sugar free desserts

By Debbiejf Latest Reply 2013-04-14 09:06:15 -0500
Started 2013-01-24 14:01:04 -0600

Can someone PLEASE tell me if there is such a thing as sugar free cake mixes?
I miss having cake and hate store bought ready made! I can't find anything on any sugar free website AND I would love to be able to make sugar free cookies that will be crunchy not as soft as bread (ugh). Someone please put me out of my misery!

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sassyirish mom
sassyirish mom 2013-03-16 20:15:33 -0500 Report

Yes they do I found some at woodmens

1FLYCHIK 2013-02-21 10:05:20 -0600 Report

This is a link to the Pillsbury sugar free cake mix. It is very light and tasty, just eat it in moderation :) I have been using this one for the past 5 years or so. They also have chocolate cake and sugar free fudge brownies, BUT they are NOT a low calorie food :)

Lauri47 2013-02-21 08:37:52 -0600 Report

also? just curious, don't you have to watch carbs? I have found that just cuz it's sugar free doesnt mean the carbs are low. try recipes from scratch using almond flour, very low carb, and quite tasty to boot !

Debbiejf 2013-02-21 13:07:42 -0600 Report

yeah, carbs are like poison, I'm having a really hard time finding almond flour in Podunk :(

GabbyPA 2013-02-22 12:23:20 -0600 Report

If you don't mind online shopping has almond flour and so does Give one of those a try.

Paul Weller
Paul Weller 2013-02-22 13:20:47 -0600 Report

In addition, if you think all those "little carbs" don't matter, you can underestimate your insulin needs significantly, if the protocol for that time of day is 1 unit for every 4 carbs. At least that's the way it's been for me.

Paul Weller
Paul Weller 2013-02-22 13:15:43 -0600 Report

I have a target number of carbs that I should eat every day. It's between 150-180. That helps me decide what to eat for each meal. If I know I'm going to eat a lot at one meal, then I try to eat foods with much lower carbs at the other meals. We also try to adjust most the recipes to be as "friendly" as possible! Even when we control for the fat and carbs though, my numbers can be crazy. It's challenging to create recipes that are lower carb AND be able to calculate correctly all the nutritional facts (beside carbs and fiber) per serving. Mom finds it to be a "guessing game". The only way we can do it is to "estimate" the carbs and take the insulin it calls for and then four hours later, check my numbers to see if we guessed right . Even then there are SO MANY unknown variables. When you are combining foods (like in a casserole, or chili)and you are not sure how many oz are in equally-sized servings there will be without weighing the entire recipe and dividing by the number of servings, it is even harder. We serve 6 people most evenings, and Mom tries to have left-overs.

kkehinde 2013-04-13 23:17:42 -0500 Report

Have you tried using You can use it on your phone or computer. I create all my recipes, add the ingredients and amounts, and it calculates EVERYTHING!!!

Gingerbutterfly 2013-04-14 01:01:12 -0500 Report

I use myfitnesspal and love it. I recommend it to people all the time. It is so easy to use and has helped me on so many levels, especially with carb counting and even shedding 15 pounds so far

midgemills 2013-04-14 09:06:15 -0500 Report

I am on myfitnesspal too to help me keep count on calories, so that is a plus since I am still learning,,

Lauri47 2013-02-21 08:36:01 -0600 Report

Go to and type in exactly what you are looking for. if it's out there, they'll tell you where it is, and most of the time you can get free shipping. that is the first place I go to, as we live in a rural area, with not much available to us. I have relied on Amazon for several years now and they have always come through. just sayin.

Roy531 2013-02-21 06:36:31 -0600 Report

Sweet&Low and Pillsbury both have sugar free cake mixes. Sweet & Low also has sugar free icing mix whereas Pillsbury has it already mixed in a can ready to spread.


IronOre 2013-02-15 19:12:45 -0600 Report

I just want to reiterate what others have said . . . sugar free does not mean carb free . . . in something like this you really need to look at the carbs.
There is sugar free candy out there with more carbs than the normal candy - not good.

