Weight Watchers Ginger-Lime Bundt Cake

When I had picked up the new Weight Watchers Good Deal cookbook at my local Weight Watchers meeting, I had marked off a number of recipes that I wanted to try. One of the desserts I marked off to make was the Ginger-Lime Bundt Cake.  Since I had made another recipe which used lime and ginger, I had those two main ingredients on hand … so as a stress reliever one night I decided to bake and whip up a delicious specialty.
Prepping the cake took truly not much time at all.  I followed all directions as listed and baked my cake for the full 45 minutes. I was left with delicious perfection. My end result didn’t quite resemble the photograph in the book (the top of my cake puffed out and cracked a bit) instead of it being flat on top.
After my cake cooled, I drizzled the glaze over it and within 5 minutes it had set. The cake was definitely far moister the same day it was baked, whereas it was good, but a little drier the days following. Taste wise the cake is pretty delicious – it’s got a citrusy vanilla flavor to it and the ginger plays off perfectly with the other flavors without being overwhelming. I do have to say, when I saw the serving size I felt I would be a little jipped … but the cake is undoubtedly a dense, filling cake. It’s very reminiscent of a pound cake.
The cake itself serves 20 people and each slice is 181 calories or 5 points plus values. Well worth it, in my opinion!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Spice Cake

Spice cake is one of my favorite desserts to whip up when I’m in the mood for something tasty, mildly sweet and just all around delicious. I knew I had all the ingredients I needed to whip something together, so I made my way into the kitchen and let the creativity flow.
The cake itself always comes out super moist and delicious. I add a pinch of baking soda to my cake mixes that don’t use water/oil/eggs because it helps make the dessert just slightly fluffier. The chocolate peanut butter chips definitely added a peanut buttery chocolaty goodness to the cake that made it decadent. I shared it with family and friends who came by and everyone was equally pleased with it. The next day, after the cake was fully cooled I found it was perfect to warm it in the microwave for a few seconds and top it with a smidgen of butter. Perfect combination and it made it a great snack/dessert.
You could totally make these into muffins if you prefer them portioned out that way … but I personally made it into a Bundt pan because it was faster and it looks pretty.
Serves 12. 4 Points Plus Values.
  • Betty Crocker Spice Cake Mix
  • 15 oz canned pumpkin
  • 3 tbsp egg whites
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 26 gm, Nestle Toll House Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate Chips
Preheat oven per box directions.
In a medium bowl mix together spice cake mix, canned pumpkin, egg whites, baking soda and water. Blend until smooth. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
Spray a bundt pan or muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray, spoon cake batter into the mild.
Gently tap cake against a flat surface to eliminate any air bubbles.
Bake in an oven per box directions. Cake is done when a toothpick can be inserted into the center and comes out clean.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Ganache

