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Know of a good cake recipe that isn't overly sweet. My sons first birthday is coming up and I have no clue what to make. I don't want to give him a sugar rush. Also, any advice on decorating? I have n
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posted at 2/5/2011 11:40 PM EST
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Know of a good cake recipe that isn't overly sweet. My sons first birthday is coming up and I have no clue what to make. I don't want to give him a sugar rush. Also, any advice on decorating? I have never tried to before so I suck with writing and such so any little pointers are very welcome!

And if I posted this in the wrong area I am sorry.

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posted at 2/6/2011 12:31 AM EST
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If this is your first time baking a cake you should try a Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker cake. Purchase  a box, read carefully, Triple check directions. Use a can of icing. Do not forget a small candle.
Read instructions before you begin.
Good Luck

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posted at 2/6/2011 12:38 AM EST
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Maybe you should try Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker if you are new to baking. Purchase a box. Read Three times before you begin. Follow instrustions carefully. Do not forget to turn oven on. Be carful. Use canned icing. Good Luck.
Use one candle.
Good Luck

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posted at 2/6/2011 2:29 AM EST
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Buy a yellow (white is too dry & Cho. might give him the runs)cake mix & make according to the directions, take a little batter out & make "1" regular size cupcake for him to eat, smash make a mess with. Have your camera ready. Whatever canned frosting you use for the cake, take a little & frost the cupcake. Try to buy a candle in the shape of #1 & take photo of him with it unlit, then one lit(have someone stand real close to make sure he does not touch the flame) get a photo of him blowing(at least trying to) it out, remove the candle & let him go at the cupcake, he will probably be a mess, but the photos will be worth it in the future. If you are having a party with some kids his age, make them cupcakes also. Do not put anything other than frosting on them because you do not want any choking. If adults will be there, do a heart shape, white frosting & put his name,(son) date(2-?-2010=2-?-2011) Happy Birthday (you can buy the candy like words in any grocery store). White milk is the best drink for them(or you can put a little strawberry syrup in) Sippy cups would be a nice party favor(you can buy at a dollar store) animal crackers are a good treat for little ones.
You did not give enough info, do you need a menu for a lunch, dinner or just cake & drink.Will it just be you, son & dad? Give more info & someone an give more ideas.

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Know of a good cake recipe that isn't overly sweet. My sons first birthday is coming up and I have no clue what to make. I don't want to give him a sugar rush. Also, any advice on decorating? I have never tried to before so I suck with writing and such so any little pointers are very welcome! And if I posted this in the wrong area I am sorry.
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posted at 2/6/2011 7:08 AM EST
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I never cooked for a child that small.  But I can't see why they would care what kind of cake it is.  How about an angel food cake?  You don't even have to cook it.  Just put a tiny bit of frosting on it if you want to.  You can get them in flavors too.

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posted at 2/6/2011 8:09 AM EST
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Iasked my brother does any one cook for mom.

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posted at 2/6/2011 9:38 AM EST
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I believe Pillsbury makes sugar free cake mixes and frostings.  I would start there and decorate with fun candles etc.

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posted at 2/6/2011 2:45 PM EST
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Hi Tara,I went to yahoo and typed in baby's first birthday cakes and there were quit a few I tried to copy and paste but for some reason I couldn't.They are sweetened with juice and fruit.I don't know if you had that in mind?

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posted at 2/6/2011 4:52 PM EST
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Yes I agree try to google for a recipe that uses fruit juice.

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posted at 2/6/2011 5:31 PM EST
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Rather than making a cake how about a banana bread or a pumpkin bread.  Both can have sugar content adjusted a bit and the oil can be replaced with more banana, pumpkin or applesauce. A simple glaze could be made if you want it but it is unnecessary on the breads.  I just make a streusel topping for the top.  For a 1 year old you may even eliminate that. The breads have much less sugar than a traditional cake.
Angel food cake is good, it does have sugar but it is not overly sweet and you can cut the top off, hallow out a trench around the inside and fill it with either pudding, a cool whip or fruit. 
If your child can have sugar but you just want to limit it I think you will find the major contributor to the sugar in a cake is the frosting.  Adjust the type of frosting and you have eliminated the majority of sugar.

