This toddler cake is healthy and suitable for a one year old and above because it is naturally sweetened by the fruit and vegetables it contains and other baby friendly ingredients.
While it’s okay to give your toddler a small piece of cake as a treat every now and then, it’s important to keep their overall sugar intake in mind. Too much sugar can lead to cavities, weight gain, and other health issues.
I made this cake for my grand daughter when she became 1 year old and after consultation with her pediatrician.
What should I know before making a toddler cake?
When it comes to giving cake to a toddler, there are a few things to consider. Here are some tips:
- Check with your child’s pediatrician: Before giving your toddler any cake or other sweets, it’s always a good idea to check with your child’s pediatrician what and when to eat some ingredients. They can provide guidance on how much sugar is appropriate for your child’s age and development.
- Choose a healthy cake: Instead of a cake that’s loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients, opt for a healthier cake that uses natural sweeteners. You can also add in some nutrient-dense ingredients like whole wheat flour or oats.
- Consider portion size: A toddler’s stomach is much smaller than an adult’s, so make sure to serve them a small piece of cake. You can also pair the cake with some fruit or yogurt to make it a more balanced snack.
- Watch for allergies: Before serving your toddler any cake, make sure to check for any allergies or sensitivities they may have. Common allergens in cake include wheat, dairy, eggs, nuts, etc.
- Salt intake: Salt intake can be harmful for their health, so there is no salt in this cake. It’s always a good idea to consult with your pediatrician for advice on when is the right time and amount to add salt in your child’s diet.
Ingredients needed to make a toddler cake:
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Baked pumpkin or baked apple
- Rolled oats
- Baking powder
- Anthotyro or ricotta (unsalted)
How healthy are these ingredients?
Here are some of the potential health benefits of the ingredients in this cake:
- Banana: Bananas are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and potassium. They can also add natural sweetness to the cake.
- Pumpkin: Pumpkin is a low-calorie vegetable that is high in fiber, vitamin A, and antioxidants. It can also add moisture and flavor to the cake.
- Apple: Apples are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. They can also add natural sweetness to the cake.
- Carrot: Carrots are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, and antioxidants. They can also add moisture and flavor to the cake.
- Extra virgin olive oil: Olive oil is a healthy source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which can help reduce inflammation and improve heart health.
- Eggs: Eggs are a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. They can also add moisture and structure to the cake.
- Rolled oats: Rolled oats are a good source of dietary fiber, protein, and vitamins. They can also add texture and flavor to the cake.
- Anthotyro or Ricotta: Anthotyro or Ricotta cheese is a good source of protein, calcium, and vitamins. It can also add moisture and creaminess to the cake.
Here’s how to make the toddler cake:
Choose a ripe banana and other naturally sweet fruit or vegetables, such as apples, pumpkin, carrot, beetroot or any combination of these fruit and vegetables.
The apple can be substituted with unsweetened homemade applesauce or an apple cooked in the air fryer at 180o C for 10 minutes, in order to puree it. Some apples may need five more minutes to become soft.
The pumpkin or butternut squash must be baked and made into a puree. I already had some pumpkin puree in the freezer, which I thawed before making the cake.
The beets must also be baked.
Put the rolled oats in a food processor and process until it becomes like flour.
After choosing your fruit and/or vegetables also put them in the food processor and puree them.
Whisk the eggs with the olive oil.
Combine all the ingredients together and bake in a preheated fan forced oven to 160oC for 50 – 55 minutes, depending on your oven.
Can I freeze a toddler cake?
Yes, you can freeze a toddler cake! Freezing a cake can be a great way to preserve it for later use, especially if you have made a larger cake than your toddler can eat in one sitting.
Of course, if you don’t want to freeze it, you can eat some yourself as it’s great for breakfast or as a snack.
Here are some tips for freezing a toddler cake:
- Let the cake cool completely before freezing it. This will prevent the cake from becoming soggy.
- Reserve some cake to give to the toddler for 3 days. Cut the remaining cake into smaller pieces.
- Wrap each piece of cake tightly in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil. Make sure to cover the cake completely and seal it well to prevent freezer burn.
- Place the wrapped cake in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag.
- Label the container with the date and contents.
- Freeze the cake for up to 2-3 months. When you’re ready to serve the cake, take a piece out of the freezer and let it thaw at room temperature. Once the cake has thawed, you can serve it to your toddler as usual.
Toddler Cake for a one year old
This sugar free toddler cake is naturally sweetened by the ripe banana, pumpkin, carrot and apples, and it contains whole grains from the rolled oats.
- 2 small eggs (100 grams without the shell)
- 53 grams (1/4 cup) extra virgin olive oil
- 80 grams peeled grated carrot
- 80 grams baked pumpkin or baked apple (1/2 golden delicious)
- 85 grams banana (1 medium size)
- 145 grams Quaker oats
- 15 grams baking powder
- 150 grams anthotyro or ricotta
- Preheat oven to 180oC or 160oC if fan forced.
- Whisk the eggs with the olive oil.
- In a food processor put the rolled oats and powder them. Empty them in a bowl.
- In the same food processor add the carrot, banana, pumpkin or baked apple, and anthotyro and mix to mash them.
- Empty them in the bowl with the eggs.
- Add the baking powder and oats gradually and m mix until well combined.
- Line a 18 cm cake pan with parchment paper. Grease the sides of the cake pan with olive oil.
- Bake for 50 – 55 minutes, depending on your oven,
- A very small piece of cake about 7 x 2 cm is enough as a snack for your toddler.
As the cake is very big for a toddler to consume in 2 - 3 days, see instructions in the post how to freeze some of it.
Nutrition InformationYield 35 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 43Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 12mgSodium 56mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 1g
"These values are automatically calculated and offered for guidance only. Their accuracy is not guaranteed."
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