Unlike Hunter’s first birthday (read about his vintage newspaper theme here), Zoe’s first birthday was pretty mellow. Instead of having lots of friends and family over we kept it super simple and just invited to grandparents over for dinner and cake. Before we ate Zoe opened a few presents. She is a master at standing still for a long stretch of time and had a ball taking the tissue out of bags.
Next we ate dinner (thai zucchini beef meatballs + whole wheat pasta + steamed broccoli), then had cake!
I went with the fabulous smash cake recipe I used for Hunter’s birthday. It’s a no sugar added banana cake. It’s incredibly moist, sweet from the bananas and delicious. Instead of making the cream cheese frosting, I just whipped up heavy whipping cream with vanilla extract. Before adding a touch of sugar for the adults, I removed what I needed for Zoe’s cake, then finished preparing it. She did not mind one bit that it wasn’t sweetened.
I ended up making 2 banana cakes since the batter made 6 mini tarts with each cake stacked 3 high (I filled them fuller than I did for hunters cake). I also made a coconut flour lemon pound cake with lemon curd, whipped cream and strawberries. It turned out tart in my opinion so I know everyone else thought it was way more tart, even though they were nice and said it was good. Enough about the cakes, onto cute Zoe eating her birthday cake!
First she just ate all the blueberries, then ate some whipping cream, and then got into the actual cake. She probably ate about ¼ of the cake with layers ending up on the floor too. The girl loved it! Hunter was definitely jealous and kept wanting her cake, but kind of happily watched her eat.
For the best smash cake (or an anytime snack cake) check out the recipe for no sugar banana cake!
What would you choose, cream cheese frosting or whipped cream?