Growing up, we always celebrated half birthdays. It is still one of my most favorite traditions. Even as an adult, on February 15th, my mom delivers half a birthday cake and frequently a gift card that is equivalent to my age (such as $31.50). When I was seven, I got Valentine Barbie, which was pretty rad.
Today is Sweetpea's three and a half birthday. We're having spaghetti and meatballs, her favorite, and we baked together today. Have you ever baked with a three (and a half) year old? Not the easiest usually. However, today was an exception. I let go of trying to make a "pretty" cake, because really I'm probably the only one in this household who cares how it looks, and went for fun. We used this recipe from my friend Julie, who grew up making this with her family. The best part about it? Super easy, and only uses the baking pan and measuring cups... which makes for an easy clean up!
Crazy Cake (a la Julie)
You will need:
* 3 C flour
* 2 C sugar
* 1/3 C cocoa
* 1 tsp salt
* 2 tsp baking soda
* 1 tsp vanilla
* 2 tsp white vinegar
* 3/4 C vegetable oil
* 2 C water
In a 13x9" pan, use a fork to mix dry ingredients. Make three separate wells. In one well, pour vanilla. In second well, pour vinegar. In third well, pour oil. Cover all with water. Use a fork to blend. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
You probably have all, or most, of these ingredients in your kitchen right now! When it's done, top with your favorite icing (we're using a simple butter cream) and enjoy! And I forgot to mention, we threw in about half a box of junior mints right before baking, just because we're crazy like that. So delicious!!
Happy Half Birthday Sweetpea! You are so loved!
FYI for those of you keeping track... still pregnant.