Prettiest Meatloaf Ever- 1st Birthday Paleo Smash Cake

My baby girl just turned 1, and she had a blast digging into her 1st
birthday cake. She smeared pink icing all over her face, all over the table, and Daddy too. What was great about this cake is that I was 100% healthy and 100% paleo.

When discussing what to do for this paleo smash cake, it was important to both Mom and myself that Kaitlyn have the fun of smashing into her first birthday cake, but I didn’t feel right about giving her the traditional sugar-laden birthday cake.

A Paleo Smash Cake Like No Other

I decided to go completely out of the box. How about make her a cake that wasn’t actually a cake at all? Her favorite food is meat. (aside from Mom’s milk of course) Bam! I got it! I’ll make her a meatloaf. I told my wife, and she looked at me with a frightened, concerned look. She says, I want her to have a cute girly cake! How would you make a meatloaf that was cute and girly. “Honey, just trust me. I can do it.”

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Here is a picture of the girliest, dare I say most adorable meatloaf you will see.[tweetthis]  Prettiest Meatloaf Ever[/tweetthis]

Paleo Smash Cake

Paleo Smash Cake with Sugar Free Icing

For this Paleo Smash Cake, I made a traditional meatloaf but used coconut flour instead of breadcrumbs. I used vegetable purees for the icing. It was actually quite simple. You’ll find the simple recipe below, but basically all you need are cooked vegetables blended with grass-fed butter and/or organic palm shortening.

I made pink, green, orange, and red icing. The base coat was made using turnip puree. You could use cauliflower also, but that can be gassy for the little ones. I didn’t want to give our baby girl an upset tummy on her first birthday, so I stuck with turnips.


Paleo Smash Cake: That’s So Cute!

I’ve made some great cakes for my boys in the past. This paleo smash cake is by far my favorite. I can serve it to my baby girl and know that what I am giving her is still healthy and nutritious. Mom even gave me an excited “ooohhh that is sooo cute”.

I had a Happy Mom & a Happy baby, which made me a Happy Dad.


Paleo Smash Cake: Something different: A healthy & sugar free 1st birthday cake.

Vegetable “Icing” Recipe

*Mix ingredients together using a hand-mixer or blender until you get the right consistency. Amounts are estimates. Use more or less depending on the size of cake/meatloaf. I quick boiled my root veggies because it’s the fastest way to cook them, but use your favorite cooking method.



  • 3 peeled & cooked turnips (also would make a white base coat)
  • 1 tbl spoon of a roasted beet juice
  • ½ cup palm shortening & ½ cup of grass fed butter


  • 1 cup of butternut squash
  • ¼ cup organic palm shortening


  • 2 cups steamed peas
  • 1 cup of steamed spinach (gives a much deeper green color)
  • ½ cup palm shortening


  • 1 cooked beet
  • 1/3 cup of your orange icing


** Try this** 

Bake your meatloaf in a muffin pan. Pipe the “icing” atop the muffins to make a fun dinner, “meatloaf cupcakes”.


Paleo Smash Cake: Something different: A healthy & sugar free 1st birthday cake.

What do you think of my meatloaf cake?

Please leave a comment!

Would you be up to giving your 1 year old a savory, paleo smash cake or should I have gone the traditional route?



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