Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Low Carb Healthy Orange Cake - Is It a Cake or a Muffin?

Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana? And Only 3.9 Net Carbs Per Cake With Glaze - Hurray!

Orange ya glad I made this cake? Low Carb Healthy
Orange Cake with Orange Glaze and Blackberry Garnish.
Only 3.9Net Carbs per cake not including blackberries.
Don’t you love it when kids start “getting” jokes and try to tell their own? Our great niece EJ is telling knock knock jokes that never quite end the way you expect them.

EJ: Knock Knock
Denny: Who's there?
EJ: Banana
Denny: Banana who?

EJ: Knock Knock
Denny: Who's There?
EJ: Banana
Denny: Banana who?

EJ: Knock Knock
Denny: Who's there?
EJ: People!

*snort* It may be locational, but oh my gosh, she starts giggling and it's just the cutest thing!

The Banana joke got me thinking about the orange-you-glad punchline…which led to me
craving orange cake, which led to me craving orange muffins. Then I said a prayer for Cinnabon and when that didn’t happen I took matters into my own hands.

Low Carb Healthy Orange Cake
Only 3.9Net Carbs Per Glazed Cake (I subtract fiber
and sugar alcohols from erythritol, xylitol and Stevia)
All of the sudden I said, “Oh what the hey!

Orange you glad I’m not cravin’ liver? (Cuz Denny and the Boys gag over liver…) So I decided to try out the new Fluffy Chix Low Carb GF NF Bread Mix to see how it does making cake-like structures. I must report the verdict is very good. Not sure it’s 100% yet, but dang, it’s close enough for government work!

This is a bit of a confused entity, this little orange delicacy. The crumb can’t quite decide if it’s a muffin or a cake. It swings either way and can be dressed up in many different flavors. Lemon springs to mind as does lime. I’m craving citrus these days – must be spring. Can you tell? 

I won’t bore you with a long story today, too much recipe development and testing to do for low carb Easter treats. I hope to be back here tomorrow reporting on a couple of fun sugar free, diabetic friendly, low carb, gluten free, healthi-er treats (emphasis on the ER…) to try for Easter. In the meantime, I hope you will whip up a batch of these little orange muffins, er cakes! They would be perfect for Easter Brunch and only take minutes to make!

You can find the nutritional information and complete instructions for the Fluffy Chix Low Carb GF NF Bread Mix on this original thread, but I have included the recipe for the Mix below. You will use 3 tablespoons of the mix in the Low Carb Healthy Orange Cake recipe.

Low Carb Orange Glaze
Low Carb Orange Cake warm from the oven and topped
with Low Carb Orange glaze just starting to melt.
Yield – 6 Rounded Tablespoons (Recipe can be doubled)
Prep Time – 5 Minutes
Cooking Time – None
Difficulty – Easy

3 Tbsp Truvia (Erythritol/Xylitol Blend of your choice), measure before powdering
1 pinch Stevia Glycerite
2 oz Cream Cheese
1/4c Heavy Cream
2 Tbsp Filtered Water
1 tsp Orange Zest
1 Tbsp Orange Juice, fresh
¼ tsp Oranze Extract

Grind Truvia in coffee grinder to form a powdered version. This helps the blend dissolve in the glaze.

Combine all ingredients and stir with spoon or spatula to incorporate.

Set glaze aside to have ready when cakes are through baking. You will ice them while still warm from the oven.

Nutritional Information Glaze Only – Full Recipe

Nutritional Information Glaze Only – Single Serving

Low Carb Healthy Orange Cake
Bottom View of Low Carb OMM-Orange Cake still warm
from the microwave.
Yield – 2 Individual Cakes (Recipe can be doubled or tripled)
Serving Size – 1 Cake
Prep Time – 10 Minutes
Cook Time – 30 Seconds to 10 Minutes

½ Tbsp Truvia or Erythritol/Xylitol Combination
½ tsp Powdered Egg White
½ tsp Aluminum Free GF Baking Powder
1/8 tsp Glucomannan Powder
1 pinch Stevia Glycerite
1 Egg, whole
2 Tbsp Greek Yogurt
1 tsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Orange Zest
¼ tsp Orange Extract
1 tsp Sugar Free Marmalade (Polaner’s SF suggested)
½ tsp Braggs Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

Garnish – 3 Blackberries per Cake (Optional)

Stir dry ingredients together.

Zest one orange and use 1 teaspoon of orange zest in the cake. Reserve remaining zest for glaze. 

Low Carb Healthy OMM - Orange Cake Batter

Combine wet ingredients except vinegar and marmalade. Stir into dry ingredients.

Prepare 4oz ramekins or small coffee cups or mugs by either lining with parchment paper on the bottom and sides, or alternately, you may oil the ramekin and sprinkle with another tablespoon of bake mix per ramekin.

