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What do you do with leftover birthday cake?


Sunday, August 19, 2012

So, I got up this morning, made cupcakes for Mom's birthday, and shined my sink. She recently discovered she was a type 2 diabetic and we have both been learning what that meant, and how to handle food. Portion control, counting carbs, and no carbs after supper has worked to control her blood sugar to under 105 each morning. So I planned to do portion control for her birthday by making cupcakes as opposed to a layer cake where it's so easy to just slice off a huge hunk with an unknown number of carbs shooting directly into the bloodstream.

Everything was fine until I frosted one for everyone, added the 1/2 cup of ice cream, and smelled the chocolate frosting on mine.

I am not one to throw anything away, especially food. It has been a weight-lifting experience to deal with throwing out things from my kitchen. And I suppose the leftover cupcakes which I made for Mom's 88th birthday SHOULD GO RIGHT IN THE TRASH. But it's not like they were from 2007 like the frozen stew I found in the back of the freezer.

I haven't frosted all of them, just the 3 we ate, but I find their presence in the container on the counter to be like the sirens calling to the sailors. Their whispers are more demanding than the desire for cigarettes when I was quitting smoking 35 years ago. I did that with nicorette gum. Somehow, I don't think sugar gum will help here.

So, what would be a good plan? I had one cupcake figured in to the supper menu plan, But I could easily decide to eat 5 more.

I tried to send them home with Mom, but she was smart. She said NO.
So, here's the plan. I'm going to frost one more and package it up for Mom, and then flush the rest of the cupcakes and frosting.

I can't believe the desire to go eat more of those cupcakes is so strong that my goal of having a piece of fruit when I want a bakery sweet is NOT helping. Of course, I haven't eaten the piece of fruit.

So, I'll eat a peach AFTER I brush my teeth, then frost Mom's cupcake, flush the rest along with the frosting, and then eat a piece of watermelon if I still am having a problem. I like the sound of this plan much better than eating all of the cupcakes tonight.
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FLUFFYWONKENOBE 2/14/2013 7:00PM

    Yesterday a co-worker brought in a slice of cake for each of us, from a church dinner she'd gone to the night before. It sat on the desk all day! I just kept telling myself that it was probably dried out anyway . . . didn't even let myself lift the foil to look at it! That is something that I usually don't have the wherewithall to do! So I totally relate to your post!
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KAREN608 8/19/2012 10:15PM

    When I worked as janitor at my church there always was cake in the building abandoned! I learned to toss it away but it took me a long time to learn that. Regular food is good, cake is just too calorie dense and dangerous.

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IRISHANGIE1 8/19/2012 8:32PM

    I Have Diabetes Type 2, so I stay clear of the sweets, but I have found when I have to bake something, I usually allow myself the thinnest of a sliver of cake that I can get. The remainder of the cake I send home with my grandkids or I take it to work, someone will eat it! I just hate seeing good food going to waste!!...but I do like our idea of replacing the slice of cake with a piece of delicious fruit it is so much healthier and taste so great this time of the year!!

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DEBBY4576 8/19/2012 7:17PM

    What do I do with leftover cake? EAT IT. So like you, I have to do something. I usually throw them in the sink and get them soaking wet. Then I'm safe.

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