Friday, April 24, 2015

Light & Fluffy Vanilla Microwave Jiffy Cake - Amazingly Sugar-Free & Gluten-Free

This is a special recipe. 
If you have been looking for a healthy 2-minute microwave cake or muffin recipe, this is it. 

Not only is this cake amazingly light textured, it is also gluten-free, sugar-free, low-carb, high fiber, dairy-free, starch-free, and chemical-free.

Basic Vanilla Jiffy Cake with Sugar-Free Chocolate Ganache Topping.

Vanilla Jiffy Cake
There are some recipes out there that use almond flour and/or coconut flour, but they are generally heavy, dry, and not convincing. It is highly unusual to have a tasty sugar-free, gluten-free, and low-carbohydrate recipe in one.

You're welcome :)

I purposely pared this cake/muffin recipe down. It is like a blank canvas, ready for you to unleash your creativity on.

I'm thinking, pumpkin-spice, applesauce cake, lemon-blueberry, sugar-free chocolate chip frosted with sugar-free chocolate ganache... I will be posting a almond-poppy seed muffin recipe next, using this recipe as the foundation. Check back soon.

This recipe is also a work in progress. Don't get me wrong, it's great as it is, but our recipes continually evolve here at Kitchen Cheetahs. We already have many variations, but I wanted to provide you with a basic recipe that is easy to make at home, with ingredients easy to source.



For a grain-free version, you may omit the oat bran flour and chia flour and use 1 T. golden flax seed meal instead. Note that the taste of the flax meal will be noticed in this recipe, since there are no spices or other strong flavors to mask the taste.

We like to make multiple batches of the single-serving dry cake/muffin mix and individually seal them in small zip-lock bags. When the munchies hit, grab 1 bag of dry mix and add the wet ingredients, mix, microwave, and enjoy!

This Jiffy Cake generously serves one. My daughter and I usually share one. An added benefit of this cake is that it is quite filling, and staves off cravings for hours. This cake isn't full of empty calories either, so it makes a great meal or snack. We like these low-carb Jiffy Cakes a lot, as they help with carb cravings when you want to slim down.




Basic Jiffy Cake Recipe for One Jiffy Cake:

Dry Ingredients:
3 T. (24 grams) white almond flour (Honeyville is a good brand)
2 T. (18 grams) coconut flour (we like Wilderness Family Naturals brand)
2 t. (6 grams) oat bran flour
1 t. (2.50 grams) chia seed flour
1 T. (15 grams) erythritol (or Lakanto's granular zero-cal sweetener)
1 T. (14 grams) xylitol
1 T.  (11 grams) IMO powder (or inulin powder)
1/2 t. (2.50 grams) baking powder
1/8 t. (0.40 grams) lecithin powder
heaping 1/16 t. (0.50 grams) sea salt

Wet Ingredients:
1 large egg, at room temperature (about 50 -51 grams)
1 t. (8 grams) vegetable glycerine
1/8 t. (1 gram) stevia glycerite, to taste
2 T. (28 grams) warm water
2 T. (26.50 grams) warmed deodorized coconut oil
1/2 t. (2.50 grams) real vanilla extract


Method:

Pre-grind your chia seeds into a fine flour using a small seed/coffee mill.
Grind together all the dry ingredients so that the sweeteners are powdered into the mix.
Store dry mix in an air-tight container until ready to use.

To make one Jiffy Cake:

In a 2-cup microwave safe baking container, whisk the egg until blended.

Add the other wet ingredients in the order listed and mix to combine.

Place the container of batter off-center in your carousel microwave and cook on high for 2 minutes, uncovered. The center should just spring back when touched.

Let cake cool in the microwave 3 minutes.

Remove from microwave and invert cake onto a plate, if desired, and cool 3 more minutes.

If you are not going to eat the cake right away, cover the cake to prevent it's drying out.



Photos of the process:


Get all your ingredients out.

A seed mill and good scales are helpful to have.

A small casserole dish (with vented lid) for cooking the cake in.

Measuring the dry ingredients.
I move each ingredient to the opposite side as I use it, so I don't forget where I'm at in the recipe.

The coconut flour I used.

Grind the dry ingredients together in 2 batches.

Do not grind until mixture heats up or it will clump.

The finished dry cake/muffin mix.

Crack the egg into the baking dish then mix in the rest of the wet ingredients.

Mix the dry mix into the wet mix until lump free.

Place the baking container off-center in the microwave so it will cook more evenly.

Let the cooked Jiffy Cake cool in the microwave for about 3 minutes.
Remove cake from microwave and let cool another 3 minutes.

The finished vanilla Jiffy Cake.
Cover the cake if you are not going to eat it right away

The cooled cake is ready to frost.

Here is a sugar-free chocolate ganache frosting.

Dig in!

Look at the light texture and moist crumb...

Hard to believe that this is a guilt-free treat, huh?

O.K., I'm going to go eat this now.



Enjoy,

Leila & Nancy.