Just prior to cooking, add vinegar to batter and stir well.

Divide batter between 2 ramekins and top with a teaspoon of sugar free orange marmalade for each ramekin.

Oven baked Low Carb Healthy Orange Cake hot from the oven.
Glaze warm cakes with 1 heaping tablespoon of glaze per cake. The glaze will run off the cake. Simply scoop it up from the plate and ladle it over the cake again until all the glaze stays on the cake. You build layers of glaze this way.

Refrigerate leftover glaze in air tight container. Will keep 1-2 weeks with proper refrigeration.

Glazed Low Carb Healthy Orange cake tastes sinfully delicious!
Allow cake glaze to set and serve. You can make these orange cakes ahead and refrigerate until serving. Can be made up to one day ahead and stored in an air tight container in the ice box.

(Blackberries make a gorgeous optional garnish if serving this for dessert! A small scoop of low carb, sugar free vanilla ice cream turns this orange cake into a dreamsicle of a dessert! Yummy!)

Lining ramekins with parchment makes cleanup easy.
Microwave Baking Directions – Nuke for 25 seconds on high power. Check for doneness. The cake should be fluffy and done with a set center that still slightly glistens with moistness. Mine took 35 seconds on high. If it isn’t done at 25 seconds, reset oven and check in 5 second intervals. These cook quickly!

Conventional or Toaster Oven Directions – Preheat oven to 400°. Place ramekins in thoroughly heated oven. The heat is necessary to maximize the spring of the rise. Bake for 10-12 minutes checking for doneness at 10 minutes.

Nutritional Information Cake Only – Full Recipe

Nutritional Information Cake Only – Single Serving

Nutritional Information for Cake With Glaze – Individual Serving
Only 3.9 Net Carbs per Glazed Cake! (Totals do not include blackberry garnish. Net Carbs have subtracted out the fiber and sweeteners since tests indicate little effect on blood sugar from erythritol and xylitol.)

Fluffy Chix Low Carb GFNF Bread Mix (Use this Bread Mix in the Low Carb Healthy Orange Cake Recipe)

Fluffy Chix LowCarb GFNF Bread Mix works as a low carb
bake mix for many tender baked goods. Make it in bulk
and store it for use in all your bread, cake and muffin recipes.
Yield – 19 Tbsp (Recipe can be doubled or tripled)
Prep Time – 10 Minutes
Cooking Time – None, this is a base gluten free flour substitute you keep on hand to formulate different low carb mixes.
Difficulty – Easy

6 Tbsp Pork Rinds, plain, pulverized to crumbs
4 Tbsp Coconut Flour, measure before sifting
3 Tbsp Whey Protein Powder, Natural Flavor
2 Tbsp Oat Fiber**
2 Tbsp Old Fashioned Gluten Free Oats Rolled, measure before grinding
2 Tbsp Fluffy Chix GFNF Flour (Choose your favorite high carb gluten free flour mix)*

Measure previously ground pork rinds (go to the Fluffy Chix Bread recipe post to see pictures of pork rind texture if you have questions about how much to grind them.)

Sift coconut flour.

Combine all ingredients and shake to incorporate.

KAF (King Arthur Flour) GF MP Flour makes a very
good textured high carb flour to use as part of the
formulation in the Fluffy Chix Low Carb GFNF Bread Mix.
*Note on GF Flour Mix: You may buy a high carb gluten free bake mix off the shelf of your grocery store. Almost any gluten free, high carb mix will work here as long as it doesn't have sugar in it! I use King Arthur Flour Multi-Purpose Bake Mix if I don't want to use my Fluffy Chix GF Baking Mix.

**Note on Oat Fiber: Many gluten sensitive and celiacs are unable to handle possible cross-contamination from oats and so oat fiber may be inappropriate for them. Please substitute rice bran or corn bran for the oat fiber if this applies to you.

Nutritional Information for Fluffy Chix Low Carb GFNF Bread Mix - Single Serving

SusieT Notes:
Ok, here's what you need to know. There is a difference in the texture of the cakes between microwaving and oven baking them. The oven baked cake doesn't have as large or explosive of a rise. The top comes out better rounded and the crumb is denser, but still delicious. If you are making 1 or 2, then use the microwave. If you are doubling or tripling the recipe, bake them in the oven!

I think you should stop reading this and go make these cakes already! OMG. They taste so succulent and make me smile. I could eat them as part of brunch or breakfast or treat them as dessert. They would be over the top with a scoop of ice cream! Can you believe they only have 3.9 Net Carbs per glazed cake?

Stand back, I’m dislocating my arm patting myself on the back on this one! Mangia!

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