If you're looking for a special cake to make for your little one's first birthday—or second, or third!—you'll love this Honey Oat Smash Cake with Greek Yogurt Frosting. It's moist, flavorful, and super special, but it happens to be made without refined sugar or gluten, so you can feel good about serving it up to your little one. The recipe and post are from one of my favorite food bloggers, so I'm going to let her take it away now. Friends, meet Sarah (and her little girl Ruby)!
"Hello! I'm Sarah Crowder, the food photographer and recipe developer behind Punctuated with Food. With a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old, I'm in the thick of the world of discovery and challenge discussed regularly here. Thanks so much, Amy, for inviting me to contribute to this space!
While we're not particularly rigid about limiting sweets, especially when it comes to special occasions, I instinctively look for ways to keep treats as wholesome as possible. When I stick to that philosophy, I find we enjoy celebrations even more, having enjoyed something special to eat without crashing too hard in the minutes and hours that follow.
This Honey Oat Smash Cake recipe exemplifies what I aim for when baking for my kids. Made with whole grain, gluten-free flour, naturally sweeteners, and topped with a barely or unsweetened yogurt frosting, it is the healthiest cake I've ever made. But, also: This healthy cake is joyfully gratifying to eat. The texture is light and delicate but the flavors are bold —hearty oat, floral honey, and tangy yogurt. It's lovely even without the fruit, though I think the juicy, fresh berries make it extra special.
And speaking of those berries, they resulted in an unintended but possibly appealing outcome in a smash cake situation. Turns out, your little one might be too involved with picking off and eating the sweet berries to get too far into the cake itself. This means the adults might even have a chance to enjoy the cake too!
Honey Oat Smash Cake
Makes: 1 smash cake!
- 1 1/2 cups oat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 recipe Greek Yogurt Frosting, below (double the frosting recipe if you want to cover the sides) or 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 cup fresh berries, to garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease three 4-inch cake pans (I have only one 4-inch pan, so I bake one at a time.), and coat lightly with flour, tapping out any excess. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
- In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, honey, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Add the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
- Divide the batter evenly between prepared cake pans (or pour 1/3 of the batter into your single pan, bake, and repeat twice to bake your three layers). Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Carefully turn cakes out onto a cooling rack until room temperature and fully cooled.
- Place the first cake layer on your serving plate with about 1/3 cup of frosting or plain yogurt, spreading it in an even layer just past the edges. Add the second, repeat with frosting, and then repeat with the third cake . Use an offset spatula or knife to scrape off the frosting overhang for a "naked" cake look, or use additional frosting to coat the entire cake. Top with berries and store in the fridge until 30-60 minutes before ready to serve. Let the birthday kiddo dig in!
Greek Yogurt Frosting
1 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
- Strain the yogurt overnight in the fridge in a sieve lined with a double layer of cheesecloth, with a bowl underneath to catch the liquid.
- The next day, remove the honey from the cheesecloth with a spatula and place into a medium bowl. Stir in the honey. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Note: With the additional straining, this frosting is piping consistency, and you can add a drop or two of food coloring if you'd like. See example of piped Greek yogurt frosting here.
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