Cake for the Bitty Bear

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One year ago today, my bittiest boy came on the scene, and my life has been something of a blur ever since.

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In honor of Theodore’s big day, I made him a little chocolate smash cake decorated to look like a teddy bear with the help of bananas, chocolate chips and two kinds of homemade chocolate cookies; for the rest of us there were pawprint cupcakes. The whole confection is grain-free: the cake itself was plantain-based and maple-sweetened, and one type of cookie is a coconut-based crunchy wafer while the other is almond-based and chewy (based on this recipe, but adding an egg, reducing the oil, and subbing in maple syrup and molasses for the agave). I frosted the cake with a stabilized whipped cream frosting composed of 2 C heavy cream beaten with 8oz cream cheese, and sweetened with a touch of stevia. I was reasonably happy with the decorations considering the limited amount of time I could devote to its preparation, and my desire to make the cake grain-free, low in sugar, and primarily composed of ingredients that he had been exposed to before.

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Theo dug in right away, but he focused almost entirely on the toppings instead of the cake itself. In the photo above, he was sucking on a mouthful of cookie.

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Eventually, he sampled some cake and poked at it with his fork, but by that point he was already full of cookies and bananas. Still, a very successful first birthday desserts, by all accounts! The cake was very moist and fudgy, almost brownie-like, and the frosting was incredibly easy to make with a subtle flavor. I should also note that Theo is now a mini-chocoholic who begs for chocolate chips every time he sees Jeremy snacking on them–it didn’t take him long to figure out that association!

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As for presents, Theo loved his little wooden drum–he is very big on using tools and beating on things, so we had a strong suspicion this would be a hit. I haven’t gotten a photo yet, but he also got a “lawnmower” push toy to help him practice walking, and he has already been traveling back and forth across the room with it. 🙂

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Finally, a photo of big brother Nolan with his current favorite person, my mom. This was taken at the baby dedication at church last Saturday during a snuggle session.

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