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Happy Birthday to my girls

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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