for my eldest daughter's first birthday, she had a juicy ripe pear with a candle in it instead of a "cake" as she wasn't really eating many solids yet. my son's first birthday cake was a carrot cake that was mildly spiced and sweetened with pureed soaked raisins. my baby is about to turn one and her brother and sister are hoping for some sort of crazy sugary concoction like they get at many friends parties, but i think i will be making a zucchini cake with zucchini from the garden and and frosting it with a little cream cheese frosting. i will make cupcakes for the little ones and just put a dollop of frosting on each for them, and the grown ups can have a little more frosting on the cake if them want. we really don't do too many sweets in general, but we love to bake cakes and have parties, so we have made really great use of fran costigan's "great good desserts, naturally!" especially her chocolate cake to live for! yum!