Small(est) Dice Challenge: Baby’s First Birthday Cake

This past week, my son celebrated his first birthday.  My husband’s uncle wanted to make one of his signature, grand cakes, but I don’t give my babies sugar.  I allowed him to make his cake for the family, but my son was going to get a healthy cake.  I searched online for cakes with no sugar and stuff he has yet been introduced.  I found pieces of information that were helpful, but didn’t please me 100%.  Yes, I’m one of THOSE mothers. So, in my usual fashion, I just decided to wing it.  Most recipes had bananas in it, I guess that takes care of the sugar and butter part maybe.  I started by mashing them into a “dough.”  My son was not pleased at first for me ruining a perfectly good banana, but I let him look at what I was doing, and he even grabbed a taste.

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Some recipes said add oatmeal, but I think oatmeal may still be hard for him to chew, so I used his baby oatmeal cereal.  I mean, might as well, he never cared for it by itself.  I, then, added applesauce, which had no added sugar.  It was all apples.  I also put in wheat flour.  Some people use vanilla for taste, but what does he know about vanilla.  He won’t miss it. I mixed it all up, until it looked like a basic muffin mix.

Finally, I put it in my muffin pan.  I did a test batch first, in case, 375° ended up being too hot.  I thought my usual 350° was not going to cook the mush well enough, so I went a little higher.

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After baking, the “cupcakes,” I made the frosting, which was Greek yogurt and applesauce.  It wasn’t bad.

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Finally, he gets to lick the batter off.

Now my little cake didn’t look very good next to the big cake, so I hid it among the fruit on the top and put a giant candle on it.  It blended right in with it.

 

My son was happy with his little cake and, best of all, he didn’t end up with a tummyache.  Furthermore, other people approved of it as just a healthy bread alternative to their coffee.  I think I won this round.

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Author: HungryEyes

I am a mother of two married to a Pastry Cook. I have worked in restaurants in various positions, but ended up as a teacher. Since having my last child, though, I am a stay-at-home mom trying to survive by cooking from home. I have never been someone who could open the fridge and whip up meals willy-nilly, but have been inspired by watching reruns of Chopped this summer. My post Small Dice is an ode to the show and, also, a challenge to myself to become a better cook and a more efficient mom. In addition, I love movies and music. I will be harassed throughout this blog for my love of Doris Day and Billy Idol, because they will be sure to come up, but I don’t care, it’s nothing new for me. https://youtu.be/-sYKI4A3uhc

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