My little momma's boy turned 1!! I just cannot believe that SO MUCH time as passed since our doctor stuck his tiny little preemie baby body on my chest and I snuggled him so tight.
He will always be a little munchkin to us, but he is growing so fast.
Our double brother/sister birthday bash is coming up but we still needed to celebrate the big ONE with a yummy cake and balloons and presents from big sister :)
I am sure you've seen the news, and read the articles about yellow #5 and all the other terrible colorants that we put into our children's birthday cakes to make them look pretty...(they are linked to ADHD and behavioral issues in trouble a long with a list of other complications)
Well I was determined to create a cake for my little munchkin with no chemical additives and only organic and GM (genetically modified)free ingredients.
I know for most of you the jury is still out on GM foods and their safety, but for my family... We've decide to completely cut them out of our home cooking, baking and day to day living..For special occasion dinners etc at restaurants this will be hard to determine but if we can cut our chemical intake by 90-95% I'd say we are pretty successful.
The kids have always ate mostly organic from day #1 but the hubby and I are probably ridden with chemicals.
On to the recipe!
11 tablespoons of butter, soft (organic)
1.5 cups organic pure cane sugar
3 Eggs (organic)
2 1/4 cups flour (organic or GMO-free)
2 tablespoons+1 teaspoon organic Tapioca starch
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 tablespoon organic vanilla bean paste
1 cup milk
India tree all natural chemical free colorants.
preheat oven to 375
In the bowl of your electric mixer add in butter and sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Add in your eggs and vanila and whisk for about 2-3 minutes
sift your flour, baking powder and tapioca in a bowl and set it off to the side.
slowly pour in 1/4 cup of milk and then your dry ingredients and continue to alternate until all combined.
Separate your batter into 3 bowls, leave one white... add a small amount of all natural blue food coloring to another bowl and a larger amount into the next bowl.
Using 2 butter coated spring form 4in round pans, put your white batter in one and your blue batters in another, making large layers going about 3/4 the way up the pan.
cook for 25 minutes, release and cool for about another 25 minutes
For the Icing I used a basic cream cheese recipe but with some adjustments....
I recommend using 1 8oz package organic cream cheese, 4 tablespoons butter (both softened.
4 cups pure cane sugar ( you can buy this as icing sugar or grind it in a food processor very easily)
1/2 cup blueberry juice
1/2 cup fresh blackberries
mix butter, cream cheese and sugar until pasty and add black berries and blueberry juice until desired consistency.
crumb coat your cakes and refrigerate You can wait a few hours or over night then frost again and add sprinkles :)
And yes.. Organic chemical free sprinkles