Real Mom Problem

“My sweetheart was telling the guys at work about making my son's smash cake and they all looked at him like he was talking crazy. Do/did/will you do a smash cake for your child's first birthday party?”

by JohnnyCakes JohnnyCakes

Quick Tips

  • 1. A smash cake is a separate, often smaller, cake given just to baby for smashing, smearing, eating, and -- of course -- picture taking
  • 2. Instead of a smash cake, consider using a cupcake, or cutting a slice from a larger cake to give to baby
  • 3. Some moms use smash cakes for a special photo session rather than for a birthday party

Real Mom Solutions

Who doesn't love to see a little one elbow-deep in cake, face covered in frosting? But is it necessary to bake baby his own cake for the full effect, or will a single slice do the trick? See what the moms of CafeMom have to say about this deliciously important issue.

Betty Crocker® No. 1 Cutout Cake Betty Crocker® No. 1 Cutout Cake

Our Expert Mom Says...

The moms of Betty Crocker® recommend this easy cutout cake for a smash hit at baby's first birthday party.

No. 1 Cutout Cake

INGREDIENTS

1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® cake mix (any flavor*)

Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box

1 container Betty Crocker® Whipped fluffy white frosting

Green food color

STEP 1
Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease bottom only of 8x4-inch loaf pan with shortening or cooking spray, and place paper baking cup in each of 12 regular-size muffin cups.

STEP 2
In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally, until smooth. Place 1 3/4 cups batter into loaf pan. Spoon remaining batter into muffin cups.

STEP 3
Bake loaf cake 35 to 40 minutes and cupcakes 18 to 23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. For easier handling, refrigerate or freeze loaf cake 30 to 60 minutes or until firm.

STEP 4
Stir together 1/2 cup frosting and green food color to desired color. Spoon green frosting into decorating bag fitted with small round tip; set aside.

STEP 5
Trim rounded top off loaf cake. Place loaf cake cut side down on plate. Trim cake into number one shape using template as a guide. Frost sides and top of cake with white frosting. Pipe green frosting into stripes on cake. Use remaining frosting to frost cupcakes.

EXPERT TIPS
For a fun sprinkle cake simply frost the entire cake in white frosting and cover with sprinkles.

*For all chocolate and devil's food cake mixes, use only 1 cup water.

Find more great Betty Crocker® Smash Cake and First Birthday Cake ideas and recipes here.

The Moms of CafeMom Say...

  • childofgod04
    childofgod04

    We made our son's smash cake. I wasn't going to spend a bunch of money on a cake that he was just going to destroy. He loved it!

  • LucyHarper
    LucyHarper

    We just made a cake, sliced it up, and gave the baby a piece. I'm not big on smash cakes.

  • Amberleigh81
    Amberleigh81

    I made my son's smash cake ... it was pumpkin spice with maple cream cheese frosting. Our guests got cupcakes made from the same recipe... Yum!

  • ninjakids
    ninjakids

    Our oldest son had a cake smash photo shoot for his first birthday...we loved it.

  • louannwilkins
    louannwilkins

    For my granddaughter we had a cake for all the guests and had a smaller cake (although it was a good size) for her to smash. She didn't do too much damage but it was funny either way.

  • kbutton24
    kbutton24

    We weren't comfortable giving our daughter sugar at such a young age. We made her a fruit salad cake instead. We'll do a smash cake for her second birthday.

  • Dibsy
    Dibsy

    I plan on using a smash cake for my son's first birthday. I think it's a cute idea and really let's them go for it!

  • lalaboosh
    lalaboosh

    I had no idea what a smash cake was until I saw it on TV. I kind of think it's pointless, but I was also excited to serve my daughter a slice of home baked cake decorated by me. I like sharing the cake, not making a special little one for them to smash.

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