Happy birthday, Buttercup!
(and happy 6-month anniversary, Adventures in Solid Foods!)
Yes, I gave Buttercup cake for her birthday. Now don't start judging me. I went back and forth on this decision for weeks. Eventually I came to the conclusion that she should have some cake. Here was my rationale: Buttercup never eats sugar. Her overall diet is very healthy and balanced. But, I do want her to grow up having a healthy relationship with treat foods. I want her to know that it's for special occasions and that it's ok. I want her to learn moderation. Over-thought for a one-year-old? Perhaps, but welcome to my world.
I decided to make my cupcakes from scratch so that I could make a half-batch and not have tons of leftovers. Also, I like controlling my ingredients (ie: no high fructose corn syrup). However, there were no holds barred on the naughtiness of these cupcakes. They had butter, sugar, vanilla, white flour, powdered sugar, the works! I said don't judge me!
Anyway,Buttercup was unsure about the whole affair (why are people staring at me and taking so many pictures?!), and did not enjoy getting frosting between her fingers. But, once she started getting the stuff in her mouth she was very interested. She consumed about half a cupcake. I do have to admit that watching a BLS baby eat her first cake is rather anti-climatic. Buttercup is already so used to eating anything and everything that is offered to her that it didn't seem that "special" to watch her eat some cake. Just another day in the life of a BLS family.
PROS: yummy special treat
CONS: not a regular food item