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Coconut Cream Frosting (Alternative to Frosting for Baby)

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Did you catch my last post about my one-year-old’s healthy smash cake? Well, what’s a birthday cake without a little icing? After all, every time we look through family photos one of my favorites is myself sticking my finger in the frosting of my first birthday cake. I wanted to have pictures of my little one doing the same thing! Turns out this coconut cream frosting makes the perfect icing for baby’s birthday cake.

This healthy frosting alternative is refined sugar-free (just 1 Tbsp of maple syrup and I guarantee your baby won’t even eat 1/4 of it!) and free of top allergens and sketchy ingredients! Not to mention this icing is so easy it’s almost as simple as opening a can.

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first birthday smash cake with healthy frosting alternative and coconut cream can

Allergy Friendly Coconut Cream Frosting

I chose to make the smash cake frosting out of coconut cream. I ended up adding in a small bit of maple syrup to sweeten it just a tad.

Honestly, this low sugar option using coconut cream is just delicious. It would make a perfect frosting alternative to any kid’s birthday cake or even a dessert for adults looking for a healthier alternative. (True story: I found a few party guests eating this healthy coconut frosting off the remainder of the smash cake. And no, it wasn’t even me or my husband eating leftovers from his highchair this time. ?)

Plus, as a bonus this coconut cream frosting is dairy free, refined sugar-free, vegan, paleo and the best part….incredibly easy. It makes a great option for when multiple food preferences and/or allergies are involved in your family.

Ingredients that make the Best Smash Cake Frosting

Okay, are you ready for the ingredients? When I say easy, I’m not kidding…


Coconut cream: This can be found in the same section (usually Asian) at the grocery store as canned coconut milk.

Maple Syrup: In really small quantity. Truly, you don’t want to add more than a tiny bit because the goal is to keep the icing as thick as possible. So technically this isn’t sugar-free, but it is very LOW sugar frosting.

How to make Healthy Coconut Frosting for Baby

This coconut cream frosting is not tricky. However, it is really, really important you follow the steps and only start it once the coconut cream is cold as follows:

  1. Start with cold coconut cream which will help it be more set and solid. Allow extra time to put it in the freezer or fridge.
  2. Once left in the freezer or fridge for the desired time (see healthy frosting recipe card below) skim off the cream leaving behind all of the coconut milk in the bottom of the can.

baby eating a healthy smash cake with healthy low sugar coconut cream frosting

Other Healthy Smash Cake Frosting Recipes

Here are a few other ideas for icing your baby’s first birthday cake:

  • Greek Yogurt Frosting Alternative – Simply blend Greek yogurt with a little fruit to give it some FLAVOR and COLOR.
  • Homemade Whipped Cream – This recipe is a simple homemade whipped cream that could top your babies cake adding very little sugar.

More Resources for Planning Your Baby’s First Birthday:

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Healthy Coconut Cream Frosting

This 2-ingredient healthy coconut cream frosting is the perfect frosting alternative for baby's 1st birthday smash cake or any low sugar frosting need.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Resting Time2 hrs


  • 1 can coconut cream
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup


  • Place a mixing bowl in the freezer to chill.
  • Place canned coconut cream in fridge to chill overnight or place in freezer for a couple hours.
  • Remove canned coconut cream and chilled bowl from freezer/fridge. 
  • Carefully open the canned coconut cream. The cream will be at the top of the can. Skim it off with a spoon leaving the watery coconut milk in the bottom of the can. Place the cream in the chilled bowl.
  • Add maple syrup to cream and beat with a hand mixer. Beat until soft peaks form, but don't allow the cream to get warm.
  • Keep the coconut cream frosting cool until you are ready to put it on the cake.

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  1. This was very delicious. I added some vanilla and cinnamon to mine. It turned out delicious. Thank you!

    1. I’m so glad you loved it! Thanks for commenting to let us know.

  2. hello,
    Can we use coconut milk instead? I cant find the cream where I live. thx!

    1. I haven’t tried it personally, but I have heard that it does not work as well. I’m guessing the main thing is it won’t be as thick. If you do try it be sure to buy full-fat coconut milk which will help.

  3. How far in advance could I make the frosting, and how far in advance could I frost the cake? Thanks!

  4. Clarissa David says:

    i would like to ask if i can put some food colour with it?

  5. Did this just today for our 1 year old’s birthday and it was PERFECT for his smash cake. Sooo easy, healthy, and he loved it!

    1. I’m so glad it turned out perfect! Thanks for coming back to let me know!

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