mabryant0212 Posted 28 Jan 2009 , 7:40pm
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My MIL had a very serious stroke last year and just recovered from a breast mastcetamy(SP) and here birthday is this weekend... She loves strawberry cake... Here's the problem... She cant have sugar because of some of the meds she is on and I was wondering if there is a sugar free strawberry cake recipe... I have Googled it every wich way and have yet to find one. I had planned on icing it with whipped topping(YUCK) because it has 1gram of sugar by volume... I hope you guys can help me.... I really want to do something special for her. She has been thru HELL the past 2 years.

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mabryant0212 Posted 28 Jan 2009 , 8:50pm
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PLEASE GUYS HELP ME!!!! I have posted in a few differant areas and as of last I am getting no replies to my post... am I doing something wrong? icon_sad.gif

prterrell Posted 28 Jan 2009 , 9:17pm
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No, you're not doing anything wrong...

I know I don't normally post if I don't have an idea/solution/answer.

I'm sorry you're so frustrated! I wish I had a recipe for you, but I haven't made any cakes that are sugar free (I'm allergic to sugar substitutes).

mabryant0212 Posted 28 Jan 2009 , 9:21pm
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Thank you anyway at least I know my post worked...Still very new to all this. icon_redface.gif

something_sweet Posted 28 Jan 2009 , 9:30pm
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I know that Pillsbury makes a 50% sugar cake in white, you could add fresh or frozen strawberries to it, if you like using a box cake. Or you can subsititue sugar in your scratch recipe with a 50/50 mix of sugar and Splenda. I think Splenda has a "baking blend". I don't know of any cakes that are 100% sugar free.

tonia3604 Posted 28 Jan 2009 , 9:34pm
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Does it have to be completely sugar free or is natural sugar OK, like in fresh fruit??

I found a sugar free cake recipe on that got very good ratings. It has raisins in it, but I was wondering if you substituted strawberries for the raisins or found a sugar free white cake recipe and substituted sugar free strawberry jam for some of the liquid??

Just some ideas that came to mind that you could try....

Here is the link to the recipe I was referring to...

kkitchen Posted 28 Jan 2009 , 9:39pm
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I would think that you could make a white cake (scratch) and use splenda instead of sugar - and use chunks of strawberry in the batter. I think could also use sugar free jelly to fill it. I hope you find something, and, I hope she has a wonderful birthday.

Melvira Posted 28 Jan 2009 , 9:39pm
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I was going to suggest the Splenda baking blend stuff, but it really depends on how much sugar she can have, because there is some real sugar in the baking blend. I may be of no help, but at least here's a bump to get someone else's attention (hopefully). I hope you can find something for her... it sounds like she's been through a rough haul, and really deserves something nice. It's so sweet of you to put this effort into it! Bless your heart!

Eisskween Posted 28 Jan 2009 , 9:42pm
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I know this isn't what you are looking for, but it is an option. Also, you can make a regular strawberry cake and try substituting Splenda or another sugar substitute for the sugar.

Sugar Free Strawberry Layer Cake

* 1 small box sugarfree strawberry Jello
* 2 cups boiling water
* 1 tub sugarfree cool whip
* 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
* 1 sugarfree angel food cake


1. Dissolve Jello in boiling water.
2. Chill until partially set.
3. Stir in strawberries. Stir in coolwhip.
4. Tear angel food cake into bite-size pieces; Layer cake pieces with jello mixture, ending with jello on top.
5. chill until firm.

mezzyc Posted 28 Jan 2009 , 9:43pm

I have never made a sugar free cake I do have Splenda in my pantry and I know it works well as a sugar substitute. It says to use same amount of sugar or Splenda. You could try a regular cake recipe and just replace the sugar. Also their web site had a lot of recipes but no strawberry cake. You could try the angel food cake, add a little strawberry extract and flavor the topping as well.
Sorry I don't have any tried and true stuff. Good luck.

