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Easy Smash Cake Recipe (Healthy + Gluten-Free)

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This Easy Smash Cake Recipe for baby’s first birthday is delicious and naturally sweetened with just banana and pure maple syrup. I’ve used it for all three of my littles and it never disappoints! This recipe is so easy, gluten-free, and has an egg-free vegan option. No refined sugar! Plus, if your little one doesn’t finish it all, you’ll be eating the rest yourself, it’s that good!

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What Is A Smash Cake?

If you’ve recently delved into the world of first birthday celebrations, you might have come across the term “smash cake.” But what exactly is a smash cake? Simply put, a smash cake is a small, usually single-layer cake made especially for a baby’s first birthday. It’s crafted with the sole purpose of being destroyed by tiny hands (and sometimes faces) in a delightful, messy celebration. Unlike the main birthday cake, which is often elaborate and meant to be shared with guests, the smash cake is designed for the birthday child to enjoy on their own.

The tradition of having a smash cake recipe has become a popular trend in recent years, adding a layer of fun and photo-worthy moments to first birthday parties. This mini cake allows babies to explore textures, tastes, and the sheer joy of making a mess without any parental restrictions. The experience often results in adorable and candid photos that capture the child’s personality and the pure delight of their first sweet treat.

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Why Are Smash Cake Recipes Popular?

One of the reasons smash cakes have gained popularity is the emphasis on sensory play. At one year old, babies are curious about their environment and love to touch and taste new things. A smash cake recipe provides a perfect opportunity for them to engage all their senses. From the squishy feel of the frosting to the sweet taste of the cake, every element is a new adventure for them. Parents often enjoy watching their little one’s reactions—whether they dive in enthusiastically or tentatively poke at the cake.

In essence, a smash cake is more than just a birthday cake—it’s a cherished milestone that captures the transition from babyhood to toddlerhood. It’s an invitation for your little one to embrace the joy of being one year old, with all the mess and giggles that come with it. So, if you’re planning a first birthday party, don’t forget to include a smash cake recipe. It’s a tradition that promises fun, laughter, and unforgettable memories.

Healthy Easy Smash Cake Recipe

When it comes to making a smash cake, simplicity is key. That’s why I created this healthy easy smash cake recipe! I love that some parents like myself opt for healthier smash cake versions, using natural sweeteners and wholesome ingredients. That’s why I had to share this recipe with you. It’s one of the easiest things to make and so tasty for babies and parents alike! Making this easy smash cake recipe takes about 30-40 minutes from start to finish if you don’t count the time it takes for the cake to cool. If you really want to get fancy with the cake decorating it could take a but longer though 😆 You’ll have to send me photos of your mini smash cakes! I would LOVE to see how you decorate it. It’s so fun to see the variations and creativity from people. You can email it to me claire@secretlyhealthyhome.com or send me a message on Instagram or Facebook

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How Should I Decorate This Easy Smash Cake?

Smash cakes are often decorated with minimal icing and embellishments to ensure they are safe and easy for little hands to handle. For the smash cake recipes I’ve made for my little 1 year olds I’ve opted to keep it very simple and just use naturally colored sprinkles. Chopped-up fruit would also be a great option if your little one is good with bigger pieces of food.

Healthy Smash Cake Recipe

If you’ve ever google searched, “Smash cake near me.” you’ve probably found a whole host of unhealthy cake options. I didn’t love the idea of giving my tiny one-year-old babies a bunch of refined sugar and flour on their first birthdays. It made me nervous to think how their little bodies would respond. That’s why I created this easy smash cake recipe for myself and now I’m so excited to share it with you. I’ve had countless friends and make this recipe for their little ones too so I knew it was time to make it an official recipe on the blog.

