Friday, June 20, 2014

Easy from Scratch Cake and Frosting

One of the boys in my class is moving and tomorrow will be his last day in our school He is a wonderful child. He is behind the class academically but way ahead in social skills and maturity. He is a perfectionist and an organizer and shares his talents readily.

Although learning is a challenge, I am happy to find an area where he can excel. Usually, he does not follow our curriculum and goes out for part of the afternoon. One day, he was there for Spelling. I was simply introducing the words and alerting the class to some of the tricky letter placements. I didn't think he was tuned in. The next day, he took a quiz on these words and knew them perfectly. Once I realized he could memorize information, I started expecting more from him and he began to learn the times tables. While he can do this kind of work, thinking skills are behind. The beauty is that he has been successful and we know that success breeds success. I am proud of this boy and all that he has accomplished.

Tomorrow is both happy and sad. It is the last day of school and most of us need to rest and prepare for next year but it is sad to leave the present class. The last week is always one of bonding just by the nature of the more casual attitude. It is a time to clean up the room, throw out what is not necessary, take home what has value and transfer books and papers to the appropriate places.

It is a time to review the year and what was a success and what could be handled in a better way. Children know better than we do. It is a time to share experiences and laugh at some of our goofs. The atmosphere is relaxed and we tend to enjoy each other even more than during the year. We see the softer side of each other. The kids get attached to us as we get attached to them.

Tomorrow will be our departure party for Ben and the boys are making him a display with all their photos on it and pictures of him with other boys. We have a gift that we think he will like and this is the cake, I made for the party.

Make a simple yellow cake.


2 1/2cups gluten-free flour

3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4cup margarine, softened1
teaspoon vanilla
1cup Almond Milk
1 bag chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350°F. 

Grease 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray oil. 

In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.

In large bowl, beat sugar and margarine with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, scraping bowl to get dough on sides. 

Beat in vanilla and eggs until well blended. 

Alternately add flour mixture and milk, beating well and scraping bowl after each addition. 

Pour batter into pan.

Bake 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Remove from oven and pour chocolate chips on top of cake.  

Return to oven for 2 minutes.

Remove again and spread the chocolate over the top of the cake.

Sprinkle some colored chocolate lentils over the top in a random order.

Cut into squares.  Eat and enjoy.

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1 comment:

  1. What a lovely cake, and such a lovely gesture for this boy who has overcome so much.


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