Melvira Posted 28 Jan 2009 , 9:51pm

Ok, here is a recipe I found that sounds possible... it called for sugar free vanilla syrup, I just changed it to sugar free strawberry. You can get it from Torani and it's awesome!! You don't have to use almond flour, that's just to make it low carb. You can use regular flour.

Sugar Free Pound Cake

8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup butter - softened
4 eggs
1/2 cup Torani Strawberry Sugarfree Syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup Splenda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups almond flour
Instructions: Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare a bottom release tube pan with spray oil.
Combine wet ingredients together in a blender until smooth.

Mix dry ingredients together and then fold in wet ingredients.

Pour evenly into baking pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then invert on a serving plate.

FromScratch Posted 28 Jan 2009 , 9:54pm

You can't sub splend for all of the sugar in baked goods.. it just doesn't come out well. Have you thought of looking up some diabetic cake recipes? Maybe you could ask her doctor how much sugar would be okay. She isn't going to eat the whole cake... just a slice or two.. so it might give you more leeway.

mabryant0212 Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 5:51pm

I asked the Doctor and he said to keep the sugar to a min....with that said you ladies are WONDERFUL!!! You all have givin me some great ideas. I believe the SF pound cake is the answer. Thank you sooooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif

Melvira Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 6:00pm
Originally Posted by mabryant0212

I asked the Doctor and he said to keep the sugar to a min....with that said you ladies are WONDERFUL!!! You all have givin me some great ideas. I believe the SF pound cake is the answer. Thank you sooooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif

Excellent! Let us know how it turns out!

Callyssa Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 6:36pm

You have to be careful with Splenda though; for some people it still raises their blood sugars almost to the level of regular sugar. I've done some extensive research on this lately (as I'm one of those whose body sees it as real sugar!) and I've been lowcarbbing for the past few weeks.

What I've found for baking is there is a product called Erythritol at health food stores. It's a sugar alcohol but has the least amount of possibility to raise blood sugars of any sweetener out there. (well, except maybe stevia, but I dont' know if you can cook with it like sugar, and I think it tastes awful). It's about 75% as sweet as sugar so you may want to add a little Splenda in if you think it isn't sweet enough. It's also the best sweetener for baking. Comes in a granular form that looks just like sugar, and powdered. Powdered is better for baking unless you can dissolve the granular in hot liquid first. If not, you can make it powdered by running it through a blender.

I'll tell you though, it's difficult to find, but most likely to be able to find it at health food stores. DON'T confuse it with Xylitol, Maltitol, Sorbitol, etc. Those sugar alcohols can have a wicked effect on your stomach, especially in larger quantities like you would use in baking!! Erythritol doesn't cause any stomach upset because something like 90% of it doesn't get digested.

One downside I've found with it is it has a cooling effect in your mouth. Not like minty, but it makes your tongue feel cool. You get used to it by the second or third bite, and the effect is less the more of other sweeteners you mix in (like Splenda). Oh, and it's quite pricey too, but to me it's worth it to find a true sugar substitute that leaves no kind of aftertaste at all, and actually feels like sugar. I hope this helps!

Callyssa Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 6:42pm

That recipe that Melvira posted with Almond flour in it sounds like it would be great. But, almond flour isn't like real flour; it's more like cornmeal and gives a gritty crunchy kind of mouth-feel. It doesn't taste bad, it's actually quite bland, just wanted you to know.
And I know this because I made my own almond flour last night and made low carb pancakes that were excellent! (once they had sf sugar on them.....plain they were just plain!)

Melvira Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 7:20pm

Yah,. almond flour is just ground almonds, but you can sub reg. flour for it if you don't care about the card effect.

Thanks for the info on the sweetner Callyssa! I am always looking for options. I can't have a lot of sugar, so I simply don't eat it. It would be nice to be able to have the things I love! thumbs_up.gif

7xgranny Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 7:35pm

You can use Stevia to replace the sugar. I used to get it in a health food store but now it is sold in the grocery stores too. God bless your MIL. That's a hard road she has traveled.

nickshalfpint Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 7:35pm
Originally Posted by Melvira

Yah,. almond flour is just ground almonds, but you can sub reg. flour for it if you don't care about the card effect.