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Cake Smash

A cake smash is a delightful tradition that adds a unique and joyous element to your baby’s first birthday celebration. It involves giving your one-year-old a specially made small cake to dig into, smash, and enjoy without any restrictions. This fun activity results in adorable, candid photos and lets your baby explore the textures and tastes of their very own cake. Watching your little one dive into a cake, with frosting-covered fingers and joyful giggles, creates cherished memories that you’ll treasure for years to come.

The cake smash not only provides endless entertainment but also encourages sensory play, which is crucial for a baby’s development. Allowing your child to touch, taste, and experience the cake in their own way promotes fine motor skills and sensory exploration. If you’re planning your child’s first birthday, incorporating a cake smash is a wonderful way to celebrate this significant milestone.

Healthy Baby Smash Cake Recipe

Creating a healthy baby smash cake ensures that your little one can enjoy their first birthday treat without any of the guilt or sugar overload. My healthy easy smash cake recipe uses wholesome ingredients to provide a delicious and nutritious option. The wet ingredients include ripe speckled bananas, which add natural sweetness and moisture, and pure maple syrup, which can be substituted with honey. A flax egg (or regular egg) and a hint of almond extract complete the mix.

For the dry ingredients, we use a combination of vanilla plant-based protein powder, oat flour, and blanched almond flour. These provide a nutrient-rich base that is packed with protein and fiber. A touch of pink Himalayan salt, naturally colored sprinkles, and baking powder round out the dry mix. This recipe creates a cake that is not only delicious, but it’s gluten-free, vegan-friendly, egg-free, and also aligned with your commitment to your baby’s health.

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Healthy Smash Cake For 1 Year Old

A healthy smash cake for a one-year-old should be both nutritious and enjoyable. My recipe ensures that your baby’s cake is made from wholesome ingredients that are safe and beneficial for their development. The cake uses ripe bananas and pure maple syrup for natural sweetness, and a flax egg provides additional nutrition and binding. These ingredients also make the easy smash cake vegan-friendly and gluten-free!

The dry mix, which includes plant-based protein powder, oat flour, and almond flour, creates a soft, moist cake that is perfect for little hands to smash. By using these nutrient-dense ingredients, you can be confident that your baby is enjoying a treat that supports their growth and development. The cake is easy to make and can be decorated with a light cream cheese frosting and naturally colored sprinkles or whatever you desire!

How Can I Make A Healthy Smash Cake For Baby?

Making a healthy smash cake for your baby is simple with the right ingredients. Start by mashing two ripe speckled bananas until smooth, then mix in a flax egg (or regular egg), pure maple syrup, and almond extract. These wet ingredients add natural sweetness and moisture to the cake.

To the wet ingredients simply add in the vanilla plant-based protein powder, oat flour, blanched almond flour, pink Himalayan salt, and baking powder. Fold these into the wet mixture, along with some naturally colored sprinkles, to create a batter that’s ready to bake. Pour the batter into two 6-inch cake pans and bake at 350°F for 18-25 minutes. Once cooled, frost with a mixture of low-fat cream cheese, Truwhip whipped topping, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. The result is a delicious, healthy smash cake perfect for your little one’s big day, all made in just two bowls!

Healthy Smash Cake For 1st Birthday

A healthy smash cake for your baby’s first birthday is the perfect way to celebrate this important milestone. This easy smash cake recipe combines wholesome ingredients like ripe bananas, flax egg, and pure maple syrup with nutrient-dense flours and protein powder to create a cake that’s as nutritious as it is delicious. 

Decorate the cooled cake with a creamy frosting made from low-fat cream cheese, Truwhip whipped topping, and a touch of maple syrup. This frosting is light, fluffy, and the perfect complement to the moist, flavorful cake. Add some naturally colored sprinkles or fresh fruit on top for an extra festive touch. This healthy smash cake will not only make for adorable photos but also ensure your baby enjoys a treat that’s good for them.

