The District is one of the nation’s healthiest cities. It is not surprising then that when it comes to ordering babies first taste of sugar we want it to be a little more than a cake from the local grocery store chain. That’s where these fine DMV bakeries come into play.  Each one offers up a healthier alternative to the typical lard-based or heavily dyed frosting that is so easy to buy for little ones first birthday bash. Find your allergen-free, healthy smash cake options now.

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Rise
First stop on the healthy smash cake train is Rise, a D.C.-based bakery that is also gluten-free. Rise proclaims their love for offering tiny tykes their first cinnamon roll; imagine what a smash cake experience would be like. Pick your flavor today and call ahead to order your sweet baby cake a Rise cake today.

2409 18th St., NW (Adams Morgan)
202-525-5204
Online: riseglutenfree.com

Out of the Bubble Bakery
No cross contamination worries here!  The Out of the Bubble bakery is a nut-free, dye-free, gluten-free, egg, soy and dairy-free shop that offers up sweet treats with options for everyone on your birthday rsvp. This vegan bakery whips up organic cakes and cookies and sells them at the Mosaic farmer’s market. Each one is not only tasty but beautiful too.  Email to order your cupcake a special cake for their big day.

(Springfield, Va)
Email to Order: celebrate@obubblebakery.com
Online: obubblebakery.com

Sticky Fingers
Two-time Cupcake Wars winner and owner of this DMV bakery, Doron Petersan, is a true “junk food genius”.  Her locally famous sweet treat vegan recipes garner many raves and it is all true.  For your next first birthday party the options are almost endless at Sticky Fingers. Custom cakes are special orders but don’t let that stop you as they are worth it. Fine, natural ingredients and wheat-free options abound at this bake shop.

1370 Park Rd., NW (Columbia Heights)
202-209-9700
Online: stickyfingers.com

The Happy Tart
With its home-base in Del Ray and another store in Falls Church this gluten-free patisserie is both charming and a delectable alternative to your usual bakery.  The Happy Tart boasts premium ingredients that transform classic French baking into gluten-free dreams.  The artistry in their cakes is both visible and baked right in.  Order up a custom cake for your cuddle bug to sink their chubby fist in now.

2307A Mount Vernon Ave. (Alexandria, Va)
571-290-0166
Online: happytartbakery.com

Fancy Cakes by Leslie
Celebrating 18 years of baking experience, this D.C. native now works out of a Bethesda store front. Her all natural confections are edible works of art.  You can pick up a mini-cake without a pre-order which is great for those last-minute affairs or if you don’t need a special design or theme for juniors first birthday.

4939 Elm St. (Bethesda, Md)
301-652-9390
Online: fancycakesbyleslie.com

Do you have a yummy spot for birthday smash cake? Tell us about it in the comments section below,

–Victoria Mason