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:
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 enjoys watching her boys play sports, running to the local coffee shop, and watching Hallmark Movies.