Low iodine choc cake


Why would I want to take all the tasty stuff (butter, milk, eggs) out of a cake? I’m not a vegan, I’m not intolerant and I LOVE dairy. Well, because having Thyroid Cancer, means that prior to scans and also treatment, I have to suffer two weeks of the worst diet in the world – a low iodine diet! Iodine is a trace mineral, so it is not listed in ingredients on food items.

What contains iodine?

It would be easier to ask, what doesn’t! Nearly everything you buy in the shops, contains iodine. Iodine is not bad for you, and is a healthy part of a normal diet; which makes is virtually impossible for Thyroid Cancer patients, to find things they can eat. Last time around, I didn’t cope very well with the low iodine diet.

Food that are highest in iodine (and on my banned list when I have to do the diet) are:
Salt (unless you KNOW it is non-iodised salt – salt is most often iodised / sea / rock)
Leafy Vegetables & some other vegetables
Red Food Dye
Fish/Seafood or anything from the sea
Some beans (kidney beans)
Much much more!

So as this weeks Great British Bake Off challenge was to make a Dairy Free vegetable cake, I am slightly altering mine – instead of a dairy free vegetable cake, I am making a dairy free, egg free, soya free, vegan, low sodium, low iodine chocolate cake (without vegetables)! This is not only suitable for people on a low iodine diet, but also for a lot of people with food intolerances.

low iodine chocolate cake

Dairy free, Egg free, Soya free, Low Sodium, Low Iodine Chocolate Cake
Serves 6
This chocolate cake is suitable for Thyroid Cancer patients on a low iodine diet, as well as being suitable for a Vegan diet. It is egg free, dairy free, soya free, low sodium and low in iodine.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
For the Cake
  1. 300g Dark Brown Soft Sugar
  2. 300g Self Raising Flour
  3. 50g Cocoa
  4. 1/2 tsp LO Salt Original (this is low iodine & low sodium)
  5. 60ml Olive Oil
  6. 1 tbsp. Vinegar
  7. 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  8. 200ml Almond Milk (shop bought or home made)
  9. 140 ml Cold Water
For the Filling
  1. Rasperry or Black Cherry Jam
For the Frosting
  1. 100g Icing Sugar
  2. 25g Cocoa
  3. 1 tbsp. Water
To make the Cake
  1. Place the sugar, lo-salt, cocoa into a food processor bowl
  2. Sift half the flour in & mix on high for 5 seconds.
  3. Switch mixer on low and add all the wet ingredients through the funnel.
  4. Mix for 20 seconds.
  5. Add the rest of the sifted flour and mix for a further 20 seconds.
  6. Pour the mixture into a greased, lined cake tin.
  7. Bake on 175 degrees Fan Assisted for 1 hour.
  8. Leave on a wire rack to cool
  9. Once cool, halve the cake and spread raspberry jam in the middle, and sandwich back together.
To make the Frosting
  1. Sieve the icing sugar and cocoa
  2. Add the water and mix well
  3. Spread over the cake (once cooled) and decorate with sugared dΓ©cor (optional)
  1. If you are making a nut free version - swap the 200ml Almond Milk for 200ml Cold Water.
  2. For shorter cooking times - divide the mixture between two or three tins.
Adapted from Jolinda Hackett / About.com
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I have linked this recipe up to Mummy Mishaps and The Crazy Kitchen for their #GreatBloggersBakeOff challenge.

I also have a very exciting GBBO themed giveaway of a Β£50 voucher to spend in Debenhams cookware department. To enter, use the rafflecopter below. You have until a few hours after the final of #GBBO finishes on TV!

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  1. olivia kirby says:

    These cakes look really good. My daughter had an egg free cake that my father in law made yesterday for her bday. We don’t have any intolerances but my niece has.

  2. jenny paulin says:

    wow Emma you have made something amazing out of so a cake missing so many of the normal ingredients. Look at the size of those sponges too – they are huuuuge! it looks reallly lovely Emma and it is good to know you are able to eat something so yummy while on such a restrictive diet
    thank you for linking up and I think I might enter your comp now – thank you x
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    The Le Vrai Gourmet Non-stick aluminium 4 piece cookware set, Pyrex glass 1l rectangular dish with lid and a Pyrex glass 0.3l square dish with lid πŸ™‚

  4. Zoe G says:

    I would get one of the Curver bins, something I need to replace. Your cake looks fab, can’t believe how you have managed to eliminate all those things

  5. tracy scutt says:

    I would love to choose a couple of the enamel roasting tins from the Masterclass range – then my hubby can clean them to ‘within an inch of their lives’, just as he does with our stainless ones. πŸ™‚

  6. Shelley Hawkins says:

    i would get several Masterclass ‘Professional Vitreous’ enamel baking trays – the cheap ones i get unfortunately don’t seem to be dishwasher proof

  7. Elizabeth Smith says:

    I’d replace my flimsy, buckled, rusty baking tins with some quality tins. Then I’d obviously have to try them out with a morning/day/week of/month of baking.

