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Camomile Pumpkin Cake with Greek Yogurt Frosting

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Today is officially the 30 day mark of my #GoodbyeSugar30 Challenge, posed to me by SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener. For a quick intro and recap, read my post here. I am happy to report that I came, I ate, I conquered. Cue the ‘Rocky’ music and a half-hearted attempt at running up the stairs and punching thin air. All kidding aside, I actually followed through with the challenge to replace all added sugar with SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener. The sweetener has no calories, added flavors, or artificial ingredients and it was thoroughly an eye-opening experience.

With this task, I was forced to acknowledge just how much sugar I actually add to my drinks, sweets, and even entrées. Add to the mix the fact that I am an emotional eater and a new mom, and you have a literal recipe for disaster. The challenge soon became a bit of a learning curve, as I often found myself rethinking my food options. Did I really need to make the brussel sprouts caramelized? Is it necessary to add sugar to my pasta sauce recipe? It was not just about replacing my tablespoon of sugar in my coffee with the SPLENDA® Naturals. It also became about making consciously healthier choices throughout my day.

About two weeks in, I was feeling great and easily integrating the balance into my daily routine. I was more energized and, thanks to SPLENDA® Naturals having no added flavors and no bitter aftertaste, I did not miss all that extra sugar I normally consumed. But then life threw an obstacle into the mix. With my wedding anniversary just around the corner, I realized that I was going to have to make our traditional anniversary cake without sugar. Instead of blowing off the #GoodbyeSugar30 challenge (which I seriously considered), I decided instead to rework the whole recipe to make it more health conscious. It came out remarkably well and seemed more like a cheat day than an actual sugar-free affair. And so my friends, as my final act of sugarless-ness, I present to you my recipe for a Naked Camomile Pumpkin Cake with Greek Yogurt Frosting…

CAMOMILE PUMPKIN CAKE WITH GREEK YOGURT FROSTING

INGREDIENTS

  1. CAKE
  2. 1 cup (or 24 packets) of SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener
  3. 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  4. 1 1/2 cups of Greek yogurt
  5. 1 cup of pumpkin purée
  6. 1 cup of almond meal
  7. 1/2 cup of butter (softened)
  8. 4 eggs
  9. 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  10. 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  11. 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  12. FROSTING
  13. 2 cups of Greek yogurt
  14. 1/3 cup of SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener
  15. 1/2 cup of pumpkin purée
  16. 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  17. 1/2 cup of blackberries
  18. 1/4 cup of dried camomile flowers

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease two 9 inch round pans and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix thoroughly.
  3. In a stand mixer, mix the SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener and butter until creamy. Then add the yogurt, eggs, and pumpkin purée. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the large mixing bowl with the dry ingredients. Combine using a spatula until fully mixed and has a thick dough consistency.
  5. Pour the batter evenly into the two cake pans and spread.
  6. Place in the oven and cook for approximately 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  7. To make the frosting, combine all the ingredients (except for the blackberries and camomile) and mix thoroughly.
  8. To assemble, place the first cake on a cake stand. Spread half of the frosting on top and place most of the blackberries in this layer. Then place the second cake directly on top of the blackberries and frosting. Spread the rest of the frosting on top, sprinkle the dried camomile flowers over the surface, and garnish with the remaining blackberries. Enjoy!

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease two 9 inch round pans and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine 3 cups of flour, 1 cup of almond meal, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Mix thoroughly.  In a stand mixer, mix 1 cup (or 24 packets) of SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener and 1/2 cup of butter until creamy. Then add 1 1/2 cups of Greek yogurt, 4 eggs, and 1 cup of pumpkin purée. Mix thoroughly.

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Pour the wet mixture into the large mixing bowl with the dry ingredients. Combine using a spatula until fully mixed and has a thick dough consistency. Pour the batter evenly into the two cake pans and spread. Place in the oven and cook for approximately 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. To make the frosting, combine 2 cups of Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup of SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener, 1/2 cup of pumpkin purée, and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.

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To assemble, place the first cake on a cake stand. Spread half of the frosting on top and place 1/4 cup of blackberries in this layer. Then place the second cake directly on top of the blackberries and frosting. Spread the rest of the frosting on top, sprinkle 1/4 cup of dried camomile flowers over the surface, and garnish with blackberries. Enjoy!

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As much as I complained, in the end I was thrilled to have participated in the #GoodbyeSugar30 challenge. It has helped to hit the reset button on my commitment to wholesome, balanced living postpartum. It has also reminded me that you don’t always have to sacrifice taste to eat healthier. Get your box of 40 or 80 count SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener at your local retail store. For more information, visit SplendaNaturals.com and sign up here to begin receiving tools and resources for participating in the Challenge.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Sam Temsah-Deniskin

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