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November 29, 2007 / Maleesha Kovnesky

Bribe them with cake

I have a sick three year old.  He has a fever of 101.5 and hasn’t eaten in the last 36 hours or so.  I did convince him to have a popsicle this morning, but he isn’t too keen on liquids either, which is bad. 

I’m going to attempt to get him to eat by making a chocolate cake.  If he doesn’t want chocolate cake, then that’s serious, right?

I’m making an attempt to de-badforyou-ize the cake as much as I can by doing the ol’ pumpkin secret ingredient:

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 2 eggs

Mix the ingredients listed above and bake according to the directions.  The darker chocolate cake you use, the better the pumpkin will be disguised.  If you are health conscious, you can do this all the time, using 3 egg whites instead of the 2 whole eggs. 

Yes, it’s still a chocolate cake…but adding pumpkin adds fiber and vitamins that are generally absent from your everyday cake. 

I just popped it in the oven…I hope he eats it. 

UPDATE:  The child has eaten some cake!  At first he passed on it, but after thinking “hey, it’s cake” he decided to try it.  Four bites.  Now he is eating a popsicle again. 


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  1. pikespeakdenise / Nov 29 2007 7:55 pm

    I hope it stays down. Because I have a feeling chocolate pumpkin cake vomit stains would never come out…

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