Saturday, July 21, 2012

Ori Soars into 4

Ok, I know I'm really late posting this, but better late then never. At least it's still July, right? Between having our fabulous niece out to visit, and traveling ourselves to see family, it's been a rather busy, albeit fun, month. 
So here it is, Ori's 4th birthday post. Check out the happiness on that face. He was over-the-moon to have a dairy-free chocolate cake on his birthday. He will tell you that his favorite part about birthdays is the cake, yet he always has to scrape off the buttery frosting and only have a small piece so the dairy in the cake doesn't upset his tummy. But today was his day to indulge, so I whipped him up his very own non-dairy chocolate cake. Delish! 
But this cake wasn't his only one, oh no, in the long held tradition of kids who have holiday birthdays, he had yet another cake (dairy-free also of course;~) for his birthday party the weekend following his actual birthday so he could share the joy of turning four with all his friends. This year, for the first time, he asked for a party and specified that he wanted a kite party. So that's what the little dude got. And despite the cold, foggy, San Francisco summer weather (and oddly timed sprinklers), it actually turned out to be a perfect breezy kite flying kinda day. Thanks Mother Nature! 

The party was held at Aptos Playground here in the city. It has plenty of  open space and is high up so you really get a good kite-flying breeze. Plus, it has two large picnic tables, bathrooms, and play structures. I ordered kite kits which the kiddos got to decorate using fabric pens and glitter glue. The kites were on the small side but were sturdy, easy to put together and actually flew. They were also probably easier for the little ones to handle, so the size did have it's benefits. In all, it was a really fun day for all, there is really nothing quite like the the happiness flying a kite brings. So simple, yet so satisfying:~) I'm glad my little man had a great 4th birthday!

Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake and Frosting
This recipe is adapted from Ori's Papaw's famous Screwball Cake recipe. Thanks Papaw!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine and mix together:
1 1/2 Cup Flour
1 Cup Sugar
1 t Baking Soda
1/2 t Salt
1/4 Cup Cocoa

Make 3 holes in above mixture and add:
1 T Vanilla
1/3 Cup Canola Oil
1 T Apple Cider Vinegar

Pour 1 Cup Cold Water over all

Mix well and pour into a 9" square or round baking pan.

Bake for 30-45 minutes.

Makes one 9"x9" cake. For a double layer cake as shown above double the recipe.

Chocolate Frosting

In a medium bowl sift together:
3 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Cup Cocoa Powder

Blend in:
3/4 Cup dairy-free margarine or non-hydrogenated shortening
1/3 Cup and 1 T Soy Milk
2 t Vanilla 

Melt in a double boiler or microwave:
2 ozs. Dark Chocolate

Beat into frosting until smooth and spreadable.

1 comment:

  1. Yes! The oddly timed and oddly placed sprinklers! I believe it was Silas' favorite part of the party and just plain made me laugh. What a wonderful day we had with friends!