The tradition in our family has always been to bake a small cake for the first birthday, step back, turn on the video camera, and watch him go bananas on it. The tradition has also been to serve them your standard fare crappy kids' foods as well, so we have ourselves a quandary...
Chowpuppy turns 1 next week and has never had more sugar than 1/4 tsp brown on his oatmeal - and that maybe twice. He can have eggs and yogurt, but no other dairy, and no nuts or food coloring. He's pretty particular about what he'll eat, so I'd really like to make him something surprisingly delicious so he'll go crazy over it for the grandparents' video - I'm not too concerned with overloading him with sugar for the first time in his life since it's just one day, but I AM concerned about what the diapers will look like if I do, and I don't want to make him sick.
I'm thinking of subbing out most of the oil or butter in a standard cake recipe with applesauce or banana and cutting the sugar in half, but I think that will make it too dry and then he won't eat it. And maybe just yogurt for the frosting, or will it soak in before I can give it to him? We already get crap from our families for not serving him "anything yummy" like McDonald's, so I want to keep the cake looking as normal as possible or I'll never hear the end of it. Thoughts and ideas?
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