"I made eight cakes in six days," the celebrity chef, 67, tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week's cover story.
Deluged with German chocolate and coconut confections, Deen says her husband, Michael Groover, 58, told her, "'Honey, I don't know if I'm going to survive this.' "
"I have been eating way too much lately and I have to get back on [a healthy diet] again," she says.
As for her health, "It's good," she says. "My last bloodwork, my A1c [blood sugar level] was 5.4 percent, and my blood pressure is 120 over 70."
Reporting by LIZA HAMM
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