First Birthday Smash Cake
If you’re looking for a healthy cake for your baby’s first birthday, this is your recipe! This First Birthday Smash Cake is super moist without any added sugars or oils for your baby’s first time eating cake. This cake is healthy, tasty, and perfectly smashable!
Baby’s First Birthday Cake
Here’s the dilemma. You want your baby to have an adorable, memorable time squishing his chubby little hands in a smash cake on their first birthday. But you don’t want your baby to have lots of sugar or artificial colors and flavors quite yet.
The solution is easy……make your own smash cake! A smash cake is supposed to be a cake that you give your baby on their first baby to basically dig their hands into and eat while everyone takes photos and oohs and ahs. (which ironically usually makes the baby nervous and apprehensive about digging into the cake)
My First Birthday Smash 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 so you can feel good about letting your baby dig in.
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 have yet.
Ingredients in First Birthday Smash Cake
- Fruit Puree – This recipe calls for peaches and banana. You can use a variety of different fruits to make the puree for this recipe. Pears, banana, applesauce, strawberries, or mango.
- Whole Milk – gives this cake a good texture and flavor. See below for milk substitutes.
- Egg – one large egg. Ff your baby can’t have eggs, see below for substitutes.
- Vanilla – adds yummy flavor.
- Flour – you can use all-purpose flour, whole wheat, or even oat flour.
- Cream – heavy cream for the frosting.
- Maple Syrup – this adds a subtle sweetness in the frosting.
How to Make A 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, then cool on a rack.
- The frosting is simply whipped cream! Use a stand-mixer or hand beaters to whip heavy cream. Add maple syrup for a bit of sweetness.
- Frost cake when cooled and add fresh fruit for garnish, and a candle of course!
Ingredient Substitutions for First Birthday Cake
- Dairy–Free: use almond or coconut milk in place of regular whole milk. Instead of heavy cream, use a can of coconut cream or full fat coconut milk. Make sure it is chilled and then place in a chilled mixing bowl. Beat for 30 seconds with a mixer until creamy.
- Gluten-Free: Instead of wheat flour, you can use oat flour 1:1 ratio. You can make your own by blending oats in a blender to make a finer powder, or just purchase from the store.
- Egg-Free: You can replace the egg in this recipe with a few different options:
- Carbonated Water (it really works!): 1/4 cup carbonated water = 1 large egg
- Baking Powder Mixture: 2 tablespoons water + 2 teaspoons baking powder + 1 teaspoon vegetable oil = 1 large egg
- Flax Egg: 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds and 3 tablespoons of water = 1 large egg
Frequently Asked Questions about First Birthday Cake
- Can babies have cake on their first birthday? Yes! It is perfectly healthy for your baby turning 1 to have cake. It is important for our kids to learn to have a healthy relationship with food and to know how to manage their food environment. This is a great way to help them learn.
- What is a Smash Cake? A smash cake is basically a tiny cake meant for just your baby on their first birthday. The idea is that they will dig into it and ‘smash’ it while eating.
- What kind of cake is this cake recipe? The flavor is most like a mild tasting spice cake, but more fruity.
- Can other fruits be used in this recipe? Yes! You can use whatever kind of fruit you like – as long as it adds up to 1/2 cup fruit puree. I would recommend bananas, peaches, applesauce, strawberries, or pears.
- Can I use baby food for the fruit puree? Yep – that is a great idea.
- How dense is this cake? If you make it as the recipe states, it is a very moist and somewhat dense cake kind of like a zucchini bread.
- Can I make the cake ahead of time? Absolutely! In fact I would recommend it since the day of your child’s birthday can get kind of hectic. Make and bake the cake, and let it cool. Then wrap in plastic wrap and store in the freezer until ready to frost for the big day!
Ideas for Decorating A Smash 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 cornstarch 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.
- Sprinkle dye-free sprinkles on top. We like the colors of this brand.
