Happy birthday to me!
I love birthdays ... aren't they the best? In honor of my special day, I thought I'd share a completely amazing birthday cake recipe. This cake isn't actually for my birthday -- but don't worry I have a fantastic dessert planned for my party this weekend and I'll share it soon. I made this cake for Chris' birthday a couple weeks ago.
Fun fact: Our birthday's our two weeks to the day apart. When we got married my parents tried pulling a joint birthday party for us. They should know me better than that! I love Chris, but I do not share my birthday with anyone :).
I found this recipe on the Spunky Coconut* awhile back and I'll admit, I was completely intrigued. I make a seriously awesome black bean brownie, so I was itching to try beans in a cake. Chris' birthday was the perfect opportunity! And guess what? It passed the test. You know, the *your-family-is-not-gluten-free-and-is-completely-nervous-about-all-your-crazy-gf-concoctions* test.
Friends, my family loved it. I didn't tell them what it was made of -- I'm not sure they can handle the truth -- and no one was the wiser.
The best part about this cake though? It isn't full of nasty, empty-calorie ingredients. In fact, it's so jam-packed with fiber and protein, I didn't feel at all bad when I had it for breakfast the morning after Chris' party. :)
Vanilla Layer Cake
Makes two nine-inch layers
- 4 cups cooked white beans, room temperature
- 12 eggs
- 1.5 tsp. vanilla stevia
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 2/3 cup coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
- 3 tsp. baking powder
- 3 tsp. baking soda
- Preheat oven 325 degrees.
- Butter two nine inch cake pans. Line bottom of pans with parchment paper. Butter parchment paper as well. Set aside.
- In a food processor, combine beans, eggs, stevia and honey. Puree well.
- Add in coconut oil, coconut flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. I was a little nervous about the food processor capacity here, but didn't overflow (phew.). Puree well.
- Pour into prepared cake pans.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, but check often after 20. Mine were done right at 25 minutes.
OMG chocolate frosting:
- 1.5 cups unsweetened chocolate
- 1.5 cups coconut milk
- stevia to taste
- Melt chocolate in a double boiler with coconut milk.
- Add stevia to taste.
- Let cool until it's the consistency of frosting.
- Try to not eat all of it by the spoonful -- you do need some for the cake.
Finally, assemble the cake! And, of course, ENJOY!
*Recipe adapted from The Spunky Coconut. Have you checked out her site before? She's genius. I'm so excited to try more of her recipes.
Last week I showed off our summer landscaping project. Today I'm back to give you a few landscaping tips we learned from our yard adventure. Here's the house, again, in all its cuteness:
And here are all the plants ready to go into the ground!
Landscaping tip #1: Create a color scheme. This is something I learned from talking to my gardener friends about landscaping. Color schemes help pull the look together. They can be wild and crazy or they can be monochromatic -- I've seen beautiful yards in both. As you can see above, we chose predominately white, yellow and green with pops of red. Next year I'd also like to add some oranges. Pretty much my only rule for our front yards is no purple/blue flowers. A huge bonus about having a color scheme is it will help direct your thinking when you're standing among hundreds of beautiful plants at the nursery.
Landscaping tip #2: layout your plants before digging. This one saved us and is especially important if you don't have a landscape plan to guide your digging. We repositioned our plants about a dozen times before we settled on a layout we liked. The picture above isn't even the final layout! So, please don't dig until you're happy with your layout. It's much easier to move a pot then replant.
Both these tips I did not find during my extensive online research. They were simply from talking to people. So, I hope you find them helpful as well!
I am so excited about how this will look a year from now! I'll leave you with a few detail shots:
There's a chance this adorable bag was delivered at my door yesterday:
I am completely smitten. I have so many plans for this cute bag and am excited about how much sass it'll add to an outfit! The best part, is it's large enough to be a work bag, which for me means it has to carry files and my lunch :).