In one of our family's favourite episodes of SuperWhy! on Kids' CBC, Whyatt wants to make a carrot applesauce cake for his baby sister Joy's birthday, but he does not know how. The Super Readers soar into a new kind of book, a cookbook, to learn about selecting ingredients, measuring, mixing, and baking cakes.
The episode resonated with us, since baking homemade birthday cakes is a tradition in our home. I am also a big believer in encouraging kids to be involved in cooking. Through cooking, kids can practice reading, learn basic math skills such as measuring, work on their fine motor skills by pouring and mixing, and learn where food comes from and how to make healthy food choices. Given our love of cooking, SuperWhy, and homemade birthday cakes, it was natural for us to try and make a SuperWhy! inspired Applesauce Carrot Cake of our own.
Our family is gluten free, and our friends have dairy sensitivities, so this cake is both gluten and dairy free. The low amount of sugar and high percentage of protein per serving also make it a relatively healthy treat. As an added bonus, you do not need to use a mixer to prepare it, making it safe and fun for even the youngest chefs to help prepare.
Whyatt's Gluten Free Carrot Applesauce Cake:
3/4 cup apple sauce
2tbsp coconut oil (softened)
3 tbsp golden syrup
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp cloves
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup chopped apple
1 cup shredded carrot
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 9 X 13 inch baking dish with parchment paper
2. Beat eggs, applesauce, coconut oil, golden syrup and vanilla with a whisk until combined
3. In a separate bowl, sift together coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt. Add dry ingredients to the applesauce mixture, and mix until batter is smooth and well incorporated. Fold in chopped apple and shredded carrot.
4. Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake for 20-25 minutes until top is lightly browned and the cake is set in middle. We enjoyed our cake dusted with a just a sprinkle of icing sugar, but you could top it with cream cheese icing if you prefer.