You Can Eat Cake!

Every time I take the kids to Target they beg me to go by the cakes…just to look. I don’t know if it’s because they enjoy being tortured, because that’s how I see it… strolling past all the cakes and picking your favorite only to leave them in the store right where you found them. Pure torture! As much as my cravings for sugar have subsided since kicking the habit, my mouth still waters when I see an amazing colorful cake full of fluffy frosting.

So as the days grew closer and closer to my daughter’s 5th birthday she asked to look at the cakes more and more often. She would point out the princesses she wanted on her cake, or the butterflies, and the pink frosting she just had to have. I started feeling like a bad mom and was tempted to buy a cake. However, I knew that if I gave in and got her the store-bought cake of her dreams, her night would just become a giant sleepless stomach ache (she gets severe stomach aches after eating processed sugar-among other things). So, I started asking her which cakes she liked and vowed to do my best to recreate something for her, just as special, that she could eat without the ensuing tummy pains. She was super excited… but slightly skeptical of my ability to make her dream cake.

Here were her stipulations… she wanted a cake that was:

  • Chocolate
  • Pink
  • Hello Kitty themed

I started with my go to for chocolate… chocolate banana bread brownies. I used this recipe but added a couple tablespoons of maple syrup to make it sweeter (for Ella and her poor friends invited to the party who might be accustomed to sweeter tasting cakes).

I then scoured the internet on ways to make frosting pink… without using food coloring. I found this post. Genius! I used dried strawberries to make my frosting recipe pink.

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of full fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of homemade almond butter (you could use raw peanut butter or almond butter from the store too)
  • 1-2 TBS honey or maple syrup (depending on how sweet you want it)
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 bag freeze dried strawberries powder (I used the 1.2 ounce bag from Trader Joes)


This “frosting” is thinner than regular frosting.

I made the same frosting for my sons birthday but substituted the strawberries for 1/4 cup cocoa to make it chocolate frosting.


To make the frosting:

1. Pulverize the freeze dried strawberries in your food processor.

2. Add yogurt, almond butter, honey (or maple syrup), and vanilla extract to the food processor and process till blended well.

3. Stick the frosting back in the fridge to chill and thicken up a little.


To make the cake:

1. I made the “brownies” (cake) in a 9X9 Pyrex pan. I greased the pan REALLY well with coconut oil so that it would come out of the pan easily.

2.  I then removed the cake, placed in on my cake platter, turned it so that it was a diamond and cut the top portion of the cake to make a heart. I thought Ella would like that more than just a square cake. (I saved the cut off portion for snacks)


3. I then added my frosting that had been cooling in the fridge overnight and frosted the cake.

4. Then I added Hello Kitty rings I found on


5. I then added some freeze dried strawberries I had leftover around the edge of the cake.

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I kept the cake in the fridge till all the guests arrived.

Sure, it may not be as pretty as the store bought cakes, or give quite the same sugar buzz, but everyone loved it! None of the kids asked why we weren’t having “real cake”. They didn’t even seemed to notice the difference. And the moms ate cake guilt free. 🙂

And I got to tell my daughter “You can eat cake!” She was one happy little girl.

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  1. May 21, 2014

    […] about deprivation. It’s about eating quality food that make me feel good. So for birthdays I made cakes with maple syrup or honey. For anniversaries I made date sweetened brownies. And guess what, I was just as satisfied with […]

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