First Birthday Smash Cake

First Birthday Smash Cake


Your baby turning one is an exciting time and it's often tempting to get them a sugary cake. After avoiding foods high in sugar when weaning your tot, it's important to continue a healthy food regime. The last thing you want is your little one having an energy spike followed by a crash on their big day. Instead, celebrate your baby's first birthday with this healthy, sugar free smash cake recipe just for them. Don't be afraid to let them get stuck in and messy on their big day!

Cook time: 30 Minutes
Makes: 1 smash cake


4-5 ripe bananas, peeled
150g homemade or unsweetened applesauce (2 small apples stewed and blended)
300g whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoons. pure, natural vanilla extract

230g cream cheese
50ml raisin juice (cover 50g raisins in warm water for 30minutes and use the syrup that forms)
2 teaspoons pure, natural vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a medium sized square or number one cake tin and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl mash the bananas. Add the vanilla extract and mix well.
  3. Add the apple sauce to the banana mixture and stir to combine.
  4. To a separate bowl, add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix together.
  5. Fold the flour mix into the banana apple mixture until fully incorporated.
  6. Spread the batter evenly into the pan. Bake for 30 minutes until golden and cooked through.
  7. Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  8. Meanwhile prepare the icing: Add the cream cheese to a clean bowl. 
  9. Soften the cheese by creaming with a fork or the back of a spoon 
  10. Whisk the cheese with the raisin juice until smooth. Add the vanilla extract and mix until creamy. 
  11. Decorate as desired, we love adding fruits such as blueberries, strawberries and raspberries! Like we did, you can even cut up a square cake and arrange it in to the shape of a one if you don't have a number one cake tin.

If you fancy adding some colour to the cake or icing, we suggest using the following natural methods to get your desired colours. With any fruit or vegetables you can stew and then strain them to obtain a concentrated liquid which will provide colouring:

Red – Beetroot, pomegranate or cranberries
Pink – Raspberries, strawberries, cherries, hibiscus or rose
Orange – Carrot juice
Yellow – Turmeric*
Green – Spinach puree (or other leafy greens), chlorella, liquid chlorophyll
*Only add around ¼ teaspoon to avoid an overpowering taste.

Weaning and Storage
This is a low sugar alternative cake. Under 1 year offer small amount as a finger food.

Our larger portion pots are perfect for storing any leftover cake pieces from this recipe.