We've been on a baking kick lately and while I'm not sure exactly what's behind it, let's just blame it on the cold Midwestern winter and carry on. I do know that our friends and neighbors have not minded getting surprise slices of cake or plates of cupcakes, so that's been a bit of an added bonus.
L and I baked this cake recently on a day when she requested cake. (She sometimes does.) She actually wanted a birthday cake, hence the candles, and this Banana Cocoa Cake would make a delightful cake for a 1st or 2nd birthday. It's naturally sweetened and very wholesome as far as cakes go, but it's also moist and filled with chocolate flavor. It would be good with fresh strawberries on top or on the side and you can totally skip the added chocolate if it's too much for your kiddos. The cream cheese frosting is slightly sweet, creamy, and pairs really well with the banana and chocolate flavors.
You can get the full recipe here over on recipe.com.
Did you see this fascinating post on What Kids Really Mean When They Say They Don't Like It on Raise Healthy Eaters? I actually asked L what I could do to make her dinner yummier last night when she said she was done after 2 minutes. I offered a spoon for her edamame and amazingly, she agreed and sat and ate much of her meal.
My friend Aimee has a new book coming out very soon called Brown Eggs and Jam Jars. I love her recipes and her urban homesteading adventures, so I am eager to dig into the book. She has three kids so it's guaranteed to have lots of family friendly recipes.
These Zucchini Pizza Bites sound yummy (and easy for little ones to eat as long as the cheese isn't too stringy or gooey!).
Happy weekending friends!