Lose 7 pounds in two and a half days…

Now before you go and say it’s a gimmick…it’s not. I assure you that I have lost 7 pounds in just two and a half days! How you ask? Just wake up with an abscessed tooth and you too can lose up to 7 pounds in no time.
I felt kind of icky all day on Thursday and my tooth hurt a little but I have dental pain from time to time so I ignored it. I got a little feverish around 5 pm and laid down to sleep it off. I woke up 45 minutes later with a horrific amount of tooth pain and a lump about the size of a tangerine sticking out the side of my mouth. I call my dentist but they closed at 2:30 on Thursdays. And are not open on Fridays. And since I am a new patient (I go to sedation dentists because I am a wimp with dental phobia) they will not see me for emergencies (can I tell you just how lame this is). (Insert really bad language here).
So up I get on Friday morning to head to Urgent Care to get some antibiotics as this tooth is so not waiting until Monday, in hopes of getting in to the dentist. They make me sign a wavier saying that my insurance may not cover it, whatever, just get me some antibiotics people!!!
I get in, the Physician assistant tells me he wont give out any pain killers for dental needs, just Ibuprofen. I told him I would pass on that since I had 800mg Ibuprofen at home. He told me that should work fine. Um, what the hell do you think I have already been taking and NOT working. So I got antibiotics and NO pain killers.
It has been a craptastic weekend let me tell you. The only sleep I get is when my body passes out from sheer exhaustion/pain. I pretty much can eat nothing. I have survived on extra  mushy Stove Top stuffing Chicken flavor (move over Jared and the Subway diet, here comes Peabody and the Stove Top diet)!
Yesterday in trying to distract myself I decided to tweak a recipe I already had on here. I combined a double caramel cake and added some orange to it and this time added orange mascarpone mousse in between the layers. Even though it is multi step it sadly didn’t distract me in the least…but at least I got some cake out of the deal. Which of course I couldn’t really eat…but I did get down some of the mousse.
Wish me luck in getting into the dentist tomorrow!!! UPDATE: Got in today. My dentist was really annoyed that the Urgent Care guy wouldn’t give me anything for the pain…that makes two of us! So now I have pain meds. Hopefully I can get some sleep now.

Orange Caramel Cake with Orange Mascaprone Mousse and Caramel Icing

Orange Caramel Cake

1/3 cup plus 1 ¼  cups granulated sugar, divided
¼  cup boiling water
¾  cup unsalted butter
3 eggs
3 cups sifted cake flour
3 ½  tsp baking powder
zest and juice of one small navel orange
1 tsp salt
1 cup whole milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Orange Mascarpone Mousse (recipe below)
Caramel Frosting (recipe below)

Melt the 1/3  cup sugar in a heavy skillet, stirring constantly until deep-brown syrup is formed – a process called caramelization. Remove from heat and slowly stir in boiling water, being careful that steam does not burn your hand. Set syrup aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 375F. Grease two 9-inch cake pans, place parchment paper in the bottoms, then grease and flour the bottoms and sides. I used four 4 ½ -inch diameter spring form pans.
Cream butter in bowl of electric mixer. Add 1 ¼  cups sugar and continue to beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating until each is well-incorporated. Stir in 4 TBSP of the reserved syrup.
Sift together the cake flour, baking powder and salt. Combine milk, juice, zest, and vanilla.
Add flour mixture to the batter alternately with the milk mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat until smooth.
Divide batter evenly among the two prepared pans and bake 25 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. It is about the same cooking time for both the larger and the smaller pans. Just watch if you are using the smaller pans.
Remove pans from oven and let stand about 10 minutes, then turn out cakes onto wire rack, peel off paper and cool completely.

To assemble cake:
Cut each round horizontally in half (if using the 9-inch rounds, if using the smaller leave alone). Stack one layer on top a cake round or plate. Spread mousse onto layer (about ¾  cup just depends on how much you like, you will have plenty of mousse to work with). Stack another layer on top of mousse. Again, cover that layer with mousse. Stack with top layer. Apply caramel icing to top of cake. Allow it to creep down the sides. Keep applying until icing is used up.
You will have an extra layer (if you didn’t mess up like I often do), mousse left over and maybe icing. Just top your layer with mousse and icing and eat it before anyone knows there was extra. ;)
Caramel Icing

3 cups (light) brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup plus 2 TBSP heavy whipping cream
½  stick (4 TBSP) butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix sugar and half and half in a heavy saucepan and cook, stirring over low heat until syrup reaches the soft-ball stage, 235 degrees on a candy thermometer. If lacking a thermometer, check doneness by dropping a tiny bit of syrup into a cup of cold water.
When the syrup can be gathered up in fingers and will almost hold its shape, it has reached the soft-ball stage.
Remove pan from heat. Stir in butter, then let syrup cool.
Add vanilla and beat until icing reaches spreading consistency.

