Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter Dinner Revamped

LOOK!  It stood up on its own!

Yes, the Easter lamb cake did not need support to stay upright this year.  The kids could not call it the coke head lamb cake. (there is usually a straw holding the head up)

How did we change our usual holiday company meal this year?  Just some small tweeks.


1.  Layered salad - I changed three ingredients.

Traditional                                             Revamped
2 bags lettuce                                        2 bags lettuce
bunch green onions  cut up                     bunch green onions cut up
1 box frozen peas thawed
6 slices bacon cooked crisp                   6 slices bacon cooked crisp
1 cup shredded cheddar                        1 cup shredded fat free cheddar
1 cup mayonaise                                    4 oz. fat free ranch dressing

Put ingredients in seal-able container the night before. Toss and serve at mealtime.
I would in the future, make the salad the morning of rather than the night before.With the change from mayo to fat free dressing, the lettuce gets a bit soggy over night. 

2.  Fresh asparagus grilled with olive oil rather than corn that most people did not eat.

3.  I made the lamb cake with sugar free cake mix.  No one noticed the change.  There are two things to note about this.  The first is that the cake does not come out of the oven very brown.  I had read this about baking with sugar substitutes.  Also, there was not that funny aftertaste that you sometimes find with sugar substitutes.  Now, it was pointed out that when you put frosting on a sugar free cake that you may lose the benefit of having sugar free cake.  I was surprised that sugar was the second ingredient in cake mix.  So, while I agree that frosting a sugar free cake takes away some benefit, I did save some sugar and calories. 

Also, the cake stood up for the first time ever.  I'm not sure if that was due to the sugar free cake mix.  I will not be testing this - just what I need - more cake around the house! 

Hope you had a wonderful family/friend weekend. 

Thanks for reading!


  1. Awww, that's so cute!! I'm interested to know how the carbs compare between sugar-free cake mix and regular cake mix? For me (with Type 1 diabetes) I need to worry more about the carbs than the sugar content. Although lower calories is always a plus, sugar and carbs aside! :)

  2. Karen,
    I check on line and found the nutritional label. You can look at

    Other than the fact that the serving size is 1/20 of a cake (seems kind of small!) the carb count seems high. It has total carbs of 22 - 1.5 units, right? The chocolate bunny might be a better choice!