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Healthy First Birthday Cake Recipe: Aromatic Pandan Custard Cake

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A healthy first birthday cake recipe that is healthy yet yummy

A slice of incredibly fragrant pandan custard cake

A healthy first birthday cake recipe that a toddler loves? Yes, it’s possible. This aromatic pandan custard cake is made with all natural ingredients. It does not contain any artificial food coloring or artificial food flavoring. Furthermore, this easy five steps recipe only takes 15 minutes of preparation work, then another 45 minutes of baking in the oven!

Instead of using heavy cream, we are using coconut milk in this recipe. This cake has the consistency of a clafoutis (soft yet dense) which is easily chewable by a 1 year old! If you are looking to make a smash cake, you can easily make some cream to decorate the pandan cake.

If you’re not sure where to get pandan, you can get one from Amazon. But usually you can get them fresh from the local Asian grocery store in your country.

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Health Benefits of Pandan leaves

Pandan leaves are known for their various health benefits. It’s commonly used for cooking. It’s incredibly fragrant and has a unique sweet aroma to it.

Some health benefits of pandan leaves includes:

  • Reducing joint pains
  • Ayurveda medicine believes it contains medicinal properties that can help cold symptoms and constipation
  • Controlling blood sugar
  • Rich in vitamin A hence can help in strengthening immune system

Health Benefits of Coconut Milk:

Coconut milks are very creamy and have a strong taste to it. It’s very versatile and goes well with many different kinds of food.

Some health benefits of coconut milk includes:

  • Boost immunity
  • Improves heart health

The Perfect Healthy First Birthday Cake Recipe: Pandan Custard Cake Recipe

The key ingredient to this cake is this freshly cut pandan leaves

Serves : 4 – 6 person

Preparation time : 15 mins

Cooking time: 45 mins


12 fresh pandan leaves, cut and washed

60g butter, melted

200 ml water

200 ml coconut milk

200g plain flour

80g sugar

2 big eggs

Step 1: Extract the flavor from the fresh pandan leaves

Wash and cut the fresh pandan leaves. Then cut them into small pieces. Put them in a blender with 200ml water and blend. Once it’s done, strain the pandan extracts with a sieve. You should get 200 ml of fresh pandan extracts looking like this.

A beautiful emerald green fresh pandan extract that’s incredibly fragrant

Step 2: Preheat the oven & prepare the baking dish

Preheat the oven at 180°C for 10 minutes. Grease your baking dish with butter.

Step 3: Whisk away

Firstly, beat the eggs and sugar until it’s light and foamy.

Then, add in the fresh pandan extract, melted butter and coconut cream. Whisk and mix it well. You should get a beautiful green mixture like this.

Then, sieve the flour in and continue whisking. Make sure it’s all mixed well.

Step 4: Pour the batter in the dish

Carefully pour the batter into the greased baking dish.

Step 5: Baking time! Sit back and let the oven do its job.

Put the dish into the oven at 180°C and bake it for 45 mins. When the top turns golden brown, it should be done. Insert a toothpick in the middle all the way through the cake, if it comes out clean it’s done! Let it cool down to room temperature. If you like your cake to be more fluffy, eat the cake at room temperature. If you prefer them more dense, chill it in the refrigerator in prior.

Fluffy pandan cake in room temperature
Chilled pandan cake will be more dense in texture.

The pandan cake is tasting great just like that. However, if you’d like to have some cream on it to be a proper first birthday smash cake just whip up some heavy cream and you’re ready to go!

I hope you enjoyed this simple, healthy yet yummy recipe. I hope your little one will enjoy the pandan custard cake as my little one does. Also, don’t forget to check out how we celebrated our baby’s first birthday during the pandemic.

If you need some idea for the perfect first birthday gift, I’ve got you covered. Check out the ultimate best first birthday gift idea here.

Happy baking!


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