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Jan 29, 2011 06:44 AM

Recipe, please, for a Kids Birthday Cake, that is not crazy unhealthy

Can someone please hook me up with birthday cake recipe that registers under a billion on the glycemic index? Maybe something with whole wheat flour, or perhaps some other foundation? I’d still like a thin sheath of semi-sweet “frosting,” and one without artificial sweeteners. Fats are okay.

It is for my five year old, so while I don’t want to make it from black beans or something crazy, I do have flexibility in that I can stick a candle into just about any round shaped food, tell him this is what all kids have for their birthday, and get him to buy it…though, I don’t want to lose too much face in front of the other guests. (I never knew that raising a kid in society would involve so many birthday parties, at which I’d be obliged to choke down such horrifying quantities of cakestuffs.)
Thank You

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  1. In the past I made a delicious chocolate and orange cake with a (hidden) healthy ingredient - beetroot! The beetroot acts to keep the cake moist - but is also super healthy. Howev, the cake was for an adult party and whilst I made it with less sugar than the recipe called for, don't know how tailored it would be to a child's tastebuds!

    Also I know there are lots of recipes floating around for brownies and choc cakes using spinach and blueberries - you can't taste em. But I'm afraid I have no clue of how either of these rate on the glycemic index. I just make them so I can play pretend I'm being 'healthy' ;)

    1. My husband grew up in Helsinki. I have photos of his birthday parties. They always had a sweet egg bread shaped like a bear (with raisins for the face) at each place setting.

      The table had carrot sticks, cheese cubes, red peppers, apple and pear slices, thin ginger cookies. All finger foods...

      Pound cake, no icing and a small scoop of ice cream at his party (September) and a 'fancy' (whipped cream) hot chocolate for his brother's party (in March) were dessert.

      All of these flavors are familiar to children and not as unhealthy as some of the other stuff I have seen.

      4 Replies
      1. re: Cathy

        My experience has been that little kids don't usually eat much of the cake anyway, but frosting and appearance count. How about mini cupcakes with a traditional recipe and frosting? I was at an adult birthday party recently where the cupcakes were arranged in a big round, writing on top, decorated, and easy to serve and eat. It's important to have something that doesn't set the stage for snarky comments from little guests!

        1. re: janeh

          Actually, I would do some sort of really unusual candles as the decoration...I saw these for sale at bakery the other day: colored flame candles or unusual shapes...

          I think setting the tone, making a 'tradition' of not emphasizing the cake and eliminating snarky at age 5 is a good thing.

        2. re: Cathy

          Wow, I wish I'd grown up with Finnish birthdays! It all sounds so balanced and healthy and sensible, celebratory but not gluttonous. I love the idea of a lightly sweetened treat that gets extra points with kids for being cute and coming in individual servings.

          1. re: Cathy

            I remember having grapes and olives at mine, and my birthday cake was always a Madeira cake. However, I don't think I can deny there was the odd pink wafer and jammy dodger floating round...

          2. How about a beautiful homemade angel food cake sandwiching macerated strawberries or berries, topped with a whipped cream frosting?

            1. This is from "what to expect the first year". They make a carrot cake for the first birthday.

              Baby's First Birthday Cake (Carrot Cake)

              eggs and your baby

              Read about Eggs and Your Baby

              (Makes 1 double-layer 9-inch square cake; adapted from "What to Expect")

              2 1/2 cups thinly sliced carrots
              2 1/2 cups apple juice concentrate (you may use slightly less)
              1 1/2 cups raisins

              Vegetable Spray/Shortening
              2 cups whole-wheat flour
              1/2 cup vegetable oil
              2 whole eggs
              4 egg whites
              1 tablespoon vanilla extract
              3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
              1/2 cup wheat germ
              2 Tbsp low sodium baking powder
              1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

              Prep: Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two 9 inch square cake pans with waxed paper and spray the paper with vegetable spray/shortening.

              1. Combine the carrots with 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the juice concentrate in a medium size saucepan.
              2. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, covered, until carrots are tender, 15 to 20 mins. Puree in a blender of food processor until smooth.
              3. Add the raisins and process until finely chopped. Let mixture cool.
              4. Combine the flour, wheat germ, baking powder, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Add 1 1/4 cups juice concentrate, the oil, eggs, egg whites, and vanilla; beat just until well mixed. Fold in the carrot puree and applesauce. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans.
              5. Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 mins. Cool briefly in the pans, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely. When cool, frost with Cream Cheese Frosting or sprinkle a wee bit of powdered sugar if desired.

              1. Wow!, so many interesting thoughts and ideas. Thanks. I'll digest them and consult with the wife.
                (I was surprised how little my brief Google search had turned up, but your guys' thoughts are going to lead me somewhere.)