It’s your guinea pig’s birthday and how better to celebrate this special day than a custom birthday cake? Of course we don’t mean a fat and sugar laden human cake but rather a super tasty all natural fruit and veggie cake.
What you will need:
An assortment of your piggie’s favorite fruit such as melons, apples, pears, berries, kiwi, apricot, peach, mango, or papaya.
Your piggie’s favorite veggies including sweet bell peppers, asparagus, cucumbers, corn, lettuces, kale, collard green, spinach, pea shoots, etc.
A binding agent to help everything stick together – this could be a puree of fruit or veggies to which you add some instant oatmeal or other whole grain of your choice.
Some healthy “candles” that you can insert into the “cake”- you can use baby carrots or asparagus as they are already the right shape. Another idea is to trim another fruit or veggie into the correct shape. Just make sure you do not use celery stalks as they contain threads that can get stuck in your guinea pig’s digestive system.
Healthy sprinkles – This can be chopped up herbs like parsley, basil or cilantro, or chopped up pieces of a colorful fruit like strawberries. Another option is a very small amount of cut up dried fruit like figs or dates.
Step 1: Prepare Ingredients
Take your selected ingredients and chop approximately half into bite size pieces. Take the remaining ingredients and puree in the food processor.
Step 2: Prepare the Serving Plate(optional)
Decorate the plate with an underlayer of lettuce that you will then build the cake on top of. This creates a framing layer of ruffles.
Step 3: Make the Cake
Option 1: Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mold into a mound by hand. If your ingredients do not bind together, be ready to add in a little oatmeal to help everything stick together.
Option 2: You can get fancy and use a ring mold like five star chefs do. You can either buy a ring mold or use a small cleaned out tuna can that’s had its bottom removed. A biscuit shaped cookie cutter would also work. Simply gently create layers of fruit, veggies (by color would be attractive), and puree (if you wish.) Then gently lift the mold away. Note: This method may not support “candles.”
Option 3: Instead of hand molding the cake you could use a fancy dish or colorful ramekin. Just make sure the container is not easily breakable, unstable, or too tall.
Step 4: Add Candles
insert your “candles” carefully into the top of the cake. If you wish you could also use wax candles for picture taking purposes. Just remember to remove them before serving and watch out for wax spills.
Step 5: Finishing Touches
Sprinkle a layer of finely chopped herbs and or fruit on top of and around the cake.
You are now ready to celebrate!