I was struck with inspiration when thinking about what I wanted to do for my boyfriend’s birthday. Should I buy a cake or make a cake?  Buying a cake is an easy way out, even though it is a nice gesture, but premade cakes at bakeries can get pricey. Whereas making a cake shows you’ve put work in. I think it means a lot more and it’s a lot cheaper to make your own cake than to buy one.  With the back and fourth in my head, I finally decided on making a cake.  The only golden rule I went by was the cake base had to be chocolate because that’s my boyfriend’s favorite.  The rest was up to me to get creative with … and I ran with that creativity.
Lately we’ve both been on a peanut butter kick. So I thought, why not bring two delicious worlds together? Peanut butter and chocolate? I decided on making a peanut butter cream cheese frosting … but that in itself wasn’t enough, so I decided to make a chocolate ganache for the top of the cake to help draw together the whole cake and to cut on the sweetness of the frosting.
The end result was a delicious, perfect harmony. The cake was moist and delicious, the frosting was spectacular and the chocolate ganache truly held it all together and kept it from being sickeningly sweet.  We had family and friends over for dinner and all were equally impressed with the cake and I even got a few “you made that?!”
If you’re a peanut butter and chocolate fan … I highly suggest you give this a try. It’s quite simple to pull together!
8 Points Plus Values. Serves 12.
  • 1 box, Betty Crocker Super Moist Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 12 oz can Diet Coke (or Diet Pepsi or any diet clear colored soda of your choice)
  • 8 oz. 1/3 Less Fat Philadelphia Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • 9 TBSP PB2 (Powdered Peanut Butter)
  • 1 1/3 cup powder sugar
  • ¼ cup fat free skim milk & 1 TBSP
  • 3 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Non-stick cooking spray
Allow cream cheese to warm to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (or per box directions based on your cooking pan coloring).
In a large bowl combine cake mix and can of diet coke. Mix well until all combined.
Spray two cake pans with non-stick cooking spray. Distribute combined batter to each cake pan as evenly as possible.  Place pans into oven and bake per box directions.  When cakes are done allow them to cool completely.
In a large bowl combine cream cheese, powder sugar, vanilla and 1 tablespoon of milk. With an electric mixer blend until smooth. Frosting will be very thick so begin to add the 1/3 cup of water 1 tablespoon at a time. The frosting should be thick, but smooth and not runny.
Transfer frosting to a bowl, cover with a lid and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to “harden” up a bit.
When cakes are cool, smear roughly 1 tsp of frosting to the bottom of a cake dish to hold the bottom layer cake. Place cake cooked side up face down and smear top of cake with roughly ¼ of the frosting.
Remove additional cake from pan and invert. Place bottom of cake to the frosted cake – then frost top and sides with remaining frosting.
In a medium bowl add in semi sweet chocolate chips and ¼ cup milk and place into the microwave for 20 seconds. Remove from microwave, blend chocolate and milk together and return to the microwave in 20 second increments until the mixture is smooth.
Allow the chocolate mixture to cool for roughly 2 minutes, until almost luke warm then begin to smooth onto the cake. Start at the center and gently blend outward. Don’t go all the way to the edge of the cake. Continue gently smoothing until all chocolate is spread to the top of the cake.
Cover the cake and allow to sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (I left mine in the fridge almost 24-hrs) before serving.
Cut into 12 equal pieces and enjoy!

Fiber One 90 Calorie Cinnamon Coffee Cake

If you’re a fan of Fiber One products, you may have noticed the brand released two new products to their cake line – a lemon (see that post here) and a cinnamon coffee cake. So, I finally got around to trying the Fiber One 90 Calorie Cinnamon Coffee Cakeand all I can say is these are absolutely amazing!
The cakes themselves are on the smaller side, but they pack a punch in the flavor department which completely makes up for that.  The cakes are made up of a square softer cake which is scattered with crunchy brown sugary bits, which is drizzled with a hardened frosting. Taste wise, it tastes exactly like a full-fat cinnamon crumb cake muffin or even cinnamon coffee cake.  In a way it reminded me of the obnoxiously high in fat and calories Dunkin Donuts coffee cake muffins. They can be eaten straight out of the package, or they can even be put into the microwave for a few seconds to warm it up.  Both ways are completely decadent.  You can also jazz these up with whipped cream, a scoop of ice cream, fruit, or as I’ve been recommended a tablespoon of peanut butter or cookie butter.
Since these satisfy my sweet tooth, I really enjoy these.  Each cake is only 90 calories and 2 points plus a piece.  Totally worth it!
Have you tried any of the new Fiber One cakes?

Cupcakes from Eat Cake!

