I have always been a fan of the idea that it’s your “birth-day” too! Make a fun light healthy “cake” for your little one and then have your favorite cake in honor of your contribution to this very special day!
Decisions have been made and cakes have been baked! I was all geared up to make a chocolate zucchini cake for my baby boy’s party…. and then I called it a banana cake by mistake. All of a sudden, everything became so obvious! I should make a banana chocolate chip cake! It combines all the sweet, fruity, moist and chocolatey goodness that everyone should love. I know my little Marsh-mellow will enjoy it too…not much that boy doesn’t love though! I’m making two tiers and frosting it with a great, but not overly sweet vanilla frosting and then decorating the whole thing with some jungle-themed figurines and some more decorative frosting. I’ve never done a tiered cake before and my cake decorating skills are minimal, BUT I figured a year ago I gave birth so everything else should be a piece of cake after that….pun intended!
Ha! Sounds delicious, and I bet he will love it! Happy birthday and hope the party is everything you hope it will be. First birthdays are so special.
So I want to go with a somewhat healthy cake. My father-in-law kept giving my daughter these carrot muffins that she loved. Any recipes for a good carrot cake? The muffins had almond flour so I don’t want that, but something tasty and light.
I have a great carrot cake recipe, but it isn’ too healthy or light. I’m actually about to do some healthy modifications to it because my best friend’s baby girl is celebrating her 1st bday and I pretty much begged my friend to let me bake her a cake! Here’s the full-fat and loaded with sugar and dairy recipe…I’ll post the healthy version too once I’ve tested it out.
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
3 cups grated carrot (about 1 lb.)
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Prepare two 9″ cake pans or one 12 1/2″ x 8″ x2″ pan by greasing and then lining the bottoms with parchment and greasing one more time.
Mix together eggs, sugar, and oil in a large bowl. Sift together dry ingredients and add to egg mixture. Stir minimally then add carrots and walnuts. Stir until combined. Pour into prepared baking pans.
If using two 9″ inch pans, preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake for 30-40 mins or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. If using 12 1/2″ x 8″ x 2″ pan, preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 45 mins or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 (8oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (8oz.) stick unsalted butter, softened
16 oz. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Cream cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Slowly mix in sugar and then add vanilla. Use cream cheese icing to frost top, sides, and inside layers of cake.
This carrot cake looks amazing! It has 3 cups of carrots, so at least it’s good for your eyes, right? 😉