Monday, December 21, 2009

A successful GFCF Birthday Party

Andy turned 10 yesterday. How is that possible? It seems like just yesterday we got a call in the middle of the night that he had been born and we rushed to the hospital to hold our newborn.

We had a very successful birthday party - here are some pics!

The party was held at a climbing wall. Here is a group shot of the birthday boy with all of his guests.

Before the party, the day was started out with the birthday boy's favorite breakfast - raspberry pancakes (GFCF of course). I'll post the recipe below.

GFCF Yellow cupcakes - I used the new Betty Crocker gluten free cake mix to make these. Andy does not like chocolate so I made these for him.

And I also made chocolate cupcakes - again they are the new Betty Crocker gluten free mix - the devils food flavor. All of the children ate the cupcakes and no one said anything about them tasting funny so I don't think they could tell they were GFCF.

We only did snacks since the party was from 2 to 4. Andy picked the snack menu. The most popular item was the fruit kebobs.

Andy helped make the snacks. Here he is making Ants on a Log (probably the second popular snack).
We also served deviled eggs and a home made trail mix.
GFCF Raspberry Pancakes

2 eggs
2 cups original flavor Almond Milk (or use any milk sub)
¼ cup coconut oil, melted (or use any shortening or salad oil)
2 cups GF flour blend (I used Bobs Red Mill GF Blend)
2 tablespoons raw sugar (or use brown or regular sugar)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries.

Beat eggs

Add remaining ingredients and mix

Pour batter onto hot greased griddle or frying pan.

Turn pancakes when they are puffed up and full of bubbles.

Makes 20 4-inch pancakes

5 comments:

Christi said...

We are new to the gfcf diet and tried the Betty Crocker gf yellow cake and it does taste like normal cake. Out in the sticks, we don't have as many choices, I can only find the yellow cake locally. I am hoping that by buying it, they will keep stocking it, and add some of the others to the shelf.

Do you buy or make the almond milk?

Kathi said...

Hi Christi,
Good plan on buying it so they will keep stocking it. Have you asked them to order the others? Many times if I ask them to order something they will. But hey - yellow is better than nothing!

I understand making the almond milk is very easy but that is one thing I haven't tackled yet. I am currently buying it.

Thanks for the comment!

arfoodie said...

Hi Kathi,

Thanks for this post. I am wanting to add more GF options for my family, although we're not going all-out, at least for now. I have used a GFCF diet to fight fatigue before, though.

I'm about to start culinary school and when I'm done, I'd like to offer pre-made meals for special diet folks. Any thoughts?

Your input on a recent blog post would be most appreciated, also...I just did a post on my first GFCF muffins:
http://arfoodie.wordpress.com/2009/12/21/a-gluten-free-casein-free-baking-adventure/

Carie said...

Hi, cute cupcakes! Did you make your frosting? If so, how did you accomplish the blue frosting?

Kathi said...

Hi Carie,

I cheated. I usually do make my own frosting since it is so easy to make - but Andy wanted light blue and I didn't have any natural light blue food color and I didn't want to buy a full container of the regular stuff since this was a one time deal. So I used Betty Crocker Cupcake Icing.