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Healthy Birthday Cake ~ Perfect for your toddler’s special day!

Healthy Toddler Birthday Cake

Kelvin LOVED his birthday cake… I am so glad because I of course wanted him to love it, but I did not want to make him a cake that was full of things that would not be good for him. If he wanted this for breakfast, it would probably be ok, it is that healthy and is a well-rounded “dish” if you will.

It has carrots, apples, whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt and more.

Here is the recipe for you! I encourage you to try it and see what you think!  Also, if you try it and have input or questions, feel free to comment. I am quite certain this cake could be improved on and made better. What I do like about this cake is that it holds together very well. If you are thinking this will be like a traditional carrot cake that is super moist, sweet and airy – this cake is not for you… but if you want a healthy version that still have flavor and does not taste like cardboard – give this a try. I like this cake for a toddler because it does not fall apart when you touch it or drop it… drop it? no way right?

{Scroll to the bottom for super simplified version of cake}

Cake Ingredients:

  • 4 cups 100% whole wheat flour*
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 T baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt*
  • 2 tsp cinnamon*
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1.5 cups coconut oil* (melted, not hot)
  • 8 lg. eggs* (room temp)
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raw honey*
  • 2 small jars of carrot puree*
  • 2 cups freshly grated apples*
  • 4 cups freshly grated carrots*

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 2 – 8 oz packages cream cheese (room temp)
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt*
  • 4 T  butter* (room temp)
  • 4 T raw honey*
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice

* – I used organic ingredients for the “*” noted but I was trying to condense words so there would be less to read.

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease your baking pans. I used 3 – 9″ round cake pans for this cake. You could do muffins or squares, whatever you want!
  3. Combine the dry ingredients into a bowl and whisk around to evenly combine.
  4. Combine all of the wet ingredients into a separate mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
  5. Combine the wet and dry ingredients together by stirring, but don’t over mix.
  6. Stir the grated carrot and apple mix the batter.
  7. Plop a big spoonful of batter into your prepared pans, one at a time until you have the same amount in each pan. Spread it out evenly, then let them bake in your oven. I could only fit 2 pans on my center rack at once, but I wanted to bake them all at once so I rotated them around every 10 minutes so they would bake evenly (one on the bottom rack and two on the top).
  8. You want your cakes to cool completely before you frost them, so while you wait, make the frosting! Put all the frosting ingredients into a bowl and beat it until light and fluffy.
  9. Frost your cakes to your liking!

Here is the final product. I admit that I ran out of time and did not get to really “decorate” it, but he still loved it. Now that it is all over, the simple and plain look has grown on me. It was fun to see his bright smile beyond this cake instead of a bunch of “stuff” all over the cake. I already mentioned that I did not want to put things in or on the cake that were unhealthy for him so I stayed away from the store bought frostings and “edible” decals etc. Call me extreme if you want. I don’t care.

cake layer frost

 

carrot apple cake

Here is my little man enjoying his cake! Tune in here to see the rest of his birthday party!  We had an airplane themed party and it was a blast!

cake time_b

 

Healthy Toddler Birthday Cake recipe


 

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