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Ooh-La-La! A Paris-Themed Birthday With A Recipe For Lemon Cake

In addition to rich hues of red, yellow and orange, a mouth-watering variety of apple and pumpkin desserts and family gatherings at Thanksgiving, autumn also brings a wealth of family birthdays for us to celebrate!

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Both of our daughters are autumn babies, and our family loves to plan themed parties! Last year, our eldest daughter requested a Paris-themed birthday, and it was a huge success! She had also requested a lemon cake with lemon frosting, and this is the recipe she liked the most. I hope you will enjoy it as well! Although I made this as a tiered cake for her birthday, I am posting directions for a 13″x9″ cake. For the tier cake, I basically doubled the recipe and ended up with some tasty leftovers!

Aviah’s Lemon Cake

*I prefer to use all organic ingredients

Preheat oven to 350°

Grease and flour a 13″x9″ cake pan

½ cup butter, softened

½ cup coconut oil

1 ¾ cups raw cane sugar

1 Tablespoon vanilla

5 egg whites

1 cup vanilla almond milk

4-5 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 ½ cups flour

1 Tablespoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

-With a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream butter and coconut oil.

-Gradually blend in sugar, vanilla and egg whites.

-On medium-high, blend well for 2-3 minutes.

-Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.

-On low, alternate flour mixture and vanilla almond milk until batter is smooth. Do not over-mix.

-Slowly blend in lemon juice.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for approximately 25-29 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Aviah’s Lemon Frosting

3 cups powdered sugar

½ cup melted butter

¼ cup palm fruit oil

½ teaspoon vanilla

5 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

3 teaspoons vanilla almond milk

zest of one lemon

-Cream butter and palm fruit oil until smooth.

-Alternate adding vanilla almond milk and powdered sugar until smooth.

-Gently blend in vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest until well blended.

While baking, enjoy a few photos from the party!

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And voilà …

the birthday cake!

Time to sing and blow out the candles!

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27 Comments

  1. J’aime le gâteau! I love the cake! I’m all about themed parties, and you can’t go wrong with Paris!

    1. Thank you, Sadie! Yes, the Paris party was awesome! My husband built the miniature Eiffel Tower with lights and all the girls that came loved it! 😉 We actually kept if up for several months! Lol.

  2. I love this theme! How lovely! I cant wait to see pictures of this years parties and themes. So gorgeous!

    1. Thank you so much, Lynn! 🙂 It was a lot of fun!

  3. And such a beautiful cake

    1. Thank you so much, Lynn! 🙂

  4. how wonderful! love “pin the moustache..”

    1. It was great fun! We found several moustaches along our walls! 😉

  5. Looks like a great party with everyone participating and a beautiful cake for a centerpiece.

    1. Thank you so much, Darryl! 🙂 It was a lovely day!

  6. What a lovely idea for a party and the cake sounds delicious.

    1. Thank you so much! It was so much fun!

  7. What a beautiful cake!!! Love the theme and how nice of you to plan themed parties, you really go the extra mile to make your kids happy, that’s great to see 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Stephanie! We have so much fun planning the parties and then having them! 🙂

  8. Love your cake & party theme! My daughter has an autumn birthday as well… we are working on the party theme! Did you make that Eiffel Tower with lights!?!?! Fabulous!

    1. Themed parties are so much fun to plan! My husband constructed the Eiffel Tower (I believe it was PVC pipes — I’ll have to double check), then sprayed the color on outside and added the miniature lights. We kept it up in our living room for around three months! 🙂

      1. You could sell it on Etsy for a lot of money! 😉

        1. My husband would love that! He loves to build and create! He’s currently working on a “Leaning Tower od Pisa” for our daughters’s Italian-themed party. 😉

  9. I love Paris! your cake looks so beautiful 😋

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  10. Awwww what a gorgeous party!!! Wishing your princess a belated happy birthday. That is one stunning cake!!! I love Paris too!! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Bec! 🙂 It was such a fun party working with the Paris theme! These pictures are actually from her birthday last year — she celebrates her next one in a few days. 🙂 She’s so excited!

      1. Oooh look forward to the upcoming birthday pics!!! 🙂

        1. Thanks, Bec! 🙂 This year’s theme for our eldest daughter is Italy. 😉

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