The littlest Cosmopolitan Hippy has a birthday
Lady A just turned 2!
The time has flown by and sometimes I look at her and wonder "Who replaced my baby with this little girl?"
Like any other little girl, she loves the Little Mermaid and since it's hot hot hot in Darwin at the moment, we thought we would host a Clean Eating Little Mermaid party at the water park.
The Challenge: A clean eating, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, no refined sugar Bithday spread for 10 two year olds.
The Favours: Mini bucket and spade sets
Mint fabric for that 'under the sea' feel. Party favours were mini bucket and spade sets.
Sebastian Claws / Clam shells - Cut strawberries in half, about 3/4 the way up. Place a blueberry in the cut to hold the strawberry open.
Sea cucumbers - mini cucumbers for dipping and munching
Hummus Octupus (that had a little accident on the way to the party) - place hummus onto a plate. Cut the top off a capsicum and place, cut side down, into the hummus. Cut another capsicum into strips and poke the capsicum strips into the hummus to make the octopus tenticles. Use two toothpicks to secure 2 sultanas to the front of the capsicum for eyes. You can use any dip you like, avocado would be nice.
1 can (400g) organic chickpeas
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon tahini
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
juice on 1/2 a lemon
Watermelon Starfish - Cut 2cm slices of watermelon. Using a star cookie cutter, cut out watermelon startfish.
Orange Boats - Cut oranges into 6ths. Place toothpick sails into slices. I made my own by pasting the ends of a diamond toether with a toothpick in the middle.
The drinks: pureed strawberries and oranges in mineral water
And the centrepiece....
Paleo Vanilla Birthday Cake
Gluten free, Grain free, Nut free, Dairy Free, Paleo
1 loaf pan
1 25cm large spring form cake tin
1 15cm small spring form cake tin
1 6x mini silicone cupcake mould
2 large mixing bowls
1 small mixing bowl
1 cup tapicoa flour
1 cup coconut flour
1 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup raw honey, mayple syrup or rice syrup
14 free range eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
Make me up
Preheat oven to 160degC
In one large mixing bowl, combine your flours and baking powder. Sift them together to make sure they are well combined
Now seperate your eggs, with your yolks in the small bowl and the egg whites in the other large bowl. To your egg yolks add your oil, lemon juice, vanilla and honey or syrup. Whisk them together until they are well combined.
Now add your egg yolks to your flours and mix them together.
With your hand beaters, whip your egg whites until you have stiff peaks. This is where the egg whites stand up on their own and (if you are game) you can hold the bowl above your head.
Add a small amount of egg whites to the egg and flour mixture and mix the egg whites in until they are well incorperated. Repeat this process, carefully 'folding in' small amounts of egg white into the cake batter until all the egg white is used up.
Now it is time to fill your cake tins.
3/4 fill 5 of your 6 mini cupcake moulds and your small cake tin
Divide the remaining batter between your loaf tin and your large cake tin.
Place the cakes into the oven to cook. Remove the cakes from the oven once a cake skewer comes out clean. This will be different for each cake.
The cupcakes will take about 10 minutes.
The Loaf will take about 15-20 minutes
The Large and small cake will take about 25 minutes.
Allow the cakes to cool completely in their tins, preferably overnight in the fridge so that they are stable enough to hadle and assemble.
I had a coconut icing disaster...so I don't have a recipe for you. I topped mine with strawberry puree that helped the 'sand' stick.
There are tons of things you can use for edible sand. The main thing is that you need to toast whatever it is at 160degC until it is golden and if it is too big, whizz it up in your food processor to make it more 'sand' like.
Things you can toast (I used a combo of coconut flour and almond meal)
Cake scraps (from trimming your cake to size if you need to)
A sand castle cake topped with an Ariel doll.
Maybe not exactly what I had in mind...but Lady A loved it and that's the main thing.
The Verdict: I was pretty surprised at how much kids love fruit! The watermelon stars and orange boats went pretty quickly and the drinks were a hit too. Goes to show you don't need lollies to impress kids.
I think I'll make every birthday 'clean' from here on in!
Looking for other birthday cake ideas? Then you need to check out my paleo cake e-cookbook. There are recipes for a lamington cake, a humming bird cake and a double chocolate cake complete with icings and decorating tips FREE here.