Weight a minute….

Dear Kirstie Ally,
How brave it was of you to go on to Oprah and push your new weight loss program. The one you haven’t actually lost much weight on, but plan to. The one where you claim you are going to lose it all by November of this year.
I’m actually all in favor of this WILL going to happen stuff, that is why I am writing you. I plan on inventing something really great. I can’t tell you what it is yet (just like you can’t tell us what your diet is…knew you would understand). Since my great idea is going to make me a ton of money, I thought that you could loan me the money up front and I could pay you back in November. How’s that working for you?

Ah, Kirstie. I am so tired of hearing how brave she was to show people she was fat again. She is not brave, she needs money. She wanted to promote her soon to be new weight loss program (run, don’t walk to buy that crap).
Kirstie is the shinning example of why people should never say the phrase “I’ll never be that weight/size again” because reality is, you might be. I cringe when they say it on the Biggest Loser, I cringe when Oprah says it, I cringe when my friends say it. It’s not that I don’t want any of these people to keep the weight off, it’s just been a pattern. Food is not the issue with most people…though it is for me (love me some food).
Which is why I am such a love yourself where you are at this moment kind of person. Fat, skinny, tall, short (or fun sized as I like to call myself), bald, hairy, you name it. It’s you, please celebrate that.
And I am not quite sure why society is so obsessed with it anyway. I mean, let’s take the other yo-yo dieter of the world, Oprah. Why does she feel the need to come out and apologize for packing on the stress weight? She is a busy woman, she’s bound to stress eat from time to time.
And what about the opposite? Lindsay Lohan, she’s melting away. I’m quite sure the magazines that are snapping her photos aren’t doing it out of concern for her health. She broke up with someone. She’s sad. She’s dropped weight. Pretty much every girl I know who breaks up with someone drops a few pounds afterwards. Why should we be concerned. If it is an unhealthy weight for her let the people around her who are her friends and family deal with it.
If Lindsay does want to pack on a few pounds though, this little dessert can help her out. It’s very deceiving in the fact that it is very light to taste, but with heavy cream and cream cheese, light is not exactly how one might want to describe it. The best part is, no baking and can be made ahead of time. Perfect for say a Memorial Day celebration. This originally was a key lime mousse cake but I couldn’t find any, and wanted fresh. So I switched to lemon. I also switched out the graham crackers for gingersnaps to give it a little more of a bite.
Hope everyone enjoys your holiday (if you celebrate it) weekend. Be safe!

Lemon Cream Cheese Mousse Cake

2 cups crushed gingersnaps
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
2 TBSP brown sugar


6 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1 envelope (about 2 ¼ tsp) unflavored gelatin
2 ½ cups heavy whipping cream, divided
10 ounces white chocolate, chopped
24 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 TBSP lemon zest

For the crust:
In a medium bowl, combine the gingersnaps, butter, and sugar. Press into the bottom and 1-inch up sides of a 10-inch springform pan. Set aside.

For the filling:
In a large bowl, combine the lemon juice and gelatin; let stand for 2 minutes.
Bring ½ cup cream to a simmer in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, and add white chocolate, stirring until smooth. Stir in the gelatin mixtures, and allow to cool.
In a large bowl (or use a stand mixer), beat cream cheese, sugar, and lemon zest at medium speed with an electric mixer until combined.
Slowly beat cooled white chocolate mixture into the cream cheese mixture.
In a large bowl, beat remaining cups cream at high speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Fold into white chocolate mixture, and pour into prepared springform pan.
Cover and freeze overnight.
Remove from freezer and gently run a knife around the edges of the pan to release the crust from the side of the pan.
Garnish with chocolate curls.
Cut into wedges with a knife that has been dipped into hot water.

Adapted from Best Desserts: Paula’s Favorite Sweets by Paula Dean Magazine


  1. it looks awesome! wish i had time to whip it up tonight. but im missing some ingredients. it will have to wait till next time i have people over.

