Birthday Cake! Is there a healthy option?

  • jeepdave75

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    Jul 04, 2008 9:53 PM GMT
    So... after a month of better eating and hittin the gym 6 days a week (I didnt go the day after pride... you know, to recover... and felt like a slug ALL DAY... ugh!) my birthday is next week.

    I dont want to blow my diet completely out of the water for one stupid peice of cake, but come on! I still wanna have cake! Throw a scoop of ice cream on a store bought peice of cake and that'd probably meet or exceed my daily caloric intake. No way.

    Anyone have a recipe for a healthier version of cake? I read a post about carrot cake... cracked me UP, but it didnt sound like that was a "healthier option."

    I'd rather not settle for a bran muffin with a candle if I dont have to. icon_lol.gif
  • Timbales

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    Jul 04, 2008 9:59 PM GMT
    try this:

    http://www.healthy-eating-made-easy.com/healthy-cake-recipes.html

    it helps if you have or know someone with real baking skills.
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    Jul 05, 2008 2:43 AM GMT
    Best option I know of, as a healthy cook and baker, would be to use stevia. It's a natural sweetener and can come in both liquid and powder forms. Take your desired recipe replace equally. Use soy or a gluten free flour and perhaps replace your oils and eggs with fat free yogurt and/or pureed fruit. I can come up with tons of ideas but a great place to look is www.sparkpeople.com and you can try www.stevia.com as well. Good Luck and Happy [upcoming] Birthday!!

    Jason
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    Jul 05, 2008 3:22 AM GMT
    icon_eek.gifCake is unhealthy??? Maybe it was just the excessive portion??

    I give you the solution .. I give you the "cup"-cake ..

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    notice the dime in the photo!

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    Jul 05, 2008 9:36 AM GMT
    Seems to me like one piece of cake with ice cream on top is not really going to affect your regimen...

    I'd say eat healthy the rest of the day, then get the best cake you can possibly afford (best ingredients) and enjoy yourself (hopefully sharing the cake with your loved ones) -- then get right back on track the next day.
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    Jul 05, 2008 1:02 PM GMT
    At least treat yourself on your birthday. If you don't eat too much junk on a regular basis and exercise often (it ooks like you do), the occasional treat won't hurt you. Happy birthday!
  • NYCguy74

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    Jul 05, 2008 2:20 PM GMT
    I've heard replacing the oil 1 to 1 with applesauce. It helps keep the texture better than water would.

    Most store bought cakes and icings are full of crap. the icings especially are just hydrogenated oils, but they are also most likely in pre-made cakes and cake mixes. Chances are there is some High fructose corn syrup in there too.
    Try the Whole foods bakery if you want to buy something.

    Icing is fairly easy to make, check online, powdered sugar, butter, and a couple other things.

    angel food cake is a decent alternative. mostly sugar, egg whites, and flour, so little to no fat, although lots of carbs. you can also do a thin glaze icing if you want.

    and i've heard one of the best thing in a diet is a reasonable cheat meal. Just have one once a week or every other week, It lets you satiate all those little cravings, before they grow bigger, and you wind up on the floor in a pile of empty Häagen-Dazs containers.
    Just add a few minutes to you cardio sessions this week. It's your birthday.

    I used to work with a guy who did fit for life. he ate amazing all week, and then friday was "cheat day" he would come back at lunch with pizza, fries, a burger, chicken strips, and more. always had a stack of containers at least 3 high. And he was in amazing shape.
  • UStriathlete

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    Jul 05, 2008 2:33 PM GMT
    go to whole foods and buy yourself a cake there, they have many healthy choices.

    apple sauce is a good substitute for sugar. stevia is a little difficult to cook with. and Splenda is BAD, it's chemically altered! it is NOT natural.

    use safflower oil as well.

    one bad or cheat day will not ruin your diet. use the 80% good/20% bad rule.icon_biggrin.gif
  • Timbales

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    Jul 05, 2008 2:51 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidThanks for this topic guys. I am looking at the site now and can't seem to find anything for making a healthy icing. I'm a big fan of icing on cakes.

