Strawberry Protein Cake

Strawberry and cream cheese – a match made in heaven! Who agrees? Such fresh and vibrant fruit complimented by a gorgeously smooth spread. I love everything strawberry – especially now the peak UK season is just around the corner (May to September if you’re interested). You can definitely tell they are so much fresher when buying them at the market or in store. Nothing beats locally grown strawberries in their peak. I am obsessed. So much so that I will be using them on almost everything for a few months at least! You have been warned – but I promise they will be worth the recipe spam.

So this recipe has been a long time coming if I am honest. You all know I love a healthy protein bake – predominantly breakfasts at the moment though – so I wanted to make something a little different. This idea came about as I was craving vanilla sponge cake. However, it had just been my birthday (oh by the way you should check out the retro tray bake I made for this) so I fancied something more nutritious but still with that indulgent feeling. This was a kind of ‘throw it together recipe’ which really worked. In basic: blended oats, eggs, protein powder and milk. That is the base of it anyway. Whilst I do love experimenting, I am also a lover of keeping things simple at times too. This way anyone can make, enjoy and even add their own flare to my creations.

Every weekend I make a healthier snack to take with me to work – sometimes two for a pre-workout nibble too. I find myself to always be hungry when working long days in the lab so long for something that is a quick ‘grab and go’ refuel snack. To fit my current lifestyle, I consume a lot of high protein foods. So how does one make something high protein and indulgent? Make a two tier vanilla protein sponge of course! Bake, decorate and portion it up. Perfect.

As this cake is made with oats and protein, it is quite heavy on the stomach. It is deceivingly rich for the size of the slice. I’m not complaining though – it suits my taste to a T. I love eating this with a cuppa on my morning/afternoon breaks. It does keep you full and energised. The macros aren’t bad per slice either – so impressed. First time was the charm but hasn’t been the last time I made it. I think a chocolate or lemon one is in order next. Will get my thinking cap on!

I know this won’t be for everyone, but I do love my healthier recipes too. This is my take on a ‘macro friendly’ Victoria sponge cake – also one I have been meaning to make for a while. I will definitely pop this onto my ‘to do’ list. Who doesn’t love a classic vanilla sponge?

Strawberry Cream Cheese Protein Cake

Kasia
Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Cooling and Decoration Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine British, European
Servings 8 Slices
Calories 233 kcal

Equipment

  • Oven
  • 2x mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Mixing spoon
  • Spatula
  • 2x loose-bottom cake tins (18 cm)
  • Blender
  • Greaseproof Paper
  • Wire Cooling Rack
  • Chopping board
  • Knife

Ingredients
  

For the vanilla cake sponges

  • 170 grams Sugar substitute Recommendation: erythritol
  • 150 grams Dairy-free yoghurt Recommendation: soya or coconut
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 120 grams Gluten-free oats Blended into flour
  • 90 grams Vegan vanilla protein Substitute: neutral protein flavour plus extra tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp Baking soda
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 100 ml Dairy-free milk Recommendation; soya or coconut
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Dairy-free butter For greasing

For the filling/topping

  • 100 grams Dairy-free cream cheese Recommendation: Nush or Violife
  • 160 grams Dairy-free yoghurt Recommendation: soya or coconut
  • 40 grams Vegan vanilla protein powder
  • 20 ml Dairy-free milk Recommendation: soya or coconut
  • 130 grams Strawberry jam
  • 4 large Strawberries Plus extra for topping

Instructions
 

To make the vanilla cake sponges

  • Pre-heat oven to 180 °C (conventional) or 160 °C (fan)
  • Line two 10 cm loose-bottom cake tins and set aside
  • If not already done, use a blender to blitz the oats into a flour consistency
  • Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl
  • Add the yoghurt, vanilla extract and milk to the bowl and continue to mix (it will become slightly clumpy but do not panic)
  • Add the eggs one at a time whilst thoroughly whisking the batter to gain some air into the mixture
  • Pour the batter evenly into the two lined cake tins and gently tap to even (use a spatula to get any excess batter out of the bowl and into the tin)
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cakes rise slightly and gain colour
  • Remove from the oven and leave the cakes to cool for about 30 minutes in the tins before moving to a wire rack to cool completely (~a further 15 minutes)

To decorate the cakes

  • Spread the strawberry jam evenly across the top of the first cake sponge layer
  • In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, milk, yoghurt and protein powder until combined (you may wish to use a whisk to omit any lumps)
  • Spread ~1/3 of the cream cheese mixture evenly over the jam layer
  • Thinly slice the strawberries and place them over the cream cheese layer until it is completely covered
  • Gently place the second sponge tier onto the top of the strawberry layer to create a sandwich
  • Spread the remainder of the cream cheese over the top of the cake
  • Add any extra strawberries or other decorations to finish
  • Slice into 8 portions and enjoy!

Notes

  • Calories include toppings
  • Normal milk and cream cheese can be used as a 1:1 replacement for the dairy-free alternatives
  • Note that vegan protein is more absorbent than whey so you may need less milk
  • Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up t0 5 days
  • Not suitable for home freezing
Keyword Cake, Cream Cheese, High Protein, Protein Cake, Protein Powder, Strawberries, Strawberry Cake