Need advice for Baby's first cake. I don't want to introduce processed sugar yet.

Joy - posted on 01/04/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I have only fed my 10 month old plain homemade food (and breast milk of course.) She has not had processed sugar yet and I want to keep it that way for as long as I can. My mother in law is making her first birthday cake. Does any body have any ideas on a healthier alternative. I still want her to have her own cake and take pictures but without the processed sugar.

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Petrina - posted on 01/21/2010

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Thanks everyone! I just read all your blogs and if gave me so many ideas and other point of views. Wow, Thank goodness for the internet. Angel cake with fruit and touch of whip cream for my little guys birthday.

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Meggy - posted on 01/20/2010

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Banana or cakes made with sweet fruit might be good idea...fruits are already sweet so you might not need to add more sugar. =)

Cheri - posted on 01/19/2010

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I did the same for my daughter 1st bday there is a frosting at the store for people who can't have suger. The only problem is the she wouldn't eat it lol. But thank god there are more moms out there that care about there babies/kids suger intake

Dina - posted on 01/19/2010

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Have a regular cake for the adults and a small cupcake (smash cake) for your daughter made with half the sugar and little to no icing... OR I'm planning on making a banana-applesauce cake for my daughter that will be naturally sweetened by the fruit and maybe only have half a cup of sugar in it in total and be eggless. (applesauce replaces the consistency of the eggs) I am allergic to eggs and am trying to avoid sugar for myself which will make it easier as my daughter gets older to avoid sugar too. I'm always looking for eggless recipes with little or no processed sugar.
I might try that fruit cake recipe someone posted already! Thanks.

Alyssa - posted on 01/19/2010

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My MIL didn't give any of her children sugar until they were 5 or older. In their birthday cakes she used dates and other naturally sweet fruits on shortcake with all natural whipped cream instead of frosting.

Bethany - posted on 01/19/2010

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my Mum has given me her fruit cake recipe, we have it at christmas. It just has mixed dried fruit, soaked in milk overnight (she uses chocolate milk, but I'm going to just use ordinary milk. Then you just stir a couple of cups of SR Flour through it and cook it. No nasties there, I think.



I'm going to cut it into a heart and cover it in icing that you roll out and lay over the cake, like in wedding cake, and decorate it, then I can just peel it off Charlotte's piece.



Soak 1kg mixed fruit in 600ml carton of milk, in a large covered bowl in the fridge for a few hrs, or overnight.

Mix in 2 heaped cups of self raising flour to make a reasonably firm moist mix

Line a 9 inch cake tin with two layers of baking paper, add mix and cook in moderate oven for 1 and a 1/4 hrs

Turn out of tin when quite cool.

Catherine - posted on 01/19/2010

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At 12 months it is fine to introduce honey. Botulism, like SIDS, is the most dangerous during the first six months of a babies life. By 12 months a babies digestive system is mature enough to kill any botulism spores found in honey and corn syrup.

"The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that you do not give honey to a baby younger than 12 months. (Honey is safe for children 1 year and older.)"

http://www.healthychildren.org/English/h...

Also: http://www.askdrsears.com/faq/fit17.asp

Bianca - posted on 01/19/2010

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Babies CAN'T HAVE HONEY YET!! there body's can process something in the honey..i think its the bacteria.

Gabi - posted on 01/10/2010

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Use organic sugar! Do not use honeys...babies under 3 can not have honey bc of Clostridium botulinum, a spore that in babies can cause botulism...I just looked up this info to verify the name, and it says babies under 1 year, but my pediatrician and every other mom that I know says not until after they've turned 3. So do not use honey...Look up recipes for gluten free cakes, because those tend to be very healthy and low in sugar. Angelfood cake is light as well...hope this helps!

Catherine - posted on 01/09/2010

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You can try making a cake with honey or Agave nectar. I'm in the same boat. My favorite apple cake recipe has more sugar than I care to feed to my son.

Bethany - posted on 01/07/2010

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In Australia we give honey after kids are 1.
I made some little biscuits the other day for Charlotte to have when we're out and I used brown sugar. Or you could use syrup. They're not so processed. I make all her food and am acutely aware of what goes in her mouth. But for a once-off, that she won't even remember, I don't think a little bit of cake will do any damage. She barely eats much as it is anyway.

Katie - posted on 01/04/2010

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Keep in mind that honey is usually a no no until they are at least 2. :-) I hope that everyone finds recipes that accommodate their baby. I know I will be making my little guys very small cake for his birthday soon. I plan on using a tiny bit of real whipped cream for the icing since that is were a ton of sugar usually is in cakes.

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I know what your saying i am the exact same. even tough a little sugar won't harm them i'd still like to avoid sugary desserts too. You could consider making a fruit cake for your little one, these tend to contain less sugar than a normal cake. there are great idea's and recipes on www.wholesomebabyfood.com, i've made several of the recipes myself and they can be quiet tasty.

Latosha - posted on 01/04/2010

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Any recipes in those health food magazines for non-dairy AND non-egg cakes? My little one is allergic to both. ugh.

Dawn - posted on 01/04/2010

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I will talk witha friend of mine who makes a great strawberry cake that is healthy for you...also my MIL is vegetarian so she has a ton of healthfood mags lying around...for now I would think to use honeys or pure cane sugar in place of sugar....plain yogurt is also substituted for other ingredients. Not a bad idea to do this since she hasn't been introduced...I will post again soon :)

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