When my youngest son turned one (back in June 2018), I scoured the internet for a great “Katie-approved” baby birthday cake. I found a few decent recipes, but none that quite met my standard. Sure, there were many recipes that were egg and dairy free, but I failed to find a baby smash cake that was Paleo, Vegan AND allergy-friendly; meaning free of any grains, gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, vegetable oils and refined sugar.
As I started recipe testing, I quickly realized why the “perfect” baby cake wasn’t out there: it’s not easy to create a cake with all of these requirements. It took me about 5 attempts, but I finally found a combination of ingredients that I was/am happy with. My main goal was to create a mini cake that was not only acceptable for babies with food allergies, but that was also low in added sugar and still tasted great. By golly, I think I’ve done it!
This healthy Baby Smash Cake is perfect for any child’s first birthday. Although it’s meant as an individual cake (for a baby to smash 😉 ), it would serve 4 if you plan on making it for another occasion. I’ve also included the recipe for low sugar frosting, which complies with all of my cake “standards”.
Recipe makes one 3-layered, 4″ round cake
*I used golden flax seed, but you may use brown as well. I grind my flax seed with a coffee grinder.
**Use just the cream from a can of full-fat coconut milk. Refrigerating overnight separates the cream from the milk.
Now, just a fore-warning, although this cake rises, it IS dense compared to a “normal” cake. If you want to meet all of the requirements (Paleo, Vegan, allergy-free) then you’re not going to get a perfectly fluffy, airy, light cake. But that’s not to say it doesn’t taste good! This baby cake is both healthy AND delicious.
I do not have any ingredient substitutions, as I found this combination to work best. You may be able to swap the maple syrup for honey or some other liquid sweetener, but honey isn’t recommended for babies, nor would I give them sweetener. Also, using olive oil in place of avocado oil should produce similar results, but I like the non-existent flavor of avocado oil. As always, if you make any ingredient substitutions, you’re more than welcome to share how it turned out – I always enjoy knowing how my recipes worked for others.
If you make this easy Baby Smash Cake please don’t hesitate to share it on social media! I always love seeing your creations 🙂