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Happy Birthday, Mom! I LOVE YOU!

Happy Birthday, Mom! I LOVE YOU!

Seriously. This is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had. I don’t say that lightly as I’ve been known to order dessert almost everywhere we go.

It’s ooey. It’s gooey. It’s incredibly M-O-I-S-T. It’s chocolatey. It’s fudgy and it’s the perfect sweetness. It’s so good, you should make it this weekend.

Most importantly, it was homemade with love to celebrate my sweet mama’s 53rd (!!) birthday! Can y’all believe how young she is?!

With the big move underway, I wanted to whip up something homemade and really celebrate how amazing she is. It’s her last birthday living in the same city as me {at least for the foreseeable future} and my dad wasn’t able to fly back in for the weekend, so I wanted to make this one extra special. She sort of flies under the radar, always there, always thinking about others, and always the first person to provide a sense of encouragement.

It’s about time we did the same for her!

Back to the cake. It was quite the science experiment! If I told you it was vegan AND gluten free, would you believe me? Well, you should. Because it is 100% V and GF! {So you can feel extra awesome about that 3rd piece you’re eyeing.} I was curdling almond milk. Making flaxmeal eggs. Vitamixing oats. And you know what? It was ALL WORTH IT!

I had zero idea how it would turn out. I didn’t even know what it was supposed to look like. I took it out of the oven and it looked… like I imagined it would? What I also learned through this science experiment is that cake is really hard to try because you can’t just take a bite out of it like you would with a cupcake. No one will notice if there’s a missing cupcake. Everyone will notice if there was a missing third of a cake. So, I let it cool, made the frosting, and crossed my fingers. The first bite would be either really bad, or REALLY good. I’m thanking my lucky stars it was the latter!

Do yourself a favor and make this cake this weekend! Everyone will thank you for it 🙂

PS: The cake freezes extremely well! We had about 1/3 of the cake leftover and I cut it into individual pieces, wrapped them in plastic wrap, placed into a storage bag, and put into freezer. Great for a late night snack (that’s pretty healthy!), too!

Recipe via Minimalist Baker.


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