Should we give baby his own smash cake?

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?”

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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


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

  • 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

    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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • LucyHarper

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

  • 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.

  • 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

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