Thanks for the info on the sweetner Callyssa! I am always looking for options. I can't have a lot of sugar, so I simply don't eat it. It would be nice to be able to have the things I love! thumbs_up.gif

Why can't you have a lot of sugar? Please forgive my nosiness icon_biggrin.gif

Melvira Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 7:51pm

Good grief lady! You want my blood pressure and cholesterol readings too? Hehehehe. Just kidding! Nothing that big, I'm just a type 2 diabetic, SORT of. It's weird, it's only food control, I've never had to take meds for it, but if I keep my weight down as well as my consumption of sweets I'm A-ok. When I took of a lot of weight, it pretty much went away for all practical purposes. Of course, after having babies, I'm fattened up again now, so I need to get the weight off and then I'll be better.

nickshalfpint Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 8:03pm

Ok, thank you. Now I need your blood type and your dr's name and address icon_biggrin.gif I'm type 1 diabetic and I wish I could control it with my diet icon_sad.gif I have the pump, which works out pretty good. My cousin, who is only 26, is type 2 diabetic and was just admitted to the hospital and they said it doesn't look good. She took her meds when she felt like it and she could out drink a sailor. They didn't give her much time. Her son (8 yrs old) is diabetic too and I feel so bad for him, but I hope he sees how important it is to take care of yourself.

Melvira Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 8:09pm

Ok halfpint... you asked for it... the stool sample is in the mail. Hehehe. I'm sorry to hear about your cousin. There is nothing worse than someone who refuses to take care of themselves, especially if they have children. My heart breaks for the child that could end up motherless. I have a cousin who is type 1... actually I have 2 cousins who both do this... they both refuse to take care of themselves or stay on medication or watch what they eat, etc. Once cousin was rushed to the hospital and his blood sugar was over a thousand! I didn't even know that was possible. I get nervous if mine gets close to 200.

nickshalfpint Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 8:20pm
Originally Posted by Melvira

Ok halfpint... you asked for it... the stool sample is in the mail. Hehehe

It's funny you say that, I just had to do that for my gross. It's bad enough cleaning it, but scooping it up and putting it in a jar is a whole nother storyImage

She actually has 3 kids, and I wish she would've straightened up. We're praying for a miracle. We just found out my Gramma has breast cancer, but they think they caught it pretty early , so that's good. I feel sorry for my aunt, she lost her brother (my dad) her mom has breast cancer and her daughter is in the hospital dying. All within 9 months.

Melvira Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 8:26pm

Wow, that really sucks! There has to be something good around the corner for her... it's just waiting for her to make it through all this!

Callyssa Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 8:58pm

Hey Mel, it's worth trying to find that Erythritol. If you can't find it in a store you can get it online at It may have been someone here who directed me there, if so credit goes to them! (I'm on a doggy forum too and I can't remember what I read where!).
FYI.....I normally can NOT lose a pound on low carb dieting and this time, the only difference being I'm using this sweetener and actually adding lots more fats, and I've lost 8 lbs. in three weeks. I know, no great feat, but for me it's better than nothing, and I don't have a lot to lose anyway. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. I have some really good recipes I've tried this time that are definitely helping keep me on track, let me know if you want me to share them.

Melvira Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 9:17pm

Callyssa, 8 pounds in three weeks is fabu!! They say you're lucky if you can lose a pound a week without major painful working out, etc. So you're doing great! Yes, by all means share your recipes with me!! You can send them to me at I'd love to hear what you like and don't like. I'm ready to get back to my fighting weight! As in, having to fight off the advances of men in the grocery store. I adore that! My DH isn't as thrilled, but he knows I'd never even consider... we don't even have to discuss it. (Unless Johnny Depp shows up at the local Super WalMart... then all bets are off. icon_redface.gif )

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