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Smash Cakes: Messy Ways to Celebrate a First Birthday

First birthdays may be more about the adults in attendance than the actual birthday child, but when cake time arrives, the attention quickly shifts to the guest of honor. As the candles are lit and the cake makes its way to the celebrant, cameras are raised and everyone stops to see baby's reaction to her first bite of the confection.

To create the perfect photo of a little one's first taste, many mamas create special cakes for their birthday babies. These minicakes, often called smash cakes, have become increasingly more intricate over the years, with many of today's cakes matching the party theme. After the candles are blown out, the tot can dig right in — smearing, smashing, and drooling all over her special cake as a bevy of flashes capture her every move. Adults can then indulge in a larger version of the cake that has not been touched by little hands.

Take a look at some of the creative smash cakes we found, and tell us: did you indulge your first birthday celebrant with a cake of her own?


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Source: Kallie Brynn Buckmaster

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MissSushi MissSushi 5 years
My daughters first birthday was her first experience with cake.. and she loved it.. haha. We decorated cupcakes rather then had a big cake, and she had her own little snowman made from 2 cupcakes. She ate nearly the entire thing, and i was kind of worried that she would be unaccustomed to the sweetness and be sick, but she was fine.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 5 years
My daughter tried a little bit of her smash cake, and made a horrible face (she had never had cake before), and ate a little bit of it, then was done. She got a little bit of cake here and there but that was it! I was also a little sad to not have the messy face pictures! Anon #1, we follow a pretty healthy eating routine in our house, but I don't think eating cake on a baby's first birthday is the end of the world! I don't believe in denying kids of fun foods -- just adjusting them to be a little bit healthier, and letting them know they are not for eating every day, just once in a blue moon. That's what we do!
schnappycat schnappycat 5 years
I ordered a smash cake to match his cake, but he wanted NO part of it. He got a teeny bit of frosting on his fingers and cried. Wouldn't even try it. I ended up eating his cake (I'm not complaining!). I was a bit disappointed not to have the cute, messy pics, but it wasn't a big deal. Actually, he wanted no part of his second birthday cake either, so I think he's just not a frosting fan.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 5 years
I got him a separate cake. Simply because our local Safeway had a deal going where you got a free personal cake for a babies first birthday. Personally, my son's birthday was his first time having anything sugary like that. It's not something he has every day, so I don't see the harm. To each their own, though.
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