Have you ever heard of a “Smash Cake”? Well, I had not, not until our grandson’s first birthday approached, and Ilana requested a healthy version for the baby to enjoy at his party. Google “Smash Cake” and you will find dozens of photos of adorable babies smearing artificially colored, sugary icing into their hair. Sure, the idea is total adorableness, but our healthy baby hasn’t had any sugar yet, and nobody needs artificial food coloring, and so we figured out this “cake” for him. It is not really a cake at all, but something like a sugar-free muffin, baked in a sheet pan, cut out into layers, and “frosted” with cream cheese thinned with yogurt. This one has an egg in it, and a bit of butter, but honestly, I’m sure it would be fine with neither if allergies are a concern, because… we are essentially talking about a prop for a photo shoot.
3 apples, cut up and simmered with a bit of water until soft, and pureed in blender or processor
3/4 cup oatmeal ground until fine in blender
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1 Tablespoon of butter, softened
Heat oven to 350.
Butter a small rimmed baking sheet (the one I used was a bit larger than the pan that would fit in a toaster oven)
1. Mash banana and add to applesauce, stir in butter and egg.
2. Mix dry ingredients, and stir into fruit mixture.
3. Scrape into pan and bake about 20 minutes until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean
4. Cool pan on rack.
5. Using a bowl or an empty oatmeal canister, cut cake into 3 small disks
1 tub of room-temperature whipped cream cheese, thinned with yogurt, formula, or milk, mixed until smooth and spreadable.
Put one disk on a plate small enough to fit on the tray of a high chair (like a salad plate)
Spread with cream cheese mixture, top with another disk, more cream cheese, then last disk. The cake is pretty crumbly, so spread it gently.
Starting on the sides, cover with frosting mixture, then finally on the top.
Decorate as desired with thin slices of strawberries, grapes, or whatever you like.
Photograph With Abandon