Toppings and fillings can add calories, fat and sugar, so keep it simple with a dusting of icing sugar; this has 20 calories per teaspoon, compared with 165 calories in two tablespoons of butter icing. Instead of whipped double cream, try low-fat cream cheese mixed with a tablespoon of maple syrup. Use mashed fresh berries instead of jam.
Whatever you’ve heard, sugar is sugar whether it’s granulated, syrup or honey — a teaspoon of any of them contains the same calories and your body processes it in the same way. Use a granulated sweetener such as Splenda to cut calories and sugar, or replace sugar with fruit.