First birthday cake?

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First birthday cake?

Postby Treeb » 12 May 2016, 02:07

Babygirl will be one in a month(!) and I'm starting to think about cake and present ideas for her party. I know, there are already topics somewhere here with recipes, but I'm feeling lazy and don't want to dig through a bunch of posts to find recipes. So - what's your favorite cake recipe to do for a first birthday cake?

We did a carrot cake for L but I want to do something different this time. Maybe something apple based, or something with strawberries?
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Re: First birthday cake?

Postby junglewonderland » 12 May 2016, 05:37

I made the choc zucchini cake from "my lovely little lunchbox" (recipe blog featuring blw) for Koala's second birthday and it was really lovely.
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Re: First birthday cake?

Postby Marrow » 12 May 2016, 06:07

We did a fairly thin normal vanilla sponge, with loads of whipped cream and strawberries on top.
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Re: First birthday cake?

Postby Kitcameron » 12 May 2016, 06:53

I was terrible and did sponge cake with oodles of fondant icing lol. SM had blue icing with fondant penguins and an igloo and CM had pink and cream icing covered in flowers as she's a Daisy. SM was very obviously into penguins by her first birthday but CM wasn't particularly into anything.

How about banana and blueberry with cream cheese frosting?
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Re: First birthday cake?

Postby Ali70 » 12 May 2016, 08:26

I did the banana cake/loaf from the BLW cookbook. They all loved it.
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Re: First birthday cake?

Postby StJuniper » 12 May 2016, 11:10

Scout Kid had a reduced-sugar chocolate zucchini cake and Feral Kid had a reduced-sugar carrot cake. Both times I made a cream cheese icing that was heavy on the cream cheese and low on the icing sugar.
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Re: First birthday cake?

Postby Lily » 12 May 2016, 13:26

I did a spherical piƱata cake for Izbiz with a fairly thin sponge shell, filled with berries. Bee had a sugarless orange and apricot olive oil cake - my recipe is on here somewhere but I'm on my phone so I'm not going to attempt a link right now.
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Re: First birthday cake?

Postby Treeb » 13 May 2016, 18:50

Lily - Spherical pinata cake sounds complicated! Found the orange and apricot recipe through the search and it looks yummy so I'll keep it in the ideas list (and maybe give it a try at another time if we don't do it for her birthday.)

I think I want to do something non-chocolatey, so that maybe I can delay her developing a chocolate addiction for a little longer?
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Re: First birthday cake?

Postby Lily » 14 May 2016, 05:54

Treeb wrote:Lily - Spherical pinata cake sounds complicated!

It's really not! Just bake two sponges using pudding basins instead of normal cake tins, then hollow out as much as you dare to from the inside so you have bowl-shaped cakes. Stick them together around the rims with icing, and ice the outside to hide the join.
But yes, orange and apricot is simpler and very yummy.
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Re: First birthday cake?

Postby qbm » 14 May 2016, 19:06

Ali70 wrote:I did the banana cake/loaf from the BLW cookbook. They all loved it.


This, first time round. By PNSB I just opted for a reduced sugar chocolate cake as requested by PFB!

Lily, the apricot cake sounds delicious. Off to search...
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Re: First birthday cake?

Postby mamapup » 14 May 2016, 20:23

Same here. First child got banana cake with raspberry and cream cheese icing. Second got meringues, cup cakes and fruit.
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Re: First birthday cake?

Postby SusanMcGee » 26 Jul 2016, 08:30

Island-Spiced Chocolate Cake
12 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Bake: 40 minutes
Cool: 2 hours, 20 minutes
Stand: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/3 cups sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces
Whipped cream
Ground cinnamon

Directions
1. Allow butter, milk, and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Lightly grease and flour sides and bottom of a 9-inch springform pan; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, the 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, the allspice, and salt. Set flour mixture aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on medium speed until well combined (3 to 4 minutes). Scrape sides of bowl; continue beating on medium speed for 2 minutes more. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating after each addition (about 1 minute total). Beat in vanilla.

4. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Fold in chocolate pieces. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan.

5. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Remove sides of pan. Cool cake completely.

6. To serve, using a serrated knife, cut cake into wedges. Top each serving with a spoonful of whipped cream and sprinkle with additional cinnamon. Makes 12 servings.
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