I always cut the amount of sugar used as I don’t like it too sweet. What would be the amount I could cut that wouldn’t affect the texture of the cake?

  • Posted by: RitaPop
  • February 21, 2020
Groovy Chocolate Cake
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HalfPint February 24, 2020
King Arthur Flour tested reducing sugar for several types of cakes: https://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2017/04/26/reduce-sugar-in-cake#

Overall, it looks like 25% reduction might be the most you would want to reduce the sugar in cakes, since sugar provides not just sweetness but texture and structure. The article is a handy guide and I have used it before with good results.
Nancy February 24, 2020
You didn't ask about cutting sugar in the frosting, but in case you're thinking about it, there are at least two ways:
• omit frosting and just dust cake with confectioners' sugar;
• make frosting in proportions as given, just half the amounts. Then pipe or spoon decorative bits of frosting on cake instead of fully covering it.
RitaPop February 24, 2020
Thanks for the tips, I do have my own recipe for frosting that I have used for ages.
Nancy February 24, 2020
RitaPop - OK, good. Would love to see your frosting if you decide to post it as a recipe.
RitaPop February 24, 2020
Sure, for a lighter frosting, I will melt some chocolate, cool then fold into whipped cream. But for a layered cake, I use a “butter cream”. This is the recipe but I modify the sugar for my own tastes.
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup milk

Cook over medium heat until thickened and cool

8 squares (225 gm) bakers chocolate
1 1/3 cup (325 gm) unsalted butter
1/2 cup icing sugar

Melt chocolate and cool slightly

Beat butter and sugar, add cooled milk mixture until combined then add the melted chocolate.

I sometimes add instant coffee or a liquor for added flavourings
Nancy February 25, 2020
Thanks...I see how you've limited the sugar in the frosting a lot.
Sabra February 26, 2020
One other way to reduce the sugar in frosting is to substitute powdered milk for some of the powdered sugar in a frosting recipe.
RitaPop February 26, 2020
Perhaps Sabra, as powdered milk also contains sugar, 12gm per quarter cup.
Sabra February 22, 2020
You may have already seen this food52 article about reducing sugar in baking recipes, but here’s the link just in case you haven’t run across it yet. Hope it helps answer your question.
RitaPop February 24, 2020
Thanks, that is a very useful site, I will refer to it
LeBec F. February 21, 2020
now THAT is an interesting question. I'm hoping Half Pint and the food chemist member- will reply to you.
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