I'm looking for a recipe that doesn't contain a lot of sugar that I can serve a one-year-old for her birthday. Most of the recipes I find are heavy, more the consistency of banana bread. Any thoughts on a more "cakey", low-sugar cake recipe?
I'd like to do a 4" or 6" cake decorated with fondant.
You could do a sponge cake with eggs, flour and sugar.
Or a chiffon cake that has some oil but is very light.
Many good recipes online using google. I make these from my 1950's vintage Good Housekeeping cake recipe book.
Either kind of cake will hold up the fondant on the small layer you describe.
I'm sorry ,but I just don NOT understand why something as special as a b'day must be 'low/non sugar'. Really. It should be one time when one thows out the window all restrictions. I really have never understood that thinking.
I second that motion/emotion!!
I agree with what has been said, and I also don't cover smash cakes in fondant. If you are looking for something lower in sugar, just use a whipped icing.
I agree about the smash cake. A better scratch cake, chemical free, is a good choice. A mother should obviously be able to control the amount of cake a one year old consumes. Babies, like adults, can partake in any basic, well-balanced cake as long as there are no allergies. Moderation in sweets should be started from birth.
It's just like people who are diabetic who ask about lower sugar cakes for big events. Every time I suggest that they enjoy a cake made well with fine ingredients and just have a smaller piece. In the end, every client has agreed with this choice. They remember the enjoyment of great taste more than the size of the piece. And their guests had great cake.
Babies won't be able to make the mess with a fondant covered cake. The buttercream is the stuff of great pictures.
I would stick with chocolate or vanilla, as these are the flavors of choice of children anyway.