I thought about trying to figure out a coconut flour cake using dates for the sweetener, so we could stick to keeping a healthy gut! I still will, but knew I wasn’t going to have time before his birthday to do it. So we went with fruit!
I always do a personal cake for the kids – since we do cupcakes a small cake makes them feel pretty special. So I got a smallish watermelon for this “cake” – about the size of a watermelon. I also got a seedless one so we didn’t have to worry about choking.
First, cut off one end of the watermelon and then a touching side so that it sits flat. You can then cut the desired thickness for the “layer” you want. Try to get the cuts as parallel as you can – but you can always fix it later.
Because there is nowhere for the air to go I had to stab a hole in it with a screwdriver to get it to cut more than an inch down. Then the piece was stuck inside the can and I had to use the can opener to cut the other side off and push the melon out.
Using a smaller circumference can, cut down part way and pull the can back out. I don’t have a melon baller, so I just used a teaspoon to scoop out the inside. Just be sure not to use the rim of the watermelon for leverage, I almost broke the side.
Then layer with the birthday girl or boys favorite fruits! We used cantaloupe, galia, kiwi, and strawberries. I totally forgot about the bananas and oranges I had sitting on the counter.
He loved it! He is still probably 80% breast-fed so we didn’t let him eat too much. Didn’t want a funky diaper later – or an upset tummy.
So cute watching his little mouth work on eating with only four teeth! His big brother and sister were quite excited about this as well. Of course brother thought we needed to add a little chocolate.
Adrienne at Whole New Mom has yummy looking chocolate cheesecake cupcakes!
My friend Kelly also has some Lemon Cupcakes, my husband LOVES lemon cake. These will be going in the oven pretty soon!
Another friend of mine shared how they make a date spread “soak them in coconut milk or nut milk and blend, then you’ve got the most dreamy ‘caramel'”. So that will probably be my process for when I use it in place of sugar or honey.
Another one! From Riddle Love, Grain Free Vanilla cake – this would be super yummy with strawberries!
And when I get my grain mill I’ll be trying a few of these recipes from Wardeh at GNOWFGLINS.
What have you done for an alternative Birthday “Cake”?
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