I've been asked to make a novelty cake for a diabetic lady and have absolutely no idea where to start!
Can anybody please help with:
1) A sponge cake recipe that is suitable for carving into the shape of a handbag.
2) An alternative to fondant as I'm guessing there probably isn't a sugar-free version.
AMaking a diabetic-friendly cake is very complicated, we tried for months and could not come up with a recipe with a good enough taste and texture to sell. (Some recipes were OK, but not good enough in our opinion for a product someone pays for.)
Many diabetic recipes we found when doing our research use white flour, which is not really acceptable to a diabetic due to the high glycemic index, so you would need to experiment with low glycemic flours like amaranth, quinoa, or sorghum. I doubt you will be able to put together a cake that will hold up to carving.
When we got requests from diabetic customers, I would share my personal opinion that a tiny piece of excellent non-diabetic cake is preferable to a regular-sized piece of mediocre diabetic cake.
I've been looking up diabetic recipes all afternoon and none of them sound as nice as a "proper" cake so I think I will go with the "just have a teeny bit" route. They could always peel off the fondant to limit the sugar/carb damage anyway.
Some people recommend cheesecakes for diabetics: no flour, eggs are okay, not as much sugar as in a cake, etc. (Maybe you could use one of the sugar substitutes).
I am a recently diagnosed diabetic. I am constantly looking for food sources that will work with my eating plan for being a diabetic. Here is a blog that I use: http://mariahealth.blogspot.com/ . I haven't tried many things here yet but I am impressed with quantity of choices. I know she has a red velvet cake recipe. As a diabetic, my main goal is to watch out for those carbs. Everyone is different and can tolerate carbs in a different manner. I cannot tolerate carbs in any fashion so I must regulate my eating plan very carefully.
Another blog site I use is: http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/ . I know that she has a recipe for red velvet donuts and cupcakes, for example. I haven't tried that one yet but do plan to very soon.
I don't "need" sweets so I don't often try these recipes. I did make a sugar-free apple tart for Thanksgiving and really liked it.
Hope this helps.
Im diabetic myself and agree with this
I would share my personal opinion that a tiny piece of excellent non-diabetic cake is preferable to a regular-sized piece of mediocre diabetic cake.