To celebrate the launch of the new and improved Fanta Orange recipe, we asked baking goddess Candice Brown to create a delicious reduced sugar bake that doesn’t compromise on taste. Go behind the scenes of our Fanta Baking Workshop.


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The winner of the Great British Bake Off 2016 has created a brand-new bake inspired by the new Fanta Orange recipe which contains a third less sugar. The new bake is a delicate Citrus and Blueberry Drizzle Cake and the new recipe is lower in sugar than Candice’s standard drizzle cake. We meet up with Candice Brown to have a go at trying her new twist on a classic, showing that you can reduce sugar without compromising on taste.

“I’m a massive fan of Fanta, I always have been. It’s one of those drinks that really reminds me of holidays.” – Candice Brown

Baking masterclass

Our Fanta baking masterclass is at the Underground Cookery School in Shoreditch, east London. It’s the perfect combination of ‘underground’ and ‘cooking school’, with dark green panelling, white subway tiles and gleaming chrome workstations, brightened up by the vibrant colours of the bold new Fanta logo.

As we go in, we’re greeted by three mouth-watering cakes that Candice has whipped up to show us the finished product. They’re frosted with Fanta Orange icing and topped with a sprinkling of orange zest and lemon thyme.

Candice Brown’s Fanta, Citrus and Blueberry Drizzle Cake, finished with glacé icing and scattered with orange zest and lemon thyme

Candice says: “I’m a massive fan of Fanta, I always have been. It’s one of those drinks that really reminds me of holidays, when me and my brother used to drink it a lot.”

Inspiration behind the recipe

Inspired by Fanta’s new recipe, which contains 33% less sugar, Candice’s challenge is to create a delicious cake, based on Fanta flavours, that uses less sugar but still tastes great.

Candice explains: “The recipe I’ve created for Fanta today is a real twist on a bake that I do quite a lot – and the twist goes quite well with the new spiral bottle! So, the cake started off life as a lemon and blueberry drizzle cake. The ingredients did have around 165g of sugar but I was able to reduce that by a third, substituting in some fresh orange juice, zest and Fanta. There’s no compromise on taste whatsoever.”

Candice’s top baking tip is not to over-whisk the cake mixture

“Rather than using icing sugar in the drizzle, I just used orange and lemon juice with some Fanta, and reduced it slightly so you get a really nice citrusy flavour with a third of the sugar. You end up with a really nice and moist citrus cake with lovely little bursts of blueberries.”

“The recipe I’ve created for Fanta today is a real twist on a bake that I do quite a lot – and the twist goes quite well with the new spiral bottle!”
– Candice Brown

Candice’s top baking tips

As you’d expect, Candice is full of helpful hints and tips for getting the best out of your bake. What is her ultimate baking advice?

“The best-ever baking tip I could give to anybody would be: don’t over-whisk your cake batter. It’s so tempting, especially with a stand mixer, to put it on and do something else. But leaving it going for a few minutes is when you’re going to get a really tough cake. So don’t over-mix it, just make sure it’s nicely incorporated.”

“The best-ever baking tip I could give to anybody would be: don’t over-whisk your cake batter.”
– Candice Brown

What are Candice’s thoughts on creating recipes that reduce sugar content without compromising on taste?

“I think for me, reducing sugar is all about balance and everything in moderation. I’ve shown with this cake that you can reduce the sugar content by a third and it doesn’t make a difference to the flavour. Nowadays there are so many alternatives – I use coconut sugar quite a lot, which is an unrefined sugar. Having a play around with flavours and reducing the sugar a little bit can really balance the sweet and sourness without losing any of the cake’s flavour.”

Fanta-inspired Citrus and Blueberry Drizzle Cake

Proof is in the pudding

Finally, we sit down with Candice to taste the baking goddess’s Fanta-inspired bake. The cake is moist and fruity, with the Fanta Orange perfectly complementing the blueberries and citrus flavours. Candice’s verdict: “I really enjoyed cooking with Fanta. It gave a great flavour and used a different thought process which enabled me to be really creative. I love anything that gets my brain going and makes me think about what I’m doing and how it will work.”

“I really wanted to do a workshop with Fanta because it’s an iconic drink. Being given the opportunity to develop some recipes and ideas with Fanta was something I couldn’t pass up. I’m always looking for new flavours and I think Fanta works really well with sweet bakes, so it’s a really interesting challenge.”

Find out more about the new and improved Fanta Orange.