While cake tends to signify celebrations and indulgence, it usually also comes with its fair share of guilt, and a sugar crash. But it doesn’t have to!

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Springtime calls for a fresh and healthy recipe that will fuel you for the day and keep you in bikini-ready shape. This cake is whole-grain, high in protein and completely sugar free – it’s also surprisingly moist considering that it’s low fat. It makes a great birthday cake and can be decorated pretty much any way you like. Eat with friends over a cup of tea, have a slice for guilt-free dessert, or pack as a healthy pre-training snack.



  • 150ml fresh orange juice
  • 15 ml zest
  • 1 large orange (or 2 smaller satsumas)
  • 4 eggs
  • 250ml xylitol
  • 600ml wholegrain flour
  • 10ml baking powder
  • 50ml coconut
  • 600ml Greek-style or full cream yoghurt
  • 1.5 scoops (60g) vanilla protein powder



  1. Preheat the oven to 180’C, and grease two round cake tins (or a loaf tin).
  2. Slice the orange segments into small pieces. Heat up the orange juice in a small pan, adding the zest and the segments. Keep on a low heat.clean orange cake 1
  3. Separate the eggs and beat the whites of the eggs until they are at stiff peak stage.clean orange cake 2
  4. Gradually add the xylitol and then the yolks of the eggs, beating until just mixed. (Try not to eat all of the egg white / xylitol mixture – it’s delicious!)clean orange cake 3
  5. Slowly fold the flour into the egg mixture with a metal spoon, alternating with the coconut and the warm orange mixture (being careful not to squash the eggs, and folding the ingredients in until just  mixed)clean orange cake 4
  6. Transfer the cake mixture to the greased tins, and bake for 30 – 40 minutes until golden brown on top (you should be able to insert a skewer that should come out fairly cleanly).clean orange cake 5
  7. While the cake bakes, mix the yoghurt with the vanilla flavoured protein powder.
  8. Ice the cake and sprinkle with coconut, xylitol and decorate as you wish!clean orange cake 7

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Serve with unsweetened lavender and applesauce for afternoon tea.
Sarah Laurence: Teacher, traveller and a student of self-development, health and happiness. For inspiration of how to find meaning in the mundane, make every day beautiful and find inspiration to build the happy life you want, visit www.sarahevelyn.co.za.      

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