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Coconut Cloud Cake

April 23, 2014


This past weekend we celebrated Easter, along with two birthdays! My brother’s girlfriend and my mom’s birthday (which is actually today) – Happy Birthday Mother!


Every year I ask her what type of dessert/cake she wants for her birthday (past birthday cakes including carrot cake and a cheesecake) and this year it was the same as last year: a coconut cloud cake. However, unlike last years two-layer round cake I opted for a single layer slab cake. Slab cakes are easier to prepare and transport and good for feeding a crowd. Since we were having it at Easter dinner too, it needed to feed a crowd, or in our case our ever-expanding family.

Last year I made the coconut cloud cake using swiss meringue buttercream – this year I simplified things by first making the slab instead of the two layer, and instead of buttercream I simply used coconut cream for a 1-ingredent dairy-free frosting. The coconut cream is light and fluffy making it even more of a ‘cloud’ cake. I added a little bit of coconut extract for a deeper coconut taste then topped it with roasted coconut chips from Trader Joes. I used the coconut cake recipe from Butter Baked Goods cookbook – which is currently 50% off right now on Chapters Indigo! (I’ll have to add the recipe later, as I forgot to do it and now I’m posting this while I’m out and don’t have the cookbook with me! oops) 

I think this will start to be a tradition – coconut cloud cakes for birthdays. Growing up we had a traditional Italian St. Honore cake for birthdays – or ‘bon bon’ cake – the one with the layers of pastry, bavarian cream filling, whipped cream and cream puffs on top. It was always a special treat. Did you have any birthday traditions growing up?? any special cakes?? 


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Birthdays, Cakes, Dairy-Free, Wheat Free

Quinoa Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Coconut Frosting

March 12, 2014


Yesterday I shared a meatless ‘tuesday’ meal I made from GoGo Quinoa products that I received from the company. I was so excited to discover them in the store, and then to have them send me some more items to try out. 

One of the items I received was their Dark Chocolate Cake Mix. I was excited to try it, because I had seen lots of quinoa cake recipes online, and now I had an all-in-one mix to give it a try. I used it to make mini cakes and cupcakes for Adam’s birthday last weekend. 

The cake was light and fluffy without being overly sweet. The cake actually has chocolate chips in the mix as well. It is definitely a much lighter cake than others I’ve made, not as dense which makes it easy to eat 😉 I would definitely use it again, it’s perfect for wheat-free and gluten-free celebrations. 

I wanted to keep it dairy-free, so I used coconut cream to make a chocolate coconut cream frosting. I used it on the cake as well as on some cupcakes that I made with the leftover batter. The mix makes enough for a large cake, or cupcakes or even a mini cake like I made.



To make the Chocolate Coconut Cream Frosting:

  • 1 can of coconut cream, refrigerated overnight
  • 2-3 Tbs. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder


1. Remove coconut cream from the fridge and scoop out the thick cream – if there is any water at the bottom (although mine had none) leave it out. 
2. Using an electric mixer, whip the coconut cream until smooth and creamy. Add in the cocoa powder and mix again. 
3. Frost cake or cupcakes. Refrigerate any unused portion. 

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Happy Birthday, Adam.

March 8, 2014



On this day in 1984 a very special person was born. Today is his 30th birthday.

Adam’s new job has his working out of town for two weeks at a time so we’ll be celebrating his birthday separately from afar (a 2-hour time difference.)

You’d never know it to look at him, really, because he looks just the same as he did in high school. It’s not uncommon for him to get ID’d at the liquor store (you have to be 19 in Canada to buy alcohol. He has been legal for 11 years). He was even ID’d at a wine tasting once. With my parents. For real.


from our engagement party

I often (read: regularly) joke about how he’s so old. I’ll say “why are you so old?” We started dating when he was 25, I was 21. I joke that I’m much younger than him (by 4 years), however, since my birthday is in June I say I’m 5 years younger for 4 months, making him really old 😉

But actually it’s good in the long run – he’ll just never age. Take it from his dad who just celebrated his birthday in February and hasn’t aged in years.

We celebrated his birthday early last weekend when he was home with a surprise getaway to Whistler and a small birthday dinner with some family, and of course his birthday pie. 


I obviously had to make a birthday cake for him, even though he isn’t here to enjoy it. I’ll be sure to save some. (I’ll be posting the recipe next week)

I made some festive cake flags with black electrical tape. We have an abundance of electrical tape in the house because I suppose that’s what happens when you live with an electrician. Thus, he gets electrical tape on his birthday cake. 

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Happy Birthday to my one and only.

You’re so old 😉

Love me & Lainey.