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Healthy First Birthday Cake


When little SuperBoy hit the big 1 and we knew we’d have an intimate close friend/family BBQ, I began my search for a healthy first birthday cake recipe for him. As he hasn’t had any sugar or white flour to date, why start now? It took a little digging around on the internet, but I found this great site and followed its recipe with some modifications.  Wholesome Baby Food Momtastic.

1) Recipe.

a. 3 medium sized carrots, peeled and sliced or 2 1/2 cups of any size carrot sliced

b. 1 + 1/2 cup organic apple juice concentrate

— put in a small pot together over the stove and bring to a boil for 15 minutes or until carrots appear to be softened, then puree in Vitamix or with hand blender or in blender of whatever sort. We love our Vitamix! Keep aside.

Blend in a medium bowl: 

c. 1/2 cup veggie oil

d. 2 farmer fresh eggs

e. 1 teaspoon vanilla (I love vanilla so I always add a little more)

f. 3/4 cup applesauce (had to pull this out of the freezer as I made applesauce over the winter)

In a separate bowl mix together:

g. 2 cups whole wheat flour

h. 1/2 cup wheat germ (which I have handy because we add it to James’ food on a regular basis)

i. 2 Tablespoons baking powder (not soda, mind you)

j. 1 Tablespoon of cinnamon

Now add the wet and dry mixes together, and fold in the carrot puree.

Beat with a hand held blender using your whisk attachment (or be tough and actually use your arms):

k. 4 egg whites until soft peaks form

Fold this last ingredient into your mix, just until mixed. Don’t over beat it. The purpose of the egg whites is to give volume and lift to your dough. If you stir it in aggressively, you’ve just defeated that purpose.

Place in desired baking containers, cupcake holders, 2 round cake pans, 1 rectangular one, whatever, and bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.


Blend for about 5-10 minutes until no lumps:

a. 8 ounces organic cream cheese

b. 1/2 cup organic apple juice concentrate

c. 2 teaspoon vanilla (plus an extra splash)

 Can refrigerate until ready to use to get it to firm up a bit.

2) Enjoy!

SuperBoy engulfed his though the rest of the party generally enjoyed the Alice Waters 1-2-3-4 white cake I made with homemade strawberry cream frosting. I made myself eat some of his cake to counterbalance the processed flour and sugar I was about to imbibe. It wasn’t sweet, but not too bad despite this. I’m glad we are sticking to a healthy diet for him. Why not develop those taste buds the right way?


  1. jencliffdominic on July 15, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Looks like a great cake to make! My hunny thought I was crazy when I mentioned to him that I want to make a cake like this for his 1st bday but he’s ok with it. I believe I am going to love wholesomebabyfood.com for many things in the near future!

    • Novice Natural Mama on July 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm

      It just takes a few extra steps to keep good nutrition in our little ones. Major kuddos to you for wanting to do it! I just discovered that website and LOVE it already, too!

  2. Natalie on October 31, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I’m so excited to try this! I’ll share our thoughts after I make it. Thank you!

    • Novice Natural Mama on November 1, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      It wasn’t delicious to my adult taste buds, but our son thought it was amazing!

  3. Melissa on October 6, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you for this awesome recipe! I made a sugarless apple spice cake for my daughters first birthday, this sounds even better for my sons first birthday. Pinning!