Edited to Add: After speaking with Summer’s teacher, I added xanthan gum and flax seed meal to the recipe below as my cake kept turning out really crumbly. I’d taken a photo of the handwritten recipe, and her teacher had forgotten that the xanthan gum and flax seed meal were omitted from the original. She told me the cake turns out even better if you double the recipe, and so I’m going to try that next time.
Summer started school this past January, and birthdays are considered pretty big deals there. Since her class missed celebrating Summer’s birthday this past November, her teacher decided to celebrate her half birthday. So, last week, we all joined in a sweet little ceremony to honor 4.5 years of Summer’s life. I’ve never celebrated a half birthday before, but I think our family should start as it’s a good excuse to eat cake, especially if it’s this cake…
6 family members x 2 birthday celebrations per person = 12 pieces of birthday cake annually. Brilliant!
The above cake is the recipe Summer’s teacher uses for every birthday. The kids work hard making it together in the morning, and then right before their mid-day dismissal, they share it in honor of the birthday boy/girl along with stories from the family, songs, birthday candles, and a gift. Summer’s party reminded me how much we love her school – it’s a really special place.
Anyway, about that cake – It’s gluten free and vegan (Just like the cupcakes we ate for school birthdays 20 years ago, right? Speaking of birthdays of years past, anyone remember attending parties at McDonald’s? Oh, how times have changed!). This cake doesn’t come with a side of fries, but it’s yummy nonetheless.
Applesauce Birthday Cake
- 2 cups brown rice flour
- 1/4 cup flax seed meal
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup oil (I used coconut)
- 3/4 cup honey (or maple syrup if you don’t consider honey vegan)
- 2 cups applesauce
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Grease 9″ x 13″ baking dish.
- In a large bowl combine dry ingredients. Stir all wet ingredients together and then quickly combine with dry ingredients.
- Pour into baking dish and bake at least thirty minutes. If inserted toothpick does not come out clean, bake until it does.