15 healthiest baby cakes for that cake smash and birthdays

Let your baby have their (healthier option) cake and eat it too

By Rosemary Zenith
15 healthiest baby cakes for that cake smash and birthdays

What are smash cakes and what are they used for?

A well-decorated cake with candles, ready to be smashed by both hands to be played with and eaten by your little boy or girl for their first birthday. Sounds interesting right? 

Typically only used for baby's first birthdays, smash cakes party are primarily for photo-taking opportunities that capture the little one's first birthday. So be sure to get a good photographer if you intend to go ahead with this idea!

Choosing a perfect cake for your baby's smash cake party can prove to be a hassle if you are planning to go for something healthy and smashable. We know how much you want your baby to enjoy their first birthday. Obviously, one strong part of it is to let them enjoy the birthday cake without worrying about its contents. Tasty, healthy, beautiful cakes - how hard could it be right?

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In such cases, smash cakes are a very good option for your child. She/ he can enjoy the cake by smashing it and taste the goodies in that cake. These smashable cakes are customized according to your need. You can go for sugar-free, gluten-free, or even cakes without flour. There are so many options to choose from.

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Healthy baby cakes suitable for baby cake smash and birthdays

Although cakes are generally known to be very sweet and full of saturated fat, everyone could enjoy the party and have their cakes when you source for the healthier variations that are readily available in the market; even the babies can get to enjoy their cake!

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To make the cake healthier for baby's consumption, you can opt for saturated fat such as ghee, coconut oil, or butter. As for the sweetness, try the natural sweeteners like honey, berries, fruits etc. You can also make the cake gluten-free or without flour.

The Cutest Baby Cakes for a 1 year old

First birthdays are always special and it is even more so for the new moms and dads. To make the day memorable, here are 15 cute baby cakes for 1 year old children:

1. Healthy No Sugar Banana Cake

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An easy cake idea made with whole-wheat flour, butter, and banana. You do not need any additional sweetener for this cake, the banana will do the trick. The icing made from butter and blueberries make it a perfect combination for your child to enjoy. 

baby's first smash cake {healthy no sugar banana cake} - Fit Mama Real Food

2. Watermelon Cake

Are you looking for something gluten-free, sugar-free and also vegan for your baby? Try this watermelon cake that looks absolutely gorgeous and is both healthy and tasty for your baby. You can enjoy summer in a cake in any season you like with bright colors loaded with amazing nutrients. 

Watermelon Cake Recipe | Taste of Home

3. Strawberry Smash Cake, Vegan and Gluten Free

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A perfect combination of strawberry puree with a gluten-free vanilla cake that contains fiber, magnesium, iron, and zinc to give your baby a healthy experience. Add in some fresh berries and coat it with strawberry icing, you will see how excited your baby will be when they see the cake - they definitely can't wait to smash and eat it right away! 

Strawberry Smash Cake (Vegan & GF) - Daily Dose of Greens

4. Healthy Vanilla Cake in Ombre

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If you are looking for something sophisticated and pretty for your baby then you can go for cakes with ombre icing. You can choose the colors for the design and the cake filling. It does not matter if it is a chocolate or vanilla cake, ombre looks amazing with cakes of any flavor.

Healthy(ish) Smash Cake with Yogurt Frosting | But First Koffee

5. Coconut and Raspberry Cake

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A healthy way to deliver your baby a birthday cake is to join all the goodies in one basket. Yes, we are talking about coconuts and berries! This cake made from coconut flour and raspberry puree has all the healthy ingredients your baby needs. Best part, you can customize the cake with healthy items and still make your child attracted to it without a doubt.

Healthy First Birthday Cake - A smash cake sweetened only with fruit.

6. Smash Cake with Yogurt Frosting

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Introducing the Vanilla Oat Smash Cake with Greek Yogurt Frosting which is filled with rich goodness and mouthwatering taste. Your baby will love the taste if the yogurt combined with the vanilla oats cake. Not to mention, this extraordinary recipe will make people go amazed. 

First Birthday Smash Cake with Yogurt Frosting

7. Paleo Cake

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Trying to make the birthday special for your child? Here is an amazing recipe for the health conscious moms. This cake is filled with avocado, veggies and natural sweetness. There is no artificial sweetener or saturated fat, perfect for your baby's first birthday party.

