Saturday, April 28, 2012

Happy Birthday, Amy!

Amy Rose turned six years old today! (Her health story coming soon.)  She is extremely smart, capable, strong willed, particular and fun to be around. She will be a CEO someday, I'm sure.

A few days ago she asked for a vanilla cake, with white icing, sprinkles, and a bright pink strip on the side of the cake. And she wanted the icing to be made with strawberries and apples.

My first thought: Eww!

My second thought: How in the world do I create this cake for her?!

Thankfully by today she had forgotten about that request and instead wanted Cinnamon cake. Muuuuch easier. Whew! (recipe below) 

Amy helped to make the cake
Licked the bowl

We cooled the cake

And sang happy birthday

And, most importantly, we ate the cake!

It is definitely the best grain-free cake we've made so far. I found this recipe at Pretty in Primal.

Cinnamon Cake:

  Preheat oven to 350º
4 eggs
3/4 cup coconut milk (canned) or cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract ( you can use l tsp. if you want less vanilla flavor)
1/2 cup palm sugar (or other sugar)
1/2 cup blanched almond flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
Scant 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Stevia (I like NuNaturals NoCarbs Blend) to further sweeten- judge by tasting the batter. I always make sure the batter is slightly sweeter than I want the final product to be. Some of the sweetness bakes out.

Note on sweetener amount: you can further reduce the sugar and use more stevia, but I recommend using at least a little of some type of real sugar, since sugar contributes to a good crumb texture.

1. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut milk, vanilla extract and palm sugar.
2. In a smaller bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, salt and baking soda.
3. Mix dry ingredients into wet with a handheld mixer. Add stevia to taste.
4. Grease an 8x8 inch baking dish and pour in batter.

Bake for 30 minutes
Cool for 1 hour

Okay, I followed this recipe except I used 1/2 cup turbinado sugar. I did not use the Stevia as I cannot stand the taste of it. Instead, I used 2 tbls of pure maple syrup. 

To this batter we added 3-4 tsp of cinnamon. And mixed well. 


1 block of cream cheese
2 tbls maple syrup
Splash of milk (to thin)

Mix together using a Kitchenaid or an electric mixer. 

And here's what you get:



  1. Oh man, now I may have to try one of these foo-foo recipes. Darn it, Heather. ;)

  2. I mad this for dessert tonight and it was really good!

  3. Thanks for posting the recipe & being honest in your modification of it. The other cake requested intrigues my imagination & will have to see if I can someday figure out how to come up with those specs.

  4. That cake looks really yummy. Good frosting choice. It appears that it was a hit which is the most important thing! Happy Birthday to Amy. :-D. She's adorable!