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Dec 3, 2007 09:28 PM

"Healthy" cake for baby's first birthday

My little one is turning one very soon and since I'm trying to hold off on feeding her refined sugar for as long as possible I wanted to bake her a cake that was kind of "healthy". Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. When my baby sister turned one, her "cake" was a huge bowl of jello (or was it pudding?) to play in - she ate a small bit, and smushed the rest all over her face and head. She had a great time, and the pictures are priceless.

    But since you're not feeding your little one sugar, how about a big bowl of creamy mashed potatoes? Or squash? Or sweet potatoes? You could even use several types of mashed vegetables and pipe it to look like a decorated cake. (Just don't serve it hot - do lukewarm or room temp...) And invite a friendly dog to help clean up the mess!


    1. are you amenable to using agave as a sweetener, as it's not refined? if so, there are many cake recipes i could recommend...

      another idea might be a banana "bread" made as a cake, or zucchini cupcakes/muffins. if you're going to serve to others as well, you might do a carrot cake sweetened with agave or the pineapples and juice inherent in the recipe.

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      1. re: Emme

        Would you mind sharing some of your favorite cake recipes using agave? I love this stuff and would love to experiment with baking with it!
        Much appreciated in advance...

        1. re: DKS1

          Wacky Cake

          1-1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
          1 tsp baking soda
          1/2 tsp salt
          3 tbsp. cocoa powder (you can leave this out if you don't want chocolate)
          1 tbsp. vinegar
          2 tsp. vanilla
          5 tbsp. butter, melted
          2/3 c. agave nectar
          1/3 c. cold water

          In an 8 inch square pan, combine and mix all dry ingredients and well. Make 3 holes evenly spaced apart in dry ingredients. In first hole, put vinegar, in second hole, the vanilla and third hole, melted butter. Then pour agave nectar and water over all. Mix with a fork, making sure no dry crumb-ies get left in the corners :)

          Bake at 325°F for 30-35 minutes.


          4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
          2 cups coarsely chopped nuts (I don't use these, or if I do, it's pistachios)
          1 cup raisins and/or chopped dried persimmons or blueberries or any mixture thereof, especially if I omit all the nuts)
          3/4 cup agave nectar
          1/2 cup butter, melted
          2 tsp cinnamon
          1 tsp Mexican Vanilla extract

          Combine dry ingredients. Boil butter, agave, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt for one minute. Pour over oat mixture. Bake @ 350 for 20 minutes, stirring every five minutes or so.


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      2. I made the carrot cake in the "What to expect the first year" book; as I recall it was sweetened only with raisins and maybe apple sauce or something (my first "baby" is 14 now so it's been awhile)

        edit: found the recipe online:

        1. How about Angel Food Cake. It's super healthy and easy. You can top it with bittersweet chocolate sauce for the adults and a fruit puree for the kiddies. Instead of refined sugar, try brown sugar or Splenda for Baking.

          1 cup cake flour
          1 1/4 cups superfine sugar
          1/4 tsp. salt
          1 1/4 cups egg whites (from about 10 eggs)
          1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
          2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
          1 tsp. vanilla extract
          1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest

          1. If you have a fave muffin recipe that she snacks on why not just dress it up?

            Btw my three always had more cake all over the floor, in their hair, on their dress lol ...very few bites made it from their hands to mouth so the sugar hit was minimal.

            Enjoy her milestone birthday! :)