  2. Amen.

  3. Well said! This looks delicious. Hope you are doing well- I miss your posts!

  4. It almost always comes back… you know the saying “nothing tastes better than being thin feels”? I completely disagree, lots of things taste better, pretty much everything involving butter and bacon for example.

  5. AMEN sister friend.

    MMMMM……the thick crust on this looks AMAZING.

  6. Way to call out Kristie – you are so right that it’s about money and not her wanting to help the world become thin and healthy.

    Looks like a yummy dessert, too!

  7. Agreed! ;-) This cake looks wonderful…I just love anything citrus flavored.

  8. Mmm, this mousse cake looks divine!! I agree; Kirstie is acting like a big attention slut (that’s putting it nicely). I don’t care what she weighs, but it angers me that she’s trying to play up her product the whole way. Oy. Anyway, like I said, this cake looks amazingly delicious! I wish I had a slice in front of me right now :)

  9. And let’s hear it for that lowly lovely gingersnap raised to royal heights in your Mousse Cake. That’s eating worth while!!

  10. fun size is good way to describe me! This dessert looks amazing. I think Kristy should try it before she starts her new wight loss program! ;-)

  11. Hah! It’ll be a cold day in hell before Lindsay says that her wasting is a mistake. Maybe she can take a few pounds from Kirstie. You really should get this cake to her– I don’t think anyone could refuse it! :)

  12. A delightful cake! Yummy!

    Have a great holiday!



  13. Peabody I love you!!

    For years I was skinny, then I was just ‘normal’ size, then I had kids and I learned to let go, and now as I walk away from this computer I’m happy to know I’m actually fun size!

    …and I leave with a genuinely big smile on my face! x

  14. This looks delicious, and I would LOVE to make it!! But, unlike Lindsey Lohan, I don’t have pounds that I lost and have to gain back…so it probably will not be a good idea. Unless I’m gonna have 40 people over and we can all share a 9″ cake.

  15. Have a great holiday too! Looks so good! And thanks again for your chocolate hazelnut cake recipe, it was really good! I’ve linked back to you =)

  16. That looks positively delicious. So light and beautiful!

  17. this mousse cake looks amazing. what really bugs me about all this diet and weight obsession stuff is everything is so gimmicky, it’s like common sense tactics are thrown out the window.

  18. Couldn’t agree more. The lemon ginger mousse creation looks fab and I adore those two flavours together.

  19. Kristine says:

    Looks delish! I so agree with everything you said about weight.

  20. lucky Kristie. If I was her I’d be doing all the stuff my agent tells me to do so soak up the money. I mean seriously that’s why she’s doing all this; she and her agent both know that there are a zillion women out there that will buy what ever crazy-studded scheme she and whatever lame marketer co. come up with to lose wieght. Everyone will make millions and Kristie will be famous again for another 15 minutes.
    Nice cake, by the way, lol.

  21. Amen to “love yourself where you are at this moment kind of person”! Now pass a piece of cake!

  22. Gorgeous cake! I think you should package some up and send it to Lindsay. And to me. :-)

  23. I thin the whole obsession with people’s weight is quite invasive and pointless! The only person that should care about your weight is yourself, and your loved ones, if you’re being unhealthy. All in all, though, I think stick-thin celebrities do more damage to society than chubby ones… just because the whole teenage ED thing. Anyway, leaving the controversy aside, this cake looks great, sure to help anyone with a broken heart fight off the post-breakup slimming!

  24. “Fun weight” I like that term. Very good.
    And I love the looks of that cake. I’ll enjoy it from afar.

  25. Loved your post. Love the look of this lemon cream cheese mousse!

  26. Well, at least running to buy her program might burn a few calories?

    The cake looks fabulous!

