A while back I was contracted by a PR company to do 5 blog posts for Canderel. These posts formed part of a campaign which I hope was successful for the brand. Given that my blog is all about sucrose free cooking and baking I found these posts a pleasure to do. I do not usually use Canderel in my recipes as I prefer to use fructose. However, I am not adverse to using any sucrose substitute as long as it works. One of the hardest things to substitute is icing sugar in terms of texture. It has made icing a cake quite a challenge in my baking and more often than not I tend to melt some Canderel dark chocolate and pour it over my cakes to ice them. When the new PR agency for Canderel sent me a hamper to try out it contained sachets of the Canderel Vanilla, a sucralose based product. For those of you who are not aware, sucralose is sucrose based but this is a good alternative for people on a sugar restricted diet. I decided to use the Canderel vanilla in a recipe provided to me by the PR company. The recipe for cream cheese frosting was the icing for red velvet cupcakes. As I was baking a cake the same weekend as wanting to test the recipe, I decided to use it to ice my cake with, rather than bake cupcakes. The original recipe called for Canderel Yellow but I used Canderel Vanilla instead. It left lovely flecks of vanilla in the frosting and it melded into a beautiful flavour over the few days we ate the cake.
- 150g good quality cream cheese
- 37g butter
- 2.5mls vanilla extract
- 18g Icing Sugar – I used Canderel Vanilla
- Place the cream cheese, butter and vanilla into a mixing bowl
- Beat until completely mixed and smooth
- Add the icing sugar and beat until the sugar has been completely incorporated and the frosting is smooth
- Use a piping bag or palette knife to ice your cakes or cupcakes
Disclosure: I was sent the Canderel products to use at home and try a recipe provided to me. I was not requested to write a blog post about the product. The recipe has been published with permission from Gullan & Gullan. This post is in line with my blogging policy.
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