Novice Baker – Going Forward

You may or may not have realised that my novice baker posts have slowed down of late, this is somewhat due to lack of baking audience (otherwise known as guinea pigs..sorry I mean eaters) but also because I started Weight Watchers on the 6th February.  This year I’m really committed to losing a considerable amount of weight (at the point of posting I’ve lost 11lbs in 4 weeks), obviously this means cutting out the rubbish, being more aware of what I’m eating and portion size and so cake has (mostly) had to go.

However, I’ve invested a lot of time in my Novice Baker posts to date and also money on some new equipment and I still have a cupboard full of baking necessities which need to be used up and honestly I don’t want to give up on a hobby I’ve come to enjoy this past couple of years.  So…how do I move forward?

I suppose the main thing is to cut back on the sugar and the fat so I’m going to need to find some recipes that are basically lower in these ingredients and and ultimately test if the substitutes can taste as good as the real thing.

Can the low calorie option (right) ever taste as good as the classic (left)?

So that’s gonna be my new challenge for this year, find some new recipes and see how they work out.  Unfortunately Weight Watchers don’t have a dedicated baking recipe book so I’ll need to find them from other sources.  They do though, have a handy app if you’re on the plan, so I’ll probably start there.  Hopefully, you’ll still find these baking posts interesting and entertaining.

If you have any recommendations or have tried making low fat or low sugar cakes, do let me know 🙂


  1. March 12, 2017 / 9:42 am

    Weight Watchers a missing a trick there if they don’t have a low fat baking book. Good luck with it.

    • March 12, 2017 / 2:47 pm

      They have a few recipes, just not collated all in one place, but you’re right, they are missing out!

  2. March 12, 2017 / 9:57 am

    I can imagine these posts will be popular, doesn’t everyone want cake or treats with less sugar and fat. Sounds great, I hope you find some thing delicious. Best of luck with your weight and big congrats on loosing so much so far.

    • March 12, 2017 / 2:48 pm

      Yes, exactly. Everyone wants to have their cake and eat it!
      Thank you 🙂

  3. March 12, 2017 / 10:38 am

    Good luck with your goals and I hope you can find delicious recipes 🙂

  4. March 12, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    Congratulations 🙂

    Do your tests and … write your own book Lindsay! x

  5. March 12, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    Well done on your weight-loss so far! I’m really looking forward to reading your forthcoming posts and seeing how well your baking tests turn out. 🙂

  6. March 12, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    That’s fantastic weight loss so far! 🙂
    I think the Americans are way ahead of us on baking with artificial sweetner rather than sugar, so the US sites might be more help?

    • March 16, 2017 / 7:04 pm

      Good idea! But they measure in cups don’t they? I can’t get my head round measuring in cups 🙂

      • March 16, 2017 / 8:13 pm

        Neither can I! I do own a set of cups somewhere… and even then I just can’t do it!! 🙂

        • March 17, 2017 / 7:37 am

          Oh so you have to have special cups then? I just thought it meant grab a mug from the cupboard 😂

          • March 17, 2017 / 8:20 am

            I have a plastic set like the teaspoon and tablespoon ones you get but bigger. I’ve only used it once! I don’t mind grams or ounces, but can’t get into the habit of cups (and then they say “a stick” of butter as if it’s clear how much that is!).

          • March 19, 2017 / 2:37 pm

            Oh right I see. I was thinking of just pulling a mug out of the cupboard.
            The sticks of butter I saw in the US were in packs the same size as our blocks of butter but inside they were divided up into individual sticks – but I still have no idea what weight they would be!

  7. March 12, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    Yay well done you. I agree you should write your own book we all like cake and if we can have ones that taste yummy with less calories – it will be a sell out!

  8. March 13, 2017 / 10:23 am

    I need to lose weight too and I miss baking since joining Slimming world. I look forward to your recipes 😊 x

    • March 16, 2017 / 7:06 pm

      Hope you’re getting on well with SW!
      I either have to bake for others or not really at all 🙁

      • March 17, 2017 / 7:18 am

        Same here! I’m just about maintaining at the moment. I didn’t go back to group after Christmas. Need to get my act together, but there’s always something going on! x

        • March 17, 2017 / 7:36 am

          Well done at being at goal and maintaining – I’ve never done that! x

          • March 17, 2017 / 7:39 am

            Oh, I’m not where near goal!! Sorry, just meant I aren’t losing at the moment, but not putting any back on either. I’m miles away from goal! x

  9. April 13, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    Good luck with weight watchers. We use Muffins recipes that only use 1/4 cup (60 ml) of oil. They are close to cupcakes. A cup is 250 ml, so if you have a small measuring jug that will do for US recipes 🙂

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