Gluten-Free Smash Cake and Ella’s First Birthday Party

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Hi Friends! Welcome back to Healthy Grocery Girl! I can’t believe my little one is… ONE! We had the most beautiful birthday party for sweet E this past weekend with family and friends. We threw a cELLAbrate party with a sunny yellow theme because Ella brings so much sunshine into our life!

Below is a recap of photos and video from her special day and the recipe for her Smash Cake! Which she LOVED! This cake is gluten-free, dairy-free and low in sugar and honestly – has a very simple flavor, which is a nicer way of saying a bit bland, but that is because it has hardly any sugar. That’s where the frosting comes in! Frosting adds quiet a bit of sugar… so this balances out the simple flavor of the cake. You can add as little or as much frosting as you like, or none at all! I went for a “naked” frosted cake look to keep the frosting minimal. Let’s just say Ella was a happy girl having everyone sing to her Happy Birthday and to dive into her first cake. I hope you enjoy the photos and video and recipe below!

First Birthday Smash Cake

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Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:45 minutes


  • 1/2 cup Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour*
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar**
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 egg or vegan egg replacer
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Cake frosting of choice***


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add all ingredients into a blender or mixer and mix well.
  • Pour into one or two mini cake tins and bake for 45 minutes to one hour, until the top is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool before frosting.


*The coconut flour in this recipe is optional, feel free to use any other flour you prefer or simply swap for more Bob's baking flour.
**This recipe is intentionally not very sweet, because I made it for my one year old, you are welcome to add more sweetener, if you prefer.
***To keep our life simple we used Simple Mills Vanilla frosting for Ella's cake, but if you choose to make homemade simply whisk about 1 cup of powdered sugar with 2 tablespoons of canned coconut milk.
Servings: 4
Author: Healthy Grocery Girl

The majority of Ella’s Party Decor is from ShopBracket.Com. This includes the party hats, Ella’s custom Ella Cake Topper, The Wooden Floral ONE Cake Topper, Floral Cupcake Toppers and party balloons! I love their party goods and how you can customize party headbands, banners and cake toppers! I made a custom cELLAbrate sign for her party and is turned out so cute!

The balloons for her balloon garland we bought on Amazon. Here is the link for the solid yellow balloons and here is the link for the polka dot yellow ballons! 

Get The Butternut Squash Mac Recipe Here! 

Ella’s Birthday Party Invitations were from! I fell in love with the yellow flowers and design, it fit her yellow party theme so well! I saved one of the invitations for her baby book!

Ella’s Party Dress is from Elise creates ethically handcrafted limited edition collections for your little one. We plan to repurpose this dress for Easter which is just a few days away and definitely wear often this spring and summer to enjoy again and again!

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