Happy birthday to you…and you…and you!

Monica says:

My sisters and I get together for our birthdays every year…just the girls…and we go out for dinner and then have birthday cake at one of our homes. We are fortunate to all live within five miles of each other. At one point in our lives, we lived in different states and towns. But we are getting older now, and it is a comfort to live near one another.

Since two of my sisters are born in July (and only a week apart, date-wise), we usually celebrate their birthdays together. They like it this way, again, now that they are older!

It’s funny when you think of it because when you’re little, you want your VERY OWN birthday. I know my girls were born 10 days apart (3 years apart as well) but didn’t exactly like to “share” their birthday with each other. It was especially troubling for my Claudia, who despite being the older sister, had the birthday later in the month. She couldn’t understand how Daria got to have her birthday first and would exclaim, “But, Mommy, I’m older….I should be first!” Such a sweet memory!

If I make the birthday cake for any one of my sisters, it’s gluten free because my kitchen is gluten free. They certainly don’t seem to mind and actually look forward to what I am going to come up with! I am a recipe-crazy person, so I am always trying something new.

I just so happened to find a recipe for a dark chocolate cake that looked incredible on one of the blogs I follow, so I thought I’d give it a whirl!

Thanks to gfandme for posting this delightful cake recipe….it turned out amazing!


And even though I didn’t frost this birthday cake, it was so moist and rich. I opted for homemade whipped cream and fresh strawberries!


Needless to say, it was a hit! The girls were perfectly happy with their gluten free birthday cake and so were my brothers-in-law, as the girls were sent home with some for each of them.



We LOVE to celebrate in our family and make any little event an occasion! Birthdays, on the other hand, are big occasions and should be celebrated with the ones you love!




Happy birthdays, dear sisters!

© 2014, Monica of glutenfreedoubletalk

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