If you’re looking for a healthy cake without added sugars or oils for baby’s first birthday, this is your recipe! This cake is cute, tasty, whole grain, and perfectly smashable.
Here’s the dilemma. You want your baby to have an adorable, memorable time squishing his chubby little hands in a colorful smash cake on his first birthday.
But you’re not crazy about the idea of your tiny precious human gorging himself on a cake that has enough sugar, butter, and artificial colors in it to give even YOU a tummy ache.
Good thing you can have it all! This small, simple homemade cake is moist, light, tasty, and irresistible to smash. And it’s made from simple whole food ingredients like fruit, whole milk, and whole grain flour.
You won’t find any added sugars or oils in this cake, either. It’s the perfect recipe to help you keep fun traditions while avoiding ingredients you’re not ready for your baby to taste yet.
Five Reasons to Love This Cake
- This birthday cake is the perfect size for baby to have a WHOLE CAKE all to herself.
- It has no added sugars, oils, refined flours, or artificial dyes.
- It’s easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time (with a special frosting trick–see below)
- You can customize the decorations on this birthday cake to match the theme and colors of your baby’s party.
- It tastes great!
How to Make Baby’s First Birthday Cake
This cake is easy to make! The basic concept: mix the wet ingredients in one bowl, the dry ingredients in another, then stir them all together to finish the batter.
There’s one unconventional ingredient in this recipe, and that’s the fruit puree. Use your food processor to blend a banana with half a cup of sliced peaches. It’s OK to use frozen (and thawed) peaches here. Fresh also works, and you can leave the skin on if you like. Just make sure you blend it well.
When it comes to the size and shape of your cake, you’ve got options. We used two six-inch diameter pans to make a mini layer cake. But you can also pour the batter into a standard-sized cupcake tin to make cupcakes.
Keep in mind that the batter is for a baby-sized cake. So the amount of batter you get with the recipe will only fill half a standard-sized muffin tin. You should double the recipe if you want to make a full-sized sheet of cupcakes.
Bake the cake until a toothpick comes out clean from the center, than cool on a rack.
The frosting is simply whipped cream! Use a stand-mixer or hand beaters to whip heavy cream, then spread it onto the cake.
There! So Pretty.
Tips for Decorating Baby’s First Birthday Cake
Now’s the fun part. Indulge your creative impulses! Here are a few fresh and fun ideas for dressing up your baby’s first birthday cake:
- Decorate with fresh berries. Cut strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries make this cake naturally beautiful.
- Get a “1” candle, or another 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 corn starch to the whipped cream frosting if you’re assembling your cake ahead. This prevents the frosting from melting and losing its shape while you’re waiting to serve it.
- Put a dash of dye-free sprinkles onto baby’s cake. We like the pretty pastels of this brand.
More Healthy Cake Ideas
- 1/2 cup sliced peaches peeled
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup fruit puree
- 1/2 cup buttermilk or milk + 1 tablespoon lemon juice (let sit for 5 minutes to make “buttermilk”)
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup organic cream
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup optional for guests
Whisk your fruit puree, milk, egg, and vanilla together.
In a separate bowl, combine whole wheat flour, baking powder, soda, and salt.
Slowly pour your liquid ingredients into the dry, and mix until the dry ingredients are all wet.
Pour your batter into a greased 6 inch round pan (Double ingredients to make a double layer).
Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until you can stick a knife through the center and it comes out clean.
Makes one 6 inch cake (20-30 Minute cooking time), 12 mini cupcakes (10 minute cooking time), or 6 regular size cupcakes (~15 min cooking time)