banana smash cake

Although I am by no means a crazy health nut (exhibit 1, 2, 3 and 4) we wanted to give Porter a cake that would be somewhat good for him and that wouldn't turn him into the Tasmanian devil for the remainder of the day. Although I am sure he would have loved a double chocolate brownie cake with chocolate frosting (maybe next year, P) he also loved his unsweetened banana cake with cream cheese frosting, which was still a treat for him. Plus he took a two hour afternoon nap after the party and slept 13 hours solid that night. No sugar rush for this kiddo and that makes this mama happy.

This banana smash cake is all over pinterest but we changed a couple of things along the way.
Here is the recipe we used: 

(makes two small cakes)
5 ripe bananas
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup (8 ounces) cream cheese
1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice concentrate
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions: Mash bananas in a bowl. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the mashed bananas, applesauce and vanilla to the flour mixture. Grease two 8 or 9 inch round baking pans and spread batter into pans. Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 20 minutes. For the frosting, simply soften the cream cheese and whisk in the apple juice concentrate and vanilla until creamy. Easy peasy! Well, at least Dan said so. :)
The cream cheese frosting was a bit tart.
The shirt got a bath.
And so did the birthday boy.


I interrupt this week of "one thousand first birthday photos" to say congrats to the Kansas City Royals for making it to the World Series for the first time in 29 years. And for making it to the Playoffs for the first time in 29 years. And for making this little city of ours go absolutely bonkers. I mean, fireworks every single night. Blue everywhere. And even though we didn't win the World Series, we are so proud of you, Royals. So very proud.
Party-pooper Porter never did get to watch a game since he goes to bed at 6:30pm
but he wore his 4T dress-of-a-shirt every single night before bed.
And a blue cloth diaper to match. :)
We love you, Royals.


around our home // birthday style

We had a little family get-together in our home a couple of weeks ago in honor of our brand new one year old. Dan was in charge of making three quiches from scratch, making Porter's birthday "smash" cake from scratch (more on that soon) and cleaning each and every window in our home. We only have 17 windows, no big deal. I was in charge of hanging up some pictures and filling little bowls with candy corn mix. Whoo hoo! Go me! ;)

So thank you, Dan, for coming to the rescue yet again.
I could not do this life thing without you.

And to Porter, next year I promise you can have a ninja turtle party or an elmo party or decorate our entire house with neon streamers if you dare. But this year you got brown party plates and white pumpkins for your birthday. Thrilling, I know.
Honey for the party favors. :)
No pony rides?!
What kind of party is this?
I forgot to take pictures of Dan's quiches.
So I told him he has to make three more this weekend so that I can update this post.
He is thrilled with me.
Until next year little home ...