Faye Turns Two! Vegan Pancake Birthday Cake Recipe


“I am two” were the first words she said this morning, waking up unusually early and bouncing all over the bed.
Here we are!
Two times around the sun ✨🎂✨
Our little sunflower is growing big and strong. And just like that I am the mother of a two year old.
Getting to know this little person better in every moment but also feeling as if I have always known her is a pretty special way of spending my days.
Guiding and being guided in this role of motherhood. Always learning, always teaching.
Life has never been warmer, sunnier and more joyful, Happy Birthday, little one!

We celebrated by telling Faye her birth story, a Montessori “walking around the sun” ceremony, wearing her birthday crown and a vegan homemade birthday cake. We set up and decorated her birthday table with fresh flowers and her birthday ring. (A German tradition) She sang herself a birthday song over and over and seemed very pleased with the whole scenario.
Then we all headed to a kids bicycle & scooter park, as this was my best guess at what Faye would want to do with her day. She was riding for hours! Some of her lovely neighbour friends came along and we shared some cake in the afternoon!
She blew bubbles and bubbles and more bubbles.
She unwrapped a gift.
By 6pm (her usual bedtime is 8) Faye fell asleep in my arms and was too tired to speak or eat dinner.
Whoops. I totally thought we kept it simple and didn’t want to overwhelm her...🤷🏼‍♀️ She sure had a good day! And hopefully it was somewhat meaningful, magical, yet simple!
You might have guessed it: I LOVE BIRTHDAYS!

I got a lot of questions/comments on the cake when I shared it on Instagram so here is the recipe:

PANCAKE CAKE- Birthday Cake- Vegan

Ingredients:
Pancakes:
2 cups green banana flour (125 g)
2 cups buckwheat flour
6 tablespoons date syrup or raw sugar or any sweetener of choice
4 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups non-dairy milk (240 mL) add more if needed to make a smooth batter
4 tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
(toppings of choice see below for what I have used)
Filling:
1 Tub coconut yogurt (about 250ml)
Home Made Chia Jam, see below!

How to:

Pancakes:
First combine the dry ingredients, then add the wet ingredients, use a whisk or hand mixer to combine.
Let dough settle for 5 min.
Use a non-stick pan and start making pancakes on medium heat. They are done very quickly, so keep an eye on them and flip them half way through. I made mine quite thick, which worked really well for the cake.
Let all pancakes cool down.

Cream:
Mix Coconut Yogurt or Coconut Cream (only the thick part if you buy a canned coconut cream) with Acai Powder or freeze dried berries for pink colour and flavour. If you are in Australia: I used the Aldi Coconut yogurt which is extra thick and works perfectly well as an icing or filling.

Assembly:
Layer pancakes: Pancake with chia jam, pancake with coconut cream, pancake with fresh berries and coconut yoghurt, pancake with chia jam and so forth.
I made the cake the night before Fayes Birthday and kept it in the fridge overnight, which worked out fine.
Toppings: Rose Petals, Strawberries, Raspberries, Star Shaped Apple Cutouts (made with cookie cutter and baked in oven for 15min)

I am big on improvising and making things up when in the kitchen, so please let me know if this doesn’t make sense…I am always trying my best to remember what I did and to write it down…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

My Birthday At The Airport & Travelling With Toddlers Montessori Style (Part1)

My Birthday At The Airport & Travelling With Toddlers Montessori Style (Part1)

We had planned a long 4 day weekend in Adelaide and were flying out early on my birthday.
Everything was organised and packed including lots of activities & books for Faye (more on that later)
we woke Faye up at 5am (poor thing) and made it to the airport….

To find out our flight had been cancelled and we would spend the day in the airport.

Happy Birthday to me, hey? …

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Our decorations are packed up and the new year has already started with a bang…

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