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Healthy First Birthday Cake (5 ideas) – Darling Celebrations

A baby’s first birthday is an exciting milestone in life! It is not only a moment to celebrate the child, but also the past year as a family. When planning a first birthday you may think about a few things.  Usually what guests to invite, a theme, gift ideas, favors and not to mention the cake for a first birthday! Another fun idea for a First Birthday is a time capsule. You may even ask yourself; can a baby have cake for their first birthday?

Can my 12 month old eat birthday cake?

The answer is yes, of course they can!  It is however recommended that parents limit the amount of sugar their children consume in order to keep them as healthy as possible.  Therefore, some parents may want an alternative option to a traditional sugar filled birthday cake. 

Also, keep in mind during your birthday planning the trend of smash cakes!  This has become a popular event in today’s world when it comes to babies and their birthdays.  In addition, think about creating a memorable cake smash photoshoot for your baby.  While your baby dives into their tasty cake, you can capture this fun and adorable moment!  These pictures will be amazing for you and your little one to look at for years to come!

Are you looking for a healthier option for your baby’s first birthday party? Meanwhile are you unsure of what to make or where to start?  Don’t worry, there are so many first birthday cake recipes out there out there.  Check out these five healthy cake ideas for a first birthday below.  They are easy to follow, healthier and certainly delicious! All in all, you cannot go wrong and there is something for every little one’s taste!

Healthy Baby’s Birthday Cake Ideas

cake for first birthday

This healthy birthday cake is not only colorful, vibrant and not to mention also without refined sugar!  The recipe includes whole wheat flour, unsweetened applesauce and equally as important, maple syrup for a touch of sweetness. While baking, play around with the different types of frosting ideas including a Greek yogurt and a cream cheese option.  Of course, don’t forget the sprinkles which can be added to the batter for a fun inside as well as be used to decorate the top!  This cake will surely be a beautiful sight!

Allergy Friendly Cake for a First Birthday

healthy cake for a first birthday

To begin with, this healthy first birthday cake gets its’s sweetness from a banana and date puree, not added sugar.  In addition, it is gluten, dairy and nut-free, making it a great option for those with allergies. The chai jam and coconut cream frosting add an extra element for the taste buds too!  It will be so cute when your baby gets it all over their adorable face!

Apple First Birthday Cake

apple cake for first birthday

For those apple-loving kiddos, this may be the recipe for them! This healthy apple cake with maple yogurt frosting recipe contains pantry staples, coupled with easy directions.  Not to mention, there are also options to make this dairy and gluten-free, as well as vegan.  It is a great option for anyone and the apple taste will really shine through in this recipe!  In essence, whether for just your little one or for everyone celebrating, this is a yummy cake for a first birthday!

Healthier First Birthday Chocolate Cake

chocolate cake for first birthday

Who likes chocolate? For those that do, this recipe is for a healthier chocolate birthday cake.  It includes the delicious taste of chocolate but without sugar! Made with bananas, yogurt, a hint of peanut butter (or nut-free alternative), and cocoa powder, this cake would delight any little one’s taste buds. You could also add in some chocolate chips for that extra chocolatey taste to your guest’s slices!

1st Birthday Cake Alternatives

fruit tower cake for first birthday

There are always new spins on traditions, so why not also put a spin on a cake for a first birthday? Many of us have had chocolate or vanilla cake at a birthday party but what about a fruit tower birthday cake? This cake is not only beautiful to look at but a unique twist on a birthday cake and is super delicious and healthy!  Play around with different heights, shapes and even ingredients to make it more desirable for your child and guests.  To top it off, place fresh berries or a glob of whipped cream.  Your baby will really enjoy this fruit tower and you won’t have to worry about any refined sugars!       

In conclusion, a sugar free or sugar reduced cake for a first birthday is best.  However, that doesn’t mean it can’t taste yummy!  These recipes are enjoyable alternatives to sugar filled cake and can be made for any one.  If you still would like to have a traditional sugar filled cake available for your guests, these recipes would also make a healthy, yet delicious, smash cake for your little one.  Don’t forget to take lots of pictures as they dig into their birthday cake.  The mess is temporary but the memory is forever! 

Enjoy this special milestone with your baby as you and your loved ones celebrate their first birthday!

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Jane Sheriff is the founder, creative director, party planner and mom of three. She started Darling Celebrations back in 2012 to share easy and beautiful ideas for celebrating the special events in life.

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