One-year-old birthdays can be tricky. Besides the emotions of our babies growing up or the unspoken deadline of when our baby weight should be shed, we have the real spotlight of the occasion to worry about: the cake.
I mean, the baby is cute and all, but people really come to watch her stuff food in her mouth and then get a piece for themselves. AND if you’re natural or naturally confused, like me, that presents a problem. Here are the things babies shouldn’t eat:
- artificial preservatives
- food coloring that is highly disputed in other countries
- gluten, if you believe stuff like this
So, I found the perfect recipe here and modified it. No granulated sugar, no flour, yes extra vegetables and yes deliciousness. If you’re Paleo, just find a coconut cream frosting and this gem will meet the no grains/no dairy requirements.
Makes 24 cupcakes plus a small cake (corningware cup, diameter 5 inches)
- 5 whole raw carrots, peeled and shredded
- 1 cup maple syrup, Grade A
- 3/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 10 eggs
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup maple syrup, Grade A
- 24 oz full-fat cream cheese
- In a food processor, shred carrots, and put them in a large ziplock bag.
- Pour maple syrup over carrots and let marinate in the fridge for an hour.
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- In a small mixing bowl, add sifted coconut flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda.
- In a food processor, blend raisins and 1 tablespoon maple syrup.
- In a large mixing bowl or kitchen mixer, blend eggs, vanilla, melted coconut oil and raisin mixture.
- Add dry ingredients to wet and blend.
- Stir carrot mixture into cake batter.
- Fill up cupcake tins 3/4 of the way with the batter.
- Bake for 35 minutes.
- Test center with a tooth pick—if the tooth pick comes out clean, then the cakes are done.
- Remove from oven and cool.
- Combine frosting ingredients (works best if cream cheese is room temperature).
- Frost cake with cream cheese frosting and serve.