How to Replace Stevia for Sugar in Baking Cakes

Stevia is a natural, calorie-free alternative to sugar.

Stevia is a natural, non-nutritive sweetener extracted from the leaf of the stevia plant. More than 200 times sweeter than sugar, stevia extract can be substituted into baked goods if another food is used to replace the lost bulk that the sugar would have added. Replacing sugar in your diet can help control diabetes and aid in weight loss, according to Substituting sugar is most effective when used as part of an overall healthy diet and regular exercise plan.

  1. Substitute 1 cup of sugar for 18 to 24 stevia sweetener packets, 1/3 to 1/2 teaspoon of undiluted stevia powder or 1 teaspoon of a liquid stevia extract. Choose the amount based on how sweet you wish your cake to be.
  2. Replace the lost bulk of the sugar. For each 1 cup of sugar substituted, use 1/3 cup of a bulking agent. Potential healthy bulking agents include: egg whites, apple sauce, fruit puree or yogurt. Fruit juice or water may also be used in some cases. If one of these bulking agents is already being used -- such as a banana in a banana nut cake -- simply increase the amount of that ingredient in the recipe. The batter should flow smoothly and be neither too liquid nor too chunky.
  3. Follow the same guidelines to replace sugar in the icing you will apply to your finished cake. However, some icings rely almost entirely on sugar and will not be viable when stevia is substituted.


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