What do I make for a Birthday Cake? when my Boyfriend has diabetes?

By MsSEC Latest Reply 2012-08-12 02:34:49 -0500
Started 2012-08-09 00:00:18 -0500

My Boyfriend was recently told by his Dr. if he didn't drop some weight he would wake up blind or in a diabetic coma, he is the most hard headed person, he started dieting and exercising but he picked up an old habit he had not done in months, he began having a beer, at first here and there, but now I see he is only doing it because he is so pissed off and depressed, I try to be understanding but there are times I want to knock him out, and scream hey what are you doing open your eyes I Love You and I'd miss you if you were not here. Saturday is his Birthday 49 what can I make him, he never cared for cake, what else is there for celebrating a Birthday? I'm running out of time…
Any comments would be appreciated thank you…Ms.SEC!

13 replies

flipmom 2012-08-10 20:07:50 -0500 Report

I would just do something special together… We need to stop thinking that food is what makes things special. Dont forget that its the company… happy bday!!!

Nonna2Three 2012-08-09 20:59:57 -0500 Report

Not sure if this falls into the cake category but sugar-free Angel Food cake with fresh strawberries and low fat whipped topping would be a really nice dessert type treat.

Jccandals 2012-08-12 02:34:49 -0500 Report

I love the sugar free angel cake, its real good, tastes like the one with sugar too. My type one hubby and i use it with strawberries, good stuff.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-08-09 16:50:13 -0500 Report

I would suggest a diabetic friendly meal, watch the portions. There are so many dessert receipes for diabetics that you can find something to make. You can also call a bakery and ask what they make for diabetics, if not and you don't want to make something then get him a cupcake.

Type1Lou 2012-08-09 13:56:57 -0500 Report

As James noted, carbohydrates are what raise blood sugar, so, in your place, I would look for lower/lowest carb choices in the food he eats. One advantage in cutting down on the carbs is that weight is usually lost as well. Become aware of the carb values for each serving of food by reading labels on packages. Also, note the serving size, which is often smaller than we often think. You might also want to check out a book listing carbohydrate values of different foods…some even have menus from chain restaurants listed. Your public library probably has some that you could borrow.

swlinda 2012-08-09 11:19:22 -0500 Report

Why not have a fruit salad if he really doesn't like cake. It is always a good substitute and a lot better for all of us.

Nick1962 2012-08-09 09:04:40 -0500 Report

Welcome to the party! You say he's 49 and never really been into cake? How about just save your time and cook him up a nice steak? Maybe a few shrimp too if $ allow (and a salad). It is a whole lot better for him (protein and all). I understand the gesture, but sometimes cake is just over rated in my book.

Type1Lou 2012-08-09 13:50:18 -0500 Report

Great idea Nick…plus this is a low-carb option…as long as you stay away from the starches.

Nick1962 2012-08-09 14:02:35 -0500 Report

Yeah, I'm so over cake at my age. Gimme a steak and a kiss and I'm good!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-08-09 20:10:30 -0500 Report

You have never had The Cake Lady's cake. Grown men have cried at work because they did not get a piece of her cake.

Nick1962 2012-08-10 07:59:46 -0500 Report

Then I guess I'll have to put that on my bucket list. There are scant few cakes I'll risk my BG's for, but if she can put out a to-die-for German Chocolate, I'll take the spike.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-08-09 02:44:41 -0500 Report

James gave some wonderful suggestions. Another idea is cheesecake. There are some that are low carb and have a bit more protein than cake. The added protein is a bonus.
Welcome to DC. It's great that you are trying to find better options for your boyfriend. Hopefully he will decide to join you in searching and eating better choices. It can be so very frustrating when the person with diabetes (PWD) doesn't seem to be as eager as those around him are for better foods. I faced that struggle with my mother-in-law back before I was the PWD. It is tricky striking thebalance between what they might perceive has helpful rather than irritating annoyance.

jayabee52 2012-08-09 01:21:28 -0500 Report

Howdy MsSEC. WELCOME to DiabeticConnect

If it really must be a cake for his birthday there is a recipe section available in the links on the left side of the screen. There is a search engine built into the recipe section as well, and you could use it to find most anything. (I want you to be aware that not everything in the recipes are completely diabetes friendly. So use with caution).

In this case I searched for cakes and this came up here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/recipes?query=... There are 6 pages of results, so you should find something interesting somewhere in there.
I understand that Angel food cake is a wiser choice for a cake as I understand it
has fewer carbohydrates. (we want carbohydrates as low as possible, as that is what raises our Blood Glucose readings ) Here might be a good recipe for that ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/recipes/3978-s...

Looking through the list perhaps this might do with 8 carbs per serving ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/recipes/2558-c... with only 8 carbs per serving.

There are a lot of "cakes" in there.

If you feel like it needs frosting you can look for frosting in these 2 pages here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/recipes?query=...

I pray this has been helpful to you.

Let us know which cake/frosting you chose, and how it came out.

Best Happy birthday wishes to your boyfriend, and many happy returns!

James Baker

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