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.


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.


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

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.



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.

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