  27. This looks delightful (another to add to my recipes to try bookmark folder).
    And I agree. My sister and I are not naturally thin people. I exercise regularly and occasionally diet if my weight has started to creep up (or I need to squeeze into something particular). But by and large, I accepted my roll in life as a pudgy woman. I mean, I’m a baker! You know you should never trust a skinny baker!
    My poor sister on the other hand is constantly “going to lose the weight”. Because of this, she refuses to buy clothing that fit, since “I won’t be able to wear it anymore once I’m skinny”. This has been going on for about ten years now. Poor thing buys her pants too small and squeezes into them, only to have to hide the resulting bulge with giant sweaters. If she only accepted herself, she’d look better than any of her diets make her look.
    (wow, I think thats my longest comment ever. Sorry, I had a little eating disorder problem as a teen, so the subject is a passionate one)

  28. I couldn’t agree more. And I can’t wait to make this cake.

  29. Great post! I think there is too much focus and obsession on weight. Everyone has a different body, metabolism, genetic makeup, etc. It shouldn’t be about the number on the scale or a certain look, it should be about being healthy and happy! Anyways, this dessert is making me happy! Love it! Have a great weekend!

  30. Wonderful post…I totally agree. It makes me sad that so few people are truly happy wiht the way they look ever. I was a little suspicious of Miss Kirstie Alley’s secret soon to be special weight loss plan…we will have to stay tuned and see what happens in November. That dessert looks great.

  31. I completely agree with you on this subject. What also annoys the heck out of me is that these celebrities even feel like they have to apologize or explain because they’ve gained a little weight. Who cares!

    I love this cake! I’m a sucker (no pun intended) for lemon desserts, and this looks terrific! The gingersnaps are a great choice. Why don’t you send Kirsty a slice? ;)

  32. Looks delicious, I love no bake desserts in the summer! The white chocolate curls on top are so pretty.

  33. I just found your blog and I’m in love! Your pictures are amazing, your desserts looks sinfully scrumptious, and your writing has me completely hooked!

  34. Wow. Looks delicious.

    I totally agree with you.

  35. Happy Memorial Day weekend, Peabody! Let us all celebrate ourselves just the way we are!!

  36. Ditto. And this type of nonsense is another reason why I haven’t watched Oprah in years. Now please pass the cake!

  37. what a beautiful cake!!! Worth every calorie. I absolutely love lemon, and the gingersnap pairing is genius.

  38. Amen to that. All of it.

  39. the cake looks so perfect and delicious !!

  40. diet, schmiet. I’d rather have a piece of this cake!

  41. Pea, Oprah even got it stamped on the cover of her mag, didn’t she? I believe the headline was something like “how did I let this happen?”.

    As for K. Allen, she even had a show about being a fat actress, she’ll find a way to capitalize on that.

    I’ll have two slices of this cake, please.

  42. Wow! That looks de-lish! I love how white it is and perfectly sliced.

  43. haha, LOVE your letter to Kirstie.

    And the dessert…yum!

  44. This looks fabulous – perfect for summer! And I agree – all the weight talk in the media is just obnoxious. People should be able to gain and lose a few pounds without the world wondering what is going on.

  45. Ever since I saw it on an episode, like Precious Ramotswe, I just say I’m of “traditional build” :)

  46. Mmmmmm. This looks like it would hit the spot on a warm summers day. The photo is gorgeous.
    I am a firm believer in everything in moderation. I don’t cut anything out of the foods I eat, I just don’t stuff myself. Thank goodness my daughters are well aware that everything is not always as it appears, especially in the media – it is known as airbrushing.

  47. You always make me laugh, even about something as serious as proper body image/health attitudes. Loved your letter and I’m with ya. And you aren’t fat. You’re buff and you rock. Loves ya. xxoo

  48. This cake looks absolutely amazing! And I adore citrus. Celeb weight battles are for their friends and family, as you say.

  49. Looks delicious. Can’t wait till the next time I have company over to try it out! Thank you!

  50. Re: Ms. Ally- A (to the) men! Really? You’re really trying to sell a diet plan!? Lame-o.
    Cheesecake, however, awesome!

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