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A birthday smash cake on a cake stand.
Course Dessert

Healthy Smash Cake Recipe {No Added Sugar}

By: Elysia
Servings 8 servings
This homemade healthy smash cake is the perfect treat for baby's 1st birthday! Made with no sugar and sweetened naturally with banana and applesauce, it's a delicious way to celebrate this milestone birthday. Easy to make and gluten-free.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins


  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large over ripe bananas
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting (optional):

  • 35% heavy whipping cream whipped


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray two 6 inch cake pans with non-stick cooking spray. Line the bottom of the pans with a piece of parchment paper cut so that they they fit the bottom of the pans.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, mix together almond flour, cinnamon and baking soda (and salt, if using).
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the mashed bananas, eggs, applesauce and vanilla extract.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined (do not over mix). 
  • Divide mixture evenly between the two baking pans.
  • Bake in oven for 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool before removing from the cake pan.
  • Meanwhile, prepare frosting of choice. We chose to to frost the cake with homemade unsweetened whipped cream. Using a knife, spread a thin layer of frosting on the bottom layer of the cake. Place the top layer on the bottom layer and continue to apply frosting until the entire cake is covered. Top with desired toppings.



  • Use overripe bananas (the brown spotty kind) which will be naturally sweeter. It's best if the bananas are as sweet as possible since there is no added sugar in this recipe.
  • I highly recommend that you line the bottom of the cake pan with parchment paper to prevent the cake from sticking to the bottom of the pan and for easier removal. 
  • For this recipe, we whipped some 35% heavy cream and used that as the icing for the cake for our baby's first birthday. We spread the whipped cream in between the two layers, on the top and sides, but you can also just spread some over the top. If you prefer you can add some icing sugar to the whipped cream, use coconut whipped cream or make a yogurt or cream cheese icing.


Calories: 213kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 8gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 129mgPotassium: 135mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 111IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 1mg
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