  8. Sarah Fawcett says:

    I’m desperate for this pan!! Le Creuset Stainless steel saute pan with lidhttp://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_331002927497SC24_-1 but so far it’s eluded me with its Β£100 price tag – right now it has Β£20 off so I would only need to put Β£30 towards it if I were to win – a bit more achieveable πŸ˜‰

  9. Hilda Hazel Wright says:

    I might buy 2 of the Le Vrai Gourmet stainless steel 24cm stock pot, the price is good and I could really do with larger pans. We sometimes make use of rainy days by spending the afternoon cooking up huge batches of chilli, soup or curry to fill the freezer.

  10. laura jane says:

    I’m about to move into my first house and have nothing for my new kitchen πŸ™ so a mixing bowl and some utencils would be amazing πŸ™‚

  11. Clare Webb says:

    I would start with a Pyrex dish for our favourite family meal – lasagne http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_331010926233DSOB_-1 – this is a fab one with a lid so it means easy storage or freezing!

    Then I would buy these corn holders http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_331016948760UCHD_-1 – my kids love eating corn on the cob and always end up with messy hands so these are perfect!

    And finally, I would get these sweet little bag clips http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_331008100894MISC_-1 – I have pegs on food packets and always need them for my washing! These clips are just what I need!
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  12. helen booth says:

    I’d buy the Red stainless steel pasta machine! My hubbys quite a keen cook/baker but has never made pasta before so I’d love to get him one of these for Christmas!

  13. Julie Hemmings says:

    Joseph Joseph Index Chopping Boards – I spend ages trying to remember which chopping board I am supposed to be using for what! Anything that would help, and look stylish, would be much appreciated!!

  14. Victoria Easton says:

    Le Vrai Gourmet
    Non-stick aluminium 4 piece cookware set
    Item No.33100196131000000001045081146

    I have killed most of my pans, this in in the sale and I need a good set of pans!

  15. Julie Thomas says:

    Wow what a choice! I’d love some Jamie Oliver pans but also am drawn to a new slow cooker, especially with the winter months creeping closer

  16. Sarah S says:

    I really need a new bin so I would put it towards the lovely Simplehuman Silver Round 30 Litre Retro Pedal Bin. Pedal bins have certainly gone up in price since I last had to buy one!

  17. Laura Murray says:

    Wow you really worked wonders with that cake! Great job, and I bet it tastes every bit as good as it looks.

    I really love the Ashley Thomas range of baking wares so I would most likely treat myself to one of her mixing bowls, a rolling pin and an apron.

  18. Louise says:

    I’d get the Joseph Joseph Grey ‘Index Advance’ chopping boards, we’re a little slap dash with chopping boards & I’d rather have separate boards for the meat, so this would be perfect.

  19. alison c says:

    I would love the le creuset shallow casserole dish , my mum has one and i was saying only ysterday how much i would love to nick it off her πŸ™‚ so i would put it towards one of them.

  20. JULIE BANKS says:

    I would put it tohttp://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_325003042153_-1wards a new food mixer like this one The colour is fantastic

  21. Jane Adair says:

    With three children all leaving home within the space of 6 months, I would buy myself nice new saucepans and oven trays as they have ‘borrowed’ half my kitchen from rolling pins to pasta makers. It’s like I’m the one starting out for the first time!

  22. Debbie Nicholas says:

    I would have to treat the kids to an ice cream machine! They have been bugging me forever for one and its a luxury we cant afford so I would have to say yes to that πŸ™‚

  23. Rachael Farley says:

    I would buy Le Vrai Gourmet stainless steel 24 cm multi level steamer. I’m on a mission to get more veggies into my family and steaming maintains the highest levels of nutrients.

  24. Donna Kent says:

    Hi, I’ve only just found your blog. After reading some of your posts it sounds like you’ve had a really tough time. Thank you for the recipe above’ I’ll give it a go and repport back.

    • Donna Kent says:

      Shocking spelling there! I hit send before I read through what I’d written but I’m sure you got the picture. Hope that you have a fabulous weekx

  25. Michelle Porter says:

    I would love to go shopping in debenhams with the voucher to buy some lovely pink vintage scales as mine are very digital and boring πŸ™‚ xx

  26. jodie harvey says:

    would have to be some new baking goodies, its been a while since ive made a proper cake and the kids are always wanting me to do one so i would buy some new tins, mixer and apron/oven gloves πŸ™‚
    fab giveaway x

  27. Jacqueline Cook says:

    I would buy some of the pretty baking items as me and my daughter like baking lots of sweet treats, all in moderation. It would be nice to add to my limited glum looking collection and brighten up our baking days.

