Both Kitchen Stewardship kids have birthdays in the late spring, which meant we had a lot of birthday cake in the span of a month!
I had always used boxed cake mixes in the past: they’re easy, quick, and consistently taste moist and delicious. After my reading and research throughout the winter, I’ve decided that powdered milk and eggs and trans fats have no place in my house, even for special occasions if I can help it. It was time to make a cake from scratch, and maybe even add a little whole grain flour to it. Tough to delete white sugar from a cake…that’s for next year, maybe.
Buddy Boy got to take half whole wheat cupcakes to his school. They were so moist and almost tasted like the cake doughnuts during apple orchard season. His cake for his party was a plain white cake and was…slightly disappointing. It was much more work and stress than a boxed mix and not quite as good (and not really worth sharing the link to). But it was still good. Buddy Boy asked for an Elmo cake. This is how it turned out:
I was planning to make a big pile of frosting for the eyes and nose, but it was waaaaaay runny (butter will do that), so I had to punt with (hard, old, but thank goodness they were hanging around the pantry) marshmallows and chocolate chips. The nose is half an Easter egg, and the mouth is construction paper.
For Lovey Girl I wanted something even more healthy. At just one year, trans fat had never touched her lips, and she had hardly had a lick of sugar in her whole life. I had seen a great idea in a magazine years ago for a first birthday and wanted to try it, so cupcakes were the thing. I chose a part whole-wheat recipe with whole wheat pastry flour from the King Arthur Whole Grain Baking cookbook. The result was super cute, a healthier upgrade from a box mix, and a little “whole grain-y” according to the husband. I thought they actually got better and more moist after a few days.
Birthdays, babes and whole grain experiments are all Finer Things in my book. Head on over to The Finer Things in Life for more Finer Things Friday, and scroll down this post for more birthday party pics of my loved ones, if you care to see.
Most of my readers aren’t quite ready to make their own butter, but if you are…check out my warm weather updates and cultured butter lessons here and Food Renegade’s Fight Back Fridays for other against the grain food stuff.