Posts Tagged ‘smash cake’

Healthy Smash Cakes for Toddlers

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Healthy Alternatives to smash cakeEveryone loves a good birthday party and pictures of a cute baby tearing into their first birthday cake. It seems like the smash cake is almost a rite of passage, a necessary part of the first birthday ritual.

At this age many babies have never even tasted sugar, so it can be a shock to their tiny bodies. Food dyes can cause reaction in many kids, not to mention toddlers. Fortunately, there are plenty of healthy alternatives to the traditional smash cake.

Going with a homemade cake might be your best bet since you can control the ingredients and sweetness. Chances are that even a cake that is just a little bit sweetened will please your baby, and you can use vegetable-based food coloring, typically found in health food stores, to make it just as pretty as any store-bought cake.

If you’re trying to avoid grains, this is a fabulous recipe for a paleo smash cake. Below is the recipe I used for my daughter’s smash cake and it was an absolute hit! Use organic ingredients whenever possible.


5 ripe bananas

¾ cup cinnamon applesauce

1 ½ cups whole wheat flour or gluten free baking mix

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda


Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.

Mash the bananas with the applesauce and vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl mix together all the dry ingredients.

Mix the dry ingredients into the banana mixture.

Liberally grease the cake pan with coconut oil or organic butter and pour in the batter.

You can use a large pan and the cut out smaller shapes once it’s baked or you can use small, individual sized pans. Begin checking for doneness at around 20 minutes, less if you’re using very small pans or a little longer if it’s a large pan.


1 cup cream cheese

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ cup fresh strawberries or blueberries (whichever color you prefer)

Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth. Wait for the cake to cool before spreading the frosting.

If you want to try something completely different, you can try a cake made out of fresh fruit. Watermelon makes a perfect base for a cake and now is the best time for one of these fruit cakes since so many delicious fruits are in season. Here’s a great guide on how to make a beautiful watermelon cake!

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor focused on nutrition and green living strategies. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception, through pregnancy, lactation and beyond to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mother and baby.

Planning Baby’s First Birthday

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Planning Baby's First BirthdayBalloons. Invitations. Cake. Overwhelming. Celebrating your child’s first birthday is a joyous, exciting occasion, but it can be a stressful, expensive event if you don’t plan smart. My daughter Johanna turned one last August. Months before her birthday arrived, I found myself searching websites like Etsy and Pinterest daily trying to find the cutest things for the best party. Here are some tips I would share if asked on how to make planning a baby’s 1st birthday party easy and successful.

Plan Ahead

Start early. Planning early gives you time to get all your supplies and mail out invitations. Use a checklist to help you cover all of your bases. Talk with your spouse about any ideas he has. Make the planning process a group effort.

Be Smart

Focus on the important things. Obviously, you want your baby’s party to be fun and cute for the guests. Ultimately, baby won’t remember the party but your guests will. Choose a location that will accommodate your guests but not break the bank. Remember that you can’t plan the weather, so have a back-up plan or be prepared if you decide to do the party outside. Remember to not plan a party during a time when you know baby will need to nap or be especially fussy.

Save Money

You don’t have to buy a lot of decorations to make a cute party. Streamers, balloons, and your own designs work well. Personal touches, such as monthly photos of baby, fun facts about baby, and personal party favors are always a hit. Enlist the help of friends and family to make and serve food if needed. Start saving and budgeting for baby’s party in advance so that you don’t feel overwhelmed as the date approaches. Websites like Etsy have adorable invitations that you can purchase and then print at home or in a store.


Remember that your child’s first birthday is a celebration of the milestone of turning 1. Use the party time to celebrate with family and friends, not stress over the decorations, cake, or anything silly. Take lots of pictures. Have guests write a note as a keepsake for baby to read someday. Ultimately, have fun and shower your baby with love!

Karyn Meyerhoff lives and writes in Northeast Indiana. She loves birthdays, especially birthday cake.