Your child’s first birthday is an important and special milestone in their life and yours. It is a celebration filled with many traditions for your child, guests and you as parents to enjoy. One tradition that has become increasingly popular and trendy is the idea of a smash cake for the birthday boy or girl. A smash cake party has two cakes, a larger version for the adult guests to enjoy and a smaller, single serve version just for the guest of honor! Many bakeries will design smash cakes for you that replicate the larger cake but you can easily make a homemade version if that works better for you. Although having the smash cake done by a professional will add to the presentation of your party, remember this cake has one purpose and that is to be grabbed, bitten and smashed to pieces by your child’s fists, fingers or face! No fork required!
Smash Cake Tips:
- Obviously this is going to be messy business so you’ll want to be prepared. If the weather is warm enough and you can plan an outdoor party this will make your cleanup much easier. If you are going to have your party indoors, secure something under the highchair or use one of our high chair decorating kits to catch the crumbs and chunks of cake that will no doubt find their way to the floor.
- Think carefully when picking a frosting color. Pink frosting smeared all over a little girl is adorable, and there are some colors that simply work. But avoid red frosting because it has the potential to make your smash cake moment look more like something out of a horror movie, and chocolate frosting…well that might not look appetizing smeared all over your child’s face.
- Also make sure the frosting is buttercream. Fondant just doesn’t smash very well. It will also help to let your cake get to room temperature so it’s soft and easy for your birthday boy or girl to demolish.
- Remove any candles, cookie sticks or decorative picks before serving the smash cake.
- This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so make it the best Kodak moment you can. If possible, create a solid color backdrop behind the birthday boy or girl so they stand out among their surroundings. To capture a great shot, take the photo from the same height as the highchair (or wherever the 1-year-old eats the cake).
- Save the smash cake for toward the end of the party so you give your child a much needed birthday bath soon after the guests leave. If that timing doesn’t work for you at least have a second outfit on hand.
Smash cakes create a fun moment for everyone to enjoy, not to mention some great photos for the family album. Let’s face it-everyone really looks forward to seeing the birthday child covered in cake. With a little planning you can be prepared for this messy and memorable rite of passage!
Did you have a smash cake for your child’s first birthday? We’d love to hear about it!