Healthier Option For Smash Cake Icing

Baking By Iheartcake Updated 20 Nov 2013 , 4:52pm by mfeagan

Iheartcake Posted 17 Nov 2013 , 11:32pm
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Hello everyone,


My son's first birthday is in a few weeks and I want to make him a smash cake, but I'm not quite ready to give him all that sugar. I've googled to look for healthier smash cake options, but I'm having a hard time finding an icing.  From what I have found online, it's hard to completely avoid sugar for icing.  I don't mind trying something like whipping cream, except I want to be able to pipe with it. I'm planning on using the grass tip to do a hay stack for a farm theme.  Any suggestions?

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Annabakescakes Posted 17 Nov 2013 , 11:42pm
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It's one day in a year, and they don't eat much of it anyway. You can apply it thinly.


Or just use mashed potatoes.

BrandisBaked Posted 17 Nov 2013 , 11:57pm
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ABuy some Rich's or Frostin' Pride.

bubs1stbirthday Posted 18 Nov 2013 , 12:41am
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Originally Posted by Annabakescakes 


Or just use mashed potatoes.

lol - this gives me a laugh, how disappointing for a kid to dive in and find a cake covered in mashed potato.

Annabakescakes Posted 18 Nov 2013 , 12:43am
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Original message sent by bubs1stbirthday

[QUOTE name="Annabakescakes" url="/t/765888/healthier-option-for-smash-cake-icing#post_7463867"] [B]Or just use mashed potatoes.[/B] [/QUOTE] lol - this gives me a laugh, how disappointing for a kid to dive in and find a cake covered in mashed potato.

oh I know, I was just being ridiculous :-) poor kid!

ibeeflower Posted 18 Nov 2013 , 2:15am
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Aww, my brother and his wife allowed each of their children to have a little cake on the first birthday. They scraped off quite a bit of frosting so that the babies would only eat a little bit of frosting. I've never done a smash cake so I'm not sure what happens there. Does the baby smash the cake with his/her hands and gobble it up?

Jennifer353 Posted 19 Nov 2013 , 2:39pm
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Original message sent by bubs1stbirthday

lol - this gives me a laugh, how disappointing for a kid to dive in and find a cake covered in mashed potato.

If the cake wasn't a traditional sugary cake the potato might work... a one year old doesn't know, that what we know as frosting by looking at it, should taste sweet and sugary. If it was maybe chopped bacon and chopped up veg held together with maybe more mashed potato it might actually taste nice and the child wouldn't know that's not how cake tastes if they've never had it before... Guess it depends on if you are happy to give them some sugar!

-K8memphis Posted 19 Nov 2013 , 2:48pm
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i don't know about piping with it but you can mash a banana and add cocoa powder without adding any sugar at all to make a pudding type spreadable substance--


-i mean whipped cream is the best for controlling the sugar but modeling with it is another thing--


i mean i'm just brainstorming here and since potatoes has already been mentioned--you could possibly get the look you're after with shoestring potatoes in the can--or shred & fry them yourself and you could really get the look of hay--


i'd eat fried potatoes with whipped cream

howsweet Posted 19 Nov 2013 , 4:00pm
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AI don't see the harm in having a sugary treat once a year. It's what you do the other days that really matters. Just my $. 02 :-)

AnnieCahill Posted 19 Nov 2013 , 4:52pm
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It's not like the child is eating the entire smash cake.  At the parties I've attended, they play in it more than they eat it.  I would say they don't eat more than five or six little bites before the parents decide the mess is enough and they hose the kid off.  Just use a thin layer of buttercream.  You can pipe whipped cream but I'm not sure about using the grass tip with that. 

mfeagan Posted 19 Nov 2013 , 6:54pm
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If you're worried about too much frosting, give him a cupcake. That's what I did for my daughter…not because I was afraid of too much sugar…I just wasn't about to make a whole cake for her to destroy. 


howsweet Posted 20 Nov 2013 , 4:50pm
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Awww, she's so adorable!

mfeagan Posted 20 Nov 2013 , 4:52pm
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Haha! Thanks! 

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