It Seems Like Yesterday
It only seems like yesterday that I was walking around the yard, surveying my garden, pushing the boys on the swing, awaiting my mom’s arrival with some powerful herbs that would aide in my labor and delivery of Mr. Smiley. It seems only yesterday that my doula and husband pampered me with a massage. It must have been last week that my midwife came over late in the evening to check on me in my darkened bedroom. Is it possible it was 365 days ago that I bolted out of bed and hopped into that comfortably warm tub and caught my baby? Surely, it was a few days ago that my mom used a tiny pot to remove water from the large birthing tub as Mr. Smiley and I shared our first moments together. Just last night my husband sat shirtless holding his newborn like a kangaroo daddy, right? I think my mother-in-law and new grandfather just brought me bagels and coffee this morning? Have countless meals, both liquid and solid gone by since I first nursed Mr. Smiley and hosted his “Birth Day” party? Impossible.
Mr. Smiley’s Birthday Carrot Cake
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup creme fraiche
1 cup yogurt
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cup Rapadura (cane sugar)
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. sea salt
1 8oz can crushed pineapple, water packed
2 cups grated carrots
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 cups cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tbls. vanilla
1/2-3/4 cup honey (raw)
Mix flour with yogurt and creme fraiche. Cover and allow it to sit out overnight (12-24 hours). Yes, it is OK. You won’t die and it doesn’t spoil. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Butter and flour a 9×13 inch cake pan. (I used palm oil and wheat flour.) Cream butter with Rapadura. Beat in eggs, baking soda, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Slowly add fermented flour mixture. Fold in pineapple (with juice), carrots, and coconut. Pour into pan and bake at 300 degrees for approximately 2 hours. Let cool.
To prepare your icing, blend cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and honey in a mixer of food processor until smooth. Ice your cake and enjoy!