Birthday Cupcakes {Gluten Free} and A Weeks Worth of Meals

#Glutenfree #dairyfree birthday cupcakes. Nothing but the best for my 8 year old | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comToday Levi is 8 years old. Time is going really, really fast, but having a “little one” not only keeps me on my toes, it puts a smile on my face. Our day will start with these cinnamon rolls (gluten free version to come), presents from his brothers (itunes and amazon gift cards), and lots of kisses from everyone, including Lola.

Levi has a lot of friends, but rather than having a big party, instead he opted for a small, intimate celebration. His choice; he and  5 buds for lunch and bowling. One of his friends cannot consume dairy. Levi wanted cupcakes, and a cupcake without dairy and a buttercream frosting, what is the girl to do?

Olive Oil Citrus Cupcakes with a Simple Glaze #glutenfree #dairyfree #oliveoil #citrus #cupcake | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comOne of my favorite, go-to cake recipes, is this olive oil citrus cake. When ever we are invited to friends for dinner, who keep kosher, I make this cake. I haven’t made it in a while, mainly because I did not  have the time nor the patience to convert the AP flour to an alternative subsitute. After a few tries (when ever I test a recipe, I cut the recipe down by 2/3 until I get the ratio right), I am happy with the results. However, my toughest critics await…

I look forward to a fun day celebrating the birth of Levi. I am grateful for his sassy personality, his wit, his intelligence, his sense of humor, but mostly his empathy, and cuddly cuteness.

Happy Birthday To Levi! Gluten and Dairy Free Cupcakes with a bit of Citrus. Delicious | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comHappy Birthday my one and only. May we celebrate many more years together, filled with love, laughter, and family!



Olive Oil Citrus Cake – Gluten Free


80 grams | 2 3/4 ounces | 1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon brown rice flour
35 grams | 1 1/4 ounces | 1/3 cup almond flour
25 grams | 1 ounce | 1/4 cup millet flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
3 eggs, at room temperature
160 grams | 530 ounces |1 Tbls plus 3/4 cup sugar
zest of 3 lemons
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

3/4 – 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 Tbls. freshly squeezed lemon juice


• preheat oven to 350*.
• line 14 muffin cups with paper liners. using a paper towel, coat the papers with olive oil. sprinkle with one tablespoon of sugar. set pan aside.
• whisk flours, baking powder, and salt.
• using your mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, and the zest on high speed for 5 minutes, until the eggs thickened.
• add the vanilla, turn the mixer down to low speed and add the olive oil into the batter, pouring slowly along the edge of the bowl.
• add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until incorporated. pour into prepared pan.
• bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the cake is golden and has domed in the center. cool to room temperature.

For the glaze
• sift the confectioners’ sugar into a bowl. whisk in the lemon juice to combine. drizzle over the cooled cupcakes.

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This week my family will be eating this and more:

Sunday 12/15/13 (Levi’s Birthday dinner):
Shrimp Tacos (use this marinade)
Spanish rice
Black bean

Monday 12/16/13:
Grilled Drumsticks
Broccoli Parmesan

Tuesday 12/17/13
Lasagna (made two and popped one in the freezer – unbaked)
Braised Stringbeans

Wednesday 12/18/13
Kofta Kebabs – this recipe is authentic and DELICIOUS. Make it A.S.A.P.
White Bean Dip
Israeli Salad

Thursday 12/19/13
Minestrone Soup
Garlic Bread

Friday 12/20/13
Holiday Parties!!

Saturday 12/21/13
Dinner and a Movie with friends

Showing 4 comments
  • Megan

    I can’t wait to make the kofta kebabs. I love lamb!! And I think I will make these cakes for a party I’m having next month. These will be perfect! Thanks!

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    Wishing Levi a very Happy Birthday!

  • Patricia Scarpin

    These ser a perfect treat, Suz – I love how cure they look!

    happy birthday, Levi!

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