More Healthy Cake Ideas
- Healthy pumpkin spice cake
- Chocolate zucchini bundt cake
- Vanilla cake with strawberry frosting
- Double chocolate banana cake
First Birthday Smash Cake
- 1/2 cup fruit puree
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup peaches see notes for other options
- 1 small banana
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup optional
- Blend fruit together in a food processor until liquefied. You will need 1/2 cup fruit puree for the batter
- Whisk your fruit puree, milk, egg, and vanilla together.
- In a separate bowl, combine 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.
- Whip cream until light and fluffy. Stire in maple syrup for added sweetness.
- Frost cake and decorate with fresh berries or sprinkles. Refridgerate until your baby is ready to smash!
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What can you sustatute the banana with
Do you have anything for allergy free my nephew is allergic to eggs milk and lots of other things
Thank you so much for featuring our Pirate Cake! I love how your cupcakes turned out. So cute!
Great idea minus the milk yuck can almond or coconut milk be used?
I would suggest Organic Products and Spelt flour with almond flour instead of wheat. Too many people have developed gluten sensitivities (which also includes soy, corn as well). Or, how about brown rice or kamut flour? Have you tried using these?
Well he is also allergic to almonds and all kinds of nuts also.
Maybe this might help?
@Erica- I agree with lupe- any fruits will work. Just get 1/2 cup of fruit puree, and the recipe shouldn’t change much at all.
I think it could Cas! Let us know.
Ok, no almond flour then
Hi can you use tinned peaches in fruit juice drained?
what can be used instead of a dairy based milk for the cake and cream for the icing? I have a daughter allergic to dairy based products.
can other fruits besides peaches be used with the banana?
WHat can be used to replace the whipping cream?
Do you think it would be good if I used cocoanut flour? Would it still be 1cup then?
You can try this with coconut milk? http://ohsheglows.com/2012/08/30/coconut-whipped-cream-a-step-by-step-photo-tutorial/ to sweeten it use agava or even maple syrup or just plain old powered sugar if you don’t mind using it. Hope this helps!
Cans are lined with metals and plastics. I wouldn’t suggest using canned foods. We want to eliminate toxins in our environment not add more.
She may know that. Lol. But it is possible to use tinned peaches .
Thank you and I’m going shopping today so will be keeping an eye out for peaches xx
@christian- check out Lisa’s link below! It’s a way to make it with coconut milk!
Any fruit could be used. Just get 1/2 cup of fruit puree.
I haven’t baked with coconut flour Deb. Have you used it as a substitute before? How did it turn out for you?
I used frozen peaches, that have been defrosted if you don’t want to use canned.
Looking for snacks for my 1 year old.
My son turns one in 1 month and I have been having a hard time deciding what to do for his cake – but I think this made my decision for me! Thank you so much for sharing!
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Is the cooking time and temperature the same for regular size cupcakes? Thank you…I can’t wait to try this recipe for my little one’s birthday!
Sorry Lisa- the cooking time is for the small cake itself. Muffins I would only cook for 15 minutes. Thanks for noticing, I’ll edit that to be more clear.
Fantastic recipe! Will be trying tomorrow, fingers crossed my baking skills are up to it! When you say “vanilla” in what way do you mean it? Do you take a vanilla pod and remove the seeds? Is there another format I don’t know about? Sorry, but I’m no expert at baking or cooking! 🙂 Thanks a million!
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Hi @Sara- I just mean vanilla extract. I actually haven’t tried using a vanilla bean, but I need to soon!
could you tell me how dense the cake was?
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What kind of milk did you use? Whole, skim, etc.? Does it matter?
@Kristina- I used 2% but it doesn’t really matter for this cake.
I didn’t think it was very dense at all @colleen
Can I use regular unbleached flour instead of wheat flour? I’m wondering if the cooking time and ingredient ratios will all stay the same.
