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What do you use instead of a birthday cake for someone who's diabetic?

My wife and I have always given each other a small cake with a candle in it (and sing happy birthday) for our respective birthdays. But now that she's diabetic, an icing-covered cake is a major no-no.

Any suggestions as to alternatives?
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Flowers could be a possibility. Or does it have to be edible? If so Angel Food Cake is one of the better cakes for diabetics, or so I've been told.
Ted
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Flowers could be a possibility. Or does it have to be edible?

I'm thinking something edible - something to replace the cake.

This isn't a gift as such. I'm just trying to carry on the tradition of having a birthday cake and candles but, at the same time, respect the need to stay away from the sugar.

The only thing I can come up with is maybe some kind of a fruit cup.

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Orange Cake
Ingredients:
1/3 cup reduced calorie margarine, melted
1/4 cup granulated brown sugar substitute
1 tsp. powdered sugar substitute
1 egg
1 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
2/3 cup unsweetened orange juice
Vegetable cooking spray
Combine margarine, sugar substitutes and egg. Beat at high speed with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Combine flour, baking powder, soda and cinnamon, stirring to blend. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with orange juice, beginning and ending with the flour. Beat at low speed after each addition. Spoon batter into an 8 inch square pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Note: You can make two of these and layer them if you wish or bake them in round pans instead. 9 servings.
118 calories, 19 grams carbo, 3 gm protein, 3 gm fat, 257 mg sodium, 30 mg cholesterol.

Applesauce-Spice Cake
Ingredients:
3 cups water
1 1/4 cups raisins
2 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
3 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons powdered sugar substitute
1 cup vegetable oil
3 cups self-rising flour
3 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
cooking spray
Combine 2 1/2 cups water and raisins in a heavy pan and bring to a boil. Boil until the water evaporates or is absorbed by the raisins. (watch carefully) Remove from heat. Add applesauce, eggs, sugar substitute, oil, and remaining water. Stir to combine. Sift together flour, cinnamon and soda, then gradually add to the applesauce mixture with vanilla, stirring after each addition. Spoon batter into a 10 inch Bundt pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes; remove from pan and cool on rack. Frost as desired. Makes 28 slices.
29 mg Cholesterol, 165 calories, 20 gm carbo, 2 gm protein, 26 mg sodium, 8 gm fat

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Here are a couple links, especially if you cook.

http://www.seedsofknowledge.com/diabetic-cakes.html

http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1614,154184-226204,00.html

http://www.diabetic-lifestyle.com/articles/apr98_fkids_1.htm

Whole Foods has its own suggestion:

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/dessert/cake_fruitsweet.html

If you want to stick with store bought, Pillsbury has a reduced sugar cake mix:

http://www.pillsburybaking.com/products/product_detail2.aspx

Fuskie
Who suggests checking with your dietitian or doctor about what is permissible, as they key is often moderation not exclusion...
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Orange Cake
Applesauce-Spice Cake


Thanks for the recipes. But, with my kitchen skills, my wife would probably not have a very happy birthday if I tried to bake a cake. :)

I will print these out and give them to her; she may very well want to try them out at another time.

For now, I'm going to have to find something that I can buy at a store somewhere.


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