I have never tried a sugar substitute before as I’m quite a full fat, butter, gluten and sugar loving kind of girl, but, why consume extra calories when you don’t have to right?  Natvia sent me a box of their products to try, all natural sweeteners derived from the stevia plant.  I thought what the heck, might as well jump in the deep end and try and replicate the very traditional Edmond’s Cup Cake recipe (modified for use with Natvia), complete with vanilla buttercream icing.  Well.  That sounds ambitious.

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First taste of the baking mix straight out of the box – yum.  Deliciously sweet and no discernable bitter aftertaste that I have read is sometimes common with stevia sweeteners.

Sugar-free cupcake recipe

First challenge: cupcakes

Following the tips that were included in my package of Natvia, I switched out butter for oil 1:1, I increased the milk content from 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup and increased the baking powder content by 1 teaspoon.  Result: Perfect cupcakes!  These were moist, well formed, rose just the right amount and nice and flat, making icing easy.  Hubby and I were unable to notice the omission of sugar.  Mentally it’s so weird eating such a sweet little cake and feeling no guilt!  The calorie difference is amazing, sugar contains 16 calories per teaspoon compared to a miniscule 0.4 calorie in 2/3 of a teaspoon of Natvia.

Sugar-free cupcake recipe

Next challenge: Buttercream icing

So one of the tips for using Natvia successfully in baking is to cream the butter on its own before adding sweetener.  Did this and made the recipe on the box of Icing Mix, and….. not bad.  A little grainy – you can see this in the image below – and there was a slight aftertaste present that is absent in the baked cake.  But, would I use it again?  Totally.  How many cupcakes do you, should you, eat in one sitting anyway?  I love that I could serve these to my kids and not worry about the sugar content. Nixie loved his cupcake by the way – and no mental-toddler-sugar-rush to deal with afterwards. Win.  Win.  Win.


We hope you find Natvia Sugarfree baking mix useful. Be sure to check out our other reviews at Munch Loves.

Melissa Jack
Parenting & Lifestyle Blogger {aka Mummy Blogger}
The Best Nest


Sugarfree cupcake recipe
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This is a sugarfre adaptation of a basic cupcake recipe!
  • ½ cup Vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence
  • ½ cup Natvia Baking Mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 3 tsp Baking powder
  • ½ cup Milk
  1. Mix oil, vanilla and Natvia until light and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs one at a time.
  3. Sift flour and baking powder, fold into mix.
  4. Stir in milk.
  5. Bake at 190° for 15 mins or until cupcakes spring back when lightly touched.

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