My teeny tiny baby girl's second birthday is coming up in a week. I can hardly believe it. Seems like yesterday she was a seven pound six ounce feather resting on my chest. There's a lot I could say about the past two years and how challenging and wonderful they have been, but it's all such a jumble in my head and heart right now I don't think I could write very coherently about it.
Instead ... I'll focus on cake! I am trying to come up with a recipe for a birthday cake that fits all of our restrictions. A month ago or so I was saying "who needs a birthday cake! She's only two, she won't notice that she didn't have one." But then we recently went to a birthday party and Ellie got to help blow the candles out and the look on her face was priceless. I turned to Ian and said, "Cake. She must have a cake."
This compulsion to make sure Ellie got to blow out the candles was at least part of my motivation to trial coconut last week (fail), because I had found a recipe for frosting that was primarily made out of blueberries and coconut oil. This would have been perfect since we're still not eating honey.
I am trying to come up with something that uses no: dairy, coconut, honey, citrus or legumes (you'd think that cake without legumes would be a no-brainer, but the birthday cake recipe in the Healing Food Allergies class I took called for white beans). Plus of course all the other GAPS restrictions we all know and love - no flour, sugar, etc.
This Banana Birthday Cake from Elana's Pantry might work. I'd just have to leave out the agave and baking soda and use duck eggs instead of chicken eggs. But what do I frost it with? Hmmm ... any suggestions mamas?