Healthy Smash Cakes for a First Birthday

Healthy smash cakes that avoid all that sugar. Perfect for a first cake.

The Smash Cake. There is really only one. Not to put the pressure on, but the smash cake is perhaps the best part of any first birthday. It’s usually hilarious and adorable all at the same time. Some moms opt for regular cake for the main event. Since most babies usually don’t have sugar like this, they usually will smash right in. Even the quietest of babies will make that “mmmmm” sound. If you are concerned about the sugar try some of the smash cakes below for some healthier options. If you are going to a bakery, talk to them about the different options available. Most bakery’s will offer a menu of cakes your little one will love. When I went to my local Kroger for our smash cake, they offered a lighter, less sugary version.  If you’re unsure of your baby eating cake for the first time, you can always do a trial cake run. Use your little taste tester for a first birthday photo shoot. For help planning your little one’s first birthday, check out ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PLANNING A FIRST BIRTHDAY.

Homemade Smash Cakes

Here are some delicious, healthy recipes from moms who nailed the smash cake.

Banana Smash Cake with Blueberry Frosting

A Banana cake without butter or refined sugar topped with the perfect blueberry frosting. A delicious recipe for your any little one. The blueberries in the frosting will have an added fun factor when your little one finally dives in. The berries compliment a polka dot theme, as Kristine did.  Get the recipe from Kristine’s Kitchen.

Cinnamon-Nutmeg Applesauce Smash Cake

This cake is sure to be a hit. This is no sugar in this recipe. Instead there is cinnamon, nutmeg, applesauce and bananas. The cake is topped with a cream cheese cinnamon apple sauce frosting. Delicious! Get the recipe from Oh Everything Handmade.

Pumpkin Smash Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting (Gluten Free)

A pumpkin pie blend smash cake for your little pumpkin. This would be the perfect cake to compliment a fall first birthday. Check out the recipe at Baby Bird’s Farm and Cocina.

Honey Oat Smash Cake with Greek Yogurt Frosting

Honey, oats and greek yogurt make this a perfect healthy alternative for a first birthday cake. Fresh berries would perfectly compliment the Greek Yogurt Frosting. Get the full recipe at Yummy Toddler Food.

Chocolate Vegan Cake with Vanilla Frosting

If you prefer a more classic cake, check out this chocolate vegan recipe by Kitchen of Eatin’. This recipe is dairy free with limited sugar. It also has a vanilla frosting recipe to top it off. Just add sprinkles.

Banana & Apple Smash Cake with Apple Cream Cheese Frosting

Try this sugar free banana and apple smash cake recipe with apple cream cheese frosting. There will be a sweetness from the bananas as well as the applesauce. This is the perfect recipe for any baby that loves apples! Get the recipe here at Hip Mommies.

Carrot Cake with Coconut Banana Frosting

Carrot cake is an American classic. This is the perfect cake if you enjoy this classic. With a little bit of cinnamon and coconut it is sure to be scrumptious. There is also a list for addional substitutions and/or allergies. Get the recipe here at Baby Led Weaning Ideas.

Beautiful First Birthday Cake Toppers

Don’t wait until  the last minute to pick out a beautiful cake topper. If you are making your cake yourself look at getting a special topper. You can do a first birthday candle that is more unique then the traditional ones that come standard in the grocery store. There are also endless options of cake toppers, like small crowns, or “one” signs. If you have a first birthday theme picked out, coordinate a topper to match your theme, such as a Flamingo Topper, or Hot Air Ballon Topper. If you opt for a more durable cake topper you can save it as memorabilia or give it to your child as a toy when she  is of the appropriate age.






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1 Comment

  1. September 21 / 12:05 pm

    These smash cake ideas are fantastic! The focus on nutritious ingredients while maintaining a celebratory feel is impressive. A great resource for planning a memorable first birthday.

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