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ISO Healthy Birthday Cake

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My son is turning 1 next month and I would like him to have a cake to mush up and eat but I do not want to give him something out of a box or anything with too much sugar. In addition to my son there will be some other babies there and I want to be able to give them somehting healthy as well. I was thinking about making mini cakes (or muffins) for each child.

I'm ideally looking for a cake that uses agave nectar or something similar to sweeten, it could even be something like zucchini bread or carrot cake.

Does anyone have any ideas or recipes?

Thank you in advance.

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  1. when my daughter turned 1 I made her the carrot cake out of the "what to expect the first year" book. It's sweetened entirely with raisins and other "natural" stuff if I recall. Of course when my next child turned 1, he probably had a chocolate cake :)

    And the whole story is...
    Her first birthday was at my inlaws' vacation house, with limited kitchen supplies. I grated the carrots (several cups) on a box grater, chopped the raisins by hand, etc. etc. Meanwhile annoying my MIL who, I think, felt that I was taking over her vacation kitchen instead of just buying a carrot cake from Harris Teeters that has "very little sugar". But I was a mom on a mission for my first born....

    1. I would second carrot cake as a good option. YOu can use a yogurt/gelatin OR yogurt/pasterized egg white OR yogurt/cool whip frosting if you would like.

      My oldest son was allergic to milk, so we just did something else, but my younger son (and my nephew for that matter) both were completely revolted by the frosting and wouldn't eat the cake. It was too sweet for him I guess!

      1. I know that you just want to give your child the best and healthiest things to eat, I have three of my own... A cake is a "special treat" if you don't feed it to him/her everyday then its O.K.to give cake on a b-day. I would't go so far as to offer a store bought cake with all the gooey stuff but its just one slice. Maybe you could also try pie. I made blueberry pie from scratch for my sons 1st.