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I didn’t eat Birthday Cake?

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No. Instead, I had pie.

And, shock of all shocks, it wasn’t chocolate. I wanted to change it up a bit from last year’s chocolate mousse pie.


So, this year I chose velvety, homemade Raw Key Lime Pie. (For the recipe, click on the link and read the optional ingredients).

Yeah, it was as good as it looks. If not better. I didn’t even miss the chocolate. No, seriously! I’ve always had a thing for cheesecake; as far as cake is concerned, my hierarchy is: chocolate mousse pie, then cheesecake. Then maybe coconut cream pie. After that, who cares?!

A few posts ago, I mentioned that I attended a Labor Day Barbecue on my birthday, and I brought a raw key lime pie.

The barbecue started around lunchtime, and while I obviously didn’t partake in any of the barbecued-meat-eating, I did help myself to copious amounts of the grilled veggies on offer (the sweet griller—a.k.a. my neighbor—made sure the vegetables were grilled in a separate section from the meat). Then, at around 3PM, after we all started feeling hungry again, thanks to some strenuous badminton, swimming, and debating (Uh-oh, political debates!), it was time for dessert. Bring on the raw Key Lime Pie! (Just don’t tell anyone it’s raw. They think vegan is weird enough.)

Tentatively, I pulled the pie outta the freezer (where I’d been letting it set) and served it to the guests—myself included. Then they all sang “Happy Birthday” to me before digging in.  Luckily, it was a big hit. Those of you who have tried raw desserts probably aren’t surprised by this.

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To compliment the key lime variation, I opted for a raw gingerbread crust.

It was good. The crust almost stole the show from the cake, itself! And that’s coming from a girl who normally loathes crust. (P.S. to the extremely perceptive readers out there: Yes, the photo above is actually from the “cashew cookie” page, not gingerbread. I forgot to take a photo of the crust while making it. But it didn’t look much different from the above.)


Question of the Day:

What was your birthday dessert this year?

Or what will it be?



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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Did you eat that entire piece?

    I’m not asking to be nosy, just I find with raw desserts I am satisfied after a small piece and couldn’t eat a huge piece because they are so dense and rich.

    1. It’s actually not a huge piece at all!

      LOL “objects may appear larger than they are.” For reference, that’s a baby fork :). I think the close-up shot makes it look huge, but in reality, the one cake was enough for everyone at the party to have a slice. I definitely agree with you that raw desserts are denser.

      1. GabyE says:

        BABY FORKS! lol, I love those things. Eating with small utensils is so much more exciting. This cake looks delicious. I too find raw desserts dense and filling. Which is good, because they are frequently made of superfoods, and superfoods lose their superness if you eat too much.

  2. I didn’t have a birthday dessert 🙁 I made myself some carrot cake muffins, but it wasn’t the same!

  3. ecogrrl says:

    i *love* birthday pie! you know what though i don’t even remember what i had last year for my birthday dessert as it was at a restaurant!

  4. abby says:

    my birthday is next month, and i am really going to challenge myself to have a slice of cake. it’s been a long time since i allowed myself a treat. it’s so sad that i’m afraid of something that’s supposed to bring such joy. your cheesecake/key lime pie looks so dreamy!

  5. KeepItSweet says:

    i went with a fro yo cake from tasti d lite!

  6. Leslie says:

    Do fudge babies count? Because I may or may not have eaten four at my last birthday ;).
    Oh, and I also had a milkshake. What good are birthdays if not to indulge?!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Man I wish I could indulge in raw desserts and other treats like you and still be as teeny tiny as you!
    All I know is I even look at a nut and I’m going to gain weight. So raw desserts are a big no-no for me. But if I had your metabolism, I’d go with that key lime pie for sure! her. The chocolate mousse pie doesn’t sound too bad either. Gah, why do I read your blog? It always makes me hungry! Eat an extra slice of pie for me, will you? And enjoy the heck outta that thing!

    A reader who loves your blog

    1. Leslie says:

      You can still eat raw desserts if you just watch your diet in other areas. Plus nuts have actually been shown to help with weight loss in small quantities. I’m just saying this because I’ve had personal success with adding a bit of fat to my diet after hitting a plateau and it actually helped!

  8. eatandrun says:

    Wow that cake looks amazing!

  9. Stylish1 says:

    That cake looks amazing! I have to admit I’m scared of making raw desserts, why? I have no clue. I guess because I’ve never tried one. lol.

    1. I’ still scared of raw desserts too! Dehydrators and hard-to-find ingredients’ll do that to ya! Seriously, usually just reading the ingredient list makes me decide to scrap the whole idea of a certain raw dessert I thought looked good.

  10. Marina says:

    I had the best dessert, bf made me awesome chocolate cupcakes, filled with chopped dark chocolate pieces. Heavenly 🙂
    I love raw desserts, but that piece would be toooo small for me 🙂

  11. Ohh, that key lime pie looks so amazing, Katie! I had chocolate mousse pie for my birthday treat! It was delicious. 🙂 Next year I think I’ll tackle a raw chocolate cake with some sort of cashew filling and a coconut cream frosting. Mmm.

  12. mckella says:

    Looks yummy, but I don’t like key lime :/ let the tar and feathers begin.
    My dessert this year was…wait for it…homemade chocolate peanut butter cookie dough cheesecake! Four of my favorite foods in one! It was to die for.

    1. Ok, yours sounds better than mine. I have birthday-cake envy now!

  13. My birthday dessert was a cake from Publix with buttercream frosting. It was more for the kids than anything! They love to celebrate birthdays!! 🙂

  14. I love pie too! My son would be all over that key lime pie. Happy belated birthday to you!

  15. Ooh that crust does look delicious. My birthday cake this year was the Red Velvet cake from Vegan Table. Next time maybe I want a raw chocolate cake.

  16. Hotchoc23 says:

    A big slices of gooey, dirty chocolate cake!! xx

    1. Can I come to your next birthday??? 🙂 🙂

  17. Katie says:

    Last year I was in Mexico for my bday, and so there was no dessert and no place for me to cook dessert. The shame. This year I’ll make up for it…my bday is 3 days from Christmas, so I’ll probably have pie, too – there’s always so much around during that time of year!

  18. thedelicateplace says:

    i don’t like cake so i usually never have a bday “treat” lol i do however love truffles and to be honest larabars are dessert to me!

  19. Little Bookworm says:

    Your birthday dessert looks great! Hmmm…not sure what my birthday dessert will be.

  20. Justine says:

    I had a wonderful breadpudding laden with bourbon creme anglaise. 🙂

    However- I am now making up for said indulgence by making everything that I can out of the Raw for Dessert book! Katie- this book is incredible! I did an entire post about it- it won’t be the last one either. Thank you again! 🙂

    (P.S.- my mom and boyfriend are enjoying my desserts and surprised that they are healthy as well!)

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