Prprincess0923 2013-02-12 09:28:32 -0600 Report

Thank you for the information

Debbiejf 2013-02-12 10:40:33 -0600 Report

hi, good morning Princess :), who are you thanking and for what info? I'm asking because there is a spam in the list of replies—it begins; If you think Kenneth's story is nice' that's just spam and it's been reported… all else is real :)

Nikki & Sami
Nikki & Sami 2013-02-11 14:25:22 -0600 Report

The last really good sugar free cookies I had were made in the Wal-Mart bakery, they weren't lacking in carbs though.

jimLE 2013-02-04 13:45:41 -0600 Report

i just had a thought.if you live close enough n feel like it.simply go in there some day and ask someone who (stocks the selfs) about what they have in the way of sugar free and/or diabetic desserts and other foods as well.that person will do one of two you where,or find someone who knows and will show ya..then you can go ahead and get some thing.leave n take your time on decideing on what to get..

Debbiejf 2013-02-02 00:53:33 -0600 Report

Hey everyone ♥ :), I really really appreciate the responses from all of you to my question and quest. Much more than I anticipated but wholly appreciate and love every single one! So today I finally was able to make a trip to the closest Super Walmart and couldn't find sugar free cake mixes or almond flour-but I did only look in the regular baking section, meant to go to the section where it's all diet/diabetic stuff but got completely side tracked so maybe tomorrow :) and if they still don't have it for sure then I will talk to the manager. But in the meantime if any of you come up with any more suggestions or ideas please don't hold back——and no worries I know ALL about carbs they have become like poison to me and my bg's…worse than regular sugar! LOVE AND HUGS ALL AROUND :)

sassyirish mom
sassyirish mom 2013-02-01 00:44:26 -0600 Report

Hi there !! I found recipes for diabetics on my app store for my phone . All u need to do is go under App Store and in the search bar type diabetes n it will pull up a lot of recipes or go to a bookstore n get a diabetic cookbook

Debbiejf 2013-02-02 00:56:06 -0600 Report

Thanks Sassyirish (love that!) but the only type of cell phone I use is a tracfone-I can't afford the monthly bill of a regular service co. :)…fixed income :(

jayabee52 2013-02-02 15:12:06 -0600 Report

I used to buy Diabetes cookbooks at used bookstores. I don't do that anymore since when I get them home and get to looking at the recipes in them, I find that they are REALLY not all that diabetes friendly.

Same with the online diabetes recipes as well. Outside of cutting out a little white sugar here and there, they were not ALL that diabetes friendly.

There have even grumblings here on DC about the recipes here. (did you know about the recipe link on the left of this page?) And I have to agree, some of the recipes here on DC do need a makeover, so I make them over to be more friendly to me.


Lentyl 2013-02-04 14:16:07 -0600 Report

You're right. I've seen some books purporting to be for people with diabetes and they are no different than "regular/ordinary" cookbooks. Just who is kidding whom? What I find most difficult is that some of the cookbooks are written by dietitians. In one cookbook the author, a dietitian, said that there is no diet for people with diabetes, just adapt your recipes "a little bit". Nuts to that noise.

MrsCDogg 2013-01-31 10:12:06 -0600 Report

The only thing you need to remember about sugar free cake mixes and cookies and such is that sugar free doesn't not mean reduced carbs. A sugar free cake mix may still have a very high carb count. The same with cookies and icecream.

GabbyPA 2013-01-31 20:34:25 -0600 Report

This is so true and why I don't usually invest in the "diabetic" or "sugar free" foods. Reading the labels makes the best sense and eating a proper portion.

nanaellen 2013-01-30 23:34:32 -0600 Report

I know they DO carry sugar free cake mixes but not anywhere close to me either. :( I'll have to get the whole recipe from my friend tomorrow but she made an awesome chocolate cake roll with a cream filling and only 2 tablespoons of sugar in the whole cake and it was absolutely melt in your mouth good!! They also have sugar BLENDS that are pretty good. It's part real sugar and part splenda so it's not all the sugar and still TASTES like it!! I'll definitely get the recipe tomorrow to share with all!! your friend, Ellen :)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-27 18:01:57 -0600 Report

I have seen them on but after reading the carbs in them they really aren't sugar free. I have also seen them in the supermarkets but I am not a user of cake mixes.