Trying this in Feb for baby 6…..I always felt I was making a healthier choice making carrot cake (still has too much sugar) for their first cake but this looks AWESOME, thanks for sharing this recipe!
Love your website! Thanks for all the lovely recipes 🙂 Can I use pineapple instead of peaches?
Hi,Can we replace the egg.As I’m vegetarian.
Hello. This looks very yummy and looking forward to giving it a go.
…but I have a question for you. You mention that cakes have processed oils in them and it has stumped me to work out what oil people are putting in cakes. My basic vanilla cake recipe has flour, baking powder, butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and milk.
I am not trying to suggest My recipe is sugar free or anything just curious about the oil comment.
I’m wondering if you could use baby food since its already pureed. I’m so over stocked from WIC!
Yes Vijaya. You can replace the eggs with a standard flax and water mixture.
Usually when you cook with a cake mix, you add oil and eggs.
Thank you for clearing that up. I was thinking I had been making cakes wrong all these year. I don’t use packet mixes due to cost and who knows what goes in to them!
Must admit I am a bit biased to give up sugar though – 3rd generation sugar cane farmer here!! But I have tried your cake and it was delicious. I have a choc brownie recipe that uses apple puree that my children love so I will give it up occasionally.
Ursula- sounds like we need your brownie recipe! 🙂
Can you use just egg yolks? My baby hasn’t tried egg whites yet. Or maybe something you can use instead of eggs?
I’m not sure how well the yolk alone would work Shannon- perhaps an egg substitute would be better if you don’t want to use the whole egg.
I had looked around for a while for a recipe for my son’s first Birthday and when I came across yours knew it was perfect. Lachie loved it so did we and his Grandparents!
It was such a success that I am making it for my husbands Birthday so Lachie can join us for cake too!
Thanks for the great recipe 🙂
I’m not a big fan of bananas. Can you taste them in the cake? Is it possible to swap out the banana for something else?
It does have a bit of a banana bread flavor. You can try to swap out other fruits instead.
Hi Amy! I need help asap. Next week i want to bake this cake again but for a bigger crowd and i’ll assemble a bunny. I need two 7 inch pans and one 8 inch. How can i get this amount of batter? Thanks! PLEASE be quick replying!
You would want to triple the recipe for that much cake! Good luck!!
Thaaaank you!!! Will try and let you know ??
Think it work without the baking powder? I try to avoid it because of the aluminum.
Probably not Mary, since it’s needed for rising. But you can just buy aluminum free baking powder, couldn’t you? that’s what we get.
Wow, I know I’ve come across some recipes that have great reviews but they just do not turn out. This was not the case! WOW so good, I absolutely loved it! It is perfect . My only regret is not doing this for my daughters 1st birthday, but now she’s gonna have a great 2nd birthday cake 😉 thanks for the great recipe!!!
I wanted to ask if you think it would be possible to use breast milk instead of all the milk and cream
I have no idea how that works!? If you’ve done it in other baked goods, than I would say yes!
Has anyone tried an alternate flour with this (baby and I are celiac-ies)? Curious if coconut flour works or if I should just use GF flour? I’m guessing almond will be too moist and just fall apart…Thanks in advance!
Is the cake that’s pictured a single or double recipe?
Just one Amber! (plus a few cupcakes)
Hi, i would Like to use spelt flour, do you think it will be ok? Cheers
Hi Paula, I’ve honestly never used spelt flour, I”m not sure how it reacts, or if it’s a good substitute or not.
Hi ladies, just a quick one, for the cream frosting, how did you get it to ‘stick?’ I mean, is it a special type of cream or just the normal double cream? Or is it whipping cream? Because I guess normal cream won’t ‘stick’ to the cake as its liquid? Thanks!! KimX
Kim- it was heavy whipping cream. We whisked it until it was stiff!
Can the birthday cake be prepared in advance and frozen? How far in advance can it be prepared?
Amanda- I’m not too efficient in the freezing baked cakes category, but I definitely wouldn’t freeze the frosting! I’d only prepare this one day in advance and no longer.
