Re: "Alternative" cake for a 1-year-old's b-day?
We didn't want to do the full-sugar cake either, and my twin boys are both highly allergic to dairy so it wasn't really an option anyway. We did "pumpkin harves" cupcakes (you can google for the recipes). The boys loved them! We didn't even end up serving them at their actual party because our guests treated the babies like a freak show (I disgress... that's a whole other post). We gave them the cupcakes when we got home instead, before dinner (we added some soyogourt for "frosting"!).