How is it that time of year again?

Tomorrow night Mary, Paul, Mel, Sue, 10 randoms and several squirrels will once again fill our tv screens with delicious but devastatingly unhealthy treats, derailing our best efforts to steer clear of cakes, biscuits and other assorted naughties.

Well this year I’ve decided to try a slightly different tack.

Let’s face it – we’re all going to want whatever they’re making, so rather than drain all our willpower avoiding it I’ve decided to post a relatively healthy version of whatever this year’s ragtag gaggle of bakers decide to turn their hands to each week.

I’ll be scouring the internet to find the healthiest alternative, meaning you can give in to the urge without completely derailing yourselves. Now while these might be better for you than the standard fare, I do need to point out that you can’t go crazy with your portions – these are still intended as an occasional indulgence, so behave yourselves.

I’m afraid I won’t have the time to bake a cake each week (we’re moving house and having a baby in the next 4 weeks!) but I encourage you to give these a try rather than just buying a store-bought cake…I reckon our Mary would approve of that sentiment at least.

Here you are then, this week’s comes from across the pond – the lovely Paleo Mom

GBBO Week 1: Frosted Walnut Cake

Your healthy(ish) alternative: Spice Cake with Maple-Cashew Frosting

Go forth and bake, stick to one slice, and let me know how you get on.

If you’ve either come up with or found a better alternative then please share!

Ian “Master-Baker” Male