• Laura

Baby's First Birthday Cake

Updated: Oct 1, 2019

For my nephew’s first birthday, I wanted to do a smash cake photo shoot. Basically, what you do is take a cake, take your baby and let the baby do whatever he or she wants. You can provide a few utensils, but that is not going to prevent the cake from flying all around the place. And that is the whole point – let the baby smash the cake while you merrily capture the whole thing.

I talked to my sister beforehand, and we decided that I would come over earlier on the big ole first birthday, have lunch and do the photo shoot. But, since I also wanted the baby to have a cake for the party later that afternoon when all of the guests would arrive, I baked two cakes made from the same healthy, baby-approved ingredients. Since I was not going to be eating this cake, I did not make it gluten free, but you could substitute all-purpose flour with rice flour or coconut flour if your baby has started eating it.



2 eggs

2 very large bananas (or 3 medium ones)

5 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3 apples

1 tablespoon butter


1 big purple sweet potato


Pomegranate seeds


Peel the apples and cut them into smaller pieces. Place them in a pot with a tablespoon of butter, and slowly sautée until the apples cook through. When they are soft, use a hand mixer to puree them into applesauce.

Blend the bananas with the eggs and transfer the mixture to a big bowl. Slowly add the applesauce and mix. Lastly, mix in the flour until a batter forms.

Grease two to three smaller ceramic pots with butter and pour equal amounts of batter into them. Bake on 180° Celsius for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

For the frosting, peel the sweet potato and steam it until it is soft. When it is cooked, add a few tablespoons of butter and use a hand mixer to make a smooth puree.

Once the cakes have cooled down, transfer the sweet potato puree into a piping bag, and decorate the cakes. Lastly, put pomegranate seeds all around it for decoration.

I made one two-tiered cake, and a separate smash-it cake for a photo shoot. The ceramic bowls I used were quite small, but you could use a regular small cake tin and later cut all the layers you need if you want to make a multi-layered cake.

Now that looks like one happy birthday boy, wouldn't you agree? :)