Cake baker w diabetes

By amylgilmore Latest Reply 2011-11-22 21:43:03 -0600
Started 2011-10-25 13:23:09 -0500

Hi everyone! I am new here and I have been diagnosed with type 2 for the past year. 2 years ago I started a wedding cake business and it has really taken off which is great but sooooo tempting being around sugar! Are there any cake bakers or anyone who has any tips for me when baking and staying away from tasting?? Thank you :-)

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LadyDi007 2011-11-22 21:43:03 -0600 Report

I'm a cake decorator but I'd rather eat pie than cake. I've only tried one of my cakes but people seem to like my cakes and say they aren't real sweet, which they love. For me, smelling buttercream all day doesn't make me want to eat cake but I never much liked cake before becoming diabetic. As long as your blood sugar is under control and you have learned portion control…a little cake now and then won't hurt. :)

Kirla 2011-11-22 20:43:02 -0600 Report

I eat cake almost everyday. I use soy flour and it works pretty good for pumpkin bread, chocolate cake and carrot cake. Some people use almond flour for making muffins and pancakes. One of my readers who comments a lot on my blog recently used hazelnut flour for making her muffins. Recently heard about quinoa flour. Its low carb and might work for making some cakes. I haven’t tried it yet. Got about 55 pounds of soy flour so will stick with that for now. I use splenda instead of sugar for baking. I use the kind for baking. I just found I use about ¼ less in my recipes and it works pretty good. Some people have luck using other sweeteners. I also make pancakes and waffles and have used it for breading my shrimp. If you have a low carb cake standing by you can always eat a piece when tempted. If the cakes are good enough you might even be able to add to your business for people looking for low carb cakes. I just experiment until it works. So far I haven’t had to throw out any cake. Even bad cake is good. I always say cake is cake. I recently found some recipes for frosting and want to convert them to low carb. Will have to see how it works. For the last 2 ½ years been eating my cakes without frosting. That may soon change. I heard some people make a cream cheese frosting. That might work also. Best thing is my soy flour cakes don’t spike my blood sugar.

Kirla 2011-11-22 20:45:31 -0600 Report

Almost forgot I make pumpkin pie using soy flour for the crust and it comes out pretty good. People who have tried it say it’s as good as the ones made with regular flour. Going to make one tomorrow for thanksgiving.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-11-22 20:18:55 -0600 Report

OMG I read a romance book last month about a wedding cake baker with diabetes. Eat something that will fill you up. You won't be hungry and won't want to taste.

Gracie40 2011-11-22 17:45:53 -0600 Report

How about chewing S.F. gum, or keeping tic tacs handy. Drink Crystal Light lemonade. (Terrible combination with icing.) God Bless you and keep you.
Hugs. Gracie+

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-11-22 20:19:56 -0600 Report

Hi Gracie. I agree that is a terrible combination with icing. I don't chew gum. For some strange reason it makes me hungry and the constant chewing gets on my nerves.

MEGriff1950 2011-10-29 09:45:49 -0500 Report

I stopped decorating cakes when I was diagnosed. I would think that tasting the frosting to make sure it is right would be the biggest challenge. You might try working with the cakes right after eating a meal when you are not hungry. Keeping unsalted nuts on hand to munch on might help.

pixsidust 2011-10-26 00:45:02 -0500 Report

Lots of sugar free pudding to grab at will! There is even a Jello chocolate mint sugar free mousse that yummy sold in the refrigerated dairy section

ShellyLargent 2011-10-25 15:02:23 -0500 Report

Wow! Talk about irony… Would hiring an assistant without diabetes be an option? Not sure how often you're tasting, but if it's just a little bite now and again, you might be OK. Have you run this question by your doctor or diabetes care specialist?

amylgilmore 2011-10-25 15:10:22 -0500 Report

Thank you for replying! It is ironic huh…of course it took me 33 years to decide what I want be when I grow up and then find out about diabetes. I knew diabetes was coming since I had gestational and it is in my biological family big time. I was thinking about hiring an assistant and I am going to try chewing mint gum when baking. My doctor has never said anything so I should ask her also.

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