Preparing for a cake smash

I’ve just spent the last three hours baking a giant chocolate cupcake as a trial run for Little Mr’s birthday next weekend. Luckily, I’ve arranged for a very talented friend to make his first ever birthday cake so I don’t need to worry about that but I have wanted to make a cake for him to smash up ever since I saw the idea fill up Pinterest.

cake smash

My baking skills leave a lot to be desired. I just don’t have the time to practice anymore. I do love getting in the kitchen to have a go though so I thought I’d use a silicone mould I was given last year as a gift and have a play.

So, it’s out of the over and in all honesty, it’s terrible but it’s a practice run, hopefully the real one will turn out better! It’s so difficult cutting the cake so it’s even. I’m definitely not applying for Bake Off next series..


The idea behind a cake smash is for you to bake a cake for the birthday girl/boy and then let them loose on it whilst you take some photographs. You might not want to let them delve straight into a cake that’s supposed to feed the family so a giant cupcake is perfect. Decorate it with buttercream or cream cheese frosting, add sparkles or chocolate buttons or coloured ‘hundreds and thousands’ (does anyone else call them that?) and have fun. I’m going to practice my icing skills tomorrow and if I’m any good I might try and pipe some swirls on to the chocolate cake. If i’m rubbish I’ll just cover the cake in frosting and throw some sparkly bits at it.

Practically in our home the only place suitable for a cake smash is in the bathroom. It’s a large bright space with wipe-able surfaces so if cake gets smeared and thrown anywhere it’ll be easy enough to clean up. I’m hoping to borrow a decent camera from someone so I can take some photos to do the smash some justice. If all else fails I’ll just let Little Mr eat some cake and have a play with the textures.

If you’ve done a cake smash before with your little ones I’d love to see some pics, or if you’ve got a fool proof recipe for the perfect cake please let me know!

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Emma Shilton

Emma Shilton, is a UK Family Lifestyle blogger from the West Midlands, UK, Emma is Mummy to two boys; Olly, (born February 2013) who loves Lego, cars and old cartoons and Freddie, (born January 2018) who loves noisy toys and making a mess. The blog follows their adventures as they capture everyday life, family travels and adventures.

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  1. 02/02/2014 / 6:07 pm

    We had a cake smash for A and it was fantastic! Planning on having one for T too in May/June! I’ll dig out a pic and tweet it to you :) x

    • 02/02/2014 / 6:44 pm

      Aww Donna thank you so much for tweeting the pic! A looks like she had a fab time, I love the photo with the bunting in the