Oct 10, 2012

AMAZING Diabetic-Friendly Cream Cheese Frosting

On Wednesday, we had our monthly book club session - highlight of my month!! I made a red velvet cake for the dessert, but had a few restrictions to adhere to.  Three of the ladies are gluten-intolerant and one of the ladies is a diabetic.  The gluten-free part has become a breeze these days, with gluten-free pre-mixes readily available.  The sugar-free part, when it comes to cake, and especially icing, is  a little more challenging.  I have been fortunate enough to come across this site and have subsequently ordered a 20 kg bag of agave sugar for any 'sugar-free' baking that needs to be done!  

Anyway, to get back to the point of my story...  I had to make a diabetic-friendly cream cheese frosting.  My cream cheese frosting reads as follows:
400 g cream cheese
125 g butter
1000 g icing sugar
5 ml lemon juice, or to taste
Beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add the butter and cream together until cohesive and smooth.  Gradually add the icing sugar and beat until light and fluffy.  Add the lemon juice before beating for the last time.

As i, obviously, can't use icing sugar for a diabetic-friendly frosting, i would have to come up with another plan.  I had the idea to simply use the agave sugar instead of icing sugar.  Even though it is completely different (icing sugar is part cornflour, which lends some stability to the end product), i remembered from making cheesecake that beating cream cheese with sugar can yield quite a fluffy and light mixture.  Well, it worked, and beautifully at that.  What a lovely texture, consistency and flavour!  I beat the mixture for a long time, so it was super light and fluffy - gorgeous to pipe with.  This is what i made:

So, after this epiphany, my cream cheese frosting recipe will read as follows:
400 g cream cheese
150 g butter, unsalted
200 g castor sugar / agave sugar
lemon juice, to taste

In the bowl of your food processor, with the whisk attachment, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth and cohesive.  Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.  Add the lemon juice to taste. Et voilà!

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