Back in December (yes, way back then! It seems so long ago, doesn’t it? :)), Farm Boy 2 had a Birthday. He turned 9 years old. Every other year, we let our kids have a “kid party,” meaning, that they get to invite a bunch of friends over, play silly games, create a theme, etc. For the last year, Farm Boy 2 has been dreaming up his theme–maybe a jungle party where all of the kids wear face paint? Maybe Star Wars? He was coming up with new ideas all the time.
When it finally came down to planning his party, he wanted it simple. He ended up inviting over 1 family from church. (Granted, we go to a church with big families–if we invite over 1 or 2 families, that is a party!). He didn’t care about a theme. He just wanted to make sure he had balloons, a Birthday hat, and a pumpkin cake. For such a dreamer (who, in the end, just really liked the dreaming more than anything), how could I deny these simple requests? 🙂
Here is our handsome 9 year old with his balloons. He is growing into such a fine young man! He is becoming mature, responsible, thoughtful, self-sacrificing. I am really proud to be this boy’s Mommy!
This is a blurry view of some of the people at the party. Blurry to protect their identity. 🙂 And because this is the way the photo was taken. 🙂
Oh, and one last request he made: that Daddy play worship songs on the piano & we all sing together. WHAT A KID! Really! 😉 Ignore the fact that I’m pretty sure a little kid cleaned the window that day by standing up on a chair and using a sopping wet washcloth. Seriously. Very helpful, aren’t they? 😉
And this is the yummy cake! It’s really a tweaked version of my Coconut Flour Pumpkin Muffins, but shh, don’t tell anyone! 🙂
Coconut Flour Pumpkin Cake
1 c butter or ghee, melted, plus extra for greasing the pan
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 c honey
1 c pumpkin puree
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 c coconut flour
1 c coconut milk
Melt the butter in a small saucepan and set aside. Grease a 9×13 pan. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Crack the eggs into the bowl of an electric mixer or into a large mixing bowl. Beat with your mixer or a wire whisk. Add in vanilla, honey, pumpkin, spices, salt, and baking soda. Mix until combined. Slowly add in the coconut flour, butter and coconut milk. Beat or whisk until there are no lumps. Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool, then frost.
Honey Cream Cheese Frosting
16 oz cream cheese (or drained homemade yogurt)
1/2 c honey
2 tsp vanilla
Beat cream cheese, honey and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer until fluffy. Spread on cooled cake.