My daughter was 3 the other day, we had a little birthday party, couple of friends with parents. We knew less was more. The kids had a good time, it was no stress and what was the important thing, the birthday girl was thrilled with the birthday party. She got a cake with candles, couple of friends and balloons. For her, that´s a birthday party!
I tend to over do sometimes … For this birthday I was thinking, what kind of awesome cake should I do… But I live and learn so the day after I was thinking, what kind of cakes do people eat? What kind of cake does my girl want? I asked her… She wanted Dora the Explorer cake. NO!! I was not gonna make a real size Dora the Explorer with all the friends made of fondant that no one likes to eat!
I made a very nice chocolate cake with nice cream (Betty fu***** Crocker, better than most home made cakes, so light and fluffy. Cakes are unhealthy anyways, from a box or not) and Dora… I simply cut out one of the paper plates, put it on a grilling pin and stuck it to the cake…voilá …we have a Dora cake. Trust me, the 3 year old was thrilled. Fondant smondant…nobody finds it tasty!
Then I almost blew it… Instead of candles I bought this thing, in a shape of the number 3, you light up and it sparkles …It was not a success… “MOM, I want to blow candles!”. Thank god I had candles, three if them.
My lesson for you and myself. They are kids, we got traditions, let´s stick to them and keep it simple. The only one I am trying to impress is the birthday girl, not the guests!
I made a hamburger cake once, it was fun.
This year I was on the healthy side, of course I had a Pig in a blanket ( Hot dog in a pizza dough bun) . But I had a healthy cake and a pot full of Chicken Chili Stew.
The healthy cake was really good. It comes from a girl called Ebba Guðný I was told.
Almond – Date – 70 % Chocolate cake
- 1 cup dates, soak them in water
- 1 cup almonds
- 120 g 70 % chocolate
- 1/4 cup sugar (raw if you like)
- 3 cups flour (spelt if you like)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons water ( from the dates)
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
Mix everything together. I roughly chopped the almonds and the chocolate. you can chop them or even put them in a food processor.
Put the mixture it in a baking tray, bake for 40 minutes at 150 °c. Serve with cream or Ice cream.