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Happy Birthday to my girls

Posted on August 25th, 2008 by Alison Read 5 Comments - Add Your Own »


I rarely post pictures of my daughters here, but today I am sharing a picture of my beautiful girls who turn 4 and 2 this month. Aside from their food allergies, they are as happy and healthy as can be, and I am a proud mom!

We celebrated with a double birthday party and a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, nut-free chocolate cake for each of them. “What’s in it?” asked one of the grown-up guests as he took a bite and then said “Mmmm.”

The theme of the party was “Under the Sea” so they each got a fish cake. (Last year it was butterflies.)

The fish design I was using for the cake required a 9×13 pan. Without eggs, I was worried that the cake would come out too flat, so I used 3 Pamela’s chocolate cake mixes for 2 9×13 pans (1 and 1/2 mixes in each). This made the cakes the right height and they came out perfectly using non-stick spray.

For the frosting I used Pamela’s vanilla frosting mix with Spectrum Organics Shortening, which I soften in the microwave before mixing. I had to use almost 3 packages of frosting mix to cover these cakes.

Mind you, I am not a cake artist and I was in a time crunch (these things always take longer than you think they are going to!), and please forgive the sub-par photography, but they did turn out pretty cute.


Most importantly, it tasted great (and still does as I write this!) and satisfied even the gluten-eaters in the group, kids and adults included. People even wanted to take some home.

It was a lovely birthday for my lovelies!

There was dinner too: read A gluten-free hamburger bun = happiness.

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  1. Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughters. The cakes are great – very happy looking.

  2. They are cuties!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. What did you use to replace the eggs? I’ve tried this mix before and without eggs it seemed very dense and diddn’t look like it cooked all the way…

  4. P.S. Happy Birthday to your girls!

  5. I used Ener-G Egg Replacer. I was actually surprised at how well it rose!