Your baby's first birthday is a special milestone, and what better way to celebrate than with a smash cake? In this video, I'll guide you through the process of making a healthy smash cake that your little one will love. With simple ingredients and a fun theme, you can create a memorable cake for your baby's first birthday photo shoot and party. Let's get started!
For a healthy smash cake, I followed a recipe from Ambitious Kitchen. Since babies don't need a lot of sugar, this recipe incorporates wholesome ingredients like ripe bananas, peanut butter, almond flour, oat flour, and vanilla extract. It's important to select a recipe that suits your baby's dietary needs and preferences.
To make the cake, I used mini cake pans lined with parchment paper. The recipe called for overripe bananas to enhance the sweetness, but you can work with what you have. After combining the wet ingredients, such as eggs, peanut butter, and vanilla extract, with the mashed bananas, I mixed in the dry ingredients, including almond flour, oat flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Hand-stirring the batter creates a delicious and textured consistency.
While you can certainly buy a smash cake, making one yourself adds a personal touch to the celebration. The theme for my baby's first birthday was "One Happy Dude," and I wanted the cake to reflect that. I opted for a cream cheese and yogurt frosting, which can be flavored with a small amount of maple syrup for sweetness. Beating the ingredients together until fluffy creates a smooth and creamy icing.
To give the cake a playful and festive look, I decided to decorate it with smiley faces. Using natural food coloring made from plant-based sources, I achieved a vibrant pastel yellow for the smiley faces. For the eyes and mouth, I used a small amount of black icing. While using a piping tip would have been ideal, the watery consistency of the frosting added a unique and charming character to the cake.
With the cake ready, it's time to capture those precious moments during the photo shoot. Remember, this is a special occasion for your little one, and the joy and excitement they experience while exploring the cake will make for adorable photos. After the photo shoot, you can also serve the cake during the birthday celebration, letting your baby enjoy their first taste of cake.
Making a healthy smash cake for your baby's first birthday is a wonderful way to celebrate this milestone. By using nutritious ingredients and adding a personal touch, you can create a cake that is not only visually appealing but also safe and enjoyable for your little one. The memories you create during the cake smashing experience will be cherished for years to come. Happy 1st birthday to your precious baby!