I have a friend who is diabetic and loves baking. She will often bring cake to my house for Graham, who loves her sponge cakes with buttercream. I always feel a bit sorry that she can't enjoy a piece of cake when she visits me so I thought I'd try to bake a sugar free cake, then I could offer her a piece with her cup of tea instead of the boring digestive biscuit she usually has.
This cake is orange flavoured, I used the boiled, pureed whole orange idea that I'd used for a non-diabetic cake I'd made recently. Anyway, I just took the cake out of the oven and, so far, it looks good. It rose beautifully but is rather pale (apart from one area, my oven is terrible for an uneven heat). The paleness won't matter as I intend to cover the top with a low fat soft cheese, diabetic suitable, icing. The sweetener I used was Canderel, I used this in particular because my brother was instrumental in developing this sweeter (the clever old thing!). Later I will ice the cake and try it then tomorrow I'll report on the taste and texture. If I think it is ok I'll put the recipe here in case anyone wants to try it.
I spent another morning in the garden. The weather was so warm I actually took my jacket off today. I now have five raised beds and it still leaves plenty of areas where I will be able to place tubs and pots. I'm growing a few things from seed but next week I'll go to a local nursery where I buy my vegetable plants and see what they've got for sale. It's still a bit early for a lot of things but last year I had success protecting the plants I put in early by using garden fleece around the bed. Last year I only planted the big raised bed and one row of beans in another bed due to the situation with Graham's health.