This photo above was taken at my son’s fifth birthday party. As you can hopefully tell, it’s Star Wars themed, and as you can clearly see, I made that cake myself. A little secret – I suck at baking. It’s a miracle that there’s a cake sitting on that plate and I’m not crying in the corner.
So rather than share my comical errors of cake chemistry, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite cakes, grain-free pizza crusts, and birthday treats to make your next celebration a healthy (and much more picture perfect) success.
Grain-Free Birthday Cakes
Yep, I’m starting with dessert first. That’s just how I roll.
After all, the cake is the center piece of a birthday, aside from the birthday boy or girl, right? Between white flour, powdered sugar, margarine frostings, and chemical food coloring, a standard birthday cake is more of a poison bomb than a celebratory dish. But if you make a wish, you will find that there are plenty of wonderful alternatives out there. Whether you are grain-free, dairy-free, or just looking for wholesome ingredients, these birthday treats will fit the bill.
Into the cupcake craze but trying to avoid a cupcake hangover? Check out these grain-free chocolate and vanilla cupcakes from Butter Believer, pictured here with a raspberry frosting ‘oops’ that looks pretty darn delicious. A great reminder than homemade birthday treats don’t have to be perfect to be perfect!
This Carrot Cake from Mommypotamus is festive comfort food, a grain-free spin on her mom’s old-school recipe. Who need rainbow sprinkles when you have pouffy carrot tendrils?
Looking for a classic cake without the grains? Coconut flour cakes (make with lots of eggs from pastured hens) are both nutrient-dense and delicious. Pictured here is an amazing coconut flour cake with coconut frosting from Nourished Kitchen.
And a tempting yellow coconut cake with chocolate buttercream frosting from Our Nourishing Roots made with such wholesome ingredients, I’d serve them for breakfast – but perfect for a birthday bash too.
I can guarantee that this coconut flour smash cake from The Urban Poser will be delicious, but I cannot guarantee it will make your baby this cute.
This pink marshmallow frosting cake from Cheeseslave makes me smile. And better yet, it uses natural food coloring so you won’t have hyper-crazed kids spinning and jumping around your party. She uses a combination of beans and coconut flour for this GAPS-friendly cake.
The Well Fed Homestead uses lots of veggies in her carrot pumpkin cake with marshmallow meringue topping which is both grain-free, dairy-free – and gorgeous!
And just in for my own upcoming birthday, this surprise recipe landed in my inbox from my dear friend, Monica of Real Food Devotee. A versatile birthday cake made from coconut and almond flours and topped with a crème fraîche or strained yogurt frosting that sponges into the cake. This beauty can go from homemade rustic to down right chic, depending on your execution:
Not into cake? Grain-free cheesecake swirl brownies from Food Renegade are made with almond butter, eggs, and coconut milk. She takes them anywhere that calls for a celebration, and I’m pretty sure these may be my new favorite thing.
How about these Vanilla poppy seed donuts with a vanilla bean, lemon glaze? Guess what… That white frosting is not make with powdered sugar. It’s coconut butter and honey. Are you kidding me? Now if I could only bake.
And finally, check out this amazing fruit kabob ‘cake’, also from the Well Fed Homestead! WOW! Who needs junky, processed flour and sugar when you can have this?!?
Up next… pizza, ice cream, and party favors that won’t rot your teeth or upset your tummy!