DIY Smash Cake!

A DIY smash cake is a great (albiet very, very messy) way to mark a first birthday. Our food contributor, Cathryn is here to share with us her smash cake recipe with a healthy twist! 

I can not believe that I’m writing this but my baby girl is 1. What? Where has that year gone? It seems like yesterday she was being born. 

There is a great way to celebrate your baby’s birthday and that is a smash cake photoshoot. I work as a photographer and after the fun of Edith’s cake smash I’m going to be doing more! Although the clean up job afterwards wasn’t so great. We got her straight in the bath! 

Smash cake shoots are great but loading your soon to be toddler with sugar is probably not a great idea. So I baked a healthier smash cake. It’s a smaller cake perfect for chubby baby hands. The cake is flavoured with bananas and maple syrup and iced with Greek yogurt. My husband and I tried a little and it was really nice! No wonder Edith loved it.

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Healthier Smash Cake

200g wholemeal self rasing flour

1 tsp baking powder

3 ripe bananas

1  large free range egg

85g maple syrup

6 tbsp unsalted butter

500g tub of Greek Yogurt.


1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C/Gas Mark 6. Grease 3 10cm mini cake tins.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.

3. In a separate medium bowl, mash the bananas well. Stir in the melted butter until smooth. Add the maple syrup, egg and stir to combine. Add the flour mixture and stir until just combined.

4. Divide the batter evenly between three buttered, cake tins. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean, about 25 minutes. 

5. Turn cakes out onto a cooling rack until room temperature, leave to cool.

6. Once cool, level the cakes with a sharp knife. Stack the 3 cakes on top of each other and spread over the Greek Yogurt.

Happy cake smashing!

Photos and recipe by our food contributor, Cathryn Wood. Check out Cathryn’s blog Little Paper Swans and find her on Instagram.