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Babies First Birthday Cake

Celebrating your child’s first birthday doesn’t have to mean letting them dive into a cake filled with sugar and processed oils!  You can make a deliciously healthy cake for the baby- that will equally be tasty for your guests.

Our culture is to be social. As humans, we create traditions around food that help to shape who we are. Having a sense of community and joy has actually been shown to be more protective against disease than diet or exercise.  (read more about that here!) And there is no need to stress about your baby over doing it by giving him his own cake. Most babies just play with it, more than they eat it.  We added some raspberries to the cake for this cutie in the photo, and guess what he did? He pulled off the raspberries and left the rest of the cake alone 🙂 Kids are awesome.   What I’m trying to say here, is you can have both! You can keep fun traditions- such as your babies first birthday cake, while not exposing him/her to foods you aren’t ready for him to taste yet.

Babies First Birthday Cake. This perfect, natural sweetener is plenty sweet for this birthday cake!

This post (and subsequently, ideas for this entire week #healthyparties) came from this email I received:

My daughter’s first birthday is only a month away and I need some help figuring out a recipe for a healthy birthday cupcake.  

I knew I wanted to make a cake without sugar or oils, so this is what we came up with. First- we mixed a banana with peaches in a food processor till it was smooth. Not only did this sweeten the cake naturally, but it also helped bind it altogether.

Babies First Birthday Cake. This perfect, natural sweetener is plenty sweet for this birthday cake!

Then, using the fruit puree, I mixed up our cake mix. (full recipe below). For the baby, we poured it into a 6 inch round cake pan.

For the frosting, I wanted to keep it simple, organic, and natural. So, we used pure cream.   For the babies cake, we just used cream.  For the guests, I added 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup.

Babies First Birthday Cake. This perfect, natural sweetener is plenty sweet for this birthday cake!

To make whipped cream, pour your cream into a heavy stand mixer.  Using a whisk attachment, whisk the cream until it’s somewhat stiff and fluffy.

Then frost your cake. And of course, don’t forget to top the cake with fruit!

Babies First Birthday Cake. This perfect, natural sweetener is plenty sweet for this birthday cake! Babies First Birthday Cake. This perfect, natural sweetener is plenty sweet for this birthday cake!

YUM!!  I can’t tell you how delicious these turned out!  Really, it’s like a muffin– except we didn’t add sugar or oil.  I couldn’t have been more happy with the results.. and the kids? Well, they are all gone!

If you need some more ideas for healthier cakes, check out this link:

Babies First Birthday Cake

  • 1/2 cup sliced peaches (peeled)
  • 1 banana
Blend fruit together in a food processor until liquefied. This gave us 1/2 cup of fruit puree.
  • 1/2 cup fruit puree (from above)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or 1/2 cup milk + 1 tablespoon lemon juice (let sit for 5 minutes to make "buttermilk"
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Whisk your fruit puree, milk, egg, and vanilla together. In a separate bowl, combine whole wheat flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Slowly pour your liquid ingredients into the dry, and mix until the dry ingredients are all wet. Pour your batter into a greased 6 inch round pan (Double ingredients to make a double layer). Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until you can stick a knife through the center and it comes out clean. Frosting:
  • 1 cup organic cream
  • Optional (for guests) 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
Frost your cake or cupcakes and top with fruit. Makes 1 6 inch cake (20-30 Minute cooking time), 12 mini cupcakes (10 minute cooking time), or 6 regular size cupcakes (~15 min cooking time)
Yum

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102 Comments

Lupe

Do you have anything for allergy free my nephew is allergic to eggs milk and lots of other things

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I would suggest Organic Products and Spelt flour with almond flour instead of wheat. Too many people have developed gluten sensitivities (which also includes soy, corn as well). Or, how about brown rice or kamut flour? Have you tried using these?

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@Erica- I agree with lupe- any fruits will work. Just get 1/2 cup of fruit puree, and the recipe shouldn’t change much at all.

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Christian Cunard

what can be used instead of a dairy based milk for the cake and cream for the icing? I have a daughter allergic to dairy based products.

