After the lovely celebration with friends, my family treated me to a delicious gluten-free dinner at the Del Mar Rendezvous. A delightful Chinese restaurant, they offered an entire gluten-free menu full of artistically displayed creations of seafood, rice and veggies.
For dessert we returned to my home, where I had baked my first cake.
Yes, I baked my own birthday cake. I couldn't help it! What better time to attempt my first? No one can complain if it disappoints or is a catastrophe for....it's my birthday, ha :-). But really, it turned out just lovely.
I followed a recipe from my new favorite cookbook, Allergy-Free Desserts by Elizabeth Gordon. I was not about to take a risk with something as big as my first cake! I chose a light, vanilla cake with vanilla, buttercream frosting, topped and layered with fresh strawberries.
It was HEAVENLY. I hadn't eaten a piece of cake, even a cupcake, for almost two years. Oh, how I missed it.
Thank you Elizabeth, your recipe was superb! I look forward to many more delectable desserts from you as I slowly familiarize myself with your collection.
Now I must apologize, I got a little carried away with the pictures...but lets be honest it IS my first cake.