Saturday, September 27, 2008

Our gluten & dairy free party

It's not the most 'professionalle' looking cake but hey, she liked it and everyone knew it was a bee so I'm happy
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Little baby bee cupcakes to go with it
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It would appear N3 has a 'thing' about bees ( bees made from my pattern)
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The recipe I use for Gluten free chocolate cake is here (I sub the butter for oil). Very easy and very yummy, and hard to pick as GF - it's nice and moist. I made it yesterday and put it in the fridge over night and was pleasantly surprised to find it cut very easily today. No crumbling and not too moist that it fell to pieces, perfect!
I doubled the recipe, filled my 12 cupcake patty tins and used the rest to bake a large rectangle cake that I shaped this morning. Decorated with dairy free frosting using Wilton's yellow cake gel and Hansells black food colouring. Pipe cleaner antennae, Pam's DF choc chip eyes, baking paper wings! Voila...bee cake as requested, safe for little miss intolerant :D

Add some popcorn, cold chicken, crackers/carrot sticks/celery and hummus, chocolate crackle cake (made with vegetable shortening), fruit kebabs (pineapple, strawberries, grapes, GF marshmellows) and dried fruits and nuts and you have a yummy 'safe' birthday afternoon tea.

She had a great day with those who love her most and was very lucky with lots of lovely gifts. Thank you to everyone who left her a Happy Birthday comment :D

15 comments:

Leah said...

awww those baby bee cupcakes are soooo cute (as is Miss N :D)

sue said...

Happy Birthday to Miss Cutie! Love the birthday cake too.

kv said...

i think the cake is pretty professionalle--very cute, especially the baby bees.

Sonia said...

Very clever cake! Love the baby bees, too.

CCC (Crazy Cooking Camper) said...

Very clever idea for the cake. The beee even has wings - awesome!

Denise said...

That's a great cake and the cupcakes is just too cute.

Rose Red said...

LOVE that cake! And the baby bees just set it off to perfection (banana chip wings - divine!). You did a great job and the whole afternoon tea sounds delicious!

Sam said...

what a clever an inventive party host you are! Sounds yummy :)

Julie said...

Fantastic cake, well done... Love, love, love those adorable baby bee cupcakes!!!! Glad your gorgeous girl had a lovely day. X

amanda said...

I think your cake looks fantastic! I especially love that she has baby bees too. Hope that babe had a brill birthday!

nova_j said...

aww she is so gorgeous and so grown up! and i still love that bees pic ;)

the cake is fantastic! managing anything-free is a challenge, and i reckon gluten is hardest of all..

happy birthday sweet miss n!

Heart Felt said...

How adorable! You are so clever. xx

Little Grubs said...

Happy belated birthday! The cake looks delicious you clever mama! Just to let you know I've put the meme up on my blog now. x

Hege said...

The cake is great and those cupcakes is cute!
We have to make diary and egg free cakes here too. My youngets are allergic.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Adorable cake! Love the cupcakes....will definitely check out that recipe.