3rd Birthday coming, any CAKE suggestions??

Tammy - posted on 01/28/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My 2 yr old was dx after his 2nd b-day. So we haven't had to deal with b-day cakes yet. Anyone have some great secrets!

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Pam - posted on 04/12/2010

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We did the cupcake tree thing this year, and it worked out great! You don't have to get any special kind of cake or frosting if you're on a carb counting diet, and the cupcakes let you easily count the carbs without having to guess what an eighth of the cake looks like or anything like that. Just make sure you figure in the extra carbs that are going to be burned off by all the excitement and activity of the party and adjust insulin accordingly.

Lisa - posted on 02/25/2010

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When I was talking with my dr about this, she said to treat her like you would every other child so she doesn't fell left out. So, if you would give your other children a big birthday cake, why shouldn't your diabetic child get one too? Juse give her the insulin for the carbs that are ate. :) When my daughter was diagnosed, we didn't make life changes around our house. Well besides the Crystal lite, cuz we all seem to like it. Anyways, I think whatever you do, You will do perfectly fine. There are some wonderful ideas above on here. Let us all know how it goes! :)

Ginny - posted on 08/09/2009

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We count our carbohydrates and adjust our medication, exercise and portion size to accommodate our needs. Carbs are carbs. It doesn't matter if it comes from fruit or plain old sugar. Just make whatever you usually make. There is no need to adjust any ingredients.A 2 by 2 inch slice of cake with thin frosting is 15 carbs.

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Arrynne - posted on 04/09/2010

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I like to use Light Whipped cream instead of icing, there are only 3 carbohydrates in 2 tablespoons which is plenty to cover a cupcake. Instead of buying a pre made cake mix, make your own. Substitute the sugar with splenda. You can now get brown sugar in splenda as well. Remember to keep track of measurements of everything you are putting into the mix, as well as the carbohydrates for each measurement. Afterwards tally up the entire amount of carbohydrates and divide by the number of cupcakes made will give you a pretty good estimate of how many carbs are in each cupcake.

Dee - posted on 03/11/2010

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We also didn't make any big changes except switching to Crystal Light instead of Country Time Lemonade. No special exception at birthdays, just give extra insulin to cover! Funny thing I have found is that "sugar free" ice cream has more carbs in it than regular, so I just get the better tasting, regular ice cream!

Emily - posted on 11/02/2009

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you could try a "jello cake". select a "sugar free, or low sugar cake mix" preferably white, or vanilla. then you'll need sugarfree jello in the child's favorite flavor. after u bake the cake and it cools. add only the "hot" water to jello mix and lightly pour crisscrossing over entire cake, then refrigerate. for topping, use sugar free, or low sugar cool whip, u can color the cool whip and put into zip lock bags to use as pastry bags.u can even do these as cupcakes. and the kids love to decorate their own cake! hope this helps.

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Whipped icing has less carbs. I found it great for ALL children. They don't go home with a sugar buzz or worse ( like my 5 yr old BS over 550).

Nancy - posted on 03/18/2009

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Our youngest daughter was diagnosed at 2 1/2 years. We had angel food cake with cool whip icing. You could probably dye it with food coloring his/her favorite color. You can garnish the cake with fresh fruit, whatever is in season. However, melons don't work as they have too much water in them. I hope that this helps.

Camilla - posted on 02/24/2009

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They now make reduced sugar cake mix's that are made my Pillsberry I think along with reduced sugar frostings that taste like the real stuff!!! And your local bakery should also be able to make sugar free cakes, the selection may not be great, but they should have them.

Leanne - posted on 02/24/2009

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If you make the cake and by the icing (like duncan hines), whip the icing with a mixer. It will double and then you have about half the carbs. Put it with the smaller cupcake idea and your golden! You could probably even find a cupcake tree and color the icing different colors, put in a zip lock baggie, cut the end off and pipe the icing on the cakes.

User - posted on 02/20/2009

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I always found that cheese cake makes a great birthday cake, lots of protien and less carbs ,and if you put freash fruit, or sugur free jam on top makes it nice goodluck

Teresa - posted on 02/09/2009

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I like to make cupcakes using the mini size pan. That way you can control the size of the cake with out making it different than everyone else. I just make the cake normally but control the amount. It works out great.

Sudhin - posted on 02/05/2009

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me too. i am looking at this risk my self. my 7 year old is celebrating her birthday next month. please let me know about birthday cakes if u happen to get those secrets.

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