1st Birthday Banana Smash Cake – NO added sugar
This banana smash cake is the perfect cake for your baby’s first birthday (or any other birthday, too!). With no added, this cake’s sweetness comes from bananas, applesauce, and pumpkin. Top it with a little whipped cream (or sweetened whipped cream for the adults) and everyone will be happy to eat this cake!
We’ve been pretty adamant about keeping Camden away from sugar. Why does a little baby need sugar when he is so happy to eat everything without it being sweetened (or salted)?
I promise, people have had their opinions on this one. Big time. Because, you know, we all ate sugar as little kids and survived.
Which makes it healthy, right? (Insert eye roll)
Since we haven’t given Camden sugary foods, I knew I didn’t want to go all out with a birthday cake and frosting for his 1st birthday. Especially because we wanted to do a smash cake session, which involves letting him have a whole (mini) cake in front of him. I can only imagine how his tummy would feel after all that cake and frosting.
I figured I could easily make a cake that didn’t involve any sugar, but it was the frosting that I was unsure about. Then I saw an idea to use unsweetened whipping cream.
So the cake is sweetened with bananas and unsweetened applesauce; it honestly tastes like banana bread! Andrew and I really like it too. It’s filled with pumpkin between the layers (with a little bit of milk and sugar-free pudding mix if you want). And the ‘frosting’ is just unsweetened whipping cream (just whipped in my Kitchenaid mixer) and spread on the cake. Then I added a layer of blueberries around the bottom for decoration and – bam! Sugar free, healthy birthday cake.
Photo Credit – Seven Nails Photography
Camden ate almost half of the cake at his smash cake session. Thank the Lord I went with a sugarless cake since he ate that much.
Honestly? I’ll probably make this same cake for his 2nd birthday too, and just do cupcakes with a semi-sweet cream cheese icing for all the guests. Because all that matters is if it tastes great, right? And what a bonus if it doesn’t contain all that sugar and unhealthy stuff!
TIP: You don’t have to blend the bananas with the wet ingredients; you can just mash them. But when you mash them, you get a very dense cake that is hard for little ones to dig their fingers into. I highly recommend blending the bananas, because whipping all the air into them gives you a much lighter consistency in your cake.
- 3 very ripe bananas
- 5 tbsp. melted butter, unsalted
- 3/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp aluminum free baking powder
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. allspice
- 1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
- 1 c. pure pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie mix!)
- 3/4 c. milk
- 1 tbsp. no-sugar, fat-free vanilla pudding mix
- 1 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream
- berries of choice
Preheat oven to 350. Spray 2 6-inch round cake pans.
To your blender, add bananas, applesauce, butter, egg and vanilla. Pulse until fairly smooth (a little chunkiness is okay).
Pour wet ingredients into a bowl. Sprinkle baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and cloves over top of wet ingredients. Stir in flour with a wooden spoon until combined.
Divide batter between the 2 cake pans. Bake for 30 minutes at 350. Set aside to cool.
In a small bowl, stir pumpkin, pudding mix and milk together. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Pour cold heavy whipping cream into the bowl of a stand mixer. Use the wire whip attachment on medium. Let whip until it turns into whipped cream (10-15 minutes typically).
When cake is cool, use a cake leveler to level it (or just use a knife). Place one layer on a plate or cardboard piece. Spread a thick layer of pumpkin filling on top. Place 2nd cake on top of pumpkin layer. Use an offset knife or regular knife to spread whipped cream over cake. Decorate with berries. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
NOTE: The easiest way to spread the whipped cream to to pile a large amount in the middle of the top and spread outward and down the sides. This will help it look pretty and cover the whole cake.