Banana Applesauce Cake with Banana Cream Cheese Icing

by FoodBabbles on November 14, 2010

So I can hardly believe it… Madelyn’s first year of life has just flown by and tomorrow she turns 1!!

She has changed so much in such a short period of time. I’m sure I’ll be saying that every year from now on. HB is almost 13 (yikes! I’m soon to be the mother of a teenager) and it feel like yesterday she was Maddy’s age. So this weekend we celebrated this momentous occasion of Maddy’s first birthday. I wanted her to have the experience of smooshing her hands into her cake and getting to devour her birthday cake but at the same time, I really didn’t want to fill her up with a bunch of sugar and fat. The child hasn’t ever even had refined sugars so really… why start now? So I set out to create a cake that would be healthy for my little one and still taste good! So I decided on two of her favorite fruits (apples and bananas!) to be baked into a wonderfully moist cake frosted with a banana cream cheese icing. Certainly not anywhere near as sweet as most of us are used to but just sweet enough for my little sweetie. So check it out!


** …Your Mouth Will Thank You!

** This recipe makes one 6″ layer cake.

4 oz (1 cups) whole wheat flour

1/2 tbsp wheat germ

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

4 medium, ripe bananas – mashed

4 fl oz (1/2 cup) natural (no sugar added) applesauce

2 fl oz (1/4 cup) whole milk

4 oz cream cheese, softened

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 oz. banana baby food (or any fruit puree)

*Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

*Grease and flour two 6″ cake pans.


*In a bowl, combine the flour, wheat germ, cinnamon and baking soda.

*In a separate bowl, combine the applesauce, mashed bananas and milk.

*Pour the applesauce mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

*Pour into two prepared 6″ pans and bake for 45 minutes.

*The cake is ready when a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

*Allow the cakes to cool completely on wire racks.

*Prepare the icing: Combine the softened cream cheese, vanilla and fruit puree on low with a hand mixer until fluffy.

*Assemble your cakes and frost. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Your Mom November 14, 2010 at 7:09 pm

sounds delish! you know, that cake would have been really cute in the shape of a bunny 🙂


Vanessa August 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Thank you for this recipe, I am going to try it for my daughter’s first birthday in November 🙂


Kate August 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Hope you like it Vanessa! Maddy really enjoyed it for her birthday. Have Molly’s first birthday coming up this November too! I’m thinking carrot cake for her this year. Hope your little one likes the banana applesauce cake!


Vanessa October 1, 2012 at 1:14 am

Thank you! I wanted to try to make them as cupcakes too!


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