Orange Mascarpone Mousse

2 eggs, separated
4 TB sugar
4 oz mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
5 ounces heavy cream
2 tsp. powdered gelatin + 2 TBS water
zest and juice of one medium navel orange

Sprinkle the gelatin over the water, stir and let sit to bloom.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk the mascarpone with the sugar, add egg yolks and whisk until well incorporated.
Heat the gelatin for about 10 seconds in the microwave and quickly whisk it in the mascarpone batter. Add the orange juice and zest.
Whip the egg whites until stiff, fold into the mascarpone mixture.
Whip the heavy cream to medium stiff peaks, and fold into the mascarpone.

Mousse recipe adapted from Tartelette


  1. Oh my gosh, poor you. :( My mother-in-law just had to have a tooth pulled because of the same problem. Hopefully yours isn’t that extreme.

    Your cake looks lovely! I’m glad you got to enjoy some of the mousse.

  2. good luck at the dentist.
    it’s never as bad as you think it’s going to be, and you’ll feel so much better after you’ve been.

  3. Hahah Peabody and the Stovetop diet. LOL!

    I hope it goes as smoothly and painlessly as possible!

    My tummy just rumbled audibly in response to that last photo… with the dripping caramel icing… OMG!

  4. Sorry you’ve been suffering. I hope you get relief tomorrow!

    Your cake looks delicious, as always!

  5. Oh my goodness! I’m so sorry about your tooth… dental issues are the WORST.

    I gotta tell you, though, I believe that cake would distract me from just about anything. Gorgeous!

  6. I’m sorry to hear about your tooth and suffering :-(…

    This cake looks really beautiful and so irresistible! A delightful treat!



  7. I feel for you—tooth pain is horrible and while I’ve never had an abscessed tooth, I can certainly empathize with what you must be going through.

    I can’t believe you were able to bake and blog with all that pain. At least it was a distraction, as you mentioned…

    Feel better soon! :-)

  8. This cake looks absolutely divine. I’m just sorry that the glory of this cake isn’t enough to make your horrible tooth pain go away. Good luck at the dentist tomorrow! Here’s hoping they cure the problem, give you lots of good meds, and some painkillers for goodness sake. Since when does urgent care not give out pain killers like candy?! How ridiculous. Feel better soon!

  9. Ouch! I hope you’re in to the dentist and feeling much better very soon. The cake does look amazing!

  10. You poor thing! That’s so awful. Hey, at least you can enjoy wearing your skinny jeans. :)

  11. Dental pain is such a pain!!! Poor Peabody! Good luck today, hope you can eat that cake pretty soon!

  12. Yuck! I’m not sure that’s the sort of diet I’d be excited about… Hope you get into the dentist and get it fixed soon! The sooner it’s fixed, the sooner you can actually try that cake – it looks wonderful.

  13. Oh my gosh, I know how you feel with dentists! I hate them. Mine always speaks to me in spanish even though I constantly tell him I don’t understand a word he’s saying (he thinks I’m spanish because of my hispanic last name).

    That cake looks amazing. I might try to make it sometime this week as a sweet treat for the family.

  14. Hang in there with the tooth pain, dear Peabody!! You know you can email me anytime for extra support – wish I could help ease the pain!!

  15. feel better, Peabody! i’m having dental drama, too- new dentist with crazy prices! dental care should really be free, if you ask me.. i’m sure you’d agree!

  16. O man, that is horrible! I remember when I was in high school and one of my friends got mono and lost a ton of weight, and I actually wanted to have mono because of that. I think I’ll pass on the toothache though. I can’t believe you baked something you couldn’t eat! You are a better person than me. I don’t make anything that I don’t think I’ll be eating.

  17. I just had the same thing and I lost the tooth and had to get a bridge put in – expensive and a great diet! I hope your situation isn’t as severe. Good luck.

  18. Oh no! Toothache is the worst :( Good luck with the dentist and hope you feel better real soon!

    Fantastic cake though! :)

  19. That stinks! Hope all goes well today and your up and about eating all these goodies that you create!

  20. OMG that is horrible. I hope by now you have already gotten to a dentist. I’m impressed you were able to make such a beautiful cake in the midst of feeling so bad. I would be finding a new dentist and a new new urgent care clinic. He should have at least given you a prescription for enough pain killers to get you to Monday and your dentist.

  21. I’m really sorry about your tooth but since you cant eat the cake, can you send it my way?

  22. So sorry you had to go through that! And WOW to distracting yourself by BAKING! I would curled up on the couch complaining!

  23. I’m sorry but I’m so busy drooling at this cake that I can’t even comment on your dental woes! That looks SO good.

  24. I am so very sorry for your tooth pain. It truly is the worse pain imaginable.

  25. OMG I truely feel for you..I HATE the dentist (guess I got the phobia too!)I need something to calm me down just to get my teeth cleaned. Hope you are feeling better. Your cake looks amazing. I for one am not surprised you were able to bake with all that pain because hey.. You are a Hockey Player and they know how to play or in your case bake with pain. Good luck today..love your site!

