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Smash cake

A smash cake is a delightful small cake specifically designed for babies to "smash" into during their first birthday celebrations. It's a tradition that not only marks a milestone but also provides a heartwarming, and often hilariously messy, photo opportunity. This version leans towards a healthier take, using natural sweeteners and wholesome ingredients suitable for a baby's first indulgence in dessert.


1 1⁄2 c flour (it can be whole wheat flour)
1⁄4 t salt
1⁄2 c applesauce (unsweetened)
1⁄4 c maple syrup (and some more for the frosting)
2 egg (large)
1 c milk (almond milk or other milk of your choice)
2 t vanilla extract (one for the cake, other for the frosting)
2 c yogurt (full fat Greek yogurt, plain and unsweetened)


Heat your oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 6-inch round cake pans.

In a large bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In another bowl, mix the applesauce, maple syrup (or honey), eggs, milk, and vanilla extract until well combined.

Gradually mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined, being careful not to overmix.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

While the cake cools, prepare the frosting by mixing the Greek yogurt with 2-4 tablespoons of maple syrup and vanilla extract until smooth. Adjust sweetness to taste.

Once the cakes are cool, place one cake on your serving plate, spread a layer of frosting on top, then gently place the second cake on top. Frost the top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting.

Serve the cake at room temperature on a large plate or tray that can catch all the joyful mess. Since the cake is designed for smashing, ensure the birthday baby is in a comfortable and easily cleanable space, perhaps with a festive bib to catch some of the splatters.

Cooking time
Preparation time
Total time
1 hour, 5 minutes


Use oat flour for a cake that is easier on the baby or cornflour for a gluten free cake.

Susbtitute maple syrup with honey only if the baby is well over 1 year old.

Feel free to decorate the cake with fresh fruit, such as blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries, for added color and natural sweetness.


For chocolate lovers, add 1/4 cup of cocoa powder to the dry ingredients to make a chocolate smash cake.

Mix in 1/2 cup of finely grated vegetables (like carrots or zucchini) to the batter for an added nutritional boost.

Use coconut cream (chilled and whipped) as an alternative frosting for a lactose-intolerant option.