I have had cakes made with soy flour and they were delicious. They have very little effect on my blood sugar. I buy sugar free cakes in the supermarket but only will eat a piece based on my numbers.

Debbiejf 2013-01-27 23:46:32 -0600 Report

thanks Joyce :), there really aren't many options where I live. Only one bakery that I know of (besides walmart and restaraunts) and it doesn't make sugar free anything :( at least not on a daily basis, I asked. As for walmart, the two closest to me anyway, they only carry sugar free angel food cake regularly. I don't care for that and I can't even find anything sugar free in the frozen section! I've never really cared that much for baking (can't make a pie shell to save my life LOL) and the artificial sweeteners aren't good for baking so when I was able to find a sugar free pie I wouldn't eat the crust therefore not having to worry about the carbs from that, maybe a bite or two but no more than that :).

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-28 11:55:50 -0600 Report

Are there any Amish Markets near you? The one that was near me, made sugar free baked goods at my request. I spoke the the lady who ran the bakery and explained diabetes to her. She started making sugar free cookies, muffins and pies. She added fruit to the muffins which added the sweetness from the fruit. She could not keep those items on the shelf. She added very little sugar to the pie crust and the choco. chips added to the cookie made them perfect for me.

She was talking to a lady in her community and this woman had a child with a glutten allergy so she made the most delicious cakes with soy flour. They sold like hotcakes and diabetics loved her bakery. She also made Honey Dips. She sweetened them with honey and I had to try one. It wasn't real sweet and I didn't notice a spike in my BS.

I am working with a bakery in my community and the baker is experimenting with sugar free items but like you he says the artificial sweeteners doesn't seem good for baking. Check your supermarkets baked goods. More of them are carrying sugar free baked goods these days.

Debbiejf 2013-01-28 23:00:42 -0600 Report

I pretty much live in Amish country :) but as far as an Amish bakery or store not so much. Some gas stations and small independent stores carry Amish baked goods but what I have seen does nothing to tempt my taste buds. And I have tried the sugar free stuff at the grocery stores…to me they leave a lot to be desired :(. I'm always disappointed by either the taste or texture and usually throw the whole thing out-wasting the money I'd spent. Maybe I expect too much. But thank you.

tiffany31a 2013-01-27 08:24:02 -0600 Report

Pillsbury makes a sugar free cake mix and brownie mix but you have to take into consideration the carbs. I have made them.I just keep my portions reasonable.

jimLE 2013-01-26 12:17:09 -0600 Report

as others pointed might try almond mom uses splenda…and she says it works just as good as sugar for her.but without the sugar effect..i never been much on the sugar free mixs n all on acount they dont taste right to me..

Debbiejf 2013-01-26 13:47:22 -0600 Report

hi l-w, I'm going to try to find the almond flour next shopping trip and hope my nearest Super WM carries it-living in the middle of nowhere as I do-or maybe I can try to get them to carry it if they don't? I wonder…does it have an almond taste to it? And I wonder since it's made from almonds does it have any of the nutrional value that almonds have? I was diagnosed back in '86 and the only sugar alternative was saccharin (really nasty stuff) so all of the substitutes since then taste great in comparison :). It's because we have all been raised on sugar, imagine if you were raised on Splends (for e.g.) would regular sugar then have the funny taste? My mind works in mysterious ways LOL.

