Last week was Talia’s 5th birthday, and she’s been talking about her birthday and planning her cake for at least 6 months. She had requested a chocolate cake with strawberries on top. So, a couple of days after arriving in Wisconsin, I looked up a recipe and set out to make her paleo chocolate birthday cake. I found this grain/gluten/dairy free recipe, which had great reviews and looked delicious. Fortunately, I had picked up a few baking supplies from Trader Joes on our way back from the airport, but that was before I had picked out a recipe. I grabbed things like: raw honey, coconut flour, almond flour, cocoa powder, etc.. The one ingredient I was missing once I found the recipe, was coconut palm sugar. I figured I could pick it up at our local Asian food store. But, that ended up being the factor that made the cake not turn out so well….
The day of Talia’s birthday, we gave her a couple giftsMade strawberry smoothies from our freshly picked strawberries,And that night, we baked her cake. I one-and-a-halved the recipe so that it would fill the 9 inch springform pan I had borrowed. The problem with the coconut sugar, was that we only found the solid palm sugar that looks like this:We grated it so that it would mix in to the batter. But, after all was said and done, I realized we didn’t get an accurate measurement and didn’t use near enough. The cake was not sweet enough. Hence, the miss! I wonder if I could have melted it down and measured it as a liquid instead. Thankfully the frosting and ganache helped, but it still wasn’t sweet enough to be delicious.
The next day, Talia had a blast decorating the cake all by herself. Since we were feeding nearly 20 people, one cake wasn’t going to be enough and I’d also run out of almond flour. So I found this cupcake recipe and whipped these up as well. They were so simple, quick and turned out delicious (though I do prefer the texture of combining almond and coconut flours). Talia and Elise, who don’t eat a lot of sweets, loved the cake (though I didn’t get any feedback from anyone else! Haha!) Everything else about the cake was great, the texture, the frosting, the ganache, etc.. Just make sure you find granulated coconut palm sugar if you make the recipe so that you get the right amount of sweetness!More than the cake, though, the highlight of Talia’s birthday was being with all her cousins and enjoying each other!Have you made a birthday cake lately? Was it a hit or a miss?