What type of birthday cake can you buy for someone who is on a diet?

United States
September 5, 2007 9:21am CST
Well, my birthday is about a month away, which is unfortunate for me, since I have just gone on a diet. Diets are nothing new for me, but usually they don't coincide with birthdays, so I am still able to enjoy cake without guilt. Or, at least guilt-free for awhile until I get back on the scale. So, I am wondering, what should a person on a diet do about the birthday cake? Obviously, if there is a cake, then everyone (including myself) will want some of it. And yet, I don't want to cheat anyone out of the opportunity to eat birthday cake. Are there more diet-friendly alternatives to birthday cake that one could serve without offending guests or family? What type of traditional birthday party foods would definitely be off the menu for a dieter? Would appreciate suggestions.
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@bluishrose (2291)
• Philippines
5 Sep 07
There are available fat free cakes in bakeshops specially for people who areon a diet or diabetic. Or try carrot cakes or similar ones. Advance happy birthday!
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• United States
6 Sep 07
Thankyou! And, are you kidding me? Is carrot cake really diet friendly? I love that stuff. I would probably have to get it without the icing though.
• Philippines
6 Sep 07
yup its the one and only cake my mother in law eats. Just replaced the icing with sugar free or just eat without icing...
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• United States
9 Sep 07
That's phenomenal! I knew that stuff was good for some reason. I will look for sugar free icing locally. Thanks!
• United States
5 Sep 07
You only live once - And you could live longer if you don't eat food high in cholesterol
Actually you cannot purchase one of these cakes,you have to make a diet cake, if you look under photos and then list cakes, there is a picture of a beautiful jello mold with lots of fruit on it. I couldn't save this picture, it just gave me a untitled, no number so I couldn't upload it. But anyway my birthday is the first week in October as well and I had been thinking the same thing. What kind of cake did I want for my birthday, then I thought it's my birthday I might as well splurge and have a red velvet cake,with some Splenda in it or one of those whipped cream with low fat cream. Sounds like a lot of trouble just to eat cake on your birthday. But if your going to go all out you might as well have some Cream Cheese Cake!!
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• United States
6 Sep 07
Good heavens! I love cream cheese. Maybe that is why I love carrot cake. The icing is always made with cream cheese. Last year, my spouse bought me a cake bowl, which is a mini-bowl of cake with icing. He thought it would be a good way not to splurge on calories *(isn't he thoughtful!), but the one tiny bowl had more icing than an entire cake. It was delicious! They sell them at some grocery store bakeries.
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• United States
6 Sep 07
when is your BD anyway mine is the first week in October!!!! I'll be 47 OMG getting so close to the big five o 50. Half a century old, a least my husband is already there, so I am used to him crying about it!!
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@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
6 Sep 07
How about a mini size cake?:)
• United States
6 Sep 07
I like that idea. Perhaps a cake or cupcake, just for me? That could work. I could still enjoy the gifts and such and put less focus on food. Thanks!
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
5 Sep 07
You can have angel food cake with fat free whipped cream as the frosting. You can either top with strawberries, or cut the cake in half, layer fresh strawberries and then frost with the ffwhipped cream. It is so yummy and very low in calories and fat.
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• United States
6 Sep 07
Had not considered angel food cake. Sounds divine.
• United States
5 Sep 07
Delicious cake idea. If you don't want to eat all the fatty, doughy cakes out there, try this light recipe and people will be licking their fingers off! Diet Coke Cake: Take a prepackaged cake mix (from any grocery store, Betty Crocker, etc) and instead of using the ingredients listed on the back like eggs or oil, mix it with a can of diet coke. Works best with a chocolate or fudge mix. For whiter mixes like lemon powder or vanilla, mix in a can of diet 7up. Yum! Heres a site that has diet cakes, maybe you will find one you like: http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0,diet_cakes,FF.html
• United States
6 Sep 07
That sounds heavenly!
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
5 Sep 07
I would just make an angelfood cake and get some berries to go over the top and maybe buy cool whip for those that wanted it.
• United States
6 Sep 07
I may try that.
@ssf12ster (489)
• India
6 Sep 07
eating once a year doesnt prop up the sugar level.u can exercise later.because without sugar it tastes quite horrible.better not make the person unhappy on this day.no need for any diet cake at all.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
5 Sep 07
I use Angel Food Cake. I do not know if there is a sugar substitute that works, so you may have to live with that. You can use Cool Whip, the low-fat kind for a topping, and decorate with strawberries. Now if you are on a Low Carb diet, there is a recipe I found on the Low Carb Luxury Site, the Classic Birthday Cake. http://www.lowcarbluxury.com/recipes/recipe-specialty17.html I would used baked chips, like Sunchips and use tortillas and salsa rather than potato chips and sour or cream cheese dip. Have plenty of raw veggies such as cherry tomatoes, mini carrots, celery, green and red peppers, broccoli and cauliflower. Do not have that many candies, unless they are the diet type like those offered by Weight Watchers. Chocolates are usually my weakness, so if you have to have some, make sure they are dark chocolate. I hope this helps.
@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
5 Sep 07
My response is very much like the others, but I do use a twist because I have to come up with desserts for someone who is borderline diabetic. The angel food cake is good - I try to buy the sugar-free one at the bakery. I get strawberries and I use Splenda instead of sugar to sweeten them. You can buy Splenda in a box to sprinkle over them, just like sugar. The Cool Whip is a way to cut down on the fat and sugar too, but you have to get the light. If it is only sugar you are concerned about then I go with the regular whipped cream. Another idea with angel food cake is a trifle. You can layer the strawberries and angel food cake with sugar-free pudding and top with the cool whip. Add other fruits like bananas or blueberries depending on what they like. Just because you are on a diet doesn't mean you can't have things that taste good, and everyone deserves a treat on their birthdays.