Diabetic Birthday and Holiday Celebrations

Diabetic Birthday and Holiday Celebrations
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Family celebrations are always a little tricky pleasing everyone's tastes, but if you have a diabetic in the family it can be an even bigger challenge. My Mother was diagnosed with diabetes after she was 50. Our family had been so used to the traditional sweets and cakes that it was hard to adjust during celebrations. We have discovered over the years that there have been wonderful improvements in sugar free candy and desserts. I have two recipes for homemade cakes and several suggestions for the older diabetic or younger family member as well!
Angel food cakes are usually permitted in the diabetics diet. We have decorated purchased angel food cakes with great success. They can be topped with packaged sugar free dessert topping. Decorate the cake with sugar free candy and candles for birthday celebrations. You can also prepare sugar free pudding, which comes in some great flavors now, and pour over the top and sides of the cake. This can also be done with the cake recipes below.

Orange Cake


1/3 cup reduced calorie margarine, melted

1/4 cup granulated brown sugar substitute

1 tsp. powdered sugar substitute

1 egg

1 1/4 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

2/3 cup unsweetened orange juice

Vegetable cooking spray

Combine margarine, sugar substitutes and egg. Beat at high speed with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Combine flour, baking powder, soda and cinnamon, stirring to blend. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with orange juice, beginning and ending with the flour. Beat at low speed after each addition. Spoon batter into an 8 inch square pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Note: You can make two of these and layer them if you wish or bake them in round pans instead. 9 servings.

118 calories, 19 grams carbo, 3 gm protein, 3 gm fat, 257 mg sodium, 30 mg cholesterol.

Applesauce-Spice Cake


3 cups water

1 1/4 cups raisins

2 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce

3 eggs, beaten

2 tablespoons powdered sugar substitute

1 cup vegetable oil

3 cups self-rising flour

3 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. baking soda

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

cooking spray

Combine 2 1/2 cups water and raisins in a heavy pan and bring to a boil. Boil until the water evaporates or is absorbed by the raisins. (watch carefully) Remove from heat. Add applesauce, eggs, sugar substitute, oil, and remaining water. Stir to combine. Sift together flour, cinnamon and soda, then gradually add to the applesauce mixture with vanilla, stirring after each addition. Spoon batter into a 10 inch Bundt pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes; remove from pan and cool on rack. Frost as desired. Makes 28 slices.

29 mg Cholesterol, 165 calories, 20 gm carbo, 2 gm protein, 26 mg sodium, 8 gm fat


About The Author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at Harvestmoongazette.blogspot.com.


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