Hey guys! I'm a total newbie here. I'm a photographer by trade but love cakes. I am trying to teach myself to become a fabulous cake decorator but I have noticed that while I research cake decorating and look at pictures of cakes that I suddenly become extremely hungry and craving cake. Then I have to go in the kitchen and make brownies or something sweet to get my fix. I'm gaining so much weight just looking at cake. I can't imagine making cakes all day and having all that yummy cake batter and icing around. I'm going to go shopping for bigger clothes now!
Do any of you find that you have put on a few pounds being in this biz?
I was always on the heavier side, even before I did cakes so I can't blame any of it on cake. Plus after years of doing cakes, I have gotten to where I don't really want to eat cake any more. Cheese cake, yes! Cake, not so much.
I think part of looking at cakes may be like seeing commercials that sell food. Those commercials want you to buy their food, so they make the commercials accordingly. The other part could be what they call mindless eating where you aren't really hungry but something makes you think about food and then you just get it and eat it.
The key is to be aware of when you are truly hungry or not. If you want something and aren't sure, get a glass of water and drink it first. Or if you are looking for a sweet craving for for a healthy item that is sweet, grapes, strawberries, apples, oranges...
Also instead of heading into the kitchen to bake something, take a walk around the block or something like that. It will take your mind of it and is exercise, which benifits you two fold.
I actually have lost about 10 pounds since I started baking professionally (less than 4 months ago)
There are two main reasons for this:
I live on the 3rd floor with no elevator and my storage room is in the basement. Carrying all those heavy bags of 20 pounds of powdered sugar, flour etc. up and down all the time does wonders. Also, I am attending a lot of markets and events where I have to load and unload the car with all the things like tables, boxes of produce etc.
And the other thing: After spending many hours and days in the kitchen covered in chocolate, marzipan and cake batter I can not be bothered to eat anything sweet
If you're like me, you'll get sick of it. Once I figured out how to make my cakes delicious I couldn't stop having a slice. I've eaten so much now I'm sick of it. Eat a whole cake, then you'll be so sick you'll never want to eat cake again.
People say to me frequently, "Wow! I bet you have cake at your house all the time!"
I say, "Bet we don't!"
When I had girls working in the shop working on cookie orders, I'd tell them, "Eat all you want. I don't care, as long as we have enough to fill the order." Because I KNEW that after about 3 days, I wouldn't have to worry about them eating the inventory any more.
This, too, shall pass!
yup...you will get tired of it.
Now someone else's cake. I do get excited to eat it...but I almost NEVER finish it. I take only a few bites.
I actually eat far less cake now than before. There are several reasons for this. 1) I've learned to bake from scratch and now won't eat it unless it's premium stuff (there can be an advantage to being a cake snob )
2) I don't eat most of what I make myself. Working at a grocery store bakery eliminated bad habits lit licking icing off fingers, eating cake trimmings, and licking beaters/spatulas/spoons/bowls. If it's a cake that's going to an event that I'll be at, unless it's a flavor or flavor combination that I've not done before (in which I'll eat a very small bit for analysis), by the time it's cut and served, I'm honestly sick of the thing and have NO desire to eat it. Even with trial cakes I do at home when I'm testing out recipes, I eat a very small bit for analysis, and the remaining cake either goes in the trash (if not good), into the break room at DH's work, into the teacher's lounge at one of the local schools, or into church for coffee hour or Wednesday night supper.
All that being said, if I'm eating at an excellent restaurant (aka, local, chef-run, NON-chain) and they have a pastry chef on staff, there's a good chance I'll splurge.
Weight Watchers has helped me alot. I recommend their cookbook.
I also kick the sugar habit buy eating only fresh fruits, yogurt, and not anyting with white sugar or white flour.
I lost over 100 pounds through weightwatchers.
Sugar addiction made me gain wait.