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My baby will be one soon. I was wondering about what to do with a birthday cake. We'll have a small party so a cake is expected. But a birthday cake is usually full of sugar, eggs, wheat, dairy, food colors...etc. Is it OK for a one year old to eat those? My baby is OK with bread so wheat won't be a problem. He hasn't tried eggs and dairy, though. (We have family history of all sorts of allergies.) I suppose I can let him eat something else, but he's quite an eager eater. He'll probably be quite unhappy if others eat the cake without giving him any.

Any advice? Maybe somebody know an egg-free cake recipe? I think just dairy would be OK as well, but I don't want him to have eggs yet.

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i made two different birthday cakes for each of my children when they turned one. i made a traditional one for the adults and older kids. and i made the first birtday cake out of the book what to expect the first year. both of my kids loved the cake and it was good for them. hope this helps.
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I got a cake from the health food store. My DDs have celiac disease(no gluten/wheat) and my oldest is allergic to eggs. I just subsitute the eggs with applesause or more oil and it turns out fine. Acutally I made one last night for Mary-Grace(who is 1 today ) and it is pretty darn good.

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Happy First Birthday to Mary Grace!!

I was wondering about the cake issue already, too!
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there is a reciepe in the book What to Expect the First year for babys first cake it has no eggs in it.

You can PM me and i can send you the reciepe.

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Yep, I too got a vegan cake from the health food store.

And ds wasn't even that interested in it. He took a bite or two and then was done.
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Cathe Olson has a few cake recipes in "Simply Natural Baby Food." She's the moderator of "good eating"--she might be willing to send you a recipe if you pm her. The book is $12.95, and is worth it IMO.

DD's turning 1 in a few weeks--I intend to have a carrot-cake made, w/ no raisins or nuts. We don't have any food-sensitivity issues so far, so I'm just steering her away from peanut butter for as long as possible. I'd go w/ Cathe's recipe, but I don't have time to bake it, and our natural foods co-op doesn't have a bakery, so I'll be going to one of the traditional bakeries around.

Happy Birthday to Mary-Grace! And I love her name!
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I have let all of my children eat regular ol' cake for thier first b-day. None of them seemd to have any allergies while I was nursing and I figured the reletively small amount of cake that actually made intot hier mouths was not going to be a big deal.

Ava who turned one a few months ago, stuck in her finger and said "mmMMmm" repeated a couple of times, took one bite when offered an that was it. Much to SIL disappointment who stripped the baby and her kitchen in anticipation of the big mess :LOL. Madeline choked on hers and wanted nothing to do with it and I don't rmember Lilyka eating hers. She fell asleep and we were celebrating two birthdays together and no one wanted to wait for her and I didn't want to cut her cake until she was awake so everyone one had the other cake instead madelines was basic white, Lilykas was home made - not from a box- yelow cake with lemon filling and lemon frosting, and Avas was this luscious banana cake with cream cheese frosting)

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Clara had carrot cake at a friend's b-day last month and LOVED it. It was hysterical--they gave me a plate w/ a small piece, I was holding her, and gave her a forkful. She scarffed it up, then reached out & grabbed the slice off the plate & started waving it around. She & I were both a mess by the end--cream cheese frosting all over her face & my (thankfully washable) sweater.

Needless to say, she'll be in a high chair w/ a big old mat under her when we do her birthday cake.--and I'll have the dustbuster ready!
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Both my older girls were in the high chair with their very own 9 inch round cake (both made by me) My oldest dug in with both hands and smeared it all over the place - relativelylittle actually made it in her mouth, most of it was in her hair, ears, nose, etc. DD2 poked at it with her fingers, she's a bit more dainty. FIL couldn't allow her to just be so he stuck her whole hand in it and smeared it on her face, making her cry and ruining it for her but that's another thread.....
DD3 still has awhile before we worry about it, but she'll get her own cake as well. Of course we don't have any allergies in the family, if we did, that would be another story and I'd be more likely to search out an egg free (or whatever allergies run in the family) free cake recipe. I hope you find something that works for you.
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Yep. Regular old cake. Now of course, I made it myself, so it didn't have food coloring or artificial stuff, and I would not have given him a store-bought or mix cake. But there was plenty of butter, eggs and cream cheese and sugar in there. Once a year is not going to hurt anyone, and a fellow only turns one once.

There is no way I am going to make TWO cakes! (of course, we aren't dealing with allergies - my sympathy to those who are)

Ds #1 had absolutely no interest in the cake. Ds #2 was begging for more.
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They were given a slice of the regular cake, but that doesn't mean they ate it!
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By one both of my kids had tried about everything that is in a cake, so I had no worries about giving them their own piece of regular cake. Chocolate to boot. Its true though, very little actually got eaten. It was home-made so I knew what was in it, but it had eggs, milk, wheat, chocolate, and plenty of sugar. No harm done, no worries on my part.

