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Healthy Smash Cake! Naturally sweetened, healthy vegan smash cake. Made with flax, bananas, applesauce and frosted with a sugar-free coconut frosting.
And just like that, my sweet baby is 1.
Fellow parents, I know you know how monumental this occasion feels. It’s hard to explain the mix of emotions that happen when you realize that your baby has been your baby for 365 rotations of the earth. Van’s still my baby, but he’s quickly moving on to toddlerhood.
So, we celebrated with a healthy smash cake. We celebrated his first birthday and, just as importantly, the milestone as parents. The first year is rough. Motherhood has been complicated, messy and filled with self-doubt. More importantly though, it’s been the most joyous, peaceful and gratifying path I’ve ever walked.
All of the cliche’s are true; it really is the most incredible kind of of love.
We hosted a big party in celebration this weekend at a local park. Our friends and parents showed up to eat, play and watch this guy eat smash this cake.
Of course, it’s hard to have a first birthday party without a cake to celebrate! This healthy smash cake is perfect for those of you who want the experience of doing a smash cake without having one that’s loaded with sugar, butter and artificial colors. For parents who are vegan or have kids with allergies, this one is also free of eggs or dairy.
I went back and forth for a trying to decide if I was going to make a healthy smash cake or just a regular one and ultimately decided to do a healthy one.
Why? Well, for starters, Vander doesn’t know any different. I’m sure he would have loved a ‘regular’ cake but since he’s none the wiser, I didn’t feel like I needed to introduce sugar to him here.
Additionally I knew with all of the festivities, he was going to be stimulated enough. Therefore, I didn’t want to give him a ton of sugar on top of that.
Let me preface this by saying that removing sugar from baked goods alters the texture and flavor. This vegan smash cake is great and perfect for a 1st birthday smash, but it is dense and not sweet- even with using the banana and applesauce.
So don’t expect fluffy white cake from the grocery store, because it’s not that.
For the cake:
For the frosting:
You can use any kind of dairy-free milk for this, though I’m partial to oat milk as I like it in baking. I used. White whole wheat flour is my preference here for this recipe as the cake it pretty dense, 100% whole wheat would make it even denser.
For a gluten-free cake, I’d recommend using a gluten-free flour blend like a 1:1 blend. I haven’t tried it with other gluten-free flours like oat flour or almond flour and therefore can’t guarantee success.
The ripe banana and applesauce lend are natural sweeteners without added sugar. However, I made this cake slightly on the sweeter side with adding in a few tablespoons of maple syrup. You can omit that if you’d like.
I prefer to frost this with my coconut whipped cream frosting and it’s gorgeous with a pile fresh berries on top.
Healthy Smash Cake Recipe Instructions
Place the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix together: flour, baking soda/powder, pie spice and salt.
In a blender, puree together the banana, applesauce, milk, flax seed, maple syrup and teaspoon vanilla extract. You can combine by hand, but I find that a blender makes the banana creamier and easier to mix into the cake.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined, taking care not to over mix the mixture.
Lightly spray and flour two 4″ cake pans (or two 6-inch cake pans or an 8″ cake pan, or cupcakes.) Divide batter and cook for 20-22 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Remove and set on a cooling rack for 10 minutes; then remove from pan and cool completely.
Open the can and spoon the hardened white cream into the base of a stand mixer or a bowl fitted with a hand mixer. Discard the water at the bottom, or use in another recipe. (Adding too much of the water will make a thinner frosting and won’t turn out the same.)
Add the cream of tarter to the bowl and beat until fluffy and able to hold stiff peaks; this may take ~8 minutes. Place in the fridge until ready to frost.
If you want 4 cake layers, then divide the cake layers in half. Add a dollop of the frosting to the top of the cakes, spread out in an even layer, then add the other cake on top. Spread the rest of the coconut whip on top to the rest of the cake and frost. Then, gently adhere shredded coconut to the top/sides, if desired.
As you can tell by these photos, he loved this healthy smash cake! It took him a moment to figure out that he could eat it, but then the fun began.
I hope you love this vegan cake as much as he did. Free of refined sugars and make with whole grains, perfect for your little’s first birthday!
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Vegan healthy smash cake! If you’re looking for a naturally sweetened, healthy vegan smash cake THIS IS IT! Made with flax, bananas, applesauce and frosted with a sugar-free coconut frosting. Perfect for a 1st birthday party!
For the cake:
For the frosting: