I can hardly believe that four years ago at this time we had just said goodbye to our midwife, ordered Indian food and sat staring at our brand new sleeping baby girl. We were ecstatic and exhausted and in love. The house was quiet and felt magical and full and we were suddenly no longer just a couple, but a family. That Indian food was the best meal I have ever eaten.
I found this Indian chalk stencil (Chalk na dabba) at Tail of the Yak a few months ago. I remember these stencils on doorsteps when I visited India. They are usually amazing floral designs stamped out with colored chalk (chuna). The stencils are punched out by hand on recycled tin. I love the magic made from the most humble materials. We filled ours with baking powder this morning and stamped along our front steps while Ada was out with Daddy. She was quite pleased to find the little trail of birthday wishes up the steps and insisted on sitting out there in her birthday dress to let the neighbors know who owned the day.
I like to give kids their own little cake to eat on their first birthday. The rest of the party may be lost on a one-year-old, but they generally like making a mess with food. This recipe is simple and has way less sugar than the cake that the rest of us ate. Josie loved the fruit and ate most of it before getting to the cake. We used a mini springform pan that we got at A Cook’s Companion in Brooklyn. You can also find one here.
Here is the recipe:
*2 Cups Flour
*1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
*1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
*2 Large Eggs
*1/2 Cup Baby Food (We used one large pouch of organic strawberry/banana)
*1 Cup Soy Milk
*1/4 Canola Oil
*1 Tablespoon Vanilla Sugar (See my Vanilla Sugar post for directions).
*1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
*Sour Cream or Thick Greek Yogurt (For frosting)
*Variety of Cut Fruit for Rainbow
1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
3.Mix dry ingredients.
4.Wisk eggs and mix with wet ingredients.
5.Pour wet into dry and mix until smooth and pour into pan.
6.Bake 20-30 minutes, or until a fork comes out clean.
7.Release from pan after 15 minutes.
8.Frost with sour cream or yogurt when cool.
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