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Christian Cunard

can other fruits besides peaches be used with the banana?

WHat can be used to replace the whipping cream?

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Deb Wirch

Do you think it would be good if I used cocoanut flour? Would it still be 1cup then?

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Cans are lined with metals and plastics. I wouldn’t suggest using canned foods. We want to eliminate toxins in our environment not add more.

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Claire

Thank you and I’m going shopping today so will be keeping an eye out for peaches xx

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I haven’t baked with coconut flour Deb. Have you used it as a substitute before? How did it turn out for you?

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My son turns one in 1 month and I have been having a hard time deciding what to do for his cake – but I think this made my decision for me! Thank you so much for sharing!

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Lisa D.

Is the cooking time and temperature the same for regular size cupcakes? Thank you…I can’t wait to try this recipe for my little one’s birthday!

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Sorry Lisa- the cooking time is for the small cake itself. Muffins I would only cook for 15 minutes. Thanks for noticing, I’ll edit that to be more clear.

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Sara

Fantastic recipe! Will be trying tomorrow, fingers crossed my baking skills are up to it! When you say “vanilla” in what way do you mean it? Do you take a vanilla pod and remove the seeds? Is there another format I don’t know about? Sorry, but I’m no expert at baking or cooking! 🙂 Thanks a million!

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Hi @Sara- I just mean vanilla extract. I actually haven’t tried using a vanilla bean, but I need to soon!

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Miranda Gonzales

Can I use regular unbleached flour instead of wheat flour? I’m wondering if the cooking time and ingredient ratios will all stay the same.

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Noelle

Trying this in Feb for baby 6…..I always felt I was making a healthier choice making carrot cake (still has too much sugar) for their first cake but this looks AWESOME, thanks for sharing this recipe!

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AysIe

Love your website! Thanks for all the lovely recipes 🙂 Can I use pineapple instead of peaches?

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Ursula

Hello. This looks very yummy and looking forward to giving it a go.

…but I have a question for you. You mention that cakes have processed oils in them and it has stumped me to work out what oil people are putting in cakes. My basic vanilla cake recipe has flour, baking powder, butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and milk.

I am not trying to suggest My recipe is sugar free or anything just curious about the oil comment.

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caitlin

I’m wondering if you could use baby food since its already pureed. I’m so over stocked from WIC!

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Ursula

Thank you for clearing that up. I was thinking I had been making cakes wrong all these year. I don’t use packet mixes due to cost and who knows what goes in to them!

Must admit I am a bit biased to give up sugar though – 3rd generation sugar cane farmer here!! But I have tried your cake and it was delicious. I have a choc brownie recipe that uses apple puree that my children love so I will give it up occasionally.

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Shannon

Can you use just egg yolks? My baby hasn’t tried egg whites yet. Or maybe something you can use instead of eggs?

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I’m not sure how well the yolk alone would work Shannon- perhaps an egg substitute would be better if you don’t want to use the whole egg.

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Jules

I had looked around for a while for a recipe for my son’s first Birthday and when I came across yours knew it was perfect. Lachie loved it so did we and his Grandparents!

It was such a success that I am making it for my husbands Birthday so Lachie can join us for cake too!

Thanks for the great recipe 🙂

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Alex

I’m not a big fan of bananas. Can you taste them in the cake? Is it possible to swap out the banana for something else?

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Patricia

Hi Amy! I need help asap. Next week i want to bake this cake again but for a bigger crowd and i’ll assemble a bunny. I need two 7 inch pans and one 8 inch. How can i get this amount of batter? Thanks! PLEASE be quick replying!

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Jay

Wow, I know I’ve come across some recipes that have great reviews but they just do not turn out. This was not the case! WOW so good, I absolutely loved it! It is perfect . My only regret is not doing this for my daughters 1st birthday, but now she’s gonna have a great 2nd birthday cake 😉 thanks for the great recipe!!!

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lacey

I wanted to ask if you think it would be possible to use breast milk instead of all the milk and cream

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Meg

Has anyone tried an alternate flour with this (baby and I are celiac-ies)? Curious if coconut flour works or if I should just use GF flour? I’m guessing almond will be too moist and just fall apart…Thanks in advance!

