Birthday Cake for a Mother to Love

I love wellness and nutrition is one of my personal passions.  Teaching my son about food with weekly trips to the farmer's market and having him help me in the kitchen has been one of my greatest joys as a mom.  For his second birthday celebration, I wanted to bake a cake that I could feel good about and that everyone would enjoy.  My criteria was that the cake be gluten-free, vegan, and free of any processed sugar.

I used my favorite baking mix from the Paleo Baking Company.  The mix is a blend of hazelnut flour, coconut flour, sea salt, and baking soda.  Their recipes calls for adding eggs, honey, coconut oil, and water, however I replaced the eggs with ground flaxseed meal (6 Tablespoons of ground flaxseed meal and 1 cup of water will replace the suggested 6 eggs) and used maple syrup instead of honey (this substitutes at a 1:1 ratio).

I used the exact same mix to make little muffins and added vegan chocolate chips.  The Paleo Baking Company also makes a chocolate mix, which I used to make brownies (following the same substitutions as on the cake in order to make them vegan). 

For the frosting, I wish I would have had time to try out Megan Gilmore of Detoxinista's creamy cashew icing recipe which meets my criteria for being vegan, gluten-free, and free of refined sugar, but with limited time, I used a store bought frosting from Simple Mills which compared to any other packaged option has relatively pure ingredients.  I decorated the cake with these wooden truck cut-outs and a wooden #2 cake topper.  

The desserts were loved by children and adults alike!  Many guests told me they could not believe how delicious everything was given the simple ingredients.  And the other moms definitely appreciated the fact they could bypass the usual birthday party sugar high and come down.