I’ve tried this recipe twice for in preparation for my son’s first birthday but the inside of the muffins always seem like it’s uncooked even though it’s been in the oven for 30 mins. I put it casing like the ones in your picture and put it in the oven at 180 degree Celsius for 30 min and it’s still doughy inside.
Am I doing something wrong?
Margaret- are you at high altitude perhaps? Maybe adding a bit more flour would help. I would start with 1/4 cup extra flour.
This would be perfect for any age birthday. Think I’m going to make this for my daughter’s 7th birthday next month. But strawberries instead of peaches. How many strawberries or size of frozen strawberries package should I use? And could I use all purpose flour as that is all I have.
Ashley- you want to go for 1/2 cup of fruit, once it’s all blended together.
How did the cake turn out with the strawberries? I’m thinking of doing that too. Thanks!!
I am so glad i found this.
My sons first birthday is coming up,so this will be perfect.
My question is : did you used the same mixture for the cake and muffins ?
Thank you ! 🙂
Yes Daniela- the exact same!
Hi, I’m going to try this for my daughger’s first birthday, sounds great! Just wondering if I could use a cream cheese frosting instead of whipped cream? Thanks!
Yes, that would be delicious!
Hi! New mom here and a novice baker. Do glad I found your recipe, can’t wait to try it for my son’s first Bday. Question: is there a way to naturally “color” the frosting?
Yes @jacqueline. We’ve used a little beet juice to color it pink, or blueberry juice for blue!
Great recipe it seems but I have had this cake (in a 6 inch pan) for over 45 minutes now and it has formed a crust all around it but the inside is almost raw… Can you tell me what I did wrong? Thank you. (Oven is at 350 F)
Oh no! Did you make sure you only had 1/2 cup of liquified fruit? And was it blended until it was drippy? Also, did you use whole wheat flour?
Hey! Cant wait to give this a go for my sons first birthday! Question : could i use coconut oil in place of butter milk? How much shoukd i use? Thanks!
I’ve never made that substitute Megan. I don’t think they do the same thing.
So glad I found this! If I double the recipe and put it in a bigger pan will it still rise? I want to do a big cake
Made this for my son’s first birthday and it was a HUGE hit. Thanks! Made it in 4 little person sized cakes and he loved the cake better than the cream and his favourite mandarin oranges that were on it! I’m going to make it again in a mini muffin tin for yummy snack times. ?
Hi! Thanks for the recipe. I tried baking this but the muffins turned out to be quite dense ?. I did not overmix..and the banana flavour was predominant.
Thanks for the recipe! May I ask what would happen if we left out the salt?
I don’t think you can leave it out Daniel, but I haven’t tried i t.
Many thanks for replying Amy, and many thanks indeed for the recipe! I tried it and it was the first cake I’ve ever baked. I didn’t add the salt and it was a success, to my wife and I at least, coming out like a cake-like and light banana bread. Now just the real test at my son’s first birthday party to come!
Hi Amy! My cake turned out like one of the previous comments said: with a crust outside and raw-like on the inside 🙁 I used a puree of banana, persimmon and mango. I used the brown flour and followed all the recipe. I want to make it a second time. Did you use an electric beater or just hand whisking and mixing? Any suggestions? Thanks!
Oh, also it did not rise a lot… 🙁
A great cake, rose beautifully, thanks for the recipe!
Ok, tried it again with an apple-banana puree (with a touch of cinnamon) and it’s freeking delicious ? Still didn’t rise much much it baked beautifully, light and fluffy inside, just the right crunch on the outside. A bit like a sweet bread. Soooo yummy! Nothing like NOT giving up. I’ll sandwich it and frost it with the same fruit puree because it’s for a bunch of small kids 🙂 Thanks all!
Haha!! Patricia!! Sorry for my super delayed reply!! I’m so glad you tried again. So many recipes don’t work out the first time, in my experience (especially breads!) Thanks for being a reader!!