    Good luck with your treatment!

  28. claire higgins says:

    Will def be a new pryex jug, as I have just broken my ancient one on the weekend.

    Def going to try this cake, as my oldest daughter is dairy, egg and soya intolerant and this looks lovely, thank you, xxx

  29. Gillian Hale says:

    I would get an icecream maker for the kids, it would definitely save us money not having to get them from the icecream van. Also we could make Christmas pudding icecream at Christmas, yummy!!

  30. clare d says:

    id buy 2 of these fab cake tins as i use an old one that isnt spring pop opening and awlays goes wrong when trying to get the cake out!
    and new fab baking tray for biscuits!

  31. Hannah Whitling says:

    There’s too much to decide from right now, but it would likely be some things to help with my baking, and some utensils to replace my horrible ones.

  32. Paula Harvey says:

    I would buy this Ice cream maker – my kids and hubby are ice cream mad but my son and I have dairy intolerance’s so would be fab to experiment with soya milk!

  33. Natalie White says:

    That looks so delicious! I’d definitely go for the Joseph Joseph Nest 9 Plus foot preparation set – I’ve always admired Joseph Joseph utensils, and desperately want some for my kitchen! Fantastic giveaway πŸ™‚ x

  34. Helen Craigs says:

    I would buy a KitchenAid Artisan Mixer in Almond and a Prestige Kettle to match along with some beautiful new tea towels for my new kitchen

  35. Tracy C says:

    Not sure how it happened but I was only initiated into the world of casserole dishes last winter. I’d like another one and love this one

  36. Sam Toms says:

    Joseph Joseph 100 Collection Garlic Rocker Β£19
    Ben de Lisi Home Designer wooden jigsaw chopping board Β£20
    …and put the rest towards some new oven gloves xx

  37. susan willshee says:

    I’d buy some of the fabulous Le Creuset in that gorgeous teal colour.

    I’ve always wanted some Le Creuset items but can’t really justify spending on them when there are so many other things to buy.

  38. SUSAN L HALL says:

    I love to make cocktails and my friend makes better ones with crushed ice so i would love the –
    Barcraft acrylic ice crusher

  39. Penny Hannibal says:

    With the voucher I would buy:

    This loaf tin to make banana loaf as we waste bananas sometimes because kids won’t eat them if they are overripe and I can only eat so many Β£6.00

    This muffin tin because my daughter has been making them a lot at school and the children want to make them at home Β£17.50

    This square cake tin because I don’t have a proper cake tin and I am newly diabetic and need to make my own sugar free (something which you have helped me be confident in)

    This set of nesting utensils because they are a great idea and ours have seen better days Β£19.50

    Corn Cob handles Β£9.00 because the family eat a lot of corn cobs and I keep meaning to buy some.

  40. Janis says:

    My friend ran across this recipe and was going to make it for me (my oven doesn’t work), but we ran into some problems. I don’t know if this is a difference between ingredients available in the US or not, but self-rising flour and store-bought almond milk both usually have salt in them. I just wanted to let others to know in case they thought of doing the recipe. Making your own almond milk and self-rising flour isn’t difficult if you do want to proceed.

    • Emma Day says:

      This is a UK recipe. There are so many low iodine recipes with US ingredients and measurements that don’t exist in the UK, I thought it was about time there was an English recipe. In the UK none of these items contain salt. And yes it is best if you can make you own almond milk – store bought tastes vile.

  41. Silvia says:

    Dear Emma
    I am very interested with your layout of your recipe box, will you share with me what software you used? I did it manually and it looks ugly and not consistent.

    Thanks so much for your time and look forward to hear from you again.

    Much regards,

  42. Julie says:

    Thank you I too have to deal with this thyroid cancer diet and man it’s hard but we do what we can to survive. Thanks for sharing

  43. DrakeC says:

    I am looking for low-sodium dessert recipes, but unfortunately this one still has too much sodium for me because of the self-rising flour which contains both salt and baking soda. I guess there’s no such thing as a low-sodium cake. πŸ™ Thank you anyway for the recipe!

    • Emma Day says:

      Thank you for your comment. I’m afraid it is only a LOW sodium cake, and not a NO sodium cake recipe. The self-raising flour I use does not contain salt, as I was not able to consume anything containing salt whilst on radiotherapy. You should be able to find self-raising flour in the UK which doesn’t contain salt, in any supermarket. It is likely to still contain very low levels of sodium though. As this recipe is dairy free, egg free, soya free and low iodine, I couldn’t unfortunately find a way to make it sodium free. The recipe is designed for people on a Low Iodine Diet for RAI treatment. You could try using plain flour instead? It wouldn’t rise as much but may work.

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