Paleo Baby Birthday Cake (Paleo, AIP, Nut-free, Sugar-free, Egg-free) - Grazed & Enthused

8. Chocolate Cake (Healthy Version)

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Who does not like a rich, decadent chocolate cake right? With the healthy ingredients like almond and coconut flour, maple syrup, berries etcetera it will surely be a hit on your child’s first birthday. You can even add natural sugar like honey and oats flour to get the healthiest birthday cake.

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream (Paleo, Grain Free, Gluten Free) - Deliciously Organic

9. Carrot Cake

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A carrot cake with the whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt, honey and maple syrup can turn out to be the best cake your child will ever have. This healthy cake is not only colorful but full of nutrients as well.

Healthy Carrot Cake - iFOODreal - Healthy Family Recipes

10. Beet Chocolate Cake

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Planning something unique for your baby’s first birthday? Go for the simple chocolate cake with coconut oil and natural sweeteners. The unique ingredient is the beets that both make it healthy and gorgeous in color. It is beautiful and simple to customize and the birthday child will love to smash and eat it.

Beet Chocolate Cake - Homemade Mommy

11. Honey and Oats Cake

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If you really want something very healthy then go for the oats and honey cake. It is pretty simple to make. All you require is oats flour, butter and honey for sweetening. Decoration depends on your taste though.

Honey Oatmeal Cake Recipe - Genius Kitchen

12. Vanilla Cake

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Children are fond of colors and a healthy vanilla cake customized for them will surely woo the children. This cake is gluten-free, sugar-free with ingredients like whole wheat flour, mashed banana, coconut palm sugar etcetera. The icing is coconut frosting with 100% ingredients and you can use homemade food colors to color the cake as well.

Healthy Smash Cake & Hemsley's First Birthday!

13. Blueberry and Apple Smash Cake

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A simple and plain cake filled with blueberries and applesauce which can be decorated any way you like. It also contains buckwheat flour, almond flour, and maple syrup. Make it more appealing and yummy with the homemade cream cheese frosting. 

Blueberry and Apple Smash Cake (and a look back) - Baby Led Feeding

14. Dates and Carrots Cake

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Nothing can beat the combination of raisins, dates puree and carrots in the healthier version of a birthday cake. This naturally sweetened cake looks both colorful and tastes yummy. With shredded coconuts and ground cinnamon, this cake will taste heavenly to your one-year-old child. 

Sugar-free Carrot and Date Cake

15. Banana Apple Cake with Cream Cheese & Apple Frosting

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We have all tasted the amazing flavor of an apple pie. Similar to it, filled with apples, banana, yogurt, honey, applesauce, and cinnamon, the cake is a sure way to remind you of your childhood days. Add to that, the cream cheese frosting makes the cake even more delicious. Surely, your child will love the sweet and spicy taste and will dig into it right away.

1st Bday cake – healthy and tasty

Interesting toppers for a baby cake

Here are some of the toppers for your child’s first birthday cake:

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1. Number Topper

Give your baby a day to remember by topping the cake with his/her first fondant birthday number in ombre, glitters or colorful papers.

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2. Name Banner

This topper is to highlight your baby’s name and wish. If the cake is big enough, you can write a birthday message as well.

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3. Stars Topper

These edible star cake toppers look amazing with theme based cakes. Your child can dig into these as well as the cake which leaves you tension free on the healthy side.

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Recipes for healthy homemade baby cakes

Here is one idea that we are sharing with you. You can keep all the ingredients same and add flavors like carrot puree, berries, fruits or chocolate to create various flavors.

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Vanilla Smash Cake


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  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 banana, very ripe
  • 3 strawberries
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Frosting
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup


  • Preheat the oven to 350F and butter a 6" pan
  • In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Place the banana/strawberries/applesauce in a blender and mix on high until completely pureed.
  • In another small bowl, whisk together 1 cup of the fruit puree, milk, egg and vanilla extract.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and carefully stir with a spoon until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes in the pan before running a knife along the edge of the pan and removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Whipped Cream Frosting

  • Pour the whipped cream into a chilled bowl, and beat on high with an electric mixer until the cream is the consistency you prefer. 
  • Frost the bottom layer of the cake first, then follow with the top layer.
  • Keep refrigerated until ready to serve


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We hope this information helps you to create a perfect first birthday smash cake for your baby. Good luck with the amazing baking!