Can this cake be made without adding salt?
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We are not in the peaches season. What could I use to replace it?
Hi. Great recipe but can replace the buttermilk with almond milk alone or the almond milk still need to be mixed with lemon juice
Here’s how I tweaked the recipe for no dairy, gluten, or nuts:
Sub recipes flour for standard gluten free 1 to 1 baking flour any brand will work, I combined two brands cause that’s what I had
Frozen and defrosted peaches worked great
Used 1/2 cup coconut milk (refrigerated section not canned) plus 1 tablespoon of vinegar instead of buttermilk
For icing: can of coconut CREAM, pu in frig for an hour. Put mixing bowl and beaters in freezer. When solid, put just the solid coconut cream in bowl, don’t use any of the liquid in the can, and whip until stiff.
Turned out perfect and delicious all babies with and without food allergies lovedddd!
Thank you for this yummy recipe that allowed me the base to work off of! Hope these subs help others in need ☺️
Hi! So I just trialled this before my little girl’s first birthday next Monday, and it has come out really flat and with a “bubble” of over the surface!! What have I done wrong?!? Never seen cake look like this before!! Your help is much appreciated 🙂
Hi Sarah, sorry to hear it didn’t turn out for you! I’m not sure how vigorously you mixed the wet and dry ingredients, but it helps not to OVER mix the two. Over-mixing can make baked goods like this one turn out a bit flat.
Can I replace the banana with other fruits?
Hi Gallie! We haven’t tried using other fruits besides banana; the cake might turn out a bit less sweet. But if you try it, please let us know how it turns out!
I’d Love to try this recipe for my little one’s 1st birthday party cake!! 🙂
Can the peaches be subbed out for another fruit (blueberries, apples or extra bananas?)
I love this. I want to get my family eating better. This is so inspiring! Thank you.
How deep is the cake pan?
Hi Jane, a 2-3 inch cake pan is plenty deep for this cake.
Would the cake work the same if you replaced the peaches with pears instead?
Hi Erica! We haven’t tried it with pears, but it sounds delicious. If you try it, please let us know how it turns out!
So good used baby food pouch apple and summer peach Gerber organics brand since I couldn’t find peaches at the store. So good. I got store bought cake for the adults but everyone ate the cupcakes instead made 24. So good gonna make cake like this all the time. I used unbleached flour instead of whole wheat as well. Wish I could leave a picture not sure how to do this.
I made this cake and it was awful. Having to make another cake now using a better recipe. It puffed up full of air and had a thick shiny skin on the outside. No flavour apart from whole-wheat flour. Thanks for wasting my time.
This is a really delicious cake! I baked it for my daughter’s first birthday last year and I’m going to bake it again this year! I prepared everything three times and then baked it like I did last year to have enough for the party guests. Everyone loved it! I loved knowing that I was feeding my daughter something healthier than a cake full of sugar. The only thing I did differently was I used coconut cool whip to frost. I haven’t been able to make the coconut milk work as a frosting for me. But, I will try the coconut frosting again! Thank you for the recipe!
I made this last weekend as a trial for my son’s first birthday without the topping. I used frozen peaches because peaches are not in season now and a very ripe banana. It took twenty five minutes longer to bake than advised – not sure why but that’s when the toothpick came out clean. To me, it doesn’t taste like cake but more like a healthy breakfast bread. I’m sure with the whipped maple cream topping it would be sweeter. That said, my son loved it and I’m glad it is not bad or too sweet for him. It’s also not bad for us so my husband and I didn’t feel bad about eating the leftovers either. I’ll be making it again for his party but getting traditional cake for the adults.
What’s the full recipe it’s only showing the banana and peaches!
Hi Emma, sorry for the mixup! We made some big updates to the site last week and a few of the recipes got a little glitchy on us. The full recipe should be back now. Thanks for your patience!