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If you’re a fan of cupcakes and a fan of Food Network then you may have seen an episode or two of Cupcake Wars.  I admit, I’ve seen a few Cupcake War episodes in my past and I have a slight love of visiting spots that have been featured on the Food Network – primarily out of curiosity to “see what the fuss is all about.”
Almost 2 years ago my boyfriend and I stumbled upon this little bakery in Newburyport called “Eat Cake.” I was intrigued because there was a Food Network sign in the window and a little blurb about the shop being featured on Cupcake Wars. I was suddenly transformed to a magnet and the cupcake shop was my large piece of metal.  Heading inside the shop they typically have 5 variation of flavored cupcakes of the day.  You never know what you’re going find unless you go there or visit their Facebook page to see what the flavors of the day are.  Each cupcake is also $3/ea which is a bit pricey but for the experience and the different flavors, it’s worth it once in a while.
Popping into the shop the cupcakes are the main attraction.  The countertop is lined with glass covered cake pans with cupcakes piled high with buttercream – all assorted in flavors.  In front of the counter is a chalkboard which has the daily menu printed on it – to help make choosing easier. Or in my case, a little more difficult.
After giving the cupcakes a once over, my boyfriend and I decided on three. One cupcake he really wanted, one I really wanted and one we each wanted to try.  So 3 cupcakes we got were:
Coconut-Coconut Goo- Vanilla Butterceam.  Our pick. This cupcake was a vanilla cupcake, which was topped with a coconut “goo” which really reminded me of the inside of a mounds bar, just stickier.  It was then topped with a vanilla buttercream and garnished with toasted coconut.  It was moist and delicious, but definitely sweet.
Chocolate Fudge – Strawberry Buttercream. My boyfriends pick. This was a chocolate cupcake dipped into a fudgy chocolate, then topped with a strawberry buttercream and garnished with shaved chocolate pieces. My boyfriend enjoyed it as he’s a chocolate cake fan. His was actually not as sweet as one would suspect and it was undoubtedly moist.
Hummingbird Cake – Honey Cinnamon Buttercream. My pick. I have been eyeing a hummingbird cake recipe online for months – the only thing holding me back from making it being the fact I don’t have pecans in the house. So when I saw this listed on the sign, I immediately wanted it. The cupcake is a classic hummingbird flavored cake – bananay, cinnamonny, nutty and just delicious.  The buttercream was sweet with a cinnamon flavoring to it. Undoubtedly delicious. It reminded me of banana bead in a light and airy cupcake form.
I at first estimated each cupcake being 9 points plus values. After taking a bite, I decided to roll those estimates up to 12 points plus values.  Sure, it was high for a dessert … but it was worth it.
What is the best cupcake you’ve ever tried?

Trader Joe’s Cranberry Orange Ricotta Cake

I took my mother on a trip to Trader Joe’s so she could have a first hand experience at how amazing the store is (I think I’m creating a monster!).  She picked up a few things she wanted to try, while a few others that I have shared with her.  This particular cake is one of the things she wanted.  I know some of the cakes can be higher in points than I’d like, so I was skeptical … until I actually had a chance to look at the nutrition facts.
The cake is a smaller bundt style cake.  It’s a pound cake made with ricotta so it’s super moist.  The cake is flavored with orange (which is infused into the ricotta) and generously filled with cranberries.  There are cranberries on top of the cake as well as a sprinkling of chopped up walnuts.  Taste wise it’s absolutely delicious – moist orange ricotta cake (if you’ve ever had ricotta dessert you know the moistness I am talking about), chewy cranberries and crunchy walnuts. Only one word: delicious.  So delicious I’m considering experimenting in the kitchen to come up with my own version of this.
A serving size is 1/8th of the cake, which gives you a pretty decent size slice.  Points plus wise a serving is only 4 points plus values.  The cake is a little pricey – $6.99, but it’s well worth the price tag, the taste and the points associated with it.
What is your favorite dessert from Trader Joe’s?

Vanilla Chex

I go through phases with cereals where I eat cereal for weeks straight and then I abandon them for a while until the cycle returns.  Needless to say, I’ve been on a cereal kick, so the new cereal I wanted to try was a new release from Chex.  Vanilla Chex found their way into my shopping cart and I have to say, I’m really glad they did.
One of the great things is the cereal is packed with flavor in every bite AND it’s gluten free (for those gluten resistant folks).  The cereal is vanilla flavored, but it reminds me of vanilla frosted cake.  It’s great as a sweet snack on its own, or in a bowl with milk and fruit for breakfast.  I do find when eating with strawberries and banana with almond milk, it brings down the sweetness of the cereal and mutes the “vanilla cake” flavoring a bit.  It’s a very light and crispy cereal.  A ¾ cup serving is 3 points plus values.
There are a few other flavors available – the original Rice Chex, Chocolate Chex, Cinnamon Chex and Apple Cinnamon Chex.  I may have to dabble into some of the other flavors at some point.  Apple Cinnamon perhaps!
Have you tried any of the new flavored Chex cereals?

