First Birthday Smash Cake

First Birthday Smash Cake

If you are hunting for a wholesome cake for your baby’s 1st birthday, this is your recipe! This First Birthday Smash Cake is super moist without the need of any added sugars or oils for your baby’s 1st time consuming cake. This cake is wholesome, tasty, and completely smashable!

Baby’s First Birthday Cake

Here’s the dilemma. You want your child to have an adorable, memorable time squishing his chubby small hands in a smash cake on their 1st birthday. But you do not want your child to have lots of sugar or artificial colors and flavors rather but.

The remedy is easy……make your personal smash cake! A smash cake is supposed to be a cake that you give your child on their 1st child to generally dig their hands into and consume though absolutely everyone requires photographs and oohs and ahs. (which ironically ordinarily tends to make the child nervous and apprehensive about digging into the cake)

My First Birthday Smash Cake is moist, light, tasty, and irresistible to smash. And it is created from very simple entire meals components like fruit, entire milk, and entire grain flour so you can really feel superior about letting your child dig in.

You will not locate any added sugars or oils in this cake, either. It’s the great recipe to support you maintain exciting traditions though avoiding components you are not prepared for your child to have but.

Ingredients in First Birthday Smash Cake

  • Fruit Puree – This recipe calls for peaches and banana. You can use a assortment of unique fruits to make the puree for this recipe. Pears, banana, applesauce, strawberries, or mango.
  • Whole Milk – offers this cake a superior texture and flavor. See beneath for milk substitutes.
  • Egg – 1 substantial egg. Ff your child cannot have eggs, see beneath for substitutes.
  • Vanilla – adds yummy flavor.
  • Flour – you can use all-objective flour, entire wheat, or even oat flour.
  • Cream – heavy cream for the frosting.
  • Maple Syrup – this adds a subtle sweetness in the frosting.

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How to Make A First Birthday Cake

This cake is effortless to make! The simple notion: mix the wet components in 1 bowl, the dry components in a different, then stir them all with each other to finish the batter.

  1. There’s 1 unconventional ingredient in this recipe, and that is the fruit puree. Use your meals processor to blend a banana with half a cup of sliced peaches. It’s OK to use frozen (and thawed) peaches right here. Fresh also functions, and you can leave the skin on if you like. Just make confident you blend it nicely.
  2. When it comes to the size and shape of your cake, you have got alternatives. We employed two six-inch diameter pans to make a mini layer cake. But you can also pour the batter into a typical-sized cupcake tin to make cupcakes. Keep in thoughts that the batter is for a child-sized cake. So the quantity of batter you get with the recipe will only fill half a typical-sized muffin tin. You really should double the recipe if you want to make a complete-sized sheet of cupcakes.
  3. Bake the cake till a toothpick comes out clean from the center, then cool on a rack.
  4. The frosting is just whipped cream! Use a stand-mixer or hand beaters to whip heavy cream. Add maple syrup for a bit of sweetness.
  5. Frost cake when cooled and add fresh fruit for garnish, and a candle of course!
step by step photos to make baby's first birthday cake.  Blending fruit puree, mixing ingredients, frosting cake.

Ingredient Substitutions for First Birthday Cake

  • DairyFree: use almond or coconut milk in location of typical entire milk. Instead of heavy cream, use a can of coconut cream or complete fat coconut milk. Make confident it is chilled and then location in a chilled mixing bowl. Beat for 30 seconds with a mixer till creamy.
  • Gluten-Free: Instead of wheat flour, you can use oat flour 1:1 ratio. You can make your personal by blending oats in a blender to make a finer powder, or just buy from the retailer.
  • Egg-Free: You can replace the egg in this recipe with a couple of unique alternatives:
    • Carbonated Water (it seriously functions!): 1/4 cup carbonated water = 1 substantial egg
    • Baking Powder Mixture: 2 tablespoons water + 2 teaspoons baking powder + 1 teaspoon vegetable oil = 1 substantial egg
    • Flax Egg: 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds and 3 tablespoons of water = 1 substantial egg
first birthday smash cake with a slice taken out decorated with fresh berries

