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Jun 26, 2009 07:40 AM

bake me a cake as fast as you can

my baby is turning one. don't get me started on just how fast time passes.

i want to make a cake, but it needs to be something she can eat. that means my go-to cake, the delicious galleygirl tart with sour cherries ( is out, since she's never had sour cherries before, and i'm not so sure she'd be a fan.

the general rules:
no choking hazards (that eliminates carrot cake, because who wants to eat carrot cake without walnuts? not me. but carrot cake would probably otherwise be ideal
)no honey
no chocolate
not too fussy (i want to spend time with the girl way more than i want to make an elaborate cake for her)
no citrus
ideally would incorporate peaches, since they're so great these days, and she's a big fan

oh, and no need for cutesy shapes, lots of icing, etc--she won't know the difference. i anticipate making her her own cupcake-sized individual portion to pulverize, and a larger cake for the adults.

any tried and true recipes you'd recommend, or old chowhound threads you've bookmarked would be much appreciated.


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  1. And remind me...There's a rose watery epicurious cake, a ground hazelnut cake from Goin's SSaL, and the famous Sir Gawain cake all circulating around in the back of my head. Those might be possibilities--any thoughts on those?

    1. How about a banana cake? There was one on Epicurious that I tried and it was delicious! I think it uses cream cheese frosting, but that can be left out for the baby. Most kids like mushed bananas, and the adult version could include chopped nuts pressed into the sides for garnish / taste.

      1. How about keeping it simple with homemade angel food cake? Plain or with a little icing/glaze for the baby while the grown-ups can be gussied up any way you like. Seasonal fruit is an easy and tasty accompaniment.

        1. To me a kid's birthday cake is usually a yellow cake with chocolate icing or a white cake with pink strawberry icing for a girl.
          A winner I once made was a banana cake (silver palatte receipe) with a white chocolate and cream cheese frosting (not sure which receipe I used for that but the combo was excellent on the banana) with a curious george decal on top.
          My nephew was quite a bit older though the cake is more for the adults than the kid at this age.

          1. I've got a recipe that I love for a really easy and healthy cake so here goes:

            Ingredients (for a small cake, approx 5 slices):
            -1 small pot of light or full-fat cream cheese
            - 1 pot (using the cream cheese container) of brown sugar or molasses
            - 1 1/2 pot of wholewheat self-raising flour
            - 1/2 tsbp baking powder
            - 2 eggs
            - chopped dates or other dried fruit (optional)

            Cream the cheese and sugar together until smooth. In a bowl, sift the flour and baking powder. Add eggs and mix well. Add cream cheese mix and chopped dates. Pour batter into small, greased cake tin. Bake in moderate oven for 40 minutes or so.