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hi all. i'm having a party for my ds on his one year birthday and would like his cake to be a healthy one. i learned from my mistake with my other son that their first taste of sugar/fat should not be a birthday cake...yuk! major throwing up on his first birthday is not a fun thing.<br><br>
any good ideas that taste good, are healthy, and could pass for a birthday cake or cupcake?<br><br>
thanks!!!
 

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For my ds's 1st birthday I made him a carrot cake. It had a bit of sugar, but was mostly sweetened by applesauce (which also subbed for most of the oil). The frosting was cream cheese and it did have sugar, but I didn't use so much of it that it was drowning in it. Everyone loved it, and ds totally loved it!! (I made his into a small individual cake using a 3 inch Wilton pan)
 

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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 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
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.<br><br>
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 . . .<br><br>
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<br><br>
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Baked Oatmeal Cake<br><br>
1/2 cup applesauce<br>
1/4 cup (or less) honey or organic blackstrap molasses<br>
2 eggs<br>
1 cup milk (I think I used 1/2 cup or more rice dream)<br>
1/2 tsp salt<br>
1 TBS baking powder<br>
3 cups regular whole oats<br>
1/2 cup raisins (or other fresh, dried or frozen fruit)<br>
2 tsp vanilla<br>
1/2 tsp cinnamon<br><br>
Beat together applesauce and sweetner. Mix in all other ingredients and combine well. Pour into an oiled 9x11 dish and refrigerate overnight.<br><br>
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.
 
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