It has been quite awhile since I last posted! Levi’s 1st birthday party was this past weekend and since I was making cakes, cupcakes, and his smash cake in stages I wanted to save posting until I was entirely finished with the process, decorating and all. This strawberry cake I made for Levi’s smash cake. My original intent was to make a smaller cake then normal for his smash cake and use part of the batter to make a couple cupcakes for Noah at the party (since the guest cake was not GFCF), but there didn’t end up being quite enough batter so I did something different for Noah. It worked nicely for Levi’s smash cake (which was a bundt turned into The Very Hungry Caterpillar) because it was made with less refined sugar and fats, and non-dairy milk, his stomach rarely encounters ingredients found in ‘regular’ cakes. This recipe was originally from the Cooking For Isaiah cook book but I changed a few things about the recipe to fit the ingredients I wanted to use (almost half the ingredients with tweaks to make them work). I am just going to post the recipe with my changes but you can find the original on page 208 of her cook book.
1 1/2 Cup Bob’s Red Mill GF flour mix
2 tsp xanthan gum
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
3/4 cup fresh strawberry puree
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup rice milk (room temp)
2 tsp beet or pomegranate juice (for color/optional)
1/2 cup coconut oil (room temperature solid)
1 cup evaporated cane juice
2 eggs (room temp)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, grease and flour (I used earth balance and gf flour mix)a bundt pan, or line a cupcake tray with liners.
In a small bowl whisk together the flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt until combined. In another bowl mix together the strawberry puree, milk, vanilla, and natural juice dye (if using).
In a large bowl (I used my stand mixer) beat the coconut oil for about 30-45 seconds. Add in the evaporated cane juice and beat for about 2 minutes, it should look like this picture below:
On a medium speed setting beat in eggs one at a time until combined. Next add in the strawberry mixture and the flour mixture alternately, beginning and ending with the flour mixture, until just combined. Pour the batter into your prepared bundt pan or cup cake cups. Bake until the cake is springy to touch or toothpick comes out clean (about 35 minutes for a bundt or 20 minutes for cupcakes).
Below is the frosing recipe I used for the smash cake and, later, Noah’s cupcakes. It is not all that healthy or free of refined sugar haha! You only turn 1-year-old once.
(makes enough for one cake or one batch cupcakes)
1/2 cup all vegetable shortening (I used Spectrum Organic)
2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
2-3 Tbs rice milk
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp sea salt to cut sweetness if desired
Im a mixing bowl beat together all ingredients until fluffy. Pipe or spread over your cake/cupcakes. You can add dye if you wish for fun colors. I added small amounts of Wilton’s gel dyes to the frosting. Most of the time we avoid dyes as they can affect Noah’s behavior, I just made sure I chose I dye free of red40 for his cupcakes (red gives him the most noticeable behavior change, blues and greens not so much changes).
To make Levi’s caterpillar I cut the bundt into segments and ‘glued’ them back together in a different order with frosting. I shaved the ends to round them off into a more caterpillar shape.
Next I mixed the colors of frosting I needed to transform the cake into The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
The next day I added face accents with small pieces of painted fondant left from making the guest cake.
Noah kept poking the eyes so they were a bit funny looking by the time we got to the party and I took a pic. There are purple antenna too, they are hard to see from this angle.
Of course some cake smashing pictures:
I tried a sliver of the smash cake later on, the cake was very moist and flavorful! Yum!
Stayed tuned this week for three more cake recipes! (I am going to post the recipes I used for the guest cakes for anyone who finds they sometimes need a yummy recipe for company that are not on GFCF diets )