandarin mix and brush with icing sugar and eat fresh. If you eat this fresh, I am sure there’s no other cake you’d love as much.
4. Peach and Almond cake
I love this flavour best in muffins but you can bake an almond cake too. The crunchiness of the almonds compliment the juiciness of the peaches. Whisk the eggs and mix sugar, almond extract with it until foamy. Add melted butter and fold in flour, ground almonds with a pinch of salt. Pour the mixture into a loaf tin or into muffin holes and add a blob or fill with the peach conserve or jam and add sliced peaches on top. Scatter then with finely chopped almonds and extra sugar. Bake till golden brown and serve with half fat creme fraiche. Eat it fresh or frozen, but well, you’d never mind baking it again! Everyday!
3. Carrot Sponge cake
While carrot cakes are definitely not the conventional Christmas cakes but definitely one of the best low fat alternatives out there. Use an orange with raising, rapeseed oil, wholemeal flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder along with cinnamon powder, muscovado sugar and eggs and self raising flour. Grate the peeled carrots and make a smooth batter and bake your carrot cake like you would any other day. But this is Christmas and there ought to be something special! Frost your cake with light soft cheese, quark and low fat icing sugar mixed with orange zest and lemon juice. You’d love it for the tanginess, and it’s sweet without those calories!
2. Date Banana and Rum Loaf
This one best alternates for a Christmas cake because it’s rich and it’s sweet and it has the crunch in the bite. This loaf keeps you warm too! So well, you can make and bake this cake for Christmas and not worry about the new year dress being a size too small. You need a ready to eat dates, a large banana, pecan, raisins, sultana, polenta, mixed spice and baking powder with dark rum and egg whites. Simmer the dates in boiling water to make them taste best. Whizz the date water with bananas and mix the nuts, polenta, spice and baking powder with date puree and rum to make a fine batter. Whisk the egg whites and fold into the cake mix. Top with banana chips, pecans and sugar and bake till a skewer comes out clean. And then? Then you delight yourself with a delicious Christmas cake that does not add to the diet guilt.
1. Spiced Fruit Loaf
Spice cake are a favourite and I am pretty sure of it! Your home is filled with aroma of the baking spices while you die to bake your cake and eat it too! So well, how about a spices fruit loaf for Christmas this year? Soak dried fruits and berries in orange juice for half an hour. Sieve and reserve the juice. Mix yeast, flour, caster sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl with cinnamon and ground ginger. Make a hole in the center and add warm milk, orange juice, beaten egg and melted butter. Mix to form a dough such that it is neither too wet nor dry. Knead till it’s springy and then cover in a greased bowl with a damp tea towel. Leave for an hour. Knead again for a minute and then add the dough into loaf tines. Cover with tamp tea towel while heating your oven. Bake for 20 minutes and indulge in the lovely spiced fruit cake which you can frost with butter or have toasted as a bread. It’s healthy and it’s yummy.
So well, Christmas treats don’t mean adding to the waistline. Maybe simply adding to your kitchen skills while pleasing your taste buds!
Wishing you all a merry and cake-y Christmas!