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Kim

Hi ladies, just a quick one, for the cream frosting, how did you get it to ‘stick?’ I mean, is it a special type of cream or just the normal double cream? Or is it whipping cream? Because I guess normal cream won’t ‘stick’ to the cake as its liquid? Thanks!! KimX

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Amanda

Can the birthday cake be prepared in advance and frozen? How far in advance can it be prepared?

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Amanda- I’m not too efficient in the freezing baked cakes category, but I definitely wouldn’t freeze the frosting! I’d only prepare this one day in advance and no longer.

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I’ve tried this recipe twice for in preparation for my son’s first birthday but the inside of the muffins always seem like it’s uncooked even though it’s been in the oven for 30 mins. I put it casing like the ones in your picture and put it in the oven at 180 degree Celsius for 30 min and it’s still doughy inside.
Am I doing something wrong?

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Ashley

This would be perfect for any age birthday. Think I’m going to make this for my daughter’s 7th birthday next month. But strawberries instead of peaches. How many strawberries or size of frozen strawberries package should I use? And could I use all purpose flour as that is all I have.

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Kelly D

How did the cake turn out with the strawberries? I’m thinking of doing that too. Thanks!!

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Daniela

Hello
I am so glad i found this.
My sons first birthday is coming up,so this will be perfect.

My question is : did you used the same mixture for the cake and muffins ?

Thank you ! 🙂

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Karnika

Hi, I’m going to try this for my daughger’s first birthday, sounds great! Just wondering if I could use a cream cheese frosting instead of whipped cream? Thanks!

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Jacqueline

Hi! New mom here and a novice baker. Do glad I found your recipe, can’t wait to try it for my son’s first Bday. Question: is there a way to naturally “color” the frosting?

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Justine

Hi,

Great recipe it seems but I have had this cake (in a 6 inch pan) for over 45 minutes now and it has formed a crust all around it but the inside is almost raw… Can you tell me what I did wrong? Thank you. (Oven is at 350 F)

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Megan

Hey! Cant wait to give this a go for my sons first birthday! Question : could i use coconut oil in place of butter milk? How much shoukd i use? Thanks!

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April

So glad I found this! If I double the recipe and put it in a bigger pan will it still rise? I want to do a big cake

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Jordanna

Made this for my son’s first birthday and it was a HUGE hit. Thanks! Made it in 4 little person sized cakes and he loved the cake better than the cream and his favourite mandarin oranges that were on it! I’m going to make it again in a mini muffin tin for yummy snack times. ?

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Shif

Hi! Thanks for the recipe. I tried baking this but the muffins turned out to be quite dense 😣. I did not overmix..and the banana flavour was predominant.
Any tips?

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Daniel

Many thanks for replying Amy, and many thanks indeed for the recipe! I tried it and it was the first cake I’ve ever baked. I didn’t add the salt and it was a success, to my wife and I at least, coming out like a cake-like and light banana bread. Now just the real test at my son’s first birthday party to come!

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Patricia

Hi Amy! My cake turned out like one of the previous comments said: with a crust outside and raw-like on the inside 🙁 I used a puree of banana, persimmon and mango. I used the brown flour and followed all the recipe. I want to make it a second time. Did you use an electric beater or just hand whisking and mixing? Any suggestions? Thanks!

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Patricia

Ok, tried it again with an apple-banana puree (with a touch of cinnamon) and it’s freeking delicious 😋 Still didn’t rise much much it baked beautifully, light and fluffy inside, just the right crunch on the outside. A bit like a sweet bread. Soooo yummy! Nothing like NOT giving up. I’ll sandwich it and frost it with the same fruit puree because it’s for a bunch of small kids 🙂 Thanks all!

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Haha!! Patricia!! Sorry for my super delayed reply!! I’m so glad you tried again. So many recipes don’t work out the first time, in my experience (especially breads!) Thanks for being a reader!!
-Amy

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Thanks for the report Noni! We aren’t always seeing the same ads, so it’s hard to know what everyone else is getting. We’ll see what we can do!

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