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Welcome to The Great British Bake Off… In our house, those words mean it’s time to settle down with a cuppa and something sweet, to see what’s in store for the contestants that week. I love cooking and baking for my family, and just like those bakers in the famous white tent, I also like to challenge myself to whip up cakes, pudding and desserts – only I make them the Slimming World way! With a few simple swaps and a dash of creative thinking, I’ve made Food Optimising sponges, cookies, flans and mousses – and I enjoyed them even more knowing they wouldn’t damage my weight loss. 

I joined Slimming World in 2015, at my heaviest weight of 18st 3lbs. On that first night in group I remember being surprised that I could bake cakes and eat dessert every day, if I wanted to! By 2017 I’d lost 6st and, to celebrate, I posed for a new set of wedding photos, swapping my old size-16 dress for a new size-12. Slimming World has helped me to discover a brilliant balance of loving food and being a healthy weight!”

Donna’s delicious cakes and desserts

Two sponge cakes filled with cream and strawberries and blackberries

A simple sponge is hard to beat! Try this similar Slimming World recipe, (you can swap the strawberries for blackberries if you like).

Trifle topped with strawberry

This three-step trifle couldn’t be simpler! You can use ready-made reduced-fat custard or make your own Slimming World custard instead.

Crepes with blueberries and bananas

A pancake stack is perfect for breakfast or dessert. Swap caramel sauce for this two-step Slimming World chocolate sauce if you prefer.

Time for a cuppa and cake break? Pop your feet up and read Donna’s full weight-loss story here

Tuck into more Slimming World cake recipes here

An extra slice? 

Have you been bitten by the baking bug? When you join Slimming World, you’ll get access to more than 1,800 recipes on our website and app, including a sweet sprinkling of Slimming World cakes, with sponges, loaf cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes, biscuits, puddings, tarts, pies and more.  

Find out more about joining Slimming World here. 

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