Reasonably healthy birthday cake and potentially fluorescent animals


Léo was 11 at the end of August and had been meticulously planning a paint-ball party for several months. He had trawled the internet for supplies and equipment until it dawned on me that half a dozen little boys in the possession of paintball guns ‘chez nous’ was bound to mean multi-coloured, possibly even fluorescent, highly traumatised animals. As if our animals don’t have problems enough. So it was decided that the paint-balling be done at a safe distance (about 30 kms away – I wasn’t taking any chances).  They came back here afterwards (multicoloured and very grubby) to relieve the pool of over 1000 litres of water before sitting down to eat hamburgers and birthday cake. I had also planned to serve hotdogs, but Hugo polished them off before they made it to the table. The less said about that the better I think.

I really can’t claim that this cake is 100% healthy, but it’s just about as healthy as it can be, it couldn’t be easier to make and it goes down a charm. What’s not to like?


200g spelt flour

140g cane sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

2 organic eggs, beaten

1 plain yoghurt

150ml organic virgin coconut oil, melted

Organic hazelnut spread and plain chocolate (65% coco solids) M&Ms to decorate

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Add the eggs, yoghurt and coconut oil, mixing well. Pour the mixture into a greased medium cake tin and cook for 30 minutes. Remove from tin and leave to cool before covering with the hazelnut spread ‘icing’ and M&Ms.

20 responses to “Reasonably healthy birthday cake and potentially fluorescent animals

  1. Great to see a cake made with spelt flour and organic coconut oil that looks like a great fun treat of a cake rather than virtuously healthy. Great that it’s decorated with M & Ms too!

  2. Happy Birthday to Leo, the cake sounds pretty healthful to me. LOL, I am getting a visual of Hugo with those hot dogs and it’s pretty funny!! Sounds like a good time was had by all and that really is a lovely cake!!

    • Hugo really is becoming appallingly naughty about stealing food. He seems to think that anything left in the kitchen uncovered is fair play. I was so embarrassed having to explain where they’d gone when Léo asked in front of his friends… The cake was pretty good though for such an easy recipe.

      • If the pugs were younger and much taller I would have that problem, they have an sense of entitlement that is astounding these pets of ours. Everything is fair play and is meant to be theirs. Happy Birthday again to Leo!

        • Thank you – I’ll be sure to tell him! You’re right about their sense of entitlement: Hugo looks positively surprised when I tell him off, as if to say ‘oh I thought it was meant for me all along. Since when do I serve his food on the kitchen table?!

  3. Looks like Hugo had a birthday party too ! Love D

  4. What a lovely cake. Paintball…awgh…my son loves this and what a mess. Sounds like a great birthday. Love the m&m’s on the cake.

  5. It sounds great, and it looks lovely, and you may have found the world’s cutest birthday candles.

  6. You survived an 11 year old’s birthday party AND made healthy cake. You deserve a medal.

  7. What a great cake recipe…I am stealing it…as healthy as can be sounds pretty good to me! (Oh dear, naughty Hugo and the hot dogs….bet he was a happy boy though having found all that treasure to scoff!) xx

  8. Awww. Belated birthday wishes for your dear boy. I can NOT believe Hugo did what he did. tssk tssk

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