jimLE 2013-01-27 08:26:43 -0600 Report

not sure how the almond flour taste yet.simply because i have'nt tryed yet.and as for the nutrition values i dont know simply because i havent looked into it.(but) it does sound like a good arturnitive.especily if it's low on carbs and calorie's,and still has a good taste.if you think your mind works in mysterious ways,just wait till you about can entertain my self easly store i shop at is 30-35 miles which i'll be going there this friday to do a ili bit of shoping and to my mom a couple of b-day i can look into the flour then just to see what it says.and it seems like to me there's other flours as doing a wedb search on diffrent who knows a good one might be found..

jimLE 2013-01-27 08:40:47 -0600 Report

i came across 2 web links for ya.the 1st one is one type of flour.and you might want to look else where if you decide on the flour.the 2nd link is a web site that talks about how to choose the right one when it comes to whats right for you..there they discusse about All-purpose gluten-free flour blends and other types of flours..i've only seen the home page there.and it looks a good site to at least check out..

CJ55 2013-01-26 05:49:55 -0600 Report

Hi Debbie.. I am not a big fan of the artificial sweeteners. However, yesterday my Endo gave me samples of Truvia. She said it works well for cooking. Also she told me to use almond flour for regular flour. For me since I am not a art sweetener person, I just have regular cake or cookies once in a whie. Small pieces, or just 2-3 cookies. My husband is not a snacky person, I am. I was trying to eat the fat free stuff, but it all seemed to have more sugars to make up for the no fat. I am pretty careful as to what I eat. Some days my BG goes crazy just because… My A1C last month was 5.4 so I must be doing something right. Have a great weekend.. Btw.. I love cheesecake and I will indulge myself every 6 months or so with a tiny piece. Hugz

Debbiejf 2013-01-26 13:38:14 -0600 Report

hey CJ, yeah, BS can go crazy for what seems no apparent reason…even though there are countless possible reasons. I have been finding my bs to go up 4 HOURS after eating! I mentioned this to my dr and she thought I should have my digestive system checked out as to why it's taking so long for my food to full digest…oh yaay more tests—just what I wanted :(, I've tried to adjust taking my insulin so it will coincide with the timing of the bs rise but can't quite seem to get it right :(

CJ55 2013-01-26 15:33:14 -0600 Report

Hi Debbie, BS make all of us insane some days. It's been the last 6 days for me. No matter what I do, my BS are against me. I hope you can get yourself and your BS straightened out soon. I'm always here if you want to chat. You can also prvt msg me. Big hugz. (Yes, I do know hugs is with an S but the "Z" is has been used for years)..

jayabee52 2013-01-26 13:48:46 -0600 Report

I cannot diagnose what may be happening, but I have my suspicions that you may be having a case of gastroparesis (paralysis of the stomach) or delayed gastric emptying.

When you stomach does empty and your intestinal tract goes to work on the food which was held in the stomach, it will cause a sometimes sharp rise in your Blood Glucose (BG) levels. Because your BG levels are so erratic, it is difficult to get your insulin injection timed right.

Debbiejf 2013-01-26 14:47:07 -0600 Report

hey J, yeah I don't have a clue but will probably have to have some tests run, I just have to remember to mention this to the Endo next month when I go back. thanks

jayabee52 2013-01-26 15:14:38 -0600 Report

I have much the same type of problem myself. But my gastroparesis seems to be intermittent. I'll go for a while and have no problem but then again it seems to come back again. But my problem may have more to do with my Kidneys being funky. Hard to know sometimes!

Type1Lou 2013-01-25 13:51:16 -0600 Report

I remember when I was first diagnosed back in 1976, trying to make sugar-free cookies using the pink-packets of artificial sweetener. Not only did they taste terrible, the little balls of dough never spread out, were soft, and never got crispy. Who knew that cooking is chemistry and that you needed the sugar to make the dough spread out and crisp up in the oven heat! Today, Splenda is my artificial sweetener of choice. I shy away from cookies and cakes because of the flour carbs but do enjoy cheescake and custards and puddings, since these are lower carb options for me.

