this year’s cakes

The cake decorating this year was a bit slower than usual. Luke celebrated his sixth birthday with chocolate cupcakes at Grandma's house and Sam was away at school for his. But we did celebrate the girl's birthdays at home…. so of course Joe pulled out his creative skills. (or should I say skillz)

One of them needs a bit of explaining. I'm sure you can guess which…..


this year's cakes....


this year's cakes....


this year's cakes....


this year's cakes....


Did you figure out that first one?

It's really a zebra booty. There's an in house joke involving zebras. I don't even really know how it got started. I think it may have been when Jade started writing goofy things like "zebra food" on the grocery list. Or "feed the zebras" on my to-do list. She's a funny one, that girl.

Joe scoured the internet for zebra pictures and found one that he thought would make the perfect cake. When it was presented, Jade laughed so hard she had tears in her eyes.

It was awesome.

I should also give a shout out to this book for making our birthdays dairy-egg-gluten free. I didn't think we could pull it off…. but we did! The cake recipes were delicious. But most of all, they didn't stick to the pan. Which is really important when your making cute owl shaped cakes… or uhm, zebra butts.

Do any of you have silly taditions in your house? I'd love for you to share…





20 thoughts on “this year’s cakes

  1. The Book!!!! It’s amazing, no? I kind of feel like any other gluten-free baking book is unnecessary after discovery of The Book. Love the zebra booty, by the by πŸ™‚


  2. I *did* guess it was a zebra bum. πŸ™‚ Both those cakes are amazing!! I have that book too, but to be honest my go-to birthday recipe is the 6-minute chocolate cake recipe from Moosewood Cooks at Home, which I modified to be gluten free. It was already vegan. I just got too overwhelmed mixing my own flours for the allergen-free handbook recipes, but on the other hand, I had a baby at the time so, yeah. Maybe I’ll give it another try for the holidays.


  3. Your husband’s cakes are unbelievable!! Love the owl so much. We eat gf and df s’more pancakes with marshmallow fluff sauce on birthday mornings (from “Cooking for Isaiah” by Silvana Nardone)…not our usual healthy fare but that’s why it’s a treat!


  4. That sounds delicious! Such a good idea. I married a New Englander who grew up eating fluffer-nutter sandwiches. PB & fluff on wonder bread. He's certainly outgrown that… but I'll be looking for this recipe as celebration food!


  5. I tried to email it to you from a limited G+ post (because that’s where it was already written down) but I really have no idea if I did it right. πŸ˜‰


  6. oh my gosh! joe is my dream cake decorator. before i had my boy, i was convinced i’d make every one of his bday cakes. after my third try, i think i’m giving up. perhaps i should practice the other months of the year? is it because we can’t have chocolate?! and we avoid food coloring? we tried an avocado-based icing last year which was raved about online for the green of a crocodile and it was horrible. i will look for this book!


  7. The book is epic!! A must have. Definitely a bit higher in sugar than we usually do….. but totally perfect for celebration food. I've been reducing the sugar by 1/3 to 1/2 as I bake and have been pleased with the results. And yes…. that Joe is something with those cakes. He makes me laugh πŸ™‚


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