Half birthdays are a big deal around here.
My mom celebrated mine. And I have passed the tradition on, with a little help from my mommy still.
Half a birthday card, half a dollar (in coins), half an envelope, half a piece of cake . . . you get it.
But since becoming granola . . . one that that I have missed is icing to top off all of the celebratory food.
Real icing. Thick. Rich. Smooth. Creamy.
Enter: Tropical Traditions Palm Shortening.
Equals: a happy Jodi . . . and cinnamon rolls with icing . . . . and birthday cakes with loads of icing . . . and a few non-granola sprinkles.
Anyone got a substitute for that?
But I digress . . . half-birthdays . . .
You see . . . Ezra’s 1/2 birthday kind of slipped by us this year . . . so we had a pretend 1/2 birthday celebration last week complete with cake, a special lunch, 1/2 of a present, and seeing slightly over 1/2 of his grandparents.
To top all the fun off . . . he wanted . . .
Chocolate Carrot Cake
(I didn’t know it existed. But it does.)
- 1 1/2 cups finely grated carrots
- 3/4 cup raw honey
- 1/2 cup Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 1/2 cups freshly ground sprouted whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
It is possible to have siblings help you create this moist and dense cake. Just be in a patient mood.
I mean . . . have a lot of patience -- especially if you put a child in charge of grating the carrots.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine carrots, honey and coconut oil.
- Pour water over the mixture.
- Set aside, preferably out of reach of your dog’s long tongue or a hungry husband walking through the room who knows where the spatulas reside.
- In another bowl, combine flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
- Add to the carrot mixture; mix well.
- Pour batter into a lightly oiled 8" glass or stone square pan.
- Bake at 350° for 35 minutes.
Now for the frosting . . .
Here is where I might disappoint you . . . I don’t have a recipe. I just create. Like an artist – a kitchen artist (doesn’t that sound glorious?!)
Don’t shoot me all of you who like to cool EXACTLY.
- 1/2 cup – 1 cup palm shortening
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 cup cocoa (I use Dutch-pressed from Frontier)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
This is easy . . . mix it to the taste and consistency you like.
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It is a must in my kitchen! (I wonder if I can use it on the GAPS diet?)
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