The Caramel Baby Turns ONE // Recipe :: Low Sugar Sweet Potato Carrot Cake!

It’s true, my baby is 1. I didn’t cry, whimpered maybe, but leading up to the week, there were real sniffs of oh my gosh, remember when. Remember when he squeaked, remember we brought him home and sang him baby burrito songs so he would sleep, remember when he smiled for the first time, remember when he slept on my chest every night for 5.5 months? The Caramel Baby Turns ONE Now you crawl, stand, cruise, say mama, dada, nenenenene, bababababa and you snuggle up on my chest and look up with so much love in your eyes and it’s perfection in it’s truest form! Currently, we’re playing peek-a-boo with you in your walker, and me at the table, using the laptop. It’s these moments that I need to rush and type this so we can resume our fun games that make you squeal in delight!!!

I’ve chronicled some of our challenges on Instagram.. little sleep, lots of night cluster feedings, zero eating big boy foods and lots of hours, if you tally it … 900 hrs pumping “your milky” over the past year {yup…Medela and I are bff}. With your eating challenges, maybe there’s some actual anatomy issue…ENT will help us unearth one if it exists, or you’re just stubborn and love your milky, which given your parents, this could be true. Or perhaps this is one of many challenges that sets the tone for how we parent. Guiding, encouraging and patient as you learn this world of food that we so love!

Regardless, for your FIRST birthday I made you cake. I knew you wouldn’t eat it…but WE deserved cake. Not just any cake, a cake I hope you learn to love. One created from scratch, with your gentle tummy and young digestion system in mind. And maybe…just maybe parents in mind too….because CREAM CHEESE FROSTING! Recipe after the jump!

Low Sugar Sweet Potato Carrot Cake - Perfect for a kids cake!
Serves 6
A delicious carrot cake that is low in sugar {except the cream cheese frosting...} and incorporates some sweet potato to keep it moist!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
2 1/4 c AP flour
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of fresh ground nutmeg
1 cup of light brown sugar
5 large eggs {room temp}
1 1/4 c of canola oil
1/4 c of orange juice to soak raisins
3 cups of grated carrots {I did not pack the cups, measured lightly}
5 oz of FINELY grated sweet potatoes or yams
2/3 cup of walnuts/pecans coarsely chopped plus more for garnish
2/3 c - 3/4 c of orange juice soaked raisins {I used 3/4 cup w 1/4 cup OJ} b/c I omitted the nuts {babies/kids and nuts...}
Cream Cheese Frosting {I used my food processor, if you use a mixer, soften your cream cheese}
1 stick of salted butter
1 pkg COLD cream cheese {if using a mixer, soften your cream cheese}
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp of salt
2 c of powdered sugar
Carrot Cake
Preheat oven to 375 deg F
Butter your cake pans. I used {2} 5 inch {2} 4 inch for the smash cake. There will be extra cake if you use small pans. It would fit in {2} 9 inch pans as per the original recipe.
Grate carrots {coarse} and sweet potatoes {fine}.
Mix flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg in large bowl.
In stand mixer or using hand mixer, mix brown sugar on lowest speed to break up any brown sugar clumps, then add eggs until smooth. Add oil slowly. Incorporate flour mixture slowly. Fold in carrots, sweet potato, raisins & juice and nuts if using.
Divide batter into pans, tap pans gently on counter to smooth out, bake until browned and cake tester comes out smooth. Let's be honest, who has a cake tester? Use a knife, wooden chopstick, fork etc. lol. Cool completely. Then frost!
Cream Cheese Frosting
If using your food processor {I highly recommend!}
Add softened butter, COLD cream cheese, vanilla and salt to processor. Combine until smooth. Add 2 c of powdered sugar slowly 1/2 c per time {so you don't inhale too much powdered sugar...}. Process until smooth and creamy! YUM! Don't lick the blade even though you will want to!!!! ;)
If you'd like this healthier, I hear there's some other frostings you could use like whipped cream or something but that's not how we roll. Good luck! Enjoy! And hug your babies!
Adapted from Epicurious
Adapted from Epicurious
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