Can you make the whipped cream ahead of time and the consistency still be okay?
Hi Kim! Great question. Whipped cream starts to separate if you make it too far in advance. It’s best to make it fresh if you can, however I have had success adding a pinch of corn starch to whipped cream so it holds up when made ahead.
Hey. I am planning to use this recipe to make a 2 layered smash cake for my son’s first birthday day after tomorrow. Can I bake 2 of these cakes and stack them with frosting in middle and would I need to double the frosting amount too? Also can I make it 24 hours earlier including the frosting and if yes would you recommend to store it in fridge or room temperature ? Looking forward to your reply.Thanks a lot!!
Hi Anna! Yes, you can make two of these cakes and stack them. It’s also OK to make this recipe ahead of time and refrigerate. I would wait until the day of the party to frost the cake, and double the amount of frosting just so you can be sure to have enough for the double-layer cake. I hope this helps. Happy birthday to your son!
Thanks for this recipe!
I made this cake for my two years old birthday this weekend.
Tripled the recipe;
I used banana and apricot puree (the fruits I add left!), added a little bit of erythritol and cocoa powder to make it chocolaty.
Frosted it with a dark chocolate ganache (which is basically chocolate whipped cream).
The family loved it, the teenagers went for seconds and the banana-haters never guessed there was banana in it.
The cake was moist, super tasty and, to top it all, looked good!
Too bad I can’t add a picture!
Thanks again for this recipe.
Awesome, thanks for sharing Catherine!
Can I make this chocolate? I like your chocolate cake recipes, but I’m looking for one like this that has no added sugar for my baby boys first birthday….
Hi Alicia! You could try adding a few tablespoons of cocoa powder, though cocoa powder does have a bitter taste on it’s own and it may reduce the sweetness of the finished cake. It still sounds like a good experiment! If you try it, please come back and let us know how it turned out.
Made this for my twins first birthday this weekend. It tastes great and I love that there is not any sugar or oil added. Only complaint is that it did turn out a little dense. One of the twins dug in and the other was not a fan. Both loved the whipped cream icing and I added blueberries for color.
I want to make this for my son’s first birthday. I’m just a little confused, the peaches and banana fruit puree is this then used in the batter? Sorry I don’t bake cakes often and I want to get it right the first time.
Also could I Subaru something else for the peaches?
Thank you in advance.
Hi Ciara! Yes, the puree is part of the batter. After you puree the fruits, mix them together with the other wet ingredients. Then combine the wet and dry ingredients just before baking. As for the peaches, I think you could substitute another favorite fruit in its place and the cake would still turn out. Mango would probably be great!
I’m so thankful I found this recipe for my son’s first birthday cake. I would like to make it as a two layer cake. I noticed the cake in the photo is also two layers. Does the recipe make enough to layer or should I double it? Thank you in advance!
Hi Olivia, if you’re baking the cake in two 6-inch pans, you should double to recipe to get two layers.
I made this. And was too dense. I didn’t measure the purée after liquifying it. Tasted a lot like banana. I substituted whole milk for oat milk to make the buttermilk, and used spelt whole wheat flour. I will try again for baby’s party. This was a practice batch.
Also made a dairy free whip topping.
Used coconut milk cream
1/4 tsp coconut sugar
And whipped it and topped the cake.
I am making this for my daughters first birthday. I want to make it in an Extra deep 6in pan that would result in a two layer cake. Do I double the recipe? Also any suggestions for bake time?
Thanks! I am a bit worried it won’t turn out, but would prefer not to have to make the two layers separately
Hi Melissa, based on what you describe then yes, I would try doubling the recipe. I’m not sure about the bake time but it would definitely be at least 5-10 minutes longer. I hope this helps!
If I wanted to make this cake a tad sweeter, would the addition of maple syrup or brown sugar completely ruin the consistency of it?
Hi Kathryn, you can add a little bit of brown sugar to this recipe and it will still turn out!