    Most icings are made from hydrogenated oils and I try to avoid that. But unfortunately I succumb to buying what's available on the shelves.

    Any recommendations? I use Stevia all the time and have quite a bit in my house. I also like using Splenda which I have in bountiful quantities as well.


    When I make a cake I make my own buttercream frosting - confectioners sugar, butter, skim milk and vanilla.

    It's not low sugar or low fat, but it's good. icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 05, 2008 3:27 PM GMT
    yeah don't get all paranoid about one measly piece of cake- its fine every now and then- just don't make it a regular thing.
  • Timbales

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    Jul 05, 2008 3:36 PM GMT
    ActiveAndFit saidicon_eek.gifCake is unhealthy??? Maybe it was just the excessive portion??

    I give you the solution .. I give you the "cup"-cake ..

    300_singlewdime.jpg
    notice the dime in the photo!



    Making cupcakes is a good idea. They are set portions and can be arranged on a tiered serving plate to look nice. It's also easier to get rid of the leftovers by bringing them into work and leaving them in the break room.
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    Jul 05, 2008 4:19 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidMaking cupcakes is a good idea. They are set portions and can be arranged on a tiered serving plate to look nice. It's also easier to get rid of the leftovers by bringing them into work and leaving them in the break room.
    Hah, someone finally agrees with me! The world must be coming to an end as no one has taken me to task about my post.
  • Salubrious

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    Jul 05, 2008 5:03 PM GMT
    UStriathlete saidgo to whole foods and buy yourself a cake there, they have many healthy choices.

    apple sauce is a good substitute for sugar. stevia is a little difficult to cook with. and Splenda is BAD, it's chemically altered! it is NOT natural.

    use safflower oil as well.

    one bad or cheat day will not ruin your diet. use the 80% good/20% bad rule.icon_biggrin.gif


    Lots of things are chemically altered. Splenda has not been shown to have any toxic effects... Plenty of natural things are bad for you too.
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    Jul 05, 2008 5:05 PM GMT
    Salubrious saidLots of things are chemically altered. Splenda has not been shown to have any toxic effects... Plenty of natural things are bad for you too.
    Splenda gives me the "runs" big time! Can't touch the stuff! give me good old sugar!
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    Jul 05, 2008 5:15 PM GMT
    [size=SIZE NUMBER GOES HERE]Hey Guys. I was planning on taking becoming a nutritionist so ive taken alot of food classes and we've focused a lot on substituting ingredients and w.e.

    So anyway..

    with cakes.. substitute the OIL with unsweetened APPLE SAUCE!!! (im pretty sure you could also leave out the sugar too). I've never tried it but have heard its rather delicious.

    another thing I've heard ( ITS A WEIGHT WATCHERS TIP) and have had the unfortunate opportunity to try is, with a cake mix just add one can of diet soda. but its rather disgusting but you're the one who's asking. lol
  • TexanMan82

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    Jul 05, 2008 10:38 PM GMT
    Eat a piece of cake on your birthday. ONE, REASONABLE piece of cake.

    There are certain occasions where my diet goes out the window.

    -Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthday

    What you could do to make yourself feel less guilty, is to do a full body workout (lifting) before or after the eating. You're much less likely to gain fat if you have a hard, full body workout.
  • Timbales

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    Jul 05, 2008 11:37 PM GMT
    I was just at the grocery store and saw a bunch of options in the health & natural foods section - gluten free, etc.
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    Jul 06, 2008 12:06 AM GMT
    Ellie Krieger has a show on the Food Network called "Healthy Appetite" which is all about making healthier, leaner versions of the food we generally crave - and I am sure she has some cake recipes. The great thing about Ellie is that she sticks with whole, all-natural ingredients and simply believes in moderation. She's a great resource if you're like me (i.e. refuse to touch anything like margarine, butter or sugar "substitutes" with a ten-foot pole).
  • jeepdave75

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    Jul 06, 2008 12:30 AM GMT
    Hey guys! Thanks for all the advice and tips!

    Following the Angel Food cake idea someone suggested, I found this recipe on MedicineNet.com, complete with nutritional breakdown. Yay!

