Roll it and Pat it

First birthday cake. The dreaded sugar overload.  After over a year of making sure you are consuming the right foods to nourish your little one and at least 6 mths of making sure you are feeding her the best foods possible, it is time to give her cake?! Ugh. I remember with Liesel how worried I was when her first birthday was drawing near.  This little girl has been eating so wonderfully, does she really need to try junk food? Will there really be a day she tries, gulp, pop??? The idea made me sick.  I knew I couldn’t shelter her forever, but at 12 months I certainly still wanted too!  Then a friend of mine, who is a health food advocate, posted a cake recipe she was going to use for her daughters 1st Birthday cake.  After looking through the ingredients I loved it!! Absolutely zero refined sugar, carob instead of cocoa, raisins, mmm I had found the recipe that would eliminate my 1st birthday cake fears!

Eric, however, was not so keen on the idea.  Surely you are going to make two cakes?? Umm,  nope:) To Eric’s surprise the cake was a hit! He truly liked it, and so did our guests.  We did have ice cream, but even if we had not the cake was excellent on its own!  This past weekend we served it again for MJ’s birthday party, again everyone enjoyed it and I was a happy Momma!!

I wanted to share this delicious recipe with all of you. 


Makes 8×8 square pan

1/3 c butter
3/4 c maple syrup
1 1/4 c sifted flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c carob
1 TB Cafix- a grain based coffee powder
1 egg
1/2 c yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c raisins

Grease pan. Mix together dry ingredients in small bowl.

In a mixing bowl cream butter. Add in syrup, egg and vanilla. Mix well.

Gradually add in dry ingredients. Once fully incorporated stir in raisins. Pour mixture into pan and cook in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.

Here is my finished cake

And with cream cheese frosting

Moira Jane certainly enjoyed it:)


2 thoughts on “Roll it and Pat it

  1. What a cutie!!! Good idea to make a healthy first birthday cake, at this age they don’t really eat sweets, so the first cake is usually too much for them – that was our experience anyway:)
    Happy First Birthday!!

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