For Rose’s 1st birthday cake I wanted something that was at least slightly healthy and low in sugar. Peaches are in season right now and when I picked up a couple of pounds at the grocery store due to a HUGE sale, I figured it was a sign to make Rose something peachy. With a few tweaks, this cake fit the bill. I reduced the sugar and cut out half the oil and replaced it with apple sauce. For the frosting I added banana to amp up the flavor and make it a little more healthy. You can substitute frozen peaches for the fresh but make sure to defrost them first so as not to mess up the cooking time. The recipe gives a cook time for a 9×13 pan. I used 2, 9 inch pans which took about 30 minutes to cook.
The smash cake turned out delicious! The cinnamon in the cake blended wonderfully with the fresh peaches, bringing out their sweetness. The banana added a depth of flavor to the frosting that a standard white frosting doesn’t have. Rose gave it two very messy thumbs up. It was proof to how much she loved me that she was willing to share.
adapted from Peach Cake II on allrecipes.com
- 3 egg, beaten
- 1 1/4 cups white sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup apple sauce
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups fresh peaches – peeled, pitted and sliced
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan.
- In a large bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, oil, flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, peaches and pecans. Mix thoroughly by hand.
- Pour into prepared 9×13 inch pan and bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 50 minutes or until done. If using 9″ cake pans cook for 30 minutes.
Banana Cream Cheese Frosting
adapted from Wholesomebabyfood.com
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 medium ripe banana
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, banana, sugar, salt and vanilla until smooth.
- In a small bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
- Fold into the cream cheese mixture.