Sunday, January 5, 2014

Baby Brother's Birthday Cakes

We celebrated Baby Brother's First Birthday twice.  The Chocolate Layer Cake, as seen in my previous post, turned out so much better this time around.  I now really like this chocolate cake and will make for our Birthday celebrations.  I was so happy to share this cake today friends with dairy-free and gluten-free diets.  Below is the topping recipe I tweaked today from Quirky Cooking.  This is a dairy free topping, but includes honey so it not ok for vegan guests.  I wonder how it would turn out with maple syrup instead of honey?  Would it be less sweet?  More runny?  Do you have a go-to icing or frosting you really like?  

Coconut Topping
Stir in Thermomix, speed 3 until combined:

300-350 g cream from can of  two coconut milk (put in fridge overnight and scrape the cream from top!)
3-4 tsp or orange juice 
1 tsp of vanilla paste, I used this one. 
60 grams local, raw honey

Click here for original recipe. 


We tried another cake last week with sweet potato frosting.  This is a baby-friendly Birthday cake.  Our Baby still not ready for it though.  So he had a roasted and stuffed squash with pears.  

This cake is from this Nutrition/Cookbook.  We drizzled some maple syrup on top for some added sweetness. The texture turned out dense, and a bit more like a scone.  Here is the recipe:

What you need: 
4 cups  all purpose gluten-free flour, I used King Arthur
2 tbs  baking powder
2 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/ tsp nutmeg
1 cup vanilla milk.  I used coconut milk
1 cup apple juice or pear juice
1/2 sunflower oil.  I used coconut oil instead
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tbsp vanilla
2 cups grated carrots
1/2 cup raisins (soaked in hot water and drained)
1/2 cup walnuts or sunflower seeds, chopped.  I left these out!

What to do: 
Combine dry ingredients in large bowl

Combine wet ingredients in a medium bowl

Add dry to wet, then stir in raisins

Pour batter into two coconut oil-greased 9-inch baking pans.  Bake at 350 degrres for 30 minutes, or unitl toothpick comes out dry.  Cool on rack and then frost with sweet potato icing below.  

Sweet Potato Icing:
4 medium sweet potatoes. baked cooled and smoothed out in food processor or Thermomix
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp maple syrup

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