Orange Dreamsicle Cake

I’ve been in a cake making frenzy lately.  After my lemon cake was a hit and was devoured in 2 days I decided to use up a cake mix I had in the cabinet as a bit of a “test cake” and it turned out to be a hit!  Everyone that had it loved it.  This time around I went with an orange cake mix – making it an ode to the orange creamsicle.  Orange cake, vanilla frosting – and the Orange Dreamsicle Cake was born!
I served my aunt a slice after a family BBQ and she told me out of all the foods she tried, my cake was the best thing she had eaten all day.
It’s quite tasty and as with my lemon cake, I do prefer this straight out of the fridge because it makes it nice and cool – quite refreshing in the intense heat of summer.

Serves 12. 6 Points Plus per slice.
  • 1 box Duncan Hines Orange Dream cake mix
  • 1 can Diet Fresca (or any diet, clear colored soda)
  • 12 oz. Fat Free Cool Whip
  • 1 box Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding
Mix cake mix and diet soda in a large bowl. Stir to combine.

Spray 2 round cake pans with non-stick cooking spray. Divide batter into the two pans and bake per the box directions.

Empty whipped topping into a bowl, pour pudding mix over cool whip, and fold to combine.  When combined, transfer mixture into a bowl with a cover and place into the fridge to firm up.
Once cakes are cooled completely, place one cake onto a cake plate and smear some frosting onto the face side up portion of the cake (about ¼ or 1/3 of the frosting).  Place the other cake on top of the frosted side, then frost around the sides and top to seal everything together.
When done frosting, you can serve immediately or place into the refrigerator.  If the cake is not eaten in one sitting, do keep the cake in the refrigerator.

Double Lemon Cake

Double the lemon, double the fun?  Well, in this case it certainly doubles the deliciousness.

I made this cake specifically for my boyfriend. He loves lemon and when I mentioned I was thinking of making him a celebratory cake or buying him one, he opted for the homemade cake.  I don’t blame him, cakes made at home – whether from scratch or from a box are always ten times better than cakes bought in stores. I factor that down to it being made with love … and having control of what you put in it.
I served my mother up with a slice of this cake not telling her how it was made.  She raved about the cake to everyone and even said that this particular cake was made “for the books.” She eventually asked what I put in it and when I told her, she was astounded.
Serves 12. 6 Points Plus per slice.
  • 1 box Duncan Hines Lemon cake mix
  • 1 can Diet Fresca (or any diet, clear colored soda)
  • 12 oz. Fat Free Cool Whip
  • 1 box Sugar Free Lemon Pudding
Mix cake mix and diet soda in a large bowl.  Stir to combine.
Spray 2 round cake pans with non-stick cooking spray. Divide batter into the two pans and bake per the box directions. My cakes were cooked in 28 minutes.
Empty whipped topping into a bowl, pour pudding mix over cool whip, fold to combine.  When combined, transfer mixture into a covered bowl (you can reuse the cool whip container) and place into the fridge to firm up.
Let the cakes cool completely.  Place one cake onto a cake plate (that can go into the refrigerator), smear some frosting onto the face side up portion of the cake (about ¼ or 1/3 of the frosting).  Place the other cake on top of the cake, then frost around the sides and top.
When done frosting, you can serve immediately or place into the fridge.  I think it tastes best cold out of the fridge it makes it so much more refreshing.

Fiber One Lemon Bar

This is a new snack I was on the hunt for, for weeks!  All I have to say is … it was well worth the wait.
Fiber One has had snack bars out on the market for a very long time.  I find they’re alright, but they’re typically not something I crave.  So, why did I go on the hunt for lemon bars? Honestly? I love lemon.  They’re point friendly, filled with fiber and I just had to try them.
I opened up the package and I have to admit, they are smaller.  You’d probably be done the bar in 4-5 bites.  Size aside these are delicious.  Just tearing open the pack, a lemony scent wafts up to your nose.  The cakes have a little frosting drizzled over the top, which gives it a bit of a bite since the frosting is harder than the cake (which is soft).  One bite and you’re sold – well at least my boyfriend and I both were.  I love lemon, my boyfriend loves lemon more than I, and we both thoroughly enjoyed this snack cake.  Definitely worth the hunt if you’re in the market for a new low 2 point plus value snack.
Have you tried the Fiber One lemon bars?