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January 19, 2014
by shealynn
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Sugar Free Birthday Cake

I got mixed reactions when I talked about making Mason’s 1st birthday cake sugar free.  From “Why?” to “Awesome” and everywhere in between.  Some responses were even a tad rude.  Which I thought was weird.

Most everyone on Instagram wanted the recipe, so I figured I’d blog it for you.

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Now why sugar free?  Well, my husband and I talked about it for a bit.  He and I agreed that we didn’t want to overload Mason with sugar.  And not just sugar… a whole lot of sugar.  Most cakes call for 1-2 cups of sugar plus 1 cup or more of sugar for the frosting.  Mason has had 2 licks of ice cream his entire life.  And I say licks, but that’s being generous really.  When I read an article about sugar being as addictive as cocaine is when I really had no doubts that choosing the sugar free cake route was definitely the way to go.

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Admittedly, my daughters both had sugar loaded cakes for their first birthdays.  And so did I.  And I love sugar.  And I know sugar is additive, that’s why I rarely have dessert or keep sugar loaded crap in my house.  It’s why I get so upset with my mother when my girls tell me how much sugary crap they’ve overloaded on.  My oldest daughter is like a crazy person when she’s had a lot of sugar.  I always know when she’s had too much.  I’m not saying that Mason will never have sugar.  Because I’m positive that he will.  My point is… why do babies need sugar ladened cakes for their 1st birthday?  They haven’t had any, except natural sugars from fruits, their entire first year.  If I knew then what I know now, I certainly would not have given my daughters cake with sugar in it for their 1st birthdays.  I know most who read this have already skipped to the recipe because I’m sure I’m coming off as preachy or something. I’m certainly not intending to come off like that.  This is just my answer to the “why would you feed your baby a sugar free cake” that I got asked a couple times last week.  Really, my response is… Why wouldn’t I?  Or I could answer their question with a question – why WOULD you feed your baby a cake loaded with sugar?  Same type of question.

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And as I said… Mason doesn’t know the difference, so why not take advantage of the fact that he’s not had that addictive white substance yet?  ;)  And I’ll tell you one thing… he loved his cake!  And it was a very small just his size cake.  And there was ZERO white sugar in it!  Perfect!

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So.  Here’s the recipe!

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  • Butter and flour a 9 x 13 inch pan or 2 8 in round pans if you’re doubling the recipe like I did.
  • With electric mixer, beat together 2 / 3 c. mashed banana and 1 / 2 c. softened butter until creamy. Beat in 3 / 4 c. water.
  • In a separate bowl, beat 3 large eggs until very foamy. Then pour the banana mixture in and mix well.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together 2 c. cake flour or whole wheat flour, 2 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda and 1 tsp. cinnamon.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the banana/egg mixture and beat until smooth.
  • Pour batter into your pan(s), and spread evenly.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

I used 2 8 inch round pans and then used a circle cookie cutter (you could also use a biscuit cutter) to cut 2 layers for his cake.

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For the frosting …

1 8oz container of cream cheese mixed with desired amount of organic no sugar added applesauce (I made my own), and cinnamon.  I don’t have measurements.  I just mixed it until the taste of cream cheese wasn’t too overwhelming.  But, next time I want to try whipping cream instead and make it like you’d make homemade whipped cream but obviously no sugar added.  Just add in a little applesauce and cinnamon to the whipped cream instead.  I think it’d taste better, but obviously Mason had zero complaints.  We had a small group of people over … I didn’t serve any food. But since I did make too much cake, I actually frosted the left over 8 inch single layer cake and served it.  Everyone enjoyed it … even my girls!  :)

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I wanted the cake to have a natural look.  I didn’t want any dyes or sprinkles or anything else unnatural added to the cake.  It may not look perfect, but I didn’t care.  LOL!  Mason didn’t care.  He smashed it and enjoyed it all the same.  And we all enjoyed watching him.

If you do decide to make this cake, make sure and link me in the comments!  I’d love to know how it turned out for you!

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January 8, 2014
by shealynn
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Back To Basics

I’ve been blogging for so long.  Since Zoe was a brand new baby!  So it’s been 7 years now.  When I began blogging I did it because I wanted to.  Because I wanted to document my life.  And at the very least have something for my kids to look back on or read along the way.  Somewhere along the way, though I’ve lost the love I once had for blogging.  I’m sure it has something to do with all the blogging I did when I started my business.  All the giveaway blogging I did to help small handmade businesses and let’s call a spade a spade… I did it to gain followers as well.  So somewhere along the way blogging became a popularity contest.  I think once I realized that I began to lose the will to write.  I was no longer writing things I wanted to write about, but writing what everyone else wanted me to write about.  I would ask my readers what they wanted to hear rather than just writing what I wanted to write about.  I would be afraid to blog certain things because somewhere along the line I began to care more about what people would think about my opinion rather than just writing whatever the hell I wanted to because this is MY BLOG.

I was talking with a friend of mine last night and I was basically telling her that I am sick of letting other’s dictate what I write about.  If I truly want to get back into blogging, then I need to go back to the heart of it.  Back to the basic purpose of a blog.  Blogging was an online journal to me in the beginning.  It was a place that I could come and literally write whatever I wanted to write about.  It didn’t matter to me who read my blog, how many followers I had or what anyone thought about my post.  It was about me, my thoughts, my memories, my pictures, my family.

Even now I rarely read people’s blogs.  It’s because I’ve noticed that people aren’t blogging because they feel this dire need to write about their day, or their feelings anymore.  They’re writing what they think that we want to hear.  They’re posting giveaway after giveaway.  Or posting about what other’s are posting about.  It seems that people have lost their reason for blogging and are just doing it for money or popularity.   I was once one of those people too.  Once I got pregnant with Mason I realized that blogging was no longer fun.  And I really didn’t want to do it much anymore.  I still left it up and I still occasionally added to it.

In the conversation I had with my friend last night she and I told each other that we had a desire to begin blogging again.  My desire is to basically go back to how blogging used to be for me.  Just the basics.  No giveaways.  No advertisements.  No promotions.  Just me and my thoughts.  Pictures and memories.  My blog is about to become selfish again, and I am totally ok with that!  I don’t expect comments, I don’t expect new followers.  Because this blog isn’t about that anymore.  And I’ll blog what I want to blog about.  I’m 32 years old.  I mean honestly… why should I care about what others think about what I’m writing?  These are my thoughts.

So here’s to getting back to the basics of blogging!

 

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January 8, 2014
by shealynn
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Happy 1st Birthday Mason!!

He’s a year already.  What an amazing year it’s been.  Truly.  But I’m sad that it went by so quickly!!  Here’s a few pictures of Mason I took today.  We’re having a little gathering for his this weekend too, so cake smashing pictures to come!

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