Recipe: Sugar Free Apple Cakes


Last week I posted about the number of apples we had in the house. I made an apple cake using a recipe from A Girl Called Jack but since I’m forever trying to lower my sugar intake, it seemed a bit counterintuitive to bake a cake containing sugar, on purpose. So I decided to have a fiddle about with the recipe to see if I could make a sugar free version.

This recipe uses powdered glucose, or brewing sugar. You can get it from your local homebrew/wine making shop, or if you don’t have a local homebrew shop, you can get it online here. It’s a little more expensive per kilo than ordinary sugar – but not so much so as to make it prohibitive. I think the bag I bought was about £2.50 for a kilo.

Brewing sugar or powdered glucose is made from glucose. Glucose is 50% of a sugar molecule. The other half of the molecule is fructose, and this is the part that causes problems in our bodies. From everything I’ve read, this is a better substitute for sugar than the usual substitutes like agave nectar or honey.

Glucose has a less sweet taste but in this recipe the apples and sultanas make up for that so you don’t really notice a difference.

Sugar Free Apple Cakes
Yields 10
Easy sugar free apple cakes. Great for making with children.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
  1. 3 apples
  2. Juice of one lemon
  3. Juice and zest of one clementine/satsuma - or half quantities if using an orange
  4. 100g butter
  5. 100g brewing sugar
  6. 2 eggs
  7. handful of sultanas
  8. 180g self raising flour
  9. 1tsp baking powder
  10. half teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Core and chop the apples into small chunks. Place in a bowl and pour lemon and clementine juice over the top as well as zest.
  2. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar.
  3. Add in eggs, apples with juice, sultanas and cinnamon and mix thoroughly. It will look a bit lumpy because of the apples.
  4. Add the flour and baking powder and stir in. Again, the mixture will be lumpy but just make sure all the flour is mixed in.
  5. Spoon the batter into muffin tins. I prefer to grease the tins with butter rather than using cake cases, but that's down to preference.
  6. Bake at 180 degrees for around 30 minutes until cakes are golden and come away from the sides of the tin slightly.
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This is the first time I’ve tried to adapt a recipe and make it sugar free. As everyone knows, the best way to test food is to feed it to a child. S tried these at the weekend (after eating tomato soup, as you may be able to tell) and gave them a thumbs up!

 sugar free apple cake taste test

Vicky is a single mother, a blogger, a podcaster and a social media trainer. You can find her blogging, business and social media tips at VickyCharles.com.

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