One thing I see a lot of people do for a first birthday is take pictures of their baby with a smash cake. If you don’t know what a smash cake is, it’s a cake that a baby is served at their birthday party that’s just for them to smash and destroy in front of family and friends. I loved this idea every since I first saw it and knew I wanted to do it for Baby Awesome. However, I was not too excited about the idea of giving her cake and getting her loaded up on sugar. She’s really only eaten fruits, vegetables, yogurt, chicken, and some beef at this point and I was worried about how much sugar is in cake and how it could upset her stomach (she has a sensitive tummy). I know that she will eventually eat sugar but my mother’s intuition told me that she wasn’t ready for it. That’s when I decided to make her a healthy smash cake.
I’d seen people post online about making a healthy smash cake before so I looked online and found this great recipe by Fit Mama Real Food. The cake was made primarily from banana and the frosting was from cream cheese and apple juice concentrate. I decided to give it a go. The recipe calls for flour, but since we’re a gluten-free kitchen I modified the recipe to make it gluten-free. Now, Baby Awesome is NOT gluten-free. I just made it gluten-free because a) that was the flour I had and b) I don’t cook with regular flour. Here’s how I modified the recipe for our healthy smash cake.
Healthy Smash Cake
Here’s what you will need for the cake portion of the healthy smash cake recipe. This will make for 3 layers in a 6 inch by 3 inch cake pan:
- 6 ripe bananas
- 1.5 cups applesauce (natural, no added sugar) – Here is a link to some Organic Motts Applesauce on Amazon
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 and 1/4 cups gluten-free flour (I use this kind from Bob’s Red Mill.)
- 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 4 tbsp Coconut Oil (I use this kind by Nutiva.)
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Next, mash the bananas and add in the applesauce in a medium-sized bowl. Then mix the gluten-free flour, baking soda, and cinnamon in a separate bowl. Add the banana / applesauce mixture, coconut oil, and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. My batter was a little bit chunky from the banana but it should be okay. Next, spoon out your mixture into the three cake pans. I had two 6 inch by 3 inch cake pans so I put the mixture into two of the pans and then did the third later. You can do it however suits you best. Bake for 20 minutes.
Once the cake it cool, you can begin “assembling” and frosting your healthy smash cake!
Here’s what you will need for the healthy smash cake frosting:
- 2 cups (16 oz) cream cheese
- 1/2 cup no sugar added apple juice concentrate (Note: I found this in the freezer section of my grocery store and let it thaw)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
First, soften the cream cheese by putting it in the microwave for 20 seconds or so. You will find that the frosting is hard to mix on your own. I tried to blend it by hand and it just didn’t work. I put it in my KitchenAid Electric Mixer and after a few minutes alternating from low to high speeds it was the perfect consistency! You could also use a hand mixer for this, too. You will know when it’s done because it will be nice and smooth.
I also chopped up two additional bananas to add height to the smash cake like this in between layers:
I tried a bit of the cake myself and I thought it was pretty good! I would definitely make it again as another healthy cake option for a child’s birthday party.
What about you? Have you heard of a smash cake before? Would you make a recipe like this for your baby or yourself? Post in the comments and let me know!
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