Tag: sugar-free baking

Spiced Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake

Spiced Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake: Denese Johnson baked this cake for the 2022 State Fair of Texas and won “Best Low-Sugar Bundt Cake.” Ginger, cinnamon, pumpkin, and maple syrup flavor this cake to greatness. Its taste makes it perfect for fall and holiday baking.

Overhead shot of Spiced Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake

Denese sweetened her Spiced Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake with Splenda Magic Baker, a zero calorie sweetener you use 1:1 for replacing sugar. As a result, this cake is less indulgent than others. Denese used both the classic and brown sugar versions of Splenda Magic Baker. The recipe also calls for canned pumpkin and sugar-free maple syrup, adding to the sweetness and complexity of flavors. (You could also use fresh baked pumpkin also.) You finish this fabulous cake with a rum butter glaze. This makes for a moist, rich bite with every forkful.

Spiced Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake with Ice Cream


This Spiced Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake pairs perfectly with ice cream. My personal favorite is serving it with Kemp’s seasonal cinnamon flavor ice cream. Delightful! We highly recommend you make this soon!

Denese Johnson

Hats off to Denese for this delicious cake you’re going to want to bake again and again. Look for more recipes from Denese in the coming months as she has won MANY blue ribbons in her day. We’re bound to make another soon.

We now have quite a number of winning State Fair of Texas recipes. If you want to peruse more, simply search for Texas in the search bar that you can find on this page, here.

Happy Baking!



Turtle Brownie Cheesecake

This Turtle Brownie Cheesecake is a delightful dessert that is super impressive, yet quite easy to make. 

You start with a chocolate almond flour crust.

It creates a nice sturdy base for this cheesecake.

It’s also fun to press it into the pan.

Crust of Turtle Brownie Cheesecake

On top of the crust layer, goes the layer featuring dark chocolate chips. (Both Hershey’s and Lilly’s have good options.) Next, you add chopped pecans and sugar-free caramel. An ice cream topping, such as Smucker’s, works great for this layer. The fourth layer is the cheesecake layer. Then you bake it. It takes just over an hour. An internal 150 degree temperature is perfect for knowing it’s done.

Do not be alarmed when it comes out darkened. It will resemble a Basque-type cheesecake that looks burnt. It’s not.

You top Turtle Brownie Cheesecake with more pecans and caramel drizzle. The pecan halves are so visual. So is the caramel drizzle. As a result, you’ll have a mouth-watering look to this dessert. Finish it with a sprinkling of sea salt or flaked salt and the flavor will really pop.
This is an example of a chocolate dessert you could compete with in the Splenda Magic Baker “Low-To-No-Sugar Showdown at the 2023 Minnesota State Fair. Learn more about the 2023 special contests here.