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posted at 2/6/2011 7:47 PM EST
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At one year old my kids never had a sugar problem. They didn't wind up with that much cake in their mouth. He should be running around and burning off the calories so I don't guess it would matter unless there is a medical problem

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posted at 2/7/2011 12:41 AM EST
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I made my great nephews first birthday cake.I had just finish taking a cake decorating class and my niece asked if I would make his cake.His was a kitty cake,I also made him his own little cake to destroy,I made it in a bowl so it looked like a ball of yarn and just decorated it with frosting to resemble yarn.Well needless to say he made a mess and enjoyed every minute of it and so did we.He ended up in the tub before we could sing happy birthday again and cut the kitty cake.He is sixteen now and he still loves cake.  Laughing 

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posted at 2/7/2011 5:20 AM EST
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I have one--use a box cake and add one can of diet drink, and that is all.  Floow directions as to baking time.

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posted at 2/7/2011 9:14 AM EST
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I have one--use a box cake and add one can of diet drink, and that is all.  Floow directions as to baking time.
Posted by Mary Jo T


I have made cakes using just a can of diet soda.  Fun to play with flavors.  I find the cake a little bit more "crumbly" than normal.  I usually make it as a Bundt cake since if I am cutting down on calories I can get away with a light glaze rather than frosting for a Bundt cake.
People are amazed that there is no oil, no eggs just a can of soda.

I don't like a lot of artificial sweeteners so I don't make this often. 

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posted at 2/7/2011 11:36 AM EST
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Thanks so much guys you've given me lots to play with lol.It isn't that he has a sugar problem or anything like that I just try not to give him things with alot of sugar but since it is his birthday I want him to have some sweet and enjoy it. I have mad a few cakes before this both from box and from scratch. Either way thanks for the advice everyone!!!


- One more question. Has anyone used whipped cream frosting? If so when you decorated it with other icing how did it hold up. I made a *tester cake* to practice decorating and the next day the decorating I put *stars around the top edges* were extremely runny. Any advice on how to keep that from happening again?

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posted at 2/7/2011 12:49 PM EST
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Use have to use a stabilizer in your whip cream Okpetar(sp) has one you can buy in grocery stores.  Its powdered gelatin. 

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posted at 2/9/2011 9:32 AM EST
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Elsa is correct.  The stabilizer for the whipped cream works well.  Brand I use is Oketer.
I think the whipped cream topping on the cake even with a stabilizer will not hold up to decorations made of a regular icing or frosting.  The decorations are pretty heavy. 
What I would do is work backwards so to speak.  Place the stars or scallops around the edge of the cake, make them pretty high.  Then put the whipped cram inside the ring of decorations.  The edge of the decoration should act like a dam and hold in the whipped cream. 
I do pretty much the same thing when I want to fill a cake.  I pipe a ring of frosting around the edge of the first layer then fill with what ever I am using, cheesecake filling, mousse... then I place the second layer on top and gently press down the ring of frosting seals the edge so that the filling does not ooze out.  Then I just complete the frosting as usual.

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posted at 2/19/2011 10:52 PM EST
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That sounds really different, the cake with only the diet soda.  I copied that and will try it sometime.

Thanks,
Marie F.

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posted at 2/20/2011 9:04 AM EST
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Angel food cake is low in calories and can sometimes be found ready made in flavors.  I used to take one and cut it into 3 layers horizontally, and place each on a separate plate.  Then put a small glass in the center of each hole.  Make jello with fruit cocktail and let it start to jell.  Spread each layer with semi jelled fruited jello and refrigerate each layer until jello is firmly set.  Stack layers and ice sides and center opening with Cool Whip (which also can be found in flavors sometimes).  This makes an attractive relatively healthy cake.  Cut wedges with a serrated knife.  Hope this helps.

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posted at 2/20/2011 1:42 PM EST
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Elsa is correct.  The stabilizer for the whipped cream works well.  Brand I use is Oketer. I think the whipped cream topping on the cake even with a stabilizer will not hold up to decorations made of a regular icing or frosting.  The decorations are pretty heavy.  What I would do is work backwards so to speak.  Place the stars or scallops around the edge of the cake, make them pretty high.  Then put the whipped cram inside the ring of decorations.  The edge of the decoration should act like a dam and hold in the whipped cream.  I do pretty much the same thing when I want to fill a cake.  I pipe a ring of frosting around the edge of the first layer then fill with what ever I am using, cheesecake filling, mousse... then I place the second layer on top and gently press down the ring of frosting seals the edge so that the filling does not ooze out.  Then I just complete the frosting as usual.
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Thanks Nikki!  You have the correct spelling.  I guess its a senior moment or something!  LOL  You bring back many memories of when I owned my bakery.
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