It's really incredibly easy to reduce the calorie count/fat content of your baked goods. I like to try and eat healthily so, though I don't tend to mention it in my posts, I always use low fat spread in my cooking unless I'm staying with my family and all they have is Lurpak (even then I try and persuade them to buy the light stuff). Low fat spread doesn't change the way your cake comes out; all butters and spreads have slightly different flavours so your cakes might have a slightly different taste (i.e. less rich), but the quality will not change.
A discovery that I made recently (see my healthy brownies for more details) is that mayonnaise can be used to replace butter or spread and cuts the fat content and the calories by a notable amount. You might want to watch the salt though, and increase the sugar by 10% to counteract the saltiness that it brings to the table.
In July was asked to sample Truvia, a calorie-free, all-natural sweetener that is three times as sweet as cane sugar. The whole thing is calorie-free carbohydrate, so it eventually will be broken down into sugars just like the carbohydrates in bread and even vegetables, but because it is calorie free I wouldn't worry too much about all that if I were you. It tastes just like sugar when used in baking and has a wonderful toffee aroma, but the baking guidelines state that you need to reduce the temperature by 10C and increase baking time by about 10 mins. For more about my experience with Truvia, take a look at the post on Chocolate Cupcakes With Buttercream Icing.
There are several recipes on my blog which include low fat/calorie ingredients to provide something that is lower in calories, sugar and/or fat than if you were to use normal ingredients. To help you out, I've listed them below with some other recipes that are low in calories if you use the low fat/sugar ingredients that I mentioned above. If you ever need to know the calorie content of a recipe don't hesitate to contact me.
- Butternut Squash Cupcakes
- Cheesecake Brownies With Ganache Topping
- Chocolate Cupcakes With Blackcurrant Icing
- Chocolate Fudge Cake
- Chocolate Log
- Chocolate, Rum & Cherry Cheesecake
- Cream Cheese, Rhubarb and Chocolate Cupcakes
- Fig & Rum Blondies
- Fruity Muffins
- Healthy Brownies
- Lemon & Blueberry Bars
- Lemon Meringue Cake
- Lemon Mousse Cheesecake
- Mulled Wine Red Velvet Cake
- Red Velvet Cupcakes
- Sugar Free Peanut Butter and Banana Ice Cream
- Sweet Potato Pie
- Wimbledon Cake
If you're still not satisfied, Picklee has a page full of substitutions for baking healthier food, e.g. swapping butter for avocado. Check it out!