We celebrated this evening, which is a couple days early, but that is what worked out for us getting together. I asked M. what she wanted for her birthday and she said, "CAKE!"
"How about mint bars?" I asked.
"MMMMMMMMMMM," was the reply. I took that to be a yes.
I haven't baked in so long, people. Something cake-ish, I mean. I think it's been almost six months of no refined sugar for me, blah-blah-blah, I know that's boring and who cares. Long story short: I was going to get my sugar buzz on!
I made a family favorite, which is technically a bar, not a cake, but close enough. Here is the original recipe:
However, since M. and I are dairy-free, and I am also gluten-free, I modified it somewhat.
I used a Pamela's gluten-free chocolate cake mix as the base, and as the second layer, a can of Pillsbury vanilla frosting with 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract and 2 drops of green food coloring stirred in.
The third layer is dairy-free chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of a dairy-free butter substitute melted together.
Folks, these bars are the crack. Highly, deliciously addictive. I sent much of the remaining pan home with others after I ate my share, because they leadeth me into temptation, and I am back on the wagon tomorrow.
By the way, Dad asked M.'s boyfriend what the hand signs meant, and he said, "I have no idea," because he's cool that way. I think it stands for the minimum number of bars you will be compelled to eat in one sitting.
Instead of putting the entire box of 24 candles on the cake, I asked M.'s boyfriend what that was in binary (because he's cool that way too). So the white candles represent zeroes and the pink candles ones.
I sure love my kiddo and spending time with her. She is smart and funny and talented, and I wish her all the best every single day of every year!