Parents are often looking for a healthy alternative to the standard, sugary, preservative-filled birthday cake for their baby’s introduction to the wonderful traditions of birthdays. We’ve heard from parents looking for ways to buy an egg-free cake, to those seeking recipes for “healthy” cakes, or even whether to make/buy two cakes (one for
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
Directions: Chill the heavy cream for 24 hours in your refrigerator. Pour heavy cream in a chilled, large, deep bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat the cream on high until it thickens. Add the vanilla and sugar, and continue beating until soft peaks form. To test the whipped cream, stop the mixer and pull up the beaters, if the cream forms little mountains that stand up, then the whipped cream is done. Makes 2 cups and must be refrigerated. Forego the frosting: You don’t really need frosting to have a good time. Make an applesauce cake and dust it with powdered sugar. To jazz up the look, make or buy a stencil and lay it on the top of the cake. Using powdered sugar and a sifter, dust the top of the cake. Carefully remove the stencil – Viola! An impressive presentation and low in sugar too! Go for cool: While a Mississippi Mud Pie is not a healthy ice cream choice, you can make or buy a frozen yogurt cake. Many ice cream shops also have wonderful choices in fruit sorbets too. A cake made with frozen vanilla yogurt and mango sorbet is a great treat for all ages.
what a fantastic article with great ideas – I have been wondering about healthier cakes for my kids and this has given me good options. I do have a small issue in that my son is lactose intolerant so I would have to look for a sugar alternative int he recipes, but hopefully he would still love it.
Tony Funderburk says
Can you use pure, raw or cane sugar? Will the different parts of the recipes still work? Just curious…
Really yummy recipe – will be sending this onto a friend as her son is having his first birthday party next month. I love the site – really interesting articles.