Healthier Smash Cake

A healthier smash cake doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor or fun. My recipe uses whole, natural ingredients to create a cake that’s both tasty and nutritious. By incorporating ripe bananas and pure maple syrup, we ensure the cake is naturally sweet without relying on refined sugars. The combination of oat flour, almond flour, and plant-based protein powder provides a rich source of nutrients, making this cake a healthier option for your baby’s first birthday.

What Kind Of Cake Is Good For A Smash Cake?

The best cake for an easy smash cake is one that is soft, moist, and easy for little hands to dig into. My healthy easy smash cake recipe is just that! I’ve made it for all three of my kids and they each loved it. I’ve also made this easy smash cake recipe for various friends and family member’s babies and they all equally loved it, so I know your little one will too!

Flavors like vanilla and banana are gentle on a baby’s palate and naturally sweet, making them ideal for a first birthday cake. The cake’s texture should be tender and moist, which this combination of ingredients achieves beautifully. The addition of naturally colored sprinkles adds a fun, festive touch without compromising on health.

Is Smash Cake Safe For Babies?

Now you might be thinking, Is it a good idea to have a smash cake? My honest opinion… YES! We’ve done it for all three of our kiddos and have loved each memory of their tiny little hands smushy and eating the cake. Plus, if you use a healthy smash cake recipe like this one, there is no need to fear unhealthy ingredients going into your little babies body. This easy smash cake recipe is totally safe for babies because it uses all whole food ingredients and is sweetened with banana and pure maple syrup. You can substitute the pure maple syrup for honey if you’re comfortable with that option as well. Any baby under 1 year of age should not consume honey though, so be aware if you use honey and maybe have some guests that are younger and wanting to try some.

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Easy Smash Cake Recipe (Healthy + Gluten-Free)

easy smash cake recipe

This Easy Smash Cake Recipe for baby’s first birthday is delicious and naturally sweetened with just banana and pure maple syrup. I’ve used it for all three of my littles and it never disappoints! This recipe is so easy, gluten-free, and has an egg-free vegan option. No refined sugar! Plus, if your little one doesn’t finish it all, you’ll be eating the rest yourself, it’s that good!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes

Ingredients

Wet

  • 2 medium ripe speckled bananas (about 1½ cups when mashed)
  • 1 flax egg (1 Tbs. ground flax) + 2 Tbs. water) (or one regular egg)
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup (can sub honey) (you can use less than this or omit it)
  • 1 tsp. almond extract

Dry

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • ½ block (4 oz) low-fat cream cheese or vegan cream cheese (softened)
  • 1⅓ cup Truwhip whipped topping or coconut whipped cream
  • 3 Tbs. pure maple syrup or honey
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • optional: ¼ tsp. almond extract

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 °F and line two 6-inch cake pans with parchment paper or grease with coconut oil.

    2. In a medium bowl, add the ripe bananas and mash with the back of a fork until smooth. Mix in the rest of the wet ingredients until smooth.

    3. Fold in protein powder, oat flour, almond flour and pink salt until just combined. Then, fold in sprinkles and baking powder.

    4. Transfer batter to the mini cake pans and bake at 350 °F for 18-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs. Let cool completely.

    5. While the cake cools, make the cream cheese frosting. Add all frosting ingredients to a stand mixer or medium bowl. Beat on high with an electric mixer until very smooth, 2-3 minutes (make sure your cream cheese is very soft to achieve the perfect smooth texture).

    6. Frost the cake and decorate with more naturally colored sprinkles, fresh fruit, or toppings of choice. Let your little one devour! Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days or freeze for up to 3 months!

Notes

Be sure to check if your flax seeds are expired. I usually buy my flax seeds whole and then grind them in a coffee grinder so they are fresh. Then I store them in the freezer ground or whole to ensure they don't go rancid.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1 large cake for baby

Serving Size:

1/2 a cake (they probably will only eat about 1/4 of it)

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1045Total Fat: 23.9gCarbohydrates: 130.6gNet Carbohydrates: 117.6gFiber: 13gSugar: 72gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 22.6g

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