Yellow Allergy-Free Birthday Cake
2 c all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 c sugar
1/2 c coconut milk, or milk of your choice
1/2 c safflower oil
2 tsp vinegar
2 tsp bourbon vanilla
1/2 c water
Preheat oven to 350 .
Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl and whisk to combine.
In a medium bowl whisk together the wet ingredients.
Add wet to dry mix on medium speed to combine.
Pour into a greased 9" pan and bake 40-45 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool and frost as desired.
Pairs Well With
I have allergies, so my mom found a recipe for me to have a birthday cake.
The Birthday of Firsts
“Hey look at the time. Happy birthday Jacob!” said my Aunt Ruth. A huge ray of happiness flowed through me. “Happy Birthday!” cheered the others in the room. “I'm nine!” I yelled out, “Finally! I get to go to New York City!” “You're not 9 yet. You will be though.” said my mom. “When?” I asked. “11:57 my son,” said my father in a hilarious voice.
I went back to the office, where I would be sleeping while my Aunt Ruth and Uncle Bryan were here.The next morning I woke up. I walked outside of the office. My sister then had to pinch me 9 times. Apparently each pinch would make me grow an inch. She regrets it now because I tower over her. When we got to the train station I was so excited. Not only was it my birthday and my first time in NYC, but it was also my first time on a train. We boarded the train. The train roared and came to life. The repetitive thud became the tune of the trip. Then my mom yelled “Look Jacob!” I saw it on a white billboard. In huge blue letters, NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY. “That's where I'm going for college,” I proclaimed. Then my sister said “You might change your mind.” “Well, I won't.” I never have since I saw the billboard. Then we departed from the train. That is when I saw it, Grand Central Station. A shock came over me. The walls were a beautiful light brown. So many people. I knew at that moment, this isn't Barkhamsted. The ceiling was painted like the night sky. We walked out the door. In my mind I yelled OH MY GOD! THIS PLACE IS SO HUGE! Every building I saw was much bigger than my house. Suddenly I was lifted off my feet. My Uncle Bryan had put me on his shoulders. He was so much bigger than anyone else in the group. Now I could see like a giant. There were bars, apartments, huge people, small people, in between people. Then eventually skyscrapers. Who cares if I didn't get any other presents or cake. This was all I need. Then came Toys R Us. I didn't go on the Ferris Wheel until my 2nd trip. Times Square was amazing, especially at night, but I'll get to that later. “Hey guys it's the Empire State Building!” I blurted out. They all started laughing. “Little dude, that's the Chrysler Building. You'll see the Empire State Building later,” my Uncle Bryan told me. That was embarrassing. About an hour later I asked my Uncle Bryan “Hey Uncle Bryan. What's that building?”“Little dude,” he replied “, that's the Empire State Building.” “Oh, it's fatter than I expected.” Then I got back on his shoulders and we went back to Times Square. It was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. Lights flashed everywhere. Very interesting people dressed up in costumes. My Uncle Bryan told me he paid to get these lights on just for me. I know that is not true now because Uncle Bryan is a cook. So we said goodbye to Aunt Ruth and Uncle Bryan. We went back to Grand Central Station. The nighttime sky painting lit up. I fell asleep on the train and woke up to the cart being empty except for my family. Then came our stop. We got out and got in the car. That is when I checked the time. 11:57, I was officially 9 years old.
Back in New York a sign stood near the train tracks. It was a sign for New York Film Academy. And some were in New York the academy waits for me.
Submitted by: "Jacob T."