Kid 2 is fast approaching his first birthday, so I’ve been thinking a little about what his first birthday cake should be. Needless to say, I won’t be buying him a cake, but making one myself. And only from stuff that he has actually eaten so far. That’s fairly challenging, given that I am not too free with what I let him eat. I have no second thoughts about letting him taste any sort of fruit or vegetable, as long as they are washed if eaten raw, and cooked without any additions if raw is not an option. But I don’t let him try things that come with a label. Food nazi in all my glory.
So, I have made my first attempt at a cake. He has actually been present for the whole prep time, which means that it doesn’t require 120% focus either (always a plus when making a cake with little ones). Everything in the cake has already been tasted and approved by him, mostly separately, so now it was time to combine them. I was rather pleased with the result, and the little one didn’t spit out the crumb he was allowed to taste, so I’ll keep it as a contender. I will try some more variations though, who knows, I may even discover a great one!
A few comments before I tell you about the recipe. This makes for one small, and I mean small, cake. Given that there is no egg white, or raising agent, this will stay low and fairly dense. It’s not rock-hard, though, and still easy to eat, but it is not the fluffy, airy, whatever kind of sponge cake. The apple sauce I used is also my own creation, by boiling chunks of apple with a little bit of water, and pureeing it all in a blender. The spice mix, in case you can’t find this, is a mix of cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, clove, ginger, cardamom and orange peel. Obviously, these can be adjusted to taste. As for the measurements, I have actually used the measuring spoon (!!!) and leveled all ingredients (I am very much surprised at my own diligence, I can’t promise this will happen again).
2 egg yolks
6 Tbsp wholewheat flour
8 Tbsp apple sauce
1 small mashed banana
1 tsp speculaas spices
Preheat the oven to 160º C. Use a small oven dish lined with baking paper, or double (triple?) the ingredients for a larger cake.
Mash the banana with a fork. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and the apple sauce, then add the banana. Add the flour, one Tbsp at a time, whisking until just combined. Finally add the spices and mix them in. Pour the batter in the prepared dish, and set it on a low rack in the oven. Bake for about 45′, depending on your oven, until set and lightly golden on top.
I have presented mine as bite-sized sandwich bits, with red fruit jam in between (I plan to make my own, without added sugar, for the big day itself).