Thursday, 16 August 2012

Weight Watchers Coffee Tiramisu Cake



It's true that you know who your true friends are when you are in trouble. Recently I really needed the help and support of friends and I'm pleased that one in particular came to my rescue. She was a star and I am so grateful for her help. Of course my way of saying thank you is to bake a cake but she had recently started weight watchers and told me (jokingly I hope!) that part of the reason was my bakes!!

Undeterred, I looked up a recipe on weight watchers and came across this coffee tiramisu cake which has 4 weight watcher points per serving. I ended up having a slice with her when I delivered the cake but I'm afraid I don't have a picture of the slice. What I can say is that the cake is quite tasty for a fatless sponge. This is far better than my previous attempt at a low fat chocolate mocha cake. If you or your friends are on a diet, I highly recommend this for a healthy treat! Just to be clear my friend was very pleased to receive the cake and no I do not intentionally sabotage people's diets! :)

I'm sending this along to AlphaBakes hosted by myself this month and co-hosted by Caroline from Caroline Makes as the letter is T for tiramisu. I promise it was a total coincidence - my aim was to find a delicious low fat recipe that uses regular ingredients. I do wonder how they got the height of the cake in their photo - either a very small tin or a different recipe!



 whisk the eggs and sugar until it is thick and airy 

 I think I was supposed to use a smaller tin ... oops! I only have this size anyway so tough luck. 

 I only had marsala wine so I used that. I bought 0% fat youghurt and low fat cream cheese 

 Place the (thin) sponge on a plate 

 spread the yoghurt/cream cheese mixture on top 

 Layer with cake and more topping 
 Finally dust with cocoa powder 

Recipe from weightwatchers

5 spray(s) Cooking Spray, Calorie Controlled
1 teaspoons Coffee, Ground
3 medium Egg, Whole
75 g Sugar, Light Brown
75 g Flour, Wheat, White, Plain
250 g Cheese, Soft, Medium Fat
100 g Rachel's Organic Range Luscious Low Fat Bio-Life Yogurt with Vanilla
15 ml Liqueurs, High Strength, (3 tsp) Tia Maria
1 teaspoons (heaped) Cocoa Powder, for sprinkling



  • Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5/190°C/fan oven 170°C. 
  • Lightly grease 2 x 18cm sandwich tins with low fat cooking spray. 
  • Line the bases with circles of non-stick baking parchment or greaseproof paper.
  • Put the coffee powder or granules into a cup and add 1 tbsp boiling water, stirring to dissolve.
  • Whisk the eggs and sugar together using a hand-held electric whisk until pale, thick and very airy. This will take about 5 minutes. 
  • Whisk in the coffee liquid. Sift the flour into the mixture and fold it in lightly using a large metal spoon. 
  • Share the mixture between the cake tins and level the tops. 
  • Bake the cakes for 12-15 minutes, or until the tops spring back when pressed lightly. 
  • Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then remove from the tins and peel away the lining paper. Cool completely.

  • Beat the low fat soft cheese with a wooden spoon until softened, then stir in the vanilla yogurt and 1 tbsp Tia Maria or Marsala. 
  • Put one of the cakes on a serving plate and sprinkle the rest of the Tia Maria or Marsala evenly over the surface. 
  • Spread half the soft cheese mixture on top, then place the second cake in position. 
  • Cover with the remaining soft cheese mixture and sprinkle with cocoa powder. 
  • Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve, though allow time for the cake to come up to room temperature to enjoy it at its best.


24 comments:

  1. This looks great and even better that it's low fat! I'm sure your friend was pleased with a slice of this. :)

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    1. Thanks! She was very pleased and it tasted good too.

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  2. Look really nice and delicious!!

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  3. Love your low fat version! Plz Plz Plz be my friend and migrate to India. :D

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  4. PERFECT! I am on WW - and have been ON and OFF for 20 years, so a 4 POINT cake is a MUST for me! And it looks LUSH to! Karen

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    1. Thanks Karen! I'm not familiar with WW points but 4 points sounded good for a cake.

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  5. Looks great, I'll have to make this - I'm doing Slimming World rather than Weightwatchers but low fat cake is low fat cake and it looks delicious too!

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    1. I've tasted it myself and it tasted good! Much better than my previous attempt at low fat cake.

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  6. I'm not doing the WW point counting thing but I know several people who are and it gets difficult to know what to bake sometimes. This looks and sounds a good one - indulgent but not too naughty.

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    1. It's good to have a few recipes like this for friends who are counting the calories. I've not tried many as I've been put off by them not tasting good but this is a really delicious cake!

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  7. Great recipe. Nice to have baked stuff that has less calories.

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  8. I'm so glad your friend was so supportive :) I really hope all your troubles have left and now lets look forward to better days ~

    I never would have thought this was a WW cake it looks lovely, and maybe something I should make cuz hahahah need to lose the weight i've put onnnn :P

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    1. It's good to know who your friends are :) Thanks for all your support! I need to loose weight too - baking and blogging really piles on the pounds :)

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  9. I love it! And it's low fat too! Definitely bookmarking this recipe! Thanks for sharing Ros! :)

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  10. I love this idea and anything that helps the diet is also great! thanks for inspiriation.

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    1. I'm so glad I found this as sometimes low fat recipes dont work.

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  11. Lovely thoughtful cake and yes baking is the perfect way to say thank you! I've just started a diet so will bear this in mind for when the sugar free jelly stops satisfying my sweet tooth!

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    1. Baking is the best way to say many things including thank you.

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