Sunday, January 9, 2011
Birthday Cake Impromptu
You know those minor crisis' that always pop up when you're doing something important (like preparing for a birthday get together)? Here is ours from the other day.
My sweet husband has been doing the grocery shopping for me occasionally. I have a hard time managing three kids and a full grocery cart, so one of us will run out for groceries in the evening or after kids are in bed. This week I had "birthday cake and frosting" on my list. I forgot to tell him to look for an organic one. He brought home Betty Crocker (probably remembering this time when I sent him with specific instructions for just that).
I didn't want to complain, after all, he had done the grocery shopping for me! On Esther's birthday I opened the mix, poured it into the bowl, and read the ingredients.
Enriched flour (white flour),
partially hydrogenated oils,
baking soda with aluminum,
and four or five other words I couldn't even understand.
I had a flashback to the day before at the chiropractor's office and a pamphlet I had seen. It said in no uncertain terms that hydrogenated oils and partially hydrogenated oils were poison. I already knew that, but the little poison skull illustration had stuck in my head. I couldn't make this for my child's first birthday! There was absolutely nothing good or natural in it.
I picked up the white frosting. More hydrogenated oils, food coloring (in white frosting?!), and lots more junk. Ugh. There wasn't exactly time to send Ross back to the store. I did a quick search at Tammy's Recipes and Heavenly Homemakers for vanilla cake. Eventually I decided that this would be a great excuse to buy the recipe cards What To Do With the Vanilla In Your Kitchen. They contain a recipe for vanilla cake and vanilla frosting, among other things.
So... crisis almost averted. I didn't have quite enough powdered sugar for the frosting, but used my blender to make some from cane sugar. I also used rice milk instead of regular because we were out of that too. The cake turned out pretty dense, but tasty. I even avoided having to put yucky colored sprinkles on it by using some birthday picks we had in the house. We thought the frosting was too sweet (but there is a cream cheese frosting recipe that looks delish). In the end though, Esther enjoyed her birthday cake. Phew!
Now I have plenty of cocoa recipes and vanilla recipes to try out! Anyone want to come over for dessert? It seems I have some practicing to do.