February 3, 2013

Happy (healthy) birthday cake!

Attie is 3! 

that's how she says it "happy birthday cake!"

and she is really into Strawberry shortcake too, who she calls "strawberry cake"

so what else could I make her for her birthday but a strawberry cake!!

I found a rather healthy carrot cake recipe which turned out SO so tasty!!

This recipe is from The Kitchen Guardian.  Its got Dates and Bananas for most of the sweetener.
I tweaked it just a bit (I can't seem to follow a recipe perfectly..)

It eats like a meal!!  And tastes great!  The kids liked it.

Carrot banana date cake:

2 cups flour of choice (I used 1 cup unbleached organic white and 1 cup ezekiel blend
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup brown sugar (or preferred sweetener..)
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup coconut oil or butter, heated just to melt
5 medjool dates, chopped 
2 - 3 ripe bananas, mashed
2 1/2 cups grated carrots
1/2 cups yoghurt or buttermilk 
2  free range eggs, whisk lightly

Preheat the oven to 350, grease cake pan.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. stir in the walnuts, set aside.
Stir the dates into the melted butter, add the sugar.
In a separate bowl, combine the bananas and carrots. stir in the date, sugar butter mixture. whisk in the buttermilk and eggs. add the flour mixture and mix. pour into cake pan, bake 50 -60 minutes. 

and the icing: I had no food colouring, so I used Beet and Kale juice!

 Beet and kale juiced provides ample color for the icing!

Cream cheese icing:

3/4 bar of cream cheese
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 cup icing sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup cocoa butter (optional)

mix well.  For color I added 1/3 tsp of juiced beet and kale juice... separately.  If you don't have a juicer, you can grate beets and somehow get the tiny bit of color from the bottom of the bowl! you don't need much.


I made her a new crown. Its is becoming a birthday tradition!

Happy Birthday my sweeet girl!!  
I love you more each day.

Party people in the house.

just having a little taste!   ;0)

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