Cockroach Clusters

Here is a recipe for the cockroach clusters I made for Alena's Harry Potter themed Birthday party when she turned 8. I make them often for Halloween, or any time she wants a "creepy" treat. She loves them!

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COCKROACH CLUSTERS (3.64:1 Ratio)

25g Unsweetened Bakers Chocolate
20g Sliced Almonds
20g Coconut Oil
25g Coconut Flakes (unsweetened, of course)
Liquid Sweetener (sucralose or stevia) to taste

In a microwave safe bowl, heat chocolate and coconut oil at 10 second increments until melted. It helps to take it out and stir it once it begins to melt. Add sweetener to taste. Add sliced almonds and coconut flakes and stir to coat. Spoon batter onto wax paper and form into small clusters. You will have to encourage the almonds and coconut flakes to stand up as the chocolate cools. Store in the refrigerator. Remove just before serving.
 

Our First Keto Birthday Cake

When Alena turned 7, she asked for a Polka Dot Birthday Party. She had been on the modified keto diet for about 7 months at this point, and I was getting more and more used to cooking for her. But I had never tried to make a cake...

After a ton of researching recipes and experimenting with different things, I finally found a recipe that not only tasted OK, but would work nicely with the Polka Dot theme. This is where I found the original recipe.

We made the sprinkles first - which was very messy and labor intensive. Then I modified these sprinkles a bit (I made fresh ones, and didn't let them dry out) to make the polka dots for her cake.

Making this cake was quite labor intensive. It probably took me about 5 hours total (I made a few different cakes just to make sure I would get it right, and that there might be a chance that she'd actually like it). The hardest part though was making this cake with no running water in the house.... That wasn't something I had planned for. And another story altogether...

I was totally exhausted after decorating for the party, wrapping gifts, entertaining family, and making this cake. I was so excited to show her the beautiful polka dot cake! She was THRILLED. She thought it was awesome. But she had two bites of the cake and told me she didn't really like it. Sigh.

It was worth it though. She knew the cake had taken forever to make - and she really did TRY to like it. Her brother on the other hand, totally loved it...