I'm a health-conscious mum who uses fruits as natural sweeteners whenever possible when baking for my little one. I use whole grains instead of white flour, and make it a point to include fresh fruits and vegetables into every meal.
When it came to my baby's first birthday cake, I wanted it to be a healthy one too! So I experimented and modified recipes found online till I arrived at a healthy smash cake recipe that met my criteria.
Both the cake and frosting do not contain refined sugars, butter, artificial flavouring and food colouring.
I'm sharing the cake and frosting recipes here, for fellow parents who don't wish to have your kiddos eat up a sugar-filled cake (yes, birthdays aren't exception for sugar indulgence too 😂). Now you can totally relax even if your child is helping herself to copious amounts of cake!
Taste of this healthy smash cake
It's mildly sweet.
I only used ripe fruits as natural sweeteners for this healthy smash cake, namely bananas and homemade applesauce. Both of these ingredients add sweetness and moisture and serve as replacement for butter.
Texture of this healthy smash cake
It's similar to a regular banana muffin!
This healthy smash cake is 100% whole grain because I used whole wheat flour. It's denser than the usual birthday cakes baked with white flour (it's a good idea to keep an eye on your little one when she digs into the cake, some babies may gag at the unfamiliar dense texture!)
Overall you could almost mistake it for a banana muffin, which is delicious even to me.
Healthy smash cake recipe
Ingredients for the Cake:
128g whole wheat flour
4g baking powder
4g baking soda
80g of ripe banana (about 1 long banana)
240ml of homemade applesauce (blend apples with just a bit of water for a thick consistency. I recommend Fuji apples for their sweetness)
60ml milk (I used breastmilk, you can use whole cow's milk)
1 large egg
Ingredient for Frosting:
whole-fat plain yoghurt (low-fat or no-fat yoghurt do not have the thick spreadable consistency, so choose whole-fat option!)
If you would like some natural colouring for the frosting, blend in fruits like strawberries for a tinge of pink, blueberries for blue and mangoes for yellow.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- I used a 5cm (H) x 10cm (Dia) Mini Springform Non-Stick Cake Pan. If your cake pan isn't non-stick, you can lightly oil the cake pans and dust with whole wheat flour, tapping out the excess.
- Whisk together the whole wheat flour, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Use a fork to mash up the banana in a medium bowl. Pour in applesauce and milk. Then whisk in the egg.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mix bowl and mix with a spatula until just combined. (Be careful not to overmix!)
- Pour batter into prepared cake pan to about two-thirds full. Bake for 23-25 minutes, until you insert a toothpick into the center of the cake and it comes out clean.
- Let cake cool in the pan completely on wire rack for 10 minutes.
Frosting and cake decoration
- Use a knife to gently trim the rounded top of the cake away.
- Coat the sides of the cake with yoghurt that has been refrigerated till cold. I used my fingers to apply (you could use a scraper if you have one.) Don't worry about unevenness - it's called a rustic look 😉
- Top the cake with baby's favourite fruit! I chose mangoes for a refreshing citrusy oomph.
- Serve the cake while the yoghurt frosting stays intact.
- If your hands are full on the day of the cake smash, you can bake the cake up to 1 day in advance. Wrap the cake with cling wrap and leave at room temperature. Try to apply yoghurt frosting right before the cake smash. If some wait time is to be expected, refrigerate the frosted cake till ready to be used.
- Have your cameras on stand-by before you set the cake down. The cake smash could happen before you know it with hungry or very curious babies!
- For extra sweetness, you could put some raisins into the batter!
I hope this healthy smash cake is a hit with your birthday girl or boy! Share your experience with me via Instagram Direct Chat at @miraculove_sg or Facebook Group.
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Hi! I am Yunnie. I am the newly minted mama to a little baby girl and a mum friend to everyone on this special (and many times scary) journey of motherhood. Also a graduated bride with a penchant for weddings.