It’s that time in your child’s life when you need to start planning the first birthday party. You planned your guest list, the food to be served and now you need to figure out the cake. Having two boys of my own and 12 years of cake decorating experience, I have learned a thing or two about 1st birthday cakes and smash cakes.
For my oldest child, I made him a cake thinking he could smash into the front of it and then the adults could eat the part that was untouched. Not a great idea because 1) the child’s hands and slobber will be all over the cake, and 2) the child typically doesn’t just smash the front of the cake. Lesson learned, have two separate cakes.
I took what I learned from my first child and when my youngest turned one, I felt like I was fully prepared, so I thought. For his cake I ended up making a smaller cake that sat on top of the larger cake that was to feed the adults and other children. This was a better idea because when it was time for the cake smash, I was able to lift his cake off the top and the party guests could also enjoy the cake sans baby slobber. However, looking back this was okay, but not ideal. I really wish I made a separate smash cake for both of my boys.
Here are some dos for a smash cake:
Lastly, the child will make a mess. Be prepared! We laid a shower curtain down on our floor to help with clean up, but cake still got on our walls, tables and all over the high chair. If cleaning up your house does not sound pleasing to you then I recommend having professional 1-year-old pictures taken with a smash cake. Professional pictures are a great way for you to capture that special, once in a lifetime moment of the cake smash without having to hose down the inside of your house afterwards. Plus, with professional pictures you don’t have to worry about missing that one great pic of the smash. If you are local to central Ohio, Stacey Ash Photography takes the best newborn and 1 year old pics!
Here are some ideas for some great smash cakes:
Happy New Year and Valentine’s Day! 2020 was a little intense for everyone and I am looking forward to a fresh start in 2021. This year I have some big plans for Sweets By Christa and my goal is to stay on top of all the cake/cupcake/treat trends, so I can offer only the best to my community.
*Make sure to read all the way to the end for a fun, special Valentine’s Day activity to do with your children.
I want to introduce you all to a cutie that I have perfected at the end of last year and the beginning of this year. The cakesicle! What is a cakesicle? It is a cake pop in the shape of a popsicle. Yes, that’s right, it’s a super duper extra large cake pop. I have begun seeing them pop up on Pinterest and Instagram and I knew I had to check them out. Cakesicles are amazing because they make a nice treat to share with your friends COVID friendly style. Each cakesicle is made from a cake flavor of your choice and mixed with my own chocolate or vanilla buttercream. The cake is surrounded by either white or milk chocolate and then a stick is placed into it. Cakesicles can be decorated and personalized to your needs. The finished cakesicle is individually wrapped for ease of handing out to people.
How to store cakesicles:
Honestly though, eating the cakesicle within the first week is my family’s preference.
Another major treat I am working on to bring you all this year is macarons. Ok, I know I have made macarons last year, but this year I want to offer more flavors more often. I am also going to be offering special order macarons for any occasion. This means that you don’t have to wait for one of my sales to order them. If you have a special occasion coming up and want to order some, please let me know! I am still throwing around the idea of a Macaron of The Season Club. This means that you would be guaranteed a half dozen or dozen mix of my seasonal macarons. They would be available Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter Holidays (December). If you are interested in this please let me know.
Valentine’s Day is going to be here in a few weeks and I’m wondering where has January is gone? Now is the time to order some sweet treats for your special someone. I am offering several treat boxes this year that include cakesicles, hot cocoa bombs and per request of my husband, chocolate covered Oreos. I am also going to be offering hot cocoa bombs in 3 flavors: Classic, Pink Cookies and Cream, and Strawberry. Please note that for these cocoa bombs, I have created my own cocoa mix that is free of preservatives and I promise you can pronounce every ingredient listed. My boys have been drinking this cocoa mix for several weeks and think it’s better than the store bought kind!
I also am going to have Valentine’s Macarons for sale as well. These will be a variety pack and you can order either a dozen or half dozen at a time. Flavors include: cookies and cream, chocolate strawberry, vanilla, and raspberry white chocolate. I am also working on making Big Mac Hearts. These will be supersized vanilla macarons, like the size of 2-3 macarons put together, in the shape of a heart. Great for sharing or just eating on your own. I will be having a limited amount of all of these available for purchase. Macaron orders will open up this week.
*Please note that all Valentine’s Day Pre-Sales will close on February 6th to allow me time to bake all these treats.
Lastly, I wanted to share with you a special Valentine’s Day activity to do with your children. I did this several years ago with my boys and each year they ask for me to do it again. I make, or you can buy, 28 paper hearts that are about 6 inches wide. I do 28 because I have 2 children. You will need 14 hearts per child. Starting February 1st, each night after they fall asleep, I write a saying on the heart. The saying can be as simple as “You are amazing” or more complex like “I love you to the stars and beyond”. Be creative and make them personal. Once I have the saying on the heart I will tape the heart to my child’s door. This way when they wake up in the morning they get to see what new heart is on their door.
Christa is a mother of two rambunctious boys who loves sweets! She has been baking and decorating cakes for over 12 years. When she is not baking or decorating she is enjoying time with her family.