• Laurel

    posted on September 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Gorgeous and adorable cake! I love the idea of birthday cakes every 6 months :D

    Where do you get your teff flour? Or, should I say, where do you get reasonably-priced teff flour? It seems very spendy compared to other flours. Thanks!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Laurel, try iHerb.com – you can get $5 off your first order with coupon code SIR086

    Or…go to my Ingredient & Resource page for a list of where I get all my on-line products. And, teff flour is a little more expensive than the others. It’s worth it though. It’s so nutrient dense.
    http://simplysugarandglutenfree.com/resources/

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  • Zoe

    posted on September 20, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    That is so cute! Such a cute cake, for such a cute little boy. :) Happy half birthday, Nate! The frosting looks professional, Amy! Well done. If you hadn’t said, I’d have thought you got it from a store.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Zoe, You’re sweet! Someday I would love to make cakes for a living. For now, I’m happy raising Nate and playing in the kitchen when I can.

    xoxo!!

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  • Trish @ MyBigFatBundt

    posted on September 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    The bugs are super cute. I love Wilton’s candy melts for adding decor onto chidren’s cakes without making fondant characters. Have been a cake decorator by profession (and pastry chef in more recent years…) for over 11 years, and candy melts have made my life very easy. :-)

    I’ve got a question in regards to your agave butter cream. I haven’t reviewed the recipe yet, so if you’ve answered this question already, just let me know and I’ll go the link and search around. Do you think by adding meringue powder to the frosting, you could get it to crust? I love the idea of an agave-based frosting as opposed to powdered sugar, but it’s the sugar that helps the frosting to ‘crust’ so that it can be smoothed out to a professional finish. Thoughts on this? Thanks! …and happy ‘half’ birthday to little Nate!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Trish @ MyBigFatBundt, I didn’t publish the agave buttercream recipe yet. I don’t use meringue powder because it has sugar in it. I took two semesters of pasty arts before I got pregnant and none of the buttercream ever crusted. That’s the nature of buttercream, right? It’s a little trickier to work with because you have to develop your skill set to where you can smooth it out with a spatula. Yes, the powdered sugar frostings crust and you can rub those smooth with a paper towel. But I can’t use powdered sugar either.

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    Trish @ MyBigFatBundt Reply:

    @Amy, Oh, okay. Thanks for the update. I don’t have too many clients who won’t take regular butter cream, but I’m picking up more g-free and vegan clients, and some are like ‘as healthy as you can get it!’ But they still want it to look as smooth and professional as a traditional bakery cake. I also worked in a smaller health foods store (like a smaller, privately owned version of Whole Foods) and was their pastry chef. Did some raw frostings for smaller desserts, but they certainly aren’t anything that would work on a larger, decorated birthday cake. Thanks!!

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  • Maggie

    posted on September 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Love this cake so much! I wish you were my neighbor so we could make cakes together – you could teach me your tricks! Hugs to Nate. xo

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    Amy Reply:

    @Maggie, Yes! Maybe we will get our hubbys to take the kids someday and we can Skype and bake together. We will make it up to Canada sometime – just not sure when.

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  • Jeanene

    posted on September 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Amy,

    You are so adorable! How precious to make Nate a 6 month old cake! He is so Blessed to have you for a Mom!
    I so love the decorating that you did on it!
    I’m sorry I don’t get to comment too much. My life has taken some twists and turns. lol I do however, get your web site by email. So, I take peeks often!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Jeanene, It’s good to hear from you even if it’s just once in a while. Life is funny that way – and we have to be flexible to mold to our circumstances.

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  • Cara

    posted on September 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I love that you celebrated his half birthday – and that it was on my birthday! What a cute cake!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Cara, The 23rd must be reserved for very special people. xoxo

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  • Ricki

    posted on September 20, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Absolutely adorable! Love the bugs, love the colors, love the 1/2 cake idea. I bet Nate was beyond happy! :D

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    Amy Reply:

    @Ricki, I am not sure if he noticed or not but I was happy. He did stick his hand in the cake but I didn’t let him eat it. For his first birthday the cake will be baby-friendly so he can smash it up.

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  • Christianne

    posted on September 21, 2012 at 8:37 am

    You are such an artist Amy! Visually enticing and I am sure delicious, I can’t imagine who wouldn’t enjoy this adorable cake! Love the blackberries in the middle!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Christianne, They look kind of funky against the sky-blue icing – maybe next time I’ll make a separate filling that goes with the filling. Glad to hear from you!! All is well I hope!!

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  • Iris

    posted on September 22, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    That’s pretty much the cutest cake ever! Happy half birthday to your little one!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Iris, Thanks, Iris!! xoxo

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  • Noga

    posted on September 24, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Amazing!!! Happy half birthday Nate!
    Amy – it’s always a joy to read your posts. I (im)patiently wait for them each and every week :)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Noga, I wish I had more time to blog right now. It’s tough to fit it in with Nate. We are busy!! I am so grateful for your faithfulness in the middle of so much inconsistency here. Sending hugs!!

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  • Johanna B

    posted on September 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Honestly, this is the cutest cake I’ve ever seen. Super job!!!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Johanna B, Thanks so much!! I loved making it.

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  • Devin @ Nom Yum & Free

    posted on September 24, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    How adorable – and happy 1/2 birthday Nate!

    He and Jordan must be almost exactly 6 months apart – as I’m prepping to bake her vegan, allergy friendly, dye free, baby friendly birthday cake for her 1st birthday celebration this upcoming weekend. However, I don’t expect it to look anything near as amazing as your cake – wish I had your cake decorating skills! :)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Devin @ Nom Yum & Free, Thanks!!! It was fun. I am going to check out your yummy cake recipe, too. So happy that it was a hit!!!

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  • Sam

    posted on October 8, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I love this! Am sad I didn’t think it up for my kiddos, but in the long run they won’t suffer much because of it, I hope! haha =) Are we close to getting our hands on the recipe for the Agave Buttercream, Amy? =) Sure hope so! What a lucky little boy with you for a Mommy! Thank you for all the time you put in here and the wealth of information you share with us! <3

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    Amy Reply:

    @Sam, I am working on it. We’ll see….

    Glad you like the cake. I am not sure how to top it for his first bday. Will have to think on that.

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  • Fernanda Sandoval

    posted on December 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    This is Amazing..!
    Happy 1/2 birthday to your Baby Boy.. :)
    I would love to do this but for my Baby Doll which today is her 1/2 Birthday as well..
    been searching everywhere and I came upon ur site, n just fell in love with this..
    i was wondering if its good/healthy and safe for babies to munch on this.? that is my biggest question.
    Plz help, Thanks..

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