(Almost) sugar-free birthday cake for baby

We celebrated my daughter’s first birthday last weekend. Of course, there had to be birthday cake. But we have been trying to keep things healthy, limiting the amount of salt and sugar she is exposed to. There are several cool ideas for healthy (or at least somewhat healthy) birthday cakes. One great idea was to make a ‘cake’ out of fruit. Check out Confessions of a recovering sugar addict and See My Footprints… for some cool examples. But I wasn’t confident about getting enough ripe fruit for such an undertaking. And it seemed like more work than baking something.

I made a Banana and Blueberry cake, which my daughter and the kids at her nursery really seemed to love. We ate some too and it was lovely – very much like banana bread.

firstBirthdayCakeBanana and Blueberry cake*

4 oz (1 cup) old fashioned rolled oats
5 oz (1 1/4 cups) whole wheat flour
4 oz (1 cup) all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
good pinch of salt
6 medium ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
4 fl oz (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup blueberries, chopped (use fresh, or frozen berries thawed and drained)
4 eggs, beaten well
6 fl oz (3/4 cup) frozen unsweetened apple juice concentrate, thawed (as I couldn’t find any frozen apple juice concentrate, I used squash – or cordial – to get the sweetness. This added a small amount of sugar to the recipe, but overall, it was less than you find in most baby yogurts, so I was ok with that. I did have to work out the correct ratio of squash to achieve the same sweetness and amount of liquid as called for in the original recipe – if anyone is interested in seeing my maths, leave me a comment)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 deg F (175 deg C).
  2. Put the first seven ingredients into a large bowl and mix them together.
  3. Add all the rest of the ingredients and stir well until thoroughly combined.
  4. Grease a 9 inch cake tin and pour in the mixture.
  5. Bake for around 50 mins to one hour, until a sharp knife inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  6. Cool in the tin for 20 mins, then turn out on a wire rack to cool completely.
To make cream cheese frosting
Stir together one 3 ounce package of cream cheese, 1/4 tsp of vanilla and 2 1/2 tbsp regular frozen apple juice concentrate (thawed). Spread over the top of the cake once it’s cool.

* this recipe and others found here: http://www.homemade-baby-food-recipes.com/healthy-first-birthday-cake-recipes.html

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