Hi! Could this be made with unsweetened almond milk? Is the vanilla necessary to add? I worry about the alcohol in it and sugar in pure vanilla. Thank you for any suggestions.
Hi Angella, you can make those substitutions if you like! The amount of alcohol in pure vanilla is exceedingly small, and cooks off in the oven anyway. It’s also sugar-free. So personally I wouldn’t be concerned about using it. But if it makes you more comfortable to leave it out, that’s OK too! The cake will still turn out.
Wondering can you make this ahead of time and freeze this kind of cake (talking about just cake not the topping) or does that not work because of the puréed fruit in it?
Hi Brandy, I haven’t tried freezing this, but I would expect it to work well!
Hi I would like to ask. Is this recipe for one 6 inch tin or 2. It says you have used two tins and at notes it says its for one 6 inch tin
Thank you so much
Hi Monika, the amounts in the recipe will make one single-layer 6-inch cake. If you’d like a taller layer cake with frosting in the middle, you’ll want to double the batter recipe.
Surely try this for my little one’s first birthday.
Hi! thanks for your recipe, planning to try baking it for my baby’s 1st bday. Is it ok to only use 1/2 cup of bananas as the fruit puree? or do i need to add another fruit to it? thanks
Hi Monica! I would think it’s OK to just use 1/2 cup banana puree if you don’t want to add any other fruits.
Will definitely be trying this for my little girls first birthday cake. Finally a recipe that doesn’t include honey! Thank you!
Hii has anyone used regular white flour? Does it change the density or bake time?
What do you mean by organic cream?
Sorry – that was a typo! It should say heavy cream.
Surely try this for my little one’s first birthday.
Thank You It was amazing and my Son loved it so he ate it more than he get to smash it ?
I used only 1 portion – I baked it in a small (smaller than 6”) heart shape baking tin; I was able to slice it into half horizontally and added a thin layer of strawberry marmalade before the whip cream to hold it together to get the 2 layers.
I also Blueberries to make the No “1” on top of the cream. I will post a photo of the cake in IG since I’m not able to post it here.
Do I add the maple syrup to the cream
Yes! Whip the maple syrup into the cream. 🙂
Could we just do the milk and leave out the lemon/ buttermilk?
You can! The buttermilk just aids in making a lighter, more tender cake. 🙂
Awful! There must be a mistake in the recipe becuase 1/4 teaspoon salt makes for a very salty cake! Texture is also more brioche like than cake like. Do NOT recommend. Good thing I tested this ahead of the birthday.
I’m sorry it didn’t turn out for you!
Hi great recipe. Thought you might want to mention cooling the cake and time required before icing and garnishing. I know this but possibly newcomers to baking may not
Thanks for mentioning that!
This was a fantastic recipe! I felt great giving this as a smash cake for my 1 year old. I also double the recipe and made a separate cake for s small amount of guests. It’s not your traditional sugary birthday cake but it is tasty! It compares more to a muffin taste and consistency. I also used a yogurt frosting instead… Greek yogurt, maple syrup, and vanilla. Thank you for sharing!!!
So glad it was a hit! Thanks for sharing- happy birthday to your LO!
I am making this for my daughter tomorrow but only have a 9 inch cake pan. How do i calculate measurements for 9 inch?
Hi Amy – what would you suggest as a no sugar (not just refined sugar) replacement for the vanilla extract as I’d like to make it no-added sugar free completely and vanilla extract has on average 0.5G of sugar per tsp – I know that’s not much but any ideas? Or just leave it out completely do you think? Thanks!!
You can just leave it out. 🙂
I’m not sure what I’ve done? Something is wrong with my texture…the only difference being I used sliced pineapples. It’s made for a very baked outside but very wet inside? Any ideas?
There may have been a bit too much moisture.. you can try covering it lightly with foil to help bake through without the crust becoming too brown.
Would it be ok to make that amount and split it in two 4 X 1 1/2 round or do I need to double the ingredients and just have left overs.
