Sofi’s Birthday Cake

For my daughter’s last birthday, I needed to make a grain free, vegan, nut free, low oxalate, low phenol, Feingold stage 2 cake so everyone at the party could eat it. It was actually easier than I thought, and no one had to bring their own treat to the party.


4 mashed bananas

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup honey

1/4 t salt

1 t baking soda

2 1/2 cups pumpkin seed flour*

1 t apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup dried cherries, or other dry fruit


Make the pumpkin seed flour in the food processor using 4 cups raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas.) Process a cup at a time, watching closely so it doesn’t turn to pumpkin seed paste. Store the leftovers in the freezer or refrigerator.

Mash bananas in food processor. Add oil, honey, salt, and soda; blend in the pumpkin seed flour and vinegar. Add dried fruit and mix. Pour batter into a lined 8×8 in pan or 12 muffin tins. Bake at 325 degrees until knife poked in center comes out clean (about 50-55 minutes for a pan, cupcakes need 20 minutes.) It will not rise significantly. Unfrosted, this makes a nice coffee cake for breakfast. The cake freezes well if there are leftovers.


1 t. vanilla or lemon extract

1 c. Spectrum palm oil shortening

1 c. honey

¼ tsp salt

Mix with a hand beater until smooth. This frosting is pretty soft, but will stiffen with refrigeration.

To make the Hello Kitty cake-

Make 2 recipes of the cake. Bake one in an oval pan, the other in a similar sized rectangle. When cool, cut the rectangle to match the oval. Save two of the corners for ears and give the others to your kids. Make two recipes of frosting. Wrap the layers individually in wax paper and freeze, then assemble them still frozen to make it easier. Gently place the first cake on a tray, add a layer of frosting or your favorite jam, then top with the second layer. Spread a thin layer of frosting over the whole cake to seal in the crumbs and attach the ears. (Ears are one layer.) Cover loosely and return the cake it to the freezer for a few hours. Remove the cake and add the final frosting layer, smoothing it down with a wet spatula or knife. Decorate with construction paper whiskers, eyes and nose and a paper or ribbon bow just before serving.


Despite the number of steps, this cake was one of the easiest ever, and can be made ahead. It was a hit with everyone at the party!


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