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Baby’s Healthy 1st Birthday Smash Cake!

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Check out this smash cake recipe and photoshoot, with some of Mia’s very own top cheat tips…

I was so excited to prepare this recipe for my baby daughter’s first birthday – and for you Sassy Mamas,of course! For anyone planning a first birthday, you’ve probably seen on Pinterest that “smash” cakes are all the rage. Let’s face it; they’re actually such a fun idea even if a tad messy.

healthy cake smash recepe

For the last six months of your child’s life you’ve probably, like me, been spending most of the time keeping your baby clean after each and every mouthful. This is the one day that you get to say “go for it – get messy buba!”. The look on their little faces when they get to stick their hands in the smash cake is so worth all the kitchen roll you’ll need to clean-up the mess afterwards.

Smash cakes are small usually frosted cakes made just for the birthday boy or girl. Give it to your little one on their high chair tray or even on the floor and let them go crazy whilst you snap some fun photos to treasure forever.  

This special basic smash cake recipe won’t overload your kiddos with sugar as it’s actually refined sugar free, so it really won’t matter if they have a little bit too much cake for the day!

thali 1 smash

My Top 3 Smash Cake Photoshoot Tips:

  1. Plan the outfit and make sure that you don’t mind if it gets messy and needs a wash ASAP!
  1. Have some fun music and toys ready to get baby excited and smiling! I asked my mum to help me “entertain” baby T whilst I shot some pics – a few jumping jacks grandma-style did the trick!  
  1. Decorating the cake for the shoot – you can obviously make the cake your own and decorate with anything you like. Blueberries arranged in a number 1 can make it simple and cute, or you could arrange various fruits into a smiley face – it’s up to you really how the basic cake can be tweaked. Once Frosted, I used some not so healthy decorations just for the photo shoot because it was easy – hundreds and thousands and some little icing butterflies – however, I actually decorated only half of the cake, presenting her the other half to play with. Sneaky cheating tip!

smash prep

Recipe: Mama Mia’s Healthy Smash Cake Recipe – gf, vegan, sf


  • 4 ripe large bananas
  • 3 ripe figs
  • ¾ cup garbanzo bean flour – gluten free
  • ¾ cup easy cook oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill gluten free)
  • 3 TBS coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp lucuma powder – this is a natural sweetener and superfood
  • optional chocolate flavour – 1 TBS carob powder
  • decorations – as you wish – see my tips above


  • prepare your baking tin with coconut oil – use 9 inch
  • pre-heat oven at 180 F
  • mash banana with melted coconut oil
  • sieve flour into a mixing bowl and add all other powders – fold with a wooden spoon
  • in a food processor or cake mixer mix all ingredients together until well combined
  • spread cake batter into the pan
  • Bake for 20 – 24 minutes or until a fork test comes out “crumbly”
  • chill the cake in the fridge before “frosting”

blw cake with berries

Frosting and Decor:

This is where I actually really “cheated” – I used CoYo’s coconut vegan yogurt with a sprinkle of vanilla powder – this yoghurt is available in most organic food shops in Dubai. It’s very thick and creamy and will easily spread over your cake.


  • Mix the yoghurt (I used a 400g tub) and about a tsp of vanilla powder with a fork until well combined
  • Place yoghurt in freezer for about an hour to make the cream stiff but not frozen
  • Layer the yoghurt over the cake with a spatula until the cake is covered and textured
  • Decorate as you wish – see my tips above.

NB: Please note, this article is not intended to provide medical advice and you should always consult your medical practitioner before drastically changing your diet, especially during and after pregnancy, and /or the diet of your child.

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