I want to make this tonight
That should work just fine! Enjoy!
I was very successful on making your delicious cake the baby loved it , thank you .
I just practiced this cake for my twins’ first birthday. I find it quite dry. Is that the whole wheat flour? Is there a way to make it more moist?
A lack of sugar will produce a drier cake. You can try adding an additional egg yolk, or a couple extra tablespoons of buttermilk or sour cream!
Hi Amy, what can be used instead of whipped cream? Can I use cheese spread (lactose free for my allergic son) and how would I make the frosting then? Shall I use eggs and mix them with the cheese spread or just add that on the cake by itself? I have a 9-inch baking tray can you help me with the proportions? Your help is much appreciated.
You could use a cheese spread, or even a non-dairy whipped cream. For a 9-inch baking tray, I would maybe do 1 1/2 times the recipe. 🙂 Good luck- hope he enjoys it!
I made this cake for my granddaughters 1st Birthday! She loved it! I followed the recipe. This cake came out very delicious and moist.
I’m so glad I found your page. I made this cake for my granddaughters 1st Birthday! She loved it! I followed the recipe. This cake came out delicious and moist. Thank you.
Wow, this cake looks amazing. I look forward to making this soon. Thanks a lot for sharing the recipe.
The recipe looks amazing! I read in a previous review that the image of the cake is just one batch of the recipe. (But that comment was from 2015) Did you just cut the cake in half after baking it? Or were the pictures updated at all? Thanks!! Looking forward to making this for my son’s first birthday 🙂
We actually used a double batch for the photos! 🙂 Happy birthday to your son!
I made your cake twice thinking I did something wrong the first time.
It looks like bread, has the consistency of a bread… dense, hard on the exterior.
Taste wise, it is nice. It was nice for the rest of the family to eat it as a snack…
I am now starting on a different recipe as my son’s first birthday is in 2 days.
Sorry to hear this didn’t work for you! Happy birthday to your son!
I am all about the hidden veggies and fruits when it comes to feeding my little one. My bestie hates to cook so I volunteered to make the cake for her kiddos second birthday. It was a total hit. I love the addition of the healthy ingredients and it still tasted delicious. Thank you for making me look like a hero!
So glad it was a hit! Thanks for sharing!!
Do you have to double this recipe to do I two layers? I’m not clear on that.
It depends on how big your cake pans are. If you do smaller 5 inch, then one recipe should be enough for a double layer.
The “cake” turned out odd. It was bubbly and uneven on the top once baked. I did double the recipe and used a 5 inch pan and was able to get three cakes, so I cut off the uneven tops. The texture is like an english muffin. I’m afraid my daughter will not be able to break this cake up as a smash cake though because of the tough texture.
The recipe looks amazing, thank you for sharing! I’m so glad I found it and I can’t wait to try it soon.
OMG, this looks so yummy. Thank God I have found this.
Tomorrow is my Mom’s birthday and I’m gonna make this one.
Thank you! 🙂
I tried this recipe but my cake didn’t rise. It was very dense and slightly cracked on the edge of the cake. Just wonder if anyone can help me figure out what have gone wrong. I am guessing I might have put too much fruit purée in. I used the amount described in the recipe, however I yield 1 cup of purée rather than half of a cup.
The recipe is a super delicious, but I do recommend adding a little vanilla extract :)), some people can do this, because even me, a 12-year-old, it has been super easy 🙂
Hi Natalie! This recipe is a brilliant idea. Of course, we all want our kids to enjoy their smash cake but are afraid to be consuming all the sugars a regular cake would have. Well, for this recipe, we are assured that only nutrient-rich foods are present without them knowing but still taste yummy. I will try to add cocoa powder the next time to give it a chocolate flavor. Thank you for this!
Hello! Can I substitute the whole milk with breast milk?
Although there may be some changes in flavor and consistency, it should work just fine as a substitute.