I like cake… a little too much.
Part of last week’s self destruction was cake based and naturally it reignited my sweet tooth. In an effort to find ways to balance the sweet cravings this week and provide some stability to the process I decided to bake something at home.
I knew that I had a Tastefully Simple Product at home for review – Tastefully Simple Absolutely Almond Pound Cake MixTM. This seemed like a good idea because normally I am not a huge fan of almond flavoring, though I do like it. I figured it would be easy to stop myself from eating the whole thing.
If I have learned something from my experience with Tastefully Simple this year it would be that their food is always tastier than I expect it to be. Making the pound cake was simple: the mix, butter and water. I suppose I could have used a light butter, but I wanted the full experience so real butter it was (besides, I will always pick real fats over trans fats).
Side note: I love how simple cooking the Tastefully Simple products are. E1 can help easily and he never gets bored of the process by too many steps. In fact, he basically made this one all on his own, with just directions from me. It also meant I was free to take pictures!
It did take 50 minutes to bake. I realize that is fairly standard, but it doesn’t allow for immediate satisfaction. However, when food and cravings are an issue having to wait for something can be a good lesson. It forces me to sit down and plan what I really am able to eat.
In this case, while it was baking I was able to sit down and figure out the Weight Watcher Points for the prepared cake. The box had the mix nutrition information so using the Weight Watcher Recipe Maker I could figure it out with the mix, the butter and the water. As it turns out at 10 servings a loaf (Tastefully Simple’s serving size for the cake) each slice was 5PP. That is extremely reasonable for cake, especially cake with real butter.
So prepared with the knowledge of how much I could eat I waited patiently (mostly) for the cake to come out of the oven. When it came out the tooth picks were clean but I could tell it was still moist.
Again I waited for it to cool. As it turns out at this point in my evening I decided to run E2 to urgent care as she was fighting a virus and her breathing was iffy. So I left the cake in Mr. Goat’s and E1’s hands for dessert. I worried if I would get the full effect of the cake when it had cooled completely.
When I returned home (E2 earned a chest x-ray but thankfully was free of pneumonia and her O2 was ok), I definitely was ready for some cake. I did have dinner first and left points knowing I could have 2 slices of cake within my remaining points. As I had mentioned I don’t always crave almond flavored food so I was prepared to just try it and leave it be if necessary.
As I sliced off a piece for me I noticed how generous the sizes were for 1/10 of the loaf. And I noticed how moist and butery it was. It smelled wonderful and though it was distinctly almond flavored I didn’t find it over powering. In fact it was delicious!
(Yeah, I had the two pieces of cake)
But after two pieces I was also satisfied (I probably could have been satisfied at one slice, but it was a case of knowing I had the points and market research! J). Since the cake was rich and buttery I didn’t need a lot.
If I had been thinking I would have had some fresh berries and maybe a little whipped cream to top it off. Then it would have been a dessert worthy of entertaining. As it was, I was happy to have a slice while standing in my kitchen after a long day with sick kids.
So in the end, my sweet tooth was satisfied, my control remained intake, I cooked with my child, and I went to bed happy. Not too shabby for a box of cake mix.
Would you like to try the Tastefully Simple Absolutely Almond Pound CakeTM? I am giving away a box to one reader. Simply comment below and tell me your favorite cake flavor! Maybe Tastefully Simple will listen to us and make a bunch of other flavors too! PLEASE include an email address as well, so you can be contacted if you win! The winner will be drawn on Feb 26th at 10pm (E1’s birthday and a good day to giveaway cake!)
Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post and received the product to review. However, my opinions are always my own.