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It’s World Cake Day – For Everyone!

I think I speak for most of the Covance Volunteer Recruitment team when I say that every day is World Cake Day for us. But can you celebrate this momentous occasion when you’re on a restricted diet? These 3 cake recipes show that with  few tweaks, everyone can enjoy a sweet treat without compromising on health!

1) Coeliac-friendly Lemon Drizzle Cake

When someone has coeliac disease, their immune system over-reacts to gluten. Eating gluten can cause permanent damage to a coeliac’s intestinal system, resulting in stomach upsets, fatigue, ‘brain fog’, depression, mouth ulcers, and possibly even infertility. Gluten is a key component of wheat flour, so it is found in a vast range of foods including bread, pizza, pasta – and yes, cakes. This lemon drizzle recipe bypasses flour in favour of another secret – and quite unexpected- ingredient!


200g butter

200g golden caster sugar

4 eggs

175g ground almonds (or polenta,to make nut-free alternative)

250g mashed potato (roughly 2 small/medium potatoes)

Zest of 3 lemons

2 tsp gluten-free baking powder


For the syrup

4 tbsp granulated sugar

Juice of 1 lemon


Preheat oven to 160c and grease a 20cm round cake tin.

Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl. Beat eggs and gradually add to mixture and fold in dry ingredients.

Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes, spoon over syrup and leave to cool fully.


This makes a deliciously moist cake – I’d recommend eating with a spoon or a fork with tea, coffee or as a dessert!


2) 5 minute chocolate mug cake for diabetics

Mug cake Life with diabetes can feel like a mathematical balancing act – sugary treats and calorific food can be  enjoyed in moderation, but diabetics must be prepared to manage the subsequent changes in their blood sugar level. This super-quick microwave pudding contains just 7.1g sugar per serving, so it is a relatively guilt-free way to participate in World Cake Day!



1 large banana

1 large egg

4 heaped tsp cocoa powder

6 tsp artificial sweetener (stevia works well)

60g fat free yoghurt

1 tsp almond extract

1/2 tsp gluten free baking powder.


Slice banana and divide between 4 small cups

Mix beaten egg, cocoa powder and sweetener in a mixing bowl. Add yoghurt and almond extract, beat and add baking powder.

Divide mixture evenly between cups, spooning onto chopped banana.

Microwave each cup for 2 minutes on full power and enjoy immediately!


3) Indulgent (yet low fat) Chocolate Cake

An estimated 1 in 4 adults in the UK is obese. Cutting out some dietary fats can have benefits beyond just shrinking your waistline, including reducing your risk of cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, heart-attack, stroke, and ultimately increasing your life expectancy. Fortunately, cutting back on fat does not mean cutting out cake completely, as this recipe proves!


1 2/3 cups plain flourchocolate cake

1 1/4 cups sugar

2/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa


1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup applesauce (click here for an easy applesauce recipe)

1 1/2 cups fat-free yoghurt

1 tbsp vanilla extract

4 egg whites


Preheat oven to 180c, grease a large cake tin and line with baking paper.

Mix flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Mix the sugar, egg whites and vanilla into a second bowl. Add to this the applesauce and yoghurt.

Mix wet and dry ingredients together and spoon into cake tin.

Bake for 30 – 35 minutes, checking regularly (due to its ingredients this cake can overbake quickly, so it will require a bit of attention whilst it’s in the oven!)


Happy Baking – and even happier eating!