Cakes Which Are Tailor Made for Your Little Dove
As a mom of a cuddly little bundle, you often tend to freak out when someone offers your baby a candy or a piece of cake, fearing the unhealthy ingredients. You only want the best for your baby and a food item loaded with artificial sweeteners is certainly not a healthy option.
But what if we tell you that we have some excellent cake recipes that are both healthy and nutritious for your munchkin and you can let your baby have them, to his heart’s content without a pang of guilt! Check out these healthy cake recipes that have been made keeping your baby’s tender digestion in mind. So whether it's the little one's birthday or you are celebrating one of his/her milestones you can make something that will not upset the baby's delicate digestive systems.
Consider these Tips Before Baking a cake for your lovely prince or princess!
A Healthy Recipe to Avoid Those Heavy Oils and Sugars
The quintessential ingredient in every cake is a cup full of castor sugar. When you buy cakes from commercial bakeries, you can expect them to be loaded with oils and certain chemicals that are definitely not ideal for a baby. Even when you concoct your own recipe at home, you do tend to add sugar.
White sugar is processed and full of empty calories. Doctors suggest to cut down as much sugar from our diets as possible. So it is best to wait for some time before your baby gets the taste for white sugar. While he or she is small, you can experiment with all sorts of healthy sweeteners like jaggery, honey or date pulp.
They Smash More Than They Eat!
When baking a cake for your little one, you don’t have to bother so much about the icing and decoration. Your baby is going to smash it more than he puts it in his mouth. Just be careful not to add a lot of whipped cream icing and you can instead experiment with a whole lot of yoghurt dressings and fruits. Include all the items that are just right for your butterball and enjoy watching as he smashes and enjoys his first ever cake.
Always Consult Your Doctor to Know What's Best for Your Baby
It is also advisable to ask your doctor before introducing a cake to your baby. If you have to buy one from the store, you can request the baker to add some healthy ingredients. Doctors often say no to feed store bought cakes to babies because fresh cream dressing, oils and sugars are not good for your baby’s delicate stomach.
5 Healthy Ideas for Baby Cakes
Here we have shortlisted some delicious varieties of baby cakes that will be difficult for you to resist yourself! These healthy cakes have natural ingredients and are extremely healthy and nutritious. We have taken care to include the items that a baby’s stomach can digest easily. The best thing about baking a separate cake for your little one will be that you will not have to worry about serving the perfect slice to your guests.
The Deliciously Healthy Carrot Cake
While making a carrot cake for your baby’s first birthday, it is better to make a separate healthy smash cake for your baby and another perfectly decorated one for your guests. Here is the recipe. Read the full recipe on www.wholesomebabyfood.com
- 2 1/2 cups thinly sliced carrots
- 2 1/2 cups apple juice concentrate. (You can use fresh apple juice and reduce it on the flame)
- 1 1/2 cups raisins
- Vegetable Spray/Shortening
- 2 cups whole-wheat flour
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 whole eggs
- 4 egg whites
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp low sodium baking powder
- 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease two cake pans.
- Mix the grated carrots with two tablespoons of apple juice concentrate.
- Bring the mix to a boil and let it simmer on low flame until the carrots are tender.
- Now add the raisins to the mix and let the mixture cool.
- Next add the flour, baking powder and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Add the remaining juice concentrate, oil, eggs and egg whites and beat the mixture. Fold in the carrot puree gently and add this batter into the greased cake pans.
- Bake until your knife comes out clean. Cool the cake and turn onto wire racks to cool. For frosting, you can use a yoghurt dressing or a cream cheese frosting.
- Add some cherries or strawberries to decorate
The King of Nutrients Apple Cake
You can also try making an apple cake. Apple is often the first fruit that is introduced to a baby. It is not only delicious but also very nutritious. Here is a simple apple cake recipe for your baby. Check out the full recipe at www.wholesomebabyfood.com
- 2 cup Apples
- 3 tsp Sugar
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 2 cups Sugar, (You can use Jaggery powder instead)
- 1 cups Cooking oil, (You can use butter instead)
- 4 Eggs
- 1/4 c Orange juice
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- 3 c Sifted flour
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- Peel and chop the apples into small pieces.
- Mix with 3 tablespoons of cinnamon and sugar.
- Add the cooking oil and sugar in a large bowl and add the eggs, vanilla and orange juice. Sift the flour, baking powder and mix well with the egg mixture.
- Beat until smooth and pour the batter into a greased cake pan.
- Bake at 325 degrees F for 60 minutes until your knife pulls out smoothly. Cool on a cooling wire rack and sprinkle with some sugary treats or a cream cheese frosting.
Smash Cake with Yoghurt Dressing
A smash cake tradition is an adorable one and has been prevalent for a few years now. It is a smaller cake for your baby as soon as he or she turns 1. The cake is meant to be smashed and eaten by your baby alone. Parents take pictures of their little munchkin making a mess while diving into his first ever cake. This healthy smash cake recipe below has a healthy yogurt dressing.
Check out the full recipe at www.yummytoddlerfood.com
- Oat floor
- Maple syrup
- Vanilla extract
- Baking Powder
- You will need three 5-inch cake pans.
- Strain the yoghurt to get a fine puree.
- Stir the yoghurt with maple syrup and vanilla in a bowl and refrigerate for some time.
- Meanwhile, stir together oat flour, baking powder, eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract.
- Bake the mixture by adding in equal proportions in each cake pan. Cool and frost with refrigerated yoghurt and maple syrup mix. Alternate with the other cake and frost again.
- Top with berries.
The Delicious Eggless Vanilla Cake
If your baby is allergic to eggs or you have not yet introduced eggs, we have an eggless vanilla cake recipe here which he will definitely love to mess and smash with. Check out the full recipe at www.mommyshomecooking.com
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 cups self-rising flour
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a cake pan of 8 inches and keep ready.
- In a large bowl, add the sugar and butter and beat till creamy and fluffy. Add vanilla essence and mix well.
- Combine milk and vinegar in a small bowl and keep aside.
- Add the flour separately with milk to the butter mixture. Now fold all the ingredients together and beat until mixed well.
- Pour the mixture into the greased pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the skewer comes out clean. Remove and cool.
Watermelon Smash Cake
A watermelon smash cake is not only a joy to watch but also pretty simple while preparing. This particular cake is all about how creative you can get while making your watermelon cake. If your baby is fond of fruits, you can begin by collecting all his favorite fruits like grapes, berries, strawberries, raspberries, kiwis and watermelon. Cut two big sized portions of watermelon in a square or round shape and add a layer of banana pulp in between two sections. Decorate the watermelon cake with your choice of fruits.
Things to Keep in Mind When Making Cakes for Babies
Here are a few tips you should keep in mind while baking a cake for your little dove:
- Make a list of all the items your baby is allergic to, if any when baking a cake
- Try to include fresh fruits and healthy sweeteners
- Replace whipped cream dressings with yogurt dressings
- Keep the cake at room temperature
- Include as many bright colours as possible on the dressing. You can use strawberries, grapes, watermelon, oranges and such other ingredients for the dressing.
- Your baby is going to smash the cake more than he puts it in his mouth. You can feed him a proper meal once he is done smooshing and mangling his cake.
Make a Guilt Free Cake Experience for Your Child in 2019
So wear your baking hat and cook up your baby’s first birthday cake yourself. Apart from all the healthy ingredients, you add in the cake, your infinite love and care will definitely make it one of the tastiest cakes your baby has ever had. Also, ask your entire family to gather and watch your baby smash his or her first birthday cake. Take a lot of snaps and cherish these memories forever!