Celebrate Birthdays the GAPS Way! Part 1

by brenda on September 22, 2011


We have celebrated 3 little kid birthdays this past month and had a wonderful time making each day special. We like to keep things really simple around our house, but I still wanted to have some kind of special treat or cake for each child. I really wasn’t sure how to it was going to work out as we are starting GAPS, but all three treats turned out wonderfully!

Yesterday Jackson turned 5 years old!! I can hardly believe it…he is getting so big, yet still has that wonderful child-likeness that I love.


Here is the cake he requested for his birthday made from a version of Brenda’s awesome Coconut Flour Carrot Muffins:


Jackson’s Carrot Pumpkin Cake

6 eggs

1/2 c. coconut oil, melted

1/2 c. honey

1 Tb. Almond extract (or 2 Tb Vanilla extract)

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 c. coconut flour

2 1/2 c. carrot pulp (leftover from juicer, or can use shredded carrots)

1 c. butternut squash (pumpkin, or any sweet squash will work), cooked

Preheat oven to 350*.

Grease two cake pans with coconut oil and set aside. Mix first eggs, oil, honey and extract on low with blender. Add salt, soda, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix again. Slowly add in coconut flour until it is fully incorporated. Gently mix in all of the carrot and squash/pumpkin and pour into pans.

Bake for 30-45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Serve with:

Marshmallow Frosting

3 egg whites, room temperature

1/4 c. honey

Whip egg whites until soft peaks form. Meanwhile heat up honey to a rolling boil until when dripping drop into a cup of cold water it forms a small ball shape. Slowly and VERY CAREFULLY drizzle honey into egg whites while constantly mixing with blender.

Spread over cooled off cake. Put under broiler for a few minutes (watching constantly to prevent burning) to toast slightly and give marshmallow taste. And if you leave the frosting off, it could work as a great breakfast muffin…with some scrambled eggs on the side! 😉

Serve to one very happy five year old boy! =)


We hope you enjoy this GAPS legal birthday cake as much as our family did!
I’ll be back soon with a few other cake and treat ideas!
What have you done for a GAPS Birthday at your home??

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

caroline September 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm

how cute! a GAPS b-day cake! i am just starting the gaps diet and so is my mom. Her birthday is coming up soon , and she loves carrot cake, so i think I will have to make this for her 🙂 thanks . it looks good!


Tarena September 22, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Oh Caroline! You just made my night! =) Jackson (and I) will love to know that you are making this recipe for you mom! Thank you for sharing that with us! I hope she has a wonderful birthday! =)


Jen November 28, 2011 at 9:36 pm

This looks like a great recipe! I found your site recently and am loving it. I have a question about the frosting: How did you heat such a small amount of honey without burning it? I’m trying to imagine 1/4 cup in even my smallest pan and I’m not sure I could do it.


Meeshell March 20, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Thanks so much for this recipe. I made it for my GAPS son for his birthday and have been making it ever since, either as muffins or a full cake. I didn’t make the frosting, did a honey and orange juice glaze instead. I love how it is mainly veg – the whole family loves it!


Mia Harrod April 3, 2012 at 8:06 am

My son’s 7th birthday is coming up and I can’t wait to try this, thank you so much for sharing this!


Amelia Skye September 18, 2013 at 10:14 am

I just made this yesterday and it is sooo good! I made it in a bread loaf form instead of a cake, subsituted date paste for honey, added raisins, and sprinkled some pecans on top. Very tasty and perfectly moist. Thanks for sharing the recipe!


Amie L January 7, 2015 at 8:46 pm

We can’t do cinnamon. Any suggestions for a sub or just leave it out?


Irina July 19, 2019 at 3:14 pm

Looks awesome! Can I halve or leave out the honey if I use baking powder instead of baking soda? Also, if I’m using baking powder instead of soda, how much baking powder would I use? Thanks!


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