But everyone is different and if you don't want to give them cake, maybe make something different for everyone? The only thing I really don't like, as a concept, is giving everyone else a treat and denying it to the kids. You can put a birthday candle in anything!
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All of my kids had a regular store bought cake for their first birthdays. My oldest's cake got dropped, picked back up, dropped again, and picked back up and put back together for blowing out candle pics...it was promptly tossed in the trash and nobody got cake for that birthday. My second dd climbed up on the table and sat in her cake...she promptly got a bath and nobody got cake for that birthday. My ds walked around and put his hands and butt in everyones cake. I think he managed to get a few bites into his mouth and a few of the guests may have managed a few bites of their own. When Kaiden turns 1 he'll probably have a cake too. I don't expect it to get eaten if the past is any indication of the future though, lol.
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oh that 1st b day...... they grow up to darn quick!


well i found this woman who made a repilca of OLIE, as in rolie polie oile... that was his fav at the time.. she did a awsome job and it was a huge cake! oh i was so excited i think i took 15 pics of just the cake alone!

then she also made him his "own" cake it was in the shape of a 1

it was little and just for him..

i had reserves about this as well. it was all white so i didnt worry about the dies..:

i put him in his high chair and let him go to town! oh he had a ball.. cake everywere! after about 5 mins i took it away.. everone yelled at me aww come on blah blah!!!

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Some might say that I denied ds the experience, but he was barely into solids at a year (2 weeks ago) and I didn't want him to have a lot of sugar and then feel horrible. His favorite food is cheese so he was delighted when I put his "1" candle in a big wedge of natural cheddar. It's creamy/white and looked a bit like a slice of cheesecake . Anyway, he loved breaking off little bites and eating them!

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I made a banana snack cake for Dd's 1st birthday...she didn't do anything but play with it....she wasn't really into solids then.

Ds on the other hand is probably going to be very much into "eating" his cake as EVERYTHING goes in the mouth. I think I will either do a banana cake again, or I like the idea of carrot cake as well....

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Heck yeah I let them eat it!! We make them a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting for their first birthday. It's like a family tradition and we let them go to town. I'll admitt that not a lot of the cake is eaten . . most of it gets worn but that's what we do.

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we got a vegan cake from a local HFS, and my kids loved it (heck, it was CAKE!), but most of our guests, who are definitely NOT vegan, were not very impressed with the cake. i dunno, maybe next time we'll get 2 cakes...one for us, and one for the guests. i don't want to gain a reputation for having crappy party food!!!:

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I made a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Yeah, I agree with these women - find a recipe that works for you and make it - baby won't know the difference from a devil's food cake! And you can always make that second one for the adults.
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I made a carrot cake for my ds when he turned one. He stuck his finger in the icing and didnt like the feel of it, so he didnt even take one bite of his first cake. On his second birthday he made up for that.
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i made this great cake for my little gal on her first birthday~ no sugar, but yes to eggs.... with carrots, pineapple juice concentrate, and orange juice concentrate. i frosted it with a mixture of cream cheese, ground cashews, and pineapple juice concentrate. it was sooo good! i would definitely make it again- even the white flour, white sugar people liked it! ask for the recipe & i'll post it-
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I'd love the recipe if you want to post or PM it to me
I love Pineapple!

Thanks!
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You can make an easy no egg cake at home. Buy a Duncan Hines classic cake mix - yellow and add one can of cream soda to the dry ingredients, or if you want chocolate, buy the Duncan Hines chocolate and add one can of cola, check boxes to make sure you have the right mix - if you do this makes an egg-free, milk-free, soy-free cake that is surprisingly delicious. The Duncan Hines classic white and chocolate frostings are also OK and the white frosting can be tinted with food coloring if you want.

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it's a fabulous recipe- and so easy!

grease & flour 9 by 13 baking pan, preheat oven to 325 F
use whisk to beat til foamy-
4 eggs
1/2 c melted butter or oil
3/4 cup pineapple juice concentrate
1/2 cup orange juice concentrate
add to bowl-
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/4 c grated carrot
2 cups flour
hand beat for 3 minutes, sprinkle 1 tbsp baking soda in the mixture and mix for hand for exactly 30 strokes. immediately pour into readied baking pan- should seem like it's foaming. bake for 30 minutes or til toothpick comes out clean.

from Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron
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Thanks Lou....Definately trying this recipe soon...don't think I can wait for Ds birthday in July :LOL
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Thank you all for the replies. I did find some recipes without eggs. But I just couldn't find my cake pans. (Last time I baked a cake was before kids.) My in-laws were staying here for a few days and I got too busy. I finally just called a bakery I usually go to and ordered a cake. They tend to use less sugar than other places. We got a beautiful cake for the birthday party. (DS is not 1 yet, but we held the party early because the grandparents are here.) My baby had one bite and was not interested after that. I think whatever the cake was made of really didn't matter. I might still make a small cake for him on his actual birthday.

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I made Brett a very yummy applesauce cake. I was sure my hickish inlaws were going to balk at it (they wanted him to have ice cream at 5 weeks old and it went downhill from there)(they didn't ever succeed in giving him that stuff, by the way) but everyone raved over it! It did have eggs but I'm guessing they can be substituted. Unfortunately, I loan my only copy to a friend but if you are interested, I can post it when I get it back in a few days.
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I'll probably let Tyler eat regular cake. Now you've got me thinking about it, though...I may just have to look into some options!
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Lou, that carrot cake sounds like just the ticket for us! I already love carrot cake, and so does DH. It should be a natural for our son. Who knows whether he will eat any. He is 10 months old, and so far believes food only comes in the form of milkies from his mama! LOL!

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