Frequently Asked Questions about First Birthday Cake

  • Can babies have cake on their 1st birthday? Yes! It is completely wholesome for your child turning 1 to have cake. It is significant for our little ones to discover to have a wholesome connection with meals and to know how to handle their meals atmosphere. This is a terrific way to support them discover.
  • What is a Smash Cake? A smash cake is basically a tiny cake meant for just your child on their 1st birthday. The thought is that they will dig into it and ‘smash’ it though consuming.
  • What sort of cake is this cake recipe? The flavor is most like a mild tasting spice cake, but more fruity.
  • Can other fruits be employed in this recipe? Yes! You can use what ever sort of fruit you like – as extended as it adds up to 1/2 cup fruit puree. I would suggest bananas, peaches, applesauce, strawberries, or pears.
  • Can I use child meals for the fruit puree? Yep – that is a terrific thought.
  • How dense is this cake? If you make it as the recipe states, it is a extremely moist and somewhat dense cake sort of like a zucchini bread.
  • Can I make the cake ahead of time? Absolutely! In truth I would suggest it due to the fact the day of your child’s birthday can get sort of hectic. Make and bake the cake, and let it cool. Then wrap in plastic wrap and retailer in the freezer till prepared to frost for the large day!
healthy smash cake sweetened with fruit and decorated with fresh strawberries and a candle

Ideas for Decorating A Smash Cake

Now’s the exciting element. Indulge your inventive impulses! Here are a couple of fresh and exciting suggestions for dressing up your baby’s 1st birthday cake:

  • Decorate with fresh berries. Cut strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries make this cake naturally lovely.
  • Get a “1” candle, or a different themed cake topper. Is your party nautical? Elmo-themed? Unicorns? Dinosaurs? Check Amazon for cake toppers that match your baby’s bash.
  • Add 1-2 teaspoons of cornstarch to the whipped cream frosting if you are assembling your cake ahead. This prevents the frosting from melting and losing its shape though you are waiting to serve it.
  • Sprinkle dye-cost-free sprinkles on major. We like the colors of this brand.
closeup of baby's first birthday smash cake with strawberries on a blue plate

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  • 1/2 cup fruit puree
  • 1/2 cup entire milk
  • 1 substantial egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Fruit puree

  • 1/2 cup peaches see notes for other alternatives
  • 1 tiny banana


  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup optional


  • Whisk your fruit puree, milk, egg, and vanilla with each other.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, soda, and salt.
  • Slowly pour your liquid components into the dry, and mix till the dry components are all wet.
  • Pour your batter into a greased 6 inch round pan (Double components to make a double layer).
  • Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes, or till you can stick a knife by way of the center and it comes out clean.


  • Whip cream till light and fluffy. Stire in maple syrup for added sweetness.
  • Frost cake and decorate with fresh berries or sprinkles. Refridgerate till your child is prepared to smash!
Makes 1 6 inch cake (20-30 Minute cooking time), 12 mini cupcakes (10 minute cooking time), or 6 typical size cupcakes (~15 min cooking time)
Fruit Puree Options:  You can use applesauce, pears, banana, strawberries, mango, or peaches.  These can be fresh, frozen or canned.  Just bring to space temperature just before pureeing.  

Serving: 1cake | Calories: 1178kcal | Carbohydrates: 147g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 335mg | Sodium: 1444mg | Potassium: 993mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 2533IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 535mg | Iron: 8mg

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Natalie Monson

I’m a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of meals and powerful promoter of wholesome habits. Here you will locate lots of scrumptious recipes complete of fruits and veggies, suggestions for obtaining your little ones to consume much better and develop into intuitive eaters and lots of sources for feeding your loved ones.

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