I can't believe that my littlest guy is about to turn ONE! I absolutely love seeing a baby's reaction to their smash cake, but I wanted to find a healthier cake recipe. My older son has never been crazy about overly sweet cakes (see his reaction to a cupcake below), and he didn't want to even touch his cake on his first birthday. I found this recipe for a healthier smash cake and decided to give it a try.
Ingredients For the Cake:
butter and whole wheat flour for the pans
1 cup white whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 medium ripe banana about 3 ounces
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup milk whole preferred
¼ cup pure maple syrup
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For White Whipped Cream Frosting:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Instructions Make the Cake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the cake pans and lightly dust with whole wheat flour, tapping out the excess. (I used two 4-inch pans. You can also make cupcakes - about 7.)
In a large bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
Place banana, applesauce, milk, and maple syrup in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a medium bowl or large liquid measuring cup. Whisk in the egg and vanilla.
Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry and mix with a rubber spatula or spoon until just combined. Be careful not to overmix; it's ok if there are a few bits of flour still visible in the batter.
Pour batter into the prepared cake pans. Pans should be just over half full with the batter. Bake for about 20-23 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. (Cupcakes will bake for about 14-16 minutes.)
Let cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Then, gently run a knife around the edges and carefully transfer to wire racks to cool completely before frosting.
To Make White Whipped Cream Frosting:
Using an electric mixer, beat the heavy whipping cream until it is the consistency of whipped cream. Frost cake as desired.
To frost a double layer cake, first add a spoonful of frosting to the top of the bottom layer. Place the second cake layer on top. Using an offset spatula, spread frosting over the top of the cake and then down the sides.
Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating birthdays this month!
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