Tuesday, March 30, 2010

TWD - Coconut Tea Cake



I'm really enjoying cakes that use coconut milk in their recipe. They are slightly more moist and the flavour enhances nicely the next day. For this cake I used only sweetened shredded coconut because that's what I had on hand. As well as the rum, I tossed in a teaspoon of cardamom, another flavour I have recently learned to love.

This recipe was chosen by Carmen and at her blog Carmen Cooks you will find the recipe.

What a turbulent few months it has been for me. At the end of it all, I found myself having gained much too much weight. I needed a plan for cutting back and getting into an exercise routine. With a friend, last Friday I joined Weight Watchers. Now I feel slightly stressed out by all the math involved in figuring out the points system. And having to eat so many carbs. I don't remember the last time I ate a whole baked potato! I've just been cooking simple food components until I'm comfortable with it all. But I can't eat a plain cup of broccoli and one of carrots every night.

I need some new ideas. And maybe some words of encouragement. And some method for easily converting my own dinner recipes to points. And also some dessert recipes!!! Did I mention that my high school reunion is in two months?

23 comments:

  1. Good luck with the weight loss - I know you can do it! I just measure everything ... down to the tablespoon of milk I put in my coffee to a teaspoon of olive oil in a salad, and track the calories. That way, I can eat whatever I want, as long as I stay under a target calorie range for the day.

    Thanks for baking with me!

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  2. Your cake looks lovely! I'm in the same boat as you--this TWD thing is making me pack on the pounds too:( I'm afraid I haven't found a great solution, but I just increase amount of fruit and vegetables I eat and have less sweets. Good luck!!

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  3. ah, how i understand the weight gain! I have considered stopping twd for a bit, but I just hate to miss out on the recipes! i haven't made this one yet,b ut plan to later on. good luck w/the weight loss!

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  4. TWD and weight gain go hand in hand. I had to cut back on baking and when I do bake I have a plan on getting rid of it. My daughter also lost 7 pounds when I quit baking so much.
    I here WW is a great way to lose so I think your on the right track. I hope it goes well for you! My advice to you is to keep active and exercise. Sign up for a 5k, it will give you something to work towards.
    OK so the cake looks really good!

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  5. Your cake looks great. I think a lot of us have the same problem you have with TWD and weight gain. I also bake with a couple of other groups and there is always something sweet on the counter. The hubby eats most of it, but...:} I have got to buckle down myself.

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  6. Your cake looks fantastic. Good luck with the weight loss. There is no better motivation than a high school reunion.

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  7. I'm in the same boat. Even though I hate missing a recipe, I'm going to only do two recipes a month. This cake I'm doing for Easter.
    Good luck with WW I look forward to hearing your successes. Your cake looks great.
    Mimi

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  8. wow those are either some really big easter eggs or small slice of cake :) looks good! nice job this week.

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  9. YUM! Your cake looks delicious!

    When I was on weight watchers, I visited a site called Dottie's weight loss zone-it's at www.dwlz.com

    Her site always helped me!

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  10. It's all about portion control for me. And it really helped me when I had to keep track of everything I ate.

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  11. Good luck! I too need to cut back, but I love to bake! I guess my neighbors will get more treats.

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  12. Hey Clivia, good luck with your weight loss. High school reunion - aaaagghhh! I had mine last year and can say that I survived to tell the tale. Your cake looks great, especially surrounded by all those Easter goodies.

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  13. Your cake looks so pretty with the foil-wrapped eggs!

    I haven't been to Weight Watchers in quite a while, but it's a fantastic group. I don't know what to say about dessert - I always ate a lot of sugar-free pudding. The math gets easier as you go. Keep a list of everything that you calculate so you don't have to do it again. Here's a great link with a ton of points for different restaurants: http://www.dwlz.com/restaurants.html You can do it! Yikes, I should be doing it too!

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  14. I gained about 15 pounds since I've started blogging! Yikes! Your cake looks beautiful. Good luck with your weight loss!!!

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  15. What a lovely cake! Between TWD and a back injury last year, I've found keeping weight off challenging, too. It always goes better for me when I write down everything I eat. I hope it goes well for you!

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  16. I need to try a cake recipe with coconut milk, sounds really good. Wishing you the best of luck with your weight loss goals!

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  17. Your cake is lovely Clivia! I really enjoyed using coconut milk in this one too. Good luck with WW - it's very doable. I lost about 30 pounds on the plan back in 2008 over the course of 4 or 5 months. Definitely write down everything you eat and try some of their recipes, I had luck with a few. Portion control is also huge!

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  18. Oh my, I was wondering what was up with the whole weight loss thing--and then your last sentence explained everything. :-) I'm not sure if TWD or the whole blogging experience is to blame but I feel your pain to some degree.

    Would you do the cardamom again? I really want to try that sometime.

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  19. The cake looks so festive with the pretty eggs. Good luck with your weight loss; I know the TWD weight has caught up to me too and I am also trying to make a few cutbacks.

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  20. Good luck with WW. I have some friends who have done WW and had phenomenal results. It seems like once you get used to the points it almost becomes second nature to count them up. I know that TWD is responsible for some of my tight pants now and then.

    Your cake looks lovely. I just love the festive eggs around it. I made the mocha bundt this week because I was out of coconut milk. I love reading the posts for this cake because I'm getting some wonderful ideas.

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  21. GOOD LUCK with WW! I'm a firm believer in WW and lost 80 pounds before having my first son. I'm back on the wagon again and feel like I've really gotten my groove back with it. It's not easy, but I know it's worth it.

    Anyway...great shot of the cake!

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  22. Your cake looks perfect, and those chocolate eggs are making me want to sneak into the Easter stash.

    Good luck with the weight loss, I'm in the same boat as well, excited about spring and the warmer weather to be able to get outside more. I have heard great things about WW and I hope the program works for you!

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  23. Woo hoo! I joined WW about seven weeks ago. I'm down 13.2 lbs! E-mail any time for encouragement or recipe help. I've managed to adapt a few.

    Oh, and the cake looks lovely!

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