November 24, 2018
Melanie (Guest Blogger)
Hi! My name is Melanie, and I am a mama to a beautiful little girl named Coralie. She just had a first birthday, and I cannot believe she has been on this earth for a whole year already!
It's definitely a bittersweet feeling. I love watching her grow and seeing her learn new things. Everyday is so amazing. On the other hand, my baby is growing up! She is a “toddler” now and not that tiny newborn I snuggled all day long a year ago. She is full of personality and sass, and what can I say, she is her mother’s daughter!
Another thing she gets from me is her love for the kitchen! I mean what toddler doesn't love to bang some dishes around and play with wooden spoons? But I hope she grows to love the kitchen as I have with my own mom. I grew up helping in the kitchen with my mom and grandma, and I would love to pass on those memories and traditions with my little girl.
I love this smash cake recipe because it's not packed full of sugar but still has some awesome flavor! And if your little one is a fruit lover, like mine, they'll love this apple filled cake!
I made mine into a pumpkin shape, for that I baked it in a glass bowl. You can also make this into a regular round cake using two 8-inch round cake pans. I did a crumb coat (light layer of frosting) and then I put it in the freezer for about 20 minutes for it to set, then put on the final layer of frosting. You can skip this step if you'd like - I just did it because I had to make lines for the pumpkin!
If you want to make it a pumpkin, I used melted green candies that can be found in the baking aisle and melted them down, formed them into a stem shape, and froze the stem until it was set (about 10-15 minutes.)
I also trimmed the cake into more of a pumpkin shape. Then, using an offset spatula, I made vertical lines all around the cake. You can also make it ombré with different pinks, I just didn't have time! Now for the recipe:
Apple Spice Smash Cake:
-3/4 cup coconut oil
-1/2 cup maple syrup
-1/3 cup brown rice syrup (I just used more maple syrup)
-2 medium eggs
-1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
-1 1/2 cups organic cake flour
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-2 cups chopped apples
Cream Cheese Frosting:
-6 oz cream cheese, room temperature
-1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
-2 Tablespoons brown rice syrup (I used honey)
-2 small roasted beets, peeled
-2 Tablespoons strawberry puree (see note)