    Chocolate-Mocha Angel Food Cake
    The flavor combination of chocolate, coffee, and sugar in this cake is simply addicting. I love how you can take something simple like an angel food cake mix and make it spectacular with just a few added ingredients.
    Ingredients:


    1 box (1-pound size) one-step angel food cake mix
    1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
    1 1/3 cups very strong decaffeinated coffee, cooled
    8 ounces light whipping cream or Light Cool Whip® (optional)
    Preparation:
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Move oven rack to lowest position if you're using a tube pan, or the middle position for loaf pans.
    2. Mix cake mix with cocoa in large glass or metal bowl at low speed until blended.
    3. Pour in coffee and mix at low speed until moistened. Then beat exactly 1 minute at medium speed. Pour batter into an ungreased tube pan (10x4-inch) or two (9x5-inch loaf pans).
    4. Bake 35 to 45 minutes for tube pan, and 33 to 43 minutes for loaf pans. Cake is done when crust is deep golden brown and cracks on top appear dry. DO NOT UNDERBAKE.
    5. Cool tube cake upside down on a glass bottle or heatproof surface until completely cool. Cool loaves in pans tipped on side on cooling rack until completely cool.
    6. Loosen edges with flat knife or metal spatula to remove from pans.
    7. Whip up whipped cream if desired, adding powdered sugar to taste toward end of whipping.

    Yield:
    12 servings

    Nutritional Information:
    Per serving (without whipped cream):
    159 calories, 4 g protein, 36 g carbohydrate, 0.5 g fat, 0.3 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 331 mg sodium, 1 g fiber. Calories from fat: 3%.

    Per serving (with light whipping cream):
    214 calories, 21 mg cholesterol, 6 g fat. Calories from fat: 25%.

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    Jul 06, 2008 12:34 AM GMT
    Go with an ice-cream cake. Treat yourself. Just be sure to invite a lot of friends so there are no leftovers. haha
  • Timbales

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    Jul 06, 2008 1:39 AM GMT
    Find a nice man who's willing to be covered in whipped cream and put a candle in his navel.
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    Jul 06, 2008 1:41 AM GMT
    Jeepdave,
    That sounds amazing! Need to save that for my birthday in Nov.

    Any suggestion on what kind of coffee to use in it? Do you think it'll make a difference since it is baked in anyway?
    How about brand of Angel Food Cake mix?
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    Jul 06, 2008 2:04 AM GMT
    Wow I was just reading "healthy" carrot cake recipes on line (there are many) and they do sound pretty tasty! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 06, 2008 2:34 AM GMT
    I used to make a healthy-ish cheese cake with mascarpone cheese, tofu, and almond paste. It was ok, but was not nearly as satisfying as a slice of the real stuff.

    So now I just have a treat a few times a year and enjoy myself rather than trying to be completely healthy 100% of the time. Besides, that is why god created jogging.
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    Jul 06, 2008 2:48 AM GMT
    Stop worrying about it and eat the damn cake. As a personal trainer, I know this sounds like odd advice, but trust me on this one, it will not kill you. Here's the deal, if you completely restrict yourself from everything you are eventually going to get psychologically burned out. Watch out when that happens, because it will take a week to undo the damage of that feast. Further, in the clients that I have seen the once a week cheat meal actually seems to help their progress. They go out and enjoy pizza and they come in the next day a pound lighter. What gives? I suspect the sudden influx of calories and carbs replenishes any deficit and helps convince the body that food is plentiful and to jack up the metabolism. In everyone I have ever talked to that is serious about diet and training, one piece of cake, or one cheat meal of pizza did not damn them to life of obesity and poor health. In fact, psychologically it seemed to help them stay on the diet because they know they have a reprieve from the strict diet coming up, so they are less likely to give in when they aren't supposed to. It also relieves the stress created from continuous self restriction, and it might even have a biological benefit. All this being said eat the cake, but eat one reasonable piece with one reasonable scoop of ice cream. Nothing I've said here should be interpreted as a license to eat the whole damn cake and tub of ice cream. Even fitness models are human once in awhile, especially on once a year occasions like a birthday. Relax you will do fine if your discipline is on target every other day of the year.