Diabetic-Friendly Apple and Cinnamon Cake

My dad is Type II Diabetic so for this Father’s Day I attempted to make a diabetic-friendly apple and cinnamon cake using an existing recipe with some alterations. It was a partial success but as a first attempt i’ll record it here for posterity.

Apple and Cinnamon Cake

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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A diabetic-friendly apple and cinnamon cake using low sugar substitutes.

Credit: diabetes.org.uk


I tried some substitutes found here:

  • I substituted the plain flour for Porridge Oats. It worked, giving the cake a bread and butter pudding consistency, but I think flour would probably have made it more sponge like.
  • I substituted the low fat spread for half Rapeseed Oil and half 0% Fat Greek Style Yoghurt but this was probably unnecessary (I misread the ‘low fat’ part entirely)
  • I missed out the artificial sweetener, thinking that my Royal Gala apples would be sweet enough. They weren’t but it wasn’t entirely tasteless, just not very sweet.

Cooking Time

My cake wasn’t fully cooked in the 35 minutes advertised – as I discovered when I tried to remove it from the tin – so I ended up turning it over and cooking it for another half an hour.


  • 100g plain flour 100g Porridge Oats
  • 1 heaped tbsp artificial granulated sweetener
  • 1 level tsp ground cinnamon
  • 6g baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 level tbsp skimmed milk
  • 75g lower fat spread, melted Half Rapeseed Oil, Half 0% Fat Greek Style Yoghurt
  • 1kg apples
  • 1 knob of unsaturated margarine e.g. olive-oil or sunflower spread, for greasing Rapeseed Oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas 6.
  2. Sift the flour into a bowl, add the artifical sweetener, baking powder and cinnamon into the flour and mix.
  3. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the eggs and the milk. Whisk and add in the melted butter.
  4. Peel and core the apples and remove the seeds. Cut them into large slices. Add the apple slices to the mixture and fold in gently.
  5. Grease a cake tin (around 23cm in diameter) with the knob of margarine. Pour the mixture into the tin and bake in the oven for 35 minutes.
  6. Turn out onto to cooling rack. Leave to cool and serve.

What do you think? Any suggestions for how this recipe could be improved? Do you have any good baking recipes to share?

4 thoughts on “Diabetic-Friendly Apple and Cinnamon Cake

    1. Thanks, well this is the first one I’ve tried but since doing some vegan cookies for my friend’s party I’ve got a taste for baking so, yes, expect to see some more=D

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  1. I love home baking and am trying to cut back on sugar where I can. This looks tasty and I’ll bear it in mind if I get another huge bag of apples off my neighbour this summer! I look forward to seeing more of your recipes.

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