For C’s first birthday, I made a healthy, no-sugar-added, banana applesauce cake. I found the recipe in a book at the Ontario Early Years Centre and changed it a bit (it was originally a muffin recipe that did call for white sugar and didn’t include cinnamon or vanilla). I’ve been making it regularly ever since, and C loves it.
Of course, when my sister heard that there would be a healthy, non-sugary cake at C’s birthday party, she asked: “Um, will there be a cake for adults, too?” So I made a carrot cake from scratch as well. Whew!
Here is the recipe for the baby’s birthday cake:
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2) In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
3) In a medium bowl, combine bananas, egg, applesauce, oil and vanilla. Stir into flour mixture until just combined.
4) Bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes of until a tester inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in cake pan for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.