Monday, April 18, 2011

Baby's first healthy birthday cake recipe

Here is a wonderful first birthday cake for your baby if you are concerned with the high amount of sugar in other cake recipes. I found this at

*Everything in Red is how I tailored it for us.

Baby's First Birthday Cake (Carrot Cake)
2 1/2 cups thinly sliced carrots  * I did not add this

2 1/2 cups apple juice concentrate (you may use slightly less) *I used pure organic carrot juice instead.

1 1/2 cups raisins * I did not add this

Vegetable Spray/Shortening

2 cups whole-wheat flour

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 whole eggs

4 egg whites *I did not add this

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup wheat germ * I did not have this in my kitchen so this was left out as well.

2 Tbsp low sodium baking powder

1 Tbsp ground cinnamon *I added 1 1/2 Tbsp instead.

Prep: Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two 9 inch square cake pans with waxed paper and spray the paper with vegetable spray/shortening. *Mine were obviously cupcakes so I used cupcake liners in a cupcake pan.

1. Combine the carrots with 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the juice concentrate in a medium size saucepan.

2. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, covered, until carrots are tender, 15 to 20 mins. Puree in a blender of food processor until smooth.

3. Add the raisins and process until finely chopped. Let mixture cool.

4. Combine the flour, wheat germ, baking powder, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Add 1 1/4 cups juice concentrate, the oil, eggs, egg whites, and vanilla; beat just until well mixed. Fold in the carrot puree and applesauce. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans.

5. Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 mins. Cool briefly in the pans, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely. *After 30 minutes I checked the cupcakes myself using a toothpick. They were perfect at that time.

6. When cool, frost with Cream Cheese Frosting below or sprinkle a wee bit of powdered sugar if desired. *I used no frosting, however plain Greek yogurt would be healthy and yummy too.

*Please consult your child's pediatrician before giving anything to your baby.

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