Debbiejf 2013-01-25 18:41:44 -0600 Report

I adore cheesecake ♥ and have made sugarfree but really don't like it, its the texture from adding gelatin. I guess there are some things that just won't translate :). The only reason I am not really on board with splenda is because someone told me that it has fillers. It's all sugarless but just the idea turns me away from it. So I have been on the hunt for a recipe of cheesecake that doesn't use much in the way of sugar. I changed my diet at one point where I did not have any foods made with flour at all which was working really really well until a nutrionist told me I MUST incorporate 'some' carbs. So I feel all screwed up again. :(! I keep it as minimal as I can but sometimes I find myself trying to 'reason' why I shouldn't have this or that. Until I find something that satisfies both my taste buds and my sugar free life…I do without.

Type1Lou 2013-01-26 12:52:33 -0600 Report

Many "so-called" experts will tell us that we cannot eliminate carbs from our diet without drastic consequences. I remember a post claiming that a low-carb diet will cause mental impairment; I'm still able to do 3 daily crosswords and the NY Times Sunday crossword, many times without the aid of a dictionary, so, I don't think my mental faculties have been affected. I have drastically cut back on my carbs (and others here at DC have done so as well) with little adverse health effects and much better BG control. Dr Richard Bernstein in his book "Diabetes Solution" has adopted a near-carb-free diet. Himself, a Type 1 diabetic, is now in his 70's and still going strong. Consider what works well for you and follow your heart. Not all "experts" know what's best for us.

GabbyPA 2013-01-25 10:21:46 -0600 Report

There are sugar free cake mixes, but to be honest, the sugar is not the biggest issue with cake. It is also the flour. So if you make a cake with half flour and half almond flour you can cut those carbs even more.

Read the labels on both and see how big of a difference there really is.

Debbiejf 2013-01-25 12:51:11 -0600 Report

soooo, then is there a cake mix with half flour and half almond flour or do I have to purchase these things separately? I live in a very rural area and am not sure I would be able to find almond flour, maybe I don't know, never really looked for it before and can you use almond flour to make cookies? I would love to be able to make macaroon cookies like the Voortman company does…taste so good and are very crunchy :), thanks Gabby

GabbyPA 2013-01-27 15:39:32 -0600 Report

You can always shop on line for those things. I use to get my specialty items. They are great folks.
when you use almond flour you have to add extra leavening, so it does take practice. I am still learning to do it.

Type1Lou 2013-01-25 13:43:49 -0600 Report

Our local Walmart (with groceries) now carries Almond Flour so if there's one near you, that might be an option. Sugars, however, like Gabby noted, are only one contributor to the carbs in baked goods and the carbs are what make your BG rise. Cookies and cakes usually have a hefty portion of flour which is also not good for us diabetics. Many have achieved good results by replacing flour with almond flour (much lower in carbs since it is essentially ground up nuts.) Suzy Cohen, in her book "Diabetes Without Drugs" has several recipes using almond flour. She also provides a mail-order source for almond flour but, be prepared, it is more costly than wheat flour.

Debbiejf 2013-01-25 18:42:45 -0600 Report

There is a super walmart that I go to a couple of times a month, next time I'll try to remember to look for it :) thanks Lou

Nana_anna 2013-01-24 21:20:16 -0600 Report

Yes, Duncan Hines has them. I have seen other brands to. You have to look closely, because some say they are sugar free, or no added sugar.

southernchild 2013-01-24 18:17:21 -0600 Report

Be careful of sugar alcohol that's in sugar free foods, to much can give you stomach problems and have to vist the bathroom a lot.

ma mo
ma mo 2013-01-25 21:32:12 -0600 Report

What is Hershey squirts ? I was brought to the emergency room this past Wednesday . My sugar was way out of wack little above 400 BG they had to give me the fast insulin take before meals and they had to hook an I.V in me because I was dehiderated .Now I keep checking my BS 2 to 3x a day. which O a doing very good so far and going to keep checking every day .

jayabee52 2013-01-25 22:18:14 -0600 Report

I have trouble spelling diarrhea and so I rarely do unless I have to. So "Hershey Squirts is a humorous way of saying diarrhea.