Lose the weight. Not the cake.

I’m not, by any stretch of the imagination, a domestic goddess. I can cook if I have to. But I’d much rather watch my husband do it.

Unless, that is, we’re talking about baking. I love baking. It calms me. Comforts me. And, of course, makes my belly happy. Very, very happy.

So, when I decided to go in search of my inner skinny girl, doing without cake was not an option. Instead, I went in search of new ways to get my bake on.

Here are three of the easiest, tastiest recipes I’ve found.

Carrot Cake

1 box of any commercially prepared carrot cake mix
1 14.5-ounce can of pumpkin
¼ cup of water

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients and mix with electric beater for two minutes. Then spread in a 9 X 13 pan (hit with non-stick cooking spray first) and bake for 25-27 minutes. After the cake has cooled, top with fat-free whipped topping.

The cake will be very moist. For an extra dose of deliciousness, add a cup of canned pineapple tidbits to the batter.

Diet Coke Cake

1 box of chocolate or Devil’s food commercially prepared cake mix
1 can of diet coke

Yep, that’s really it.

Combine ingredients and mix until all lumps are gone. Then spread in a 9 X 13 pan (greased with non-stick cooking spray) and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes (or according to package directions).

You can experiment with different cake mixes and flavors of soda. Lemon cake mix + diet 7up = yum.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

2 cans of pineapple tidbits
1 container of fat free whipped topping
1 box of angel food cake mix
1 box of sugar free vanilla pudding

Combine 1 can of pineapple (with juice) and the angel food cake mix. Spread in (greased) springform pan and bake at 350 according to package directions.

Meanwhile, mix cool whip, vanilla pudding and the second can of pineapple. Refrigerate till ready to use. This will be your icing on the cake.

See, I told you these recipes were easy. Best of all, they’re all 3 points or less! So go ahead. Have your cake and eat it too. Your inner skinny girl will love you for it.


Another failed plan

The key to a successful diet is careful planning. Especially when it comes to eating out. I know that. In fact, I almost always get online to look at a restaurant’s menu to see what I can “legally” eat before I go.

I went to a Mexican restaurant for lunch. When I go to a Mexican place, I always get chicken fajitas, minus the tortillas. That costs me 6 or 7 points (I’m a Weight Watchers kinda girl). And that’s what I ordered today.

But that’s not what I got. When our order came out, the server presented me with steak fajitas. Now, the logical thing to do would have been to send it back. So is that what I did?


I didn’t want to wait for them to cook another batch.

I didn’t want my husband to feel like he couldn’t eat his meal.

Most of all, I didn’t want to have to tell the server he made a mistake. I’m not good with confrontations.

So I ate it. After all, I thought, how bad can steak be for you?

The answer? Very bad. That stupid cow meat doubled the points value of my meal.

And you know what that means? It means I have to have 0 point soup and salad without dressing for dinner. Mmmm, scrumptious.

So, what have we learned today?

First, I need to grow a spine.

And second, even the best plan in the world won’t do you any good if you don’t stick to it.

Published in: on March 18, 2008 at 7:22 pm  Comments (1)