Since starting chemo 9 months ago, sweets have been my biggest challenge. Not because I can’t stay away from them. Quite the contrary. Prepping for the first PET and bone scans meant that I had to eat a very limited, high protein diet for about 2 weeks before the scans. No caffeine, no sugar, no carbs. I’d wanted, before finding out I had cancer, to make healthier eating choices. As it turned out, staying away from sugar was easier than I thought once I started chemo. I don’t know how much of it was being away from it for a while, and how much was the chemo, but most sweet things became overly rich and sweet, which made them easier to avoid. There were a few candies that I could stand – ginger chews, Hi-Chews, Starburst, and gummy bears. Chocolate was never my favorite, and while it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t good, either, so brownies went to the wayside. As we got into berry season, I realized that angel food cake is a bit on the tart side and not overly sweet, so I made one to see how it would taste. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it tasted good, and moreso with berries and whipped cream.
This is another thing I make from a mix. I like the Betty Crocker Confetti Angel Food Cake mix. It’s the only one that comes with the sprinkles in the box. If you don’t have or can’t get one of these mixes, you can use the plain angel food and fold in a tablespoon of nonpareils to the mix before baking.
It’s perfect with fresh or frozen berries and whipped cream or whipped topping.