How to make a smash cake for 1st birthday?


Prepare time: 20 min
Cook: 2 hr 00 min
Ready in: 2 hr 20 min

1. What is mash cake?

A smash cake is a special type of cake designed and made for a baby to freely play with and “smash” during a birthday celebration, typically the first birthday. Smash cakes are usually entirely made from baby-safe ingredients, and the main goal is to create fun and carefree moments as the baby enjoys the cake in their own way.

Smash cakes often have creative and interesting designs, reflecting the baby’s interests or favorite themes. The cake may be decorated with frosting, edible images, and other accessories to create a lively and adorable atmosphere for the birthday party.

At the start of the celebration, the baby is placed in front of the smash cake and is allowed to freely interact with it, even smashing into the cake with their hands or with some small toys. A smash cake party is not only an opportunity to capture cute pictures but also a moment for family and friends to enjoy the joyful moments with the little one.

2. How to make a smash cake for 1st birthday?


      • 4 or 5 ripe bananas
      • 3/4 cup natural no sugar added applesauce
      • 1 teaspoon baking soda
      • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
      • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
      • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
      • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

For the frosting (if not using first birthday cupcake frosting):

        • 1 cup (8 ounces) cream cheese
        • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) no sugar added apple juice concentrate
        • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


Mash the bananas in a medium bowl.

In a separate large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg together.

Add the mashed bananas, applesauce, and vanilla to the flour mixture. Mix just until incorporated.

Spray your 8 or 9″round pans with non-stick cooking spray or coat with butter and flour.

Spread the batter into the bottom of both pans.

Bake at 400° for 20 minutes.


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Cool the cakes, then use overturned smaller bowl to cut out small cake rounds.


For the frosting (if not using first birthday cupcake frosting):

      1. Soften the cream cheese.
      2. Whisk the cream cheese with the apple juice concentrate and vanilla extract until creamy.
      3. (Best if frosted freshly since there may be browning due to lack of preservatives.)

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