Laryngitis, birthday cake, and canine carcinoma

I have not been having a great week, folks. 

The Imp has been running a pretty high fever for the past three days. Easily over 103 (F) without medication. I had no idea what was going on. She wasn't lethargic, she wasn't puking or coughing or sneezing. She just complained her throat was sore and she had a high fever. Finally took her to the doctor and he saw the strawberry patches on the back of her throat (that were NOT there yesterday) and diagnosed a strep infection (laryngitis). She's on antibiotics now, so hopefully she'll start feeling better. And the real kicker is today was the day we went over to Grandma's house to have a family birthday party. Fun was had by all! Not really, but at least there was cake.

And, oh, was there cake.

Gluten free, sugar free chocolate birthday cake with a vanilla butter cream frosting. Oh yea. It was good. And yes, I have a recipe for you.

Double Layer Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Icing

This will make two 9" round cakes about 1-2 inches high.

  1. 1 cup coconut flour
  2. 12 eggs
  3. 1 cup honey
  4. 1/2 cup coco powder
  5. 1/2 cup dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  6. 1 cup butter, melted
  7. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  8. 1 tablespoon vanilla liquid stevia

  • Preheat your oven to 350 (F).
  • Using a pencil and parchment paper, trace the bottoms of the cake pans, cut them out, and place the liner in the cake pans. Grease the sides of the pan very well to prevent sticking. This really isn't a step you can skip if you want cakes that pop out of the pan easy.
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, mix honey and butter. 
  • Add eggs, mix well. Don't worry if it gets a little foamy.
  • Add liquid stevia and melted chocolate chips, mix well.
  • In a separate bowl blend together dry ingredients. 
  • Slowly fold dry ingredients into the honey mixture and mix well.
  • Pour equal amounts of batter into each pan and bake for 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Note: These cakes may leave some crumbs on the toothpick. The key is to look for wiggling. If the center is wiggly it's not done. 
  • Allow cakes to cool completely in the pans before removing them. 

Sugar Free Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting 

Honestly, this recipe is so easy it's almost embarrassing.

  1. (2) 1.4oz packages of Jell-O sugar free pudding mix in any flavor you like. We do vanilla here.
  1. 3 1/2 - 4 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Empty mix into a large food processor
  • SLOWLY add cream until you reach desired consistency. 

So the cake has helped to numb the pain a little. Not much, but at least I'm not bawling. Danny has a highly aggressive carcinoma. The doctor said he may have 6-8 good months left. We've decided to not do surgery and just keep him as comfortable as possible for as long as possible. He's 13...he's been well loved and loving. He's a good boy. It hurts to let go, but I know I have to.  My poor old man. :'(


  1. Sounds like cake was the ONLY redeeming factor of this week. I'm so sorry the news wasn't good for Danny. I'm not in a position to say that your decision is "right" - no one really is - but I do know that it is the same decision I would make for my own beloved boys. Sometimes, I think it is a gift to know that death is coming; it enables us to more fully appreciate and treasure these moments we have left.


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