This 68-Year-Old Woman Says You Can Indulge In Cake And Still Boast A Bikini Body With This Recipe...

Publish Date
Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 3:57PM

At 41, Carolyn Hartz was diagnosed as pre-diabetic after years of eating copious amounts of sugar and sweets. 

Now, at 68, the Perth mother-of-three feels healthier than ever, plays basketball and boasts an enviable figure.

The secret, Mrs Hartz says, is 27 years of moderation, very little sugar and very little flour. 




Cake (makes 1 layer):
150g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra to grease
100g Perfect Sweet® xylitol
3 extra-large eggs
200g almond meal
50g arrowroot
1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
Pinch of salt
180 ml milk, lukewarm
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

500ml whipping cream
400g fresh berries of your choice
200g Perfect Sweet® Berry Jam (Recipe here)
75g Dark Bitter Chocolate, melted (optional) (Recipe here)
Rose petals or edible flowers to decorate (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 150˚C/130˚C fan-forced. Grease a 24cm round cake pan with butter and line with baking paper,
  2. Use an electric beater to beat the butter and xylitol in a medium bowl until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time and beat well.
  3. Mix the almond meal, arrowroot, gluten free baking powder and salt together in a separate bowl. Add to the egg mixture and combine on low speed. Add the lukewarm milk and vanilla and stir until combined.
  4. Pour mixture into prepared cake pan and bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  5. Cool in pan for 10-15 minutes then turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Repeat this recipe twice for the remaining layers.

    To Assemble:
  7. Whip the cream in a medium bowl until soft peaks form.
  8. Set aside 1 cup of the whipped cream and 150g of the fresh berries to decorate the top layer.
  9. To assemble, place the first cake layer on a serving plate and spread over half the jam, then half the remaining cream and top with half the remaining berries. Gently place the second cake layer on top and repeat.
  10. Place the third cake layer on top and finish with the reserved whipped cream and berries. If using, drizzle with melted chocolate and serve.


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