  26. Well, that royally sucks! Good luck getting into the dentist and getting some meds.

    And I think you totally should run with the Stove Top Diet idea. Just throw in the word “points” every other sentence and you’ve got a money maker :)

  27. Hope you feel better soon and your appt with the dentist goes well! This cake looks ridiculously gorgeous and I’m a sucker for caramel!!

  28. Mellisa W. says:

    I LOVE Stove Top Stuffing! I makes a great snack. Hope all goes well.

  29. Um, I think I’ll stick with another form of diet. I’ll start tomorrow, yeah, yeah, that’s it!
    Hope your toothy issues are well taken care of.
    Oh, and YUMMMMM! to the cake.

  30. sorry to hear about your tooth…i hate dental pain and dental work! the cake looks fantastic though, probably much better to you than stovetop at the moment.

  31. Abscessed tooth? That’s a reasonable excuse. It’s a little harder to explain to folks that my wife and I have just entered into a voluntary fast… No double caramel cake for us!

  32. I wish you the best getting into the dentist right away, and I hope that the fix is quick and as pain free as possible!

  33. Oh, yuck! Nothing fun about an abscessed tooth. Hope you get it fixed quickly. I’ll keep that tip for the stovetop stuffing diet in mind in case I ever really, really want to lose 7 lbs.

  34. Beautiful cake!! And hope you feel better quick!

  35. Oh no! You’re still in pain? Hopefully the issue will be resolved soon.

    I can’t believe you made that beautiful cake while in agony. It looks delicious.

  36. You know what I find so amazing is that tooth ache almost always hits you on a weekend and no freakin’ dentist works over weekends……The cake has me drooling here!!

  37. I am so sorry! That is NOT a fun weekend, at all! I hope you can find a dentist and some meds!! Take it easy…The cake looks fabulous. I hope you can eat something sweet soon:)

  38. Surely no diet works as fast :) Poor you hope you feel much better now and that you can enjoy that delicious cake. It looks amazing :)

  39. I saw that dreaded word ‘dentist’ and was going to click away from your website as I hate, hate the dentist. I am a huge baby, and needles are the devil. But I stayed, because I know the pain is insane and feel for ya, I do. I would not bake with tooth pain, so I don’t know how you managed to pull this masterpiece off so well. Hope the tooth was saveable, if that’s a word?

  40. Tell me you got into the dentist . . . the crazy part of what you can and can’t get done and how incredibly dense, no just downright dumb some people can be.

    Hope you now have antibiotics, pain killers and are feeling relief!

  41. That sounds incredibly painful!! You poor thing – I hope you have gotten into the dentist now.

  42. I’m so dentist phobic that I could barely read this post. I hope that by now you have many, many drugs and whatever treatment will make this go away.

  43. I know EXACTLY how you feel. I went through something similar several years back (I am petrified of dentists to begin with) and it was a whole week before the tooth was pulled. When it was pulled, I asked for the darn thing, took it home, got a hammer, and pummeled it down to a powder in my driveway. I kid you not. That tooth had bothered me on and off for 20 years!!! I was relieved when it was finally gone! Hope all went well for you….

  44. I so feel you. A few weeks back I had what I thought was an abcessed tooth (I’ve had a few before, and it felt just the same). We switched our dental insurance in January and hadn’t set up with a new dentist yet…and I’m pregnant. NO ONE would see me. My OB called in pain pills, and thankfully the pain settled down after a few days. I finally got in to a dentist two weeks later, and it was a bruised ligament!!!! But I was just as irate as you…dental pain is NOT a joke! I don’t know why it isn’t taken more seriously.

  45. That totally sucks. I neglect my teeth too much, so I’ve been through a couple root canals. Good luck to you. Try a shot of brandy if the ibuprofen doesn’t work. Or 6.

  46. This looks delicious! I love the flavor combinations. Hope you get to feeling better :)

  47. Oh sweetie! I hope you are better real soon. You have my sympathies.
    Your cake looks super-dooper!

  48. Collette says:

    Oh no! It must be the weekend for toothaches. You have all my empathy and a big hearty Poor Baby. Friday, I got a(nother) root canal on a tooth that had one 2 years before on which we’d just put a brand new crown. When it was over, the tooth hurt worse than it did before–went from a 3 to an 8. I laid my head on the table and cried.

    My baby was super cute though–he walked up and gently patted my head. I didn’t get cake but I got a head pat! I’ll take it. Of course if you want to send the cake… ;-)

    Hope you’re feeling better today.

  49. Oh dear, something similar happened to me on the way back from france, my face was swelled up like a watermelon by the time I got to the emergency dentist. Hope you get back to normal really soon.

  50. Oh Peabody, I hope your tooth is better soon! Dental pain is the worst! x


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