3 Heart Healthy Ways To Add Moisture To A Cake
As a self-professed foodie, there is nothing that is as comforting or as gratifying as biting down into a warm, moist piece of freshly baked cake. Yummmm😁 I rarely bake a cake because I KNOW I will eat it all up within 1–2 days. I would lay in bed and eat cake all day. Lol. When I do bake a cake, I try to stay on the healthier side by using ingredients that are beneficial to my health. I do this by replacing any harmful ingredients with healthier foods that can produce the same results. One of the most common ingredients that most people use to add moisture to their cake is butter. Butter is also used to add a subtle taste of sweetness to some recipes. But dairy butter has also been proven to have a negative effect on the heart. Butter is traditionally a dairy product that is made by churning fresh or fermented cream or milk to separate the fat solids from the liquid milk. The fat solids are saturated fats that can raise our “bad” cholesterol levels and cause issues with our heart.
Butter usually also contains hydrogenated oil. These hydrogenated oils are liquid vegetable oils that have been converted into solids or semi-solid fats to help increase the butter’s shelf life and save costs. It is difficult for the body to metabolize hydrogenated fats, which prevents them from being incorporated into cell structures and excreted out of the body properly. This causes the hydrogenated fats to get stuck in the blood circulation process, which can increase the risk of heart disease and possibly cancer.
The list below contains foods that can add moisture to your cake without the risk of causing harm to your heart. You can still indulge in a warm, moist piece of cake and take care of your health at the same time. Just remember to be disciplined and don’t eat the whole cake within a few days. LoL😉
1) Dairy Free Butter
There are quite a few vegan versions of butter on the market now. I’ve used a few of them and they work just as good as dairy butter, when it comes to adding moisture to a cake. The fat solids from milk are usually replaced by unsaturated fats that have been proven to reduce the risk of high blood cholesterol levels and heart disease.
2) Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Olive oil is a great substitute when a recipe calls for melted butter. It’s NOT a good substitute for a recipe that requires you to have to cream the butter. Olive oil is rich in unsaturated fats that have a molecular structure that is easier for the body to grab on to and metabolize. Just substitute 3/4 of the butter in a recipe with extra virgin olive oil. For example, if a recipe calls for 1 stick of butter (8 tablespoons), use 6 tablespoons of olive oil.
3) Apple Sauce
Melted butter in cake recipes can also be replaced with unsweetened applesauce by using half of the amount of applesauce as the amount of butter called for in the recipe. Substituting applesauce will add moisture, fiber and reduce the amount of fat in the recipe. Replacing all of the butter is an option, although it will result in a much softer cake. If you use sweetened applesauce, reduce the amount of sugar that you use in the recipe so that it isn’t too sweet.
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You should consult your physician to recieve a professional diagnosis and get more advice about whether it’s safe for you to incorporate any of these items into your diet.