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alternatives to a birthday cake for a one-year-old?

post #1 of 19
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DS's first birthday is next week. We're not having a big party, and I'm not actually sure we are doing anything, but my mom is coming up. Everyone keeps telling me "oh you have to (insert traditional birthday event here)." And just about everyone seems shocked when I say I'm not giving ds some cake to completely smoosh up. We haven't given him any sugar, and I don't think his first birthday is a good enough reason to start.

But I did start thinking that it might be fun to do something a little special. Anyone have any good ideas for something I could give him that would be the equivalent of one of those little cakes?
post #2 of 19
Okay, I HATE the what to expect books BUT for the 1st year one there IS a recipe for a yummy carrot cake with frosting that is WAY better than the store bought or mix ones. DH made it for our sons first birthday and it was really yummy. bailey loved it. It uses stuff like juice and all that to sweeten it. My MIL was aghast to find out we wouldnt be getting hm a chocolate cake or anything like that. I have a spirited older son on the Fiengold diet anyway so sugary sweets are pretty non existent in this house.
post #3 of 19
We had a fruit cake, literally. It was made of sliced watermelon rounds, stack on top of each other and decorated with other fruits.
Here is an example fruit-cake
post #4 of 19
We did a pumpkin muffin - i think - from what to expect for dd 1st & 2d bdays. muffins were easier for her to eat. At 3 she just got to where she even likes cake - she'll eat the frosting and that's it. We're having cookies this year. Every year my mother insists that dd needs a birthday cake - she makes it - and my mom & dad eat it -
post #5 of 19
Muffins are a good idea - I did cupcakes because I had some in the freezer.
post #6 of 19
ooohhh the fruit cake is so pretty!!!!
post #7 of 19
For DS1 first birthday we used one of the recipes from What To Expect as well. It was sweetened with fruit juice and had a cream cheese frosting. DS1 loved it.

I have a friend who's DD is alergic to eggs so regular birthday cakes aren't an option. In it's place she frosts an egg free hamburger bun. You could try something like that and maybe frost it with cream chese.
post #8 of 19
The fruit cake is lovely

I like the muffin idea too

We did have birthday cake but I think it's a matter of preference. There are plenty of delicous things you could have.
post #9 of 19
um, messy but how about sugar-free pudding or sugar-free jello. You could make the jello in a cake mold.
post #10 of 19
we did something similar to the fruit cake
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the great ideas! Hard to believe, but I kind of wish I had that "What to Expect" book.

I think I might try my hand at one of those fruit cakes!
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by cheer mom
um, messy but how about sugar-free pudding or sugar-free jello. You could make the jello in a cake mold.
I don't think artificial sweeteners should be fed to a one year old - they're better off having actual sugar instead.
post #13 of 19
Everyone laughed at me when I planned dd's 1st b-day. On the menu was fruits, veggies sticks and homemade apple cinnamon muffins. Everything was organic. We had water for everyone to drink. And turkey subs for lunch. And guess what, every kid ate the food! No one seemed to care that there was no b-day cake, even the older children. I still bring dd her own muffin if we go to a party.: She'll get sugar in her system eventually, she most certainly doesn't need it in there now!
post #14 of 19
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Just wanted to say that ds's birthday was yesterday and went fabulously. Went to the zoo with his cousins.

I was very pleased with how his cake turned out. I did the fruit "cake" idea and stacked watermelon rounds (I think it was 7 tiers high) and decorated it with grape halves and blueberries. I stuck them in with toothpicks around all the edges of the layers. Around the bottom I put watermelon balls and whole grapes. A single candle was in the top. It was really cute and just perfect for him!

Thanks for the ideas!
post #15 of 19
I am so glad the fruit "cake" worked out for you! I was so happy the way mine turned out... dh cut kiwi into star shapes and we had all sorts of fruit... used the toothpicks to stick 'em on... I love them because they're healthy, different and sooo simple to make... and pretty
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by CryPixie83
I am so glad the fruit "cake" worked out for you! I was so happy the way mine turned out... dh cut kiwi into star shapes and we had all sorts of fruit... used the toothpicks to stick 'em on... I love them because they're healthy, different and sooo simple to make... and pretty
Yes, yours looked much more impressive than mine, but I loved mine anyway. I had a lot of fun making it and, even though ds could not have cared less about it, I was glad to make him something special like that for his special day.

Thanks so much for sharing the idea!
post #17 of 19
that wasn't a picture of mine... it's the picture I got the inspiration from... I have yet to develope the pictures of mine.... which was a year ago, man I am so good at procrastination
post #18 of 19
Moving this to Life with a Babe
post #19 of 19
I am so excited to make this!!
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