I'm not one to put stock in astrology but there does seem to be an oddly disproportionate number of people I love born on or near February 10th (including one of my all-time favorite human beings and The Shortbread Cure's own, Anabel!) To honor these beautiful February bébés on this happy day, I made a rainbow rye birthday cake!
The idea for rye came from my newly acquired and incredibly gorgeous cookbook, Near & Far, which features a handful of different rye flour-based recipes. The rainbow frosting (made of white chocolate + food coloring (!) that was unbelievably fun to apply) was inspired by my sweet little niece (February 8th born) who chose "rainbow" for the theme of her 3rd birthday party. In addition to her kind heart, one characteristic of this wee-one that I especially admire is her ability to know her mind and make decisions on the spot. There was no debate on a theme. All the colors--rainbow!--let's go!
Indeed, all my February- born friends very much share in this capacity to know and take delight in the things that they love. There is a genuine curiosity and honesty to their characters that I've found so rare in this world and I am ever in awe of their critical minds, work ethic, and generosity.
Katherine, Anabel, Lauren, and Tiger: thanks for being you! I hope your day is filled with color and joy! Happy birthday!!
And now a celebratory photo montage of The Shortbread Cure's better half:
Rye Birthday Cake
2 C rye flour
2 C all purpose flour
2 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 C coconut milk
3/4 C coconut oil
1 1/4 C turbino sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. The recipe yields 7 1/2 cups of batter. I used one 1 1/4 quart bunt pan + a 6 cupcake pan.
In a small bowl, mix coconut milk and vanilla and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (rye flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, and salt) and also set aside. In a mixing bowl add coconut oil, sugar, and eggs and whip together (I used a hand mixer since I don't own a mixing stand). Mix until creamy and airy. Slowly, incorporate the dry indigents and coconut milk. Lastly, if you choose to use sprinkles, mix them in at this point. Pour batter into greased pan(s) and bake atop a rimmed baking sheet. The cook time will depend on the size of your pan(s). My larger bunt pan cooked for 40 minutes where as the cupcakes were done at 25 minutes. If you use one larger pan it may cook as long as 50 minutes. Check intermittently with a toothpick or fork.
Inspired by Tablespoon's Melted Rainbow Cake
6 oz white chocolate chips
1/3 coconut milk
Heat white chocolate and coconut milk on low heat until chocolate is fully melted. Divide mixture into 6 small bowls and add food coloring (I found 3 drops of color worked well). Use spoon to drizzle on to cake. (if you really want colors to pop, you can first ice the cake with a white frosting; however I found the sweetness level quite nice with just the single rainbow layer).