Banana bread as smash cake alternative
Every kid loves sweet stuff and a smash cake is a must have for many first birthday parties.
I love cake too so I can’t really say anything but I am all for healthy alternatives if possible.
When my daughter turned a year old I definitely wanted her to have a smash cake but one without loads of sugar and food coloring.
She has always loved bananas so I thought why not make a banana bread as the base of the healthy smash cake?
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What you need
For the Banana Bread:
- 2 very ripe bananas
- 1 + 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup sugar (I cut that in half for even less added sugar or use a sugar alternative)
- 1 Egg
- A pinch of baking powder
- A few drops of vanilla (this is optional)
- 2 tbsp Oil (I used canola oil)
- Mini springform pan
- Mixing bowl
Optional: Nuts (careful – not before 1 year of age)
This is the one I used – It comes in a set of three so you can even make multiple layer mini cakes.
For the frosting:
- Heavy whipping cream
- Freeze dried fruit (we used strawberry)
- Rolling Pin
Tip: The Dollar tree has freeze dried fruit too.
How to make it
- Start by smashing the bananas (this can be easily done with a fork) in a bowl.
- Add Sugar, Oil, Egg and optional ingredients.
- Mix flour with baking powder and add it to the mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
- Fill it in the form and bake it at 350F for about 45 minutes. (You should always check with a toothpick if it is cooked trough)
- Let to cool down before opening the springform.
This will be the easiest frosting you ever made and it is so delicious without extra sugar.
- Crush the freeze dried fruit with the rolling pin while still sealed inside the bag. (Alternatively you can buy freeze dried fruit as powder)
- Whip the heavy whipping cream until it has a good volume and stands on it’s own.
- Carefully add the freeze dried fruit to the cream and mix it together.
- Spread the frosting evenly over the cake. You could also cut the cake in half and spread a layer in between.
- Decorate the cake with more frosting and fresh fruit.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe!
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