For our (now) 2.5 year old's 1st birthday, DW made a whole wheat flour cake with maybe a tad of honey (?) and frosted it with sour cream
Believe it our not, pretty tasty, though a little high in fat. DS barely paid any attention to it anyway, so I'm glad we didn't go to to much trouble. And I made two SAD (standard American diet) desserts that most other family members enjoyed.
For the next bambino, I think I'll make a baked oatmeal cake - the raisins and a little honey give it plenty of sweetness. As far as icing, there has been a thread in the past which discussed that very topic, maybe a search would turn it up. I'm thinking cream cheese, too . . .
Here's the recipe for the otameal cake. It makes a great bkfst. too. As far as using different pans (clown shape, etc) I bet it would do fine with a little experimentation
Baked Oatmeal Cake
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup (or less) honey or organic blackstrap molasses
1 cup milk (I think I used 1/2 cup or more rice dream)
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBS baking powder
3 cups regular whole oats
1/2 cup raisins (or other fresh, dried or frozen fruit)
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Beat together applesauce and sweetner. Mix in all other ingredients and combine well. Pour into an oiled 9x11 dish and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes. It's good hot, and even better chilled. Keeps for a week in the fridge.