Friday, February 1, 2013

Healthy First Birthday Cake Recipe

You can have a healthy first birthday cake with the look of a good old fashioned cake smash with this recipe.

For my daughters first birthday, I didn't want to let her load up on sugar and fat. She is that baby who would actually eat the cake! It was important to me to serve her a healthy first birthday cake. I wanted to capture this moment on camera, without all the junk that's in traditional cake. So I dug around the web and found a great Banana and blueberry cake recipe. I then needed to find an icing recipe to top this healthy cake recipe.
I had a hard time deciding about what icing to use because I wanted something without tons of sugar. I don't like all the artificial stuff in cool whip, and wasn't completely happy with using whipped cream, since I wanted to be able to decorate the cake. I was delighted to find an awesome  whipped cream frosting with cream cheese recipe! It tasted heavenly and only has 1/2 cup of sugar!!!! Best of all, the cream cheese makes it stiffer so you can decorate with it!

I tweaked the cake recipe (shown below) and added a little pink food coloring to the icing and decorated this birthday cake! I used decorators tip #16 to make the rosettes. If you don't know how to make them, they are easy to do and you can learn how here, (Wilton Technique- Rosette)  

Banana Blueberry Cake
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
6 medium ripe bananas, peeled and mashed (room temperature)
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted  (you will not taste this) This is in place of butter.
3/4 cup no sugar added apple sauce
1/2 cup wild blueberries, chopped (use fresh, or frozen berries thawed and drained, wild are naturally sweeter)
4 eggs, beaten well

***you can also use flax meal instead of eggs if you have an egg allergy:
1 tbsp flax meal + 3 tbsp of water (mix and let sit 10 min) = 1 egg 

Mix everything in a large mixing bowl and pour into lightly greased baking pans. (you can grease with coconut oil) Bake at 350 for 50 min to 1 hour until knife comes out clean. I used 2-6" rounds (pour 2/3 full) and I even had enough mixture left for a few muffins to sample.

Tip- make sure all ingredients are at room temperature, coconut oil has a low melting point, it is a liquid at 77 degrees. You can use it at room temp (it will be a soft solid) but if you mix it with other ingredients that are cold, it will form clumps in your batter. If this happens, just microwave your mixture for a few seconds to melt the coconut oil.

*flax meal and coconut oil are rich in good fats and contain zero cholesterol! I bake all the time with coconut oil in place of butter and use a few scoops of flax meal whenever I make fruit smoothies for an extra boost of "Ommm" omega fatty acids 3,6, and 9.  

Do you want to learn how to make your own personalized Applique First Birthday tee? This easy tutorial can show you how!
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