This year’s birthday party for Miss M was Sesame Street themed. I have a whole post about the decorations and other details on my other blog. This one is just about the food. If you want to read the other post it is here: Sesame Street Second Birthday Party
It was a morning party — 10am-12pm — so mainly the food consisted of muffins and fruit. I made banana muffins using the banana bread recipe from Happy Herbivore. I used colorful cupcake wrappers to give a little extra pizzazz. In keeping with the theme I called them “You’ve Got a Banana in Your Ear Muffins,” calling to mind that great Bert and Ernie skit that I loved from my childhood. I planned to make the fruit laid out to look like various Sesame Street characters, like I had seen on Pinterest, but just ran out of time. I did manage to put some fruit on skewers and labelled them “Abby Cadabby’s Fruit Wands.”
I made a “Rubber Duckie Punch” using cold water and frozen blueberries. Not overly sweet like a regular punch, making it good for a morning party.
For my two gluten free guests, I also made gluten free blueberry muffins and a small gluten free chocolate cake. Doing this extra step is not too time consuming (and will be appreciated by guests who are often left out of the party feast), but you really have to be careful not to have any cross-contamination from your gluten-filled treats — lots of hand washing and using separate utensils, etc. The last thing you want to do is make your guest sick. I also made a small batch of gluten free cut-out cookies , to go along with the regular cut-out cookies I made to give out as favors (pictured below).
I worked very hard to decorate the cake, which was made using a vintage Bert and Ernie pan. It came out looking as good as I could have hoped. What I did not realize, because I was foolish and did not taste the cake, was that it was very bitter. I feel bad that the guests felt obligated to choke it down. I had made that recipe once before, for E’s birthday (chocolate cupcakes), but this time I used oil instead of applesauce. I have surmised that it was the lack of sweetness from the applesauce that doomed the cake. At least people liked the frosting.