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One of the most fun parts about preparing for T’s first birthday party was making her semi-healthy smash cake.
These days, it seems like the cake is not only an important piece of decor for a first birthday party, but also the main source of entertainment. And since I decided to make it myself, I thought I might as well challenge myself to make it semi-healthy. Because even though T has had her fair share of sweets, I figured that between skipping her nap for the party and the over-stimulation from the day, it just might help my own sanity to avoid adding a major stomach ache on top of it all.
But, at the same time, I didn’t want to make it too healthy. After all, it was her first birthday.
So, that’s how this little diddy came to be. I added bananas for sweetness and moisture (and because T loves them), but also a bit of sugar to make sure it was still nice and sweet. And this ombre pink frosting was super easy to pull off for an amateur like me (recipe is below)!
And when the time came to let T tear into her cake, the results were not quite what we expected. She enjoyed digging in for about 20 seconds… until she realized how many people were watching her. Then she suddenly developed a major case of stranger anxiety, stuck out her bottom lip, and dove directly into daddy’s arms, frosting-covered body and all.
Either way, it made for some great memories!
And since I love attempting to make things easier for others, I decided to put together these 5 free birthday cake banner printables, so you can easily decorate a birthday cake of your own!
Click on the image below to enlarge. Then, right click on the image to either save it to your computer or copy it. Once saved or copied, open the image in Microsoft Word or a similar program to print!
All you have to do is cut out the diamonds, fold them in half, and place over string. Then, dab a bit of glue between both sides to hold the triangle flags in place on the string!
Don’t forget to tag The Resplendent in the photos of your own Resplendent cake banners! I would love to see your finished creations (Instagram: @the_resplendent or Facebook: @The Resplendent)! And you can see more details from Theodora’s First Birthday here.
- 2 tbsp. butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 cup (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup no-sugar added apple juice
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cake pans and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, eggs, milk, and vanilla. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and the sugar. Then, pour wet ingredients into the center and stir. Once all ingredients are well combined, stir in the mashed bananas.
- Divide the batter evenly between two 6-inch cake pans, and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- While cakes are cooling, prepare the frosting.
- Add cream cheese to the mixer. Slowly stir in remaining ingredients until smooth and creamy. Then, decorate as desired!
- I used two greased 6-inch round cake pans for the cake. And for decorating, I added a few drops of red food coloring to turn the frosting pink and create the gradient effect.