OK, so here’s my beef. You go to a nice restaurant, you order an appetizer and a cocktail or a glass of wine, then you order a salad or soup, then the main course… where does dessert fit in?!
I LOVE DESSERT! Cakes, cookies, ice cream and on and on… but after an amazing meal I hardly have room for dessert! Now don’t even get me started on eating cake at home! OK, I’ll start. There’s just my husband and I to eat any sweets I make, this is dangerous! Make an entire cake and then have to eat it, how will I ever keep my weight under control.
Here’s the secret. Portion control. When I make a cake I make a layer cake. I make it 9×9 and each layer is roughly 1 inch thick. There’s always an icing or a filling in the middle and yes there is always icing on top! My ideal serving size? 1-inch by 2-inches. So I start with mapping out the slices I mark the top of my cake into a grid, four evenly spaced slices top to bottom and then left to right making 16 2-inch slices. Each of those is dessert for my husband and I. We split one of the “16” making it a 1-inch by 2-inch piece. Typically about 3 ounces of cake.
This may not seem like a lot but after dinner you shouldn’t be hungry enough to eat more than that. Also if you make (or buy from a local bakery) a really great cake with high quality ingredients it will be more than enough trust me. I’ll also let you in on a little secret. My husband and I have a piece of cake every single night. So one 9×9 cake will last us just over two weeks. Having it every night also cuts down on our desire to eat bigger pieces. We know we get more tomorrow do a nice little sweet treat after dinner is fantastic!
So go ahead and “let them eat cake!”