DIY/ Food

Penelope’s Birthday Cake

It came out a little lopsided, but as Peter says “It’s ok, it just looks homemade!”

And it was, well semi-homemade I guess, to be exact. I used an organic cake mix box and tweaked to make it healthier and tastier.

Again, the credit is due to my friend Tara for the recipe. Thanks Tara!
Penelopes Birthday Cake
I made a cream cheese icing, from the Red Velvet cupcakes icing in the cookbook A Thyme to Celebrate.
Then I decorated it with teal blue sprinkles on top and lemon drop candies on the sides.
Penelopes Birthday Cake

I made two cakes the night before her birthday, so she had one mini cake on her actual birthday on Thursday, and then she had a piece of the bigger cake at her party. On her birthday, she wasn’t a big fan on the icing but really liked the cake. At her party, she wanted nothing to do with either. All her guests gobbled it up and gave me compliments, so who knows why she didn’t want it.

Penelopes Birthday Cake
Here are the ingredients:

Raw milk
real butter from grassfed cows
real range free eggs 3
Dr. Oetker’s organic cake mix
One bag of thawed frozen organic strawberries pureed with 2 tablespoons of Rapadura

I used the recipe on the back, but substituted melted butter for vegetable oil and decreased the milk from 3/4 cup to 1/2 cup to balance out the liquid ratio because I added the strawberry puree.
Penelopes Birthday Cake
Here is what the mix looks like. When it cooks the batter looks kinda of brown.
I buttered a glass pie pan and poured it in. For Penelope’s personal mini cake I used a little ceramic bowl from my friend.
Penelopes Birthday Cake
Don’t let her face fool you, its a very moist and tasty cake!

Let me know if you try it. 🙂
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  • Ali
    December 3, 2010 at 4:21 AM

    That face cracks me up! Looks yummy.. we'll have to try sometime. HC did not like her icing AT ALL at her party, probably because it was basically cream cheese and org apple juice concentrate. So on her real birthday (the next day) I scraped it and re-iced it adding a little sugar to the orig recipe and then she liked it much better! go figure! 🙂 I got razzed so bad for not just giving her a 'real birthday cake' the first time- a sugar filled one.

  • Stephanie
    December 3, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    I know, this picture is priceless!
    That is really funny that you didn't put any sugar in the icing! I used a full package of powdered sugar (organic of course, but still, a full bag!)
    I am actually glad she didn't like it, I was worried that it was going to open up the flood gates somehow and she would only want to eat sweet things.
    Let me know if you try this recipe. 🙂

  • Elizabeth
    December 6, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    She's such a pretty healthy baby! We made a similar cake. I tried to make it Pink by adding in the strawberry puree- but alas, ours also turned kind of brown! Still way moist though!