Sugar free cake mix is a must-have in your pantry if you or someone else in your family needs diabetic desserts or just wants to cut down on your carbs or sugar in general. However, the last think you want is for your sugar free cake mix to turn out tasting like a diet dessert. Here are some tips that can help your sugar free desserts and cakes taste more like the real thing.
Using applesauce as a partial substitute for oil when you're making a sugar free cake mix can help cut down on both the sugar and the fat in the recipe, making it better for both diabetics and dieters. Applesauce improves the texture but do not overdo it-substitute about half of the oil with applesauce and you'll get a good result.
Another way to improve sugar free cake mix is to use a tasty dessert mix with no sugar added to create layers in the cake. A plain sugar-free cake can taste too, well, plain, but if you put a creamy and flavorful dessert mix in between like Lemon Dessert Mix it will add flavor interest. In addition, you can make sugar free icing out of a dessert mix like this by mixing preparing it according to the package directions and then mixing it with cool whip. You can also add the dessert mix right into the mix (also add one more egg than the cake mix package requires) in order to make a rich and moist pudding cake.
Another good fix for sugar free cake mix is to add canned fruit to the mix, like crushed pineapple or peaches. Pick fruit that's package in water, not in syrup, or you'll get more sugar (and calories) than you bargained for, but the fruit can add a little bit of natural sweetness and moisture to what could otherwise be a bland, dry cake.
Finally, you can use fruit juice in place of water or milk with sugar free cake mix. Thawing orange concentrate is a good way to add orange flavor, which goes well with both vanilla and chocolate cakes, or apple juice can be used with angel food cake mix to add a delicate apple flavor. These are just some of the many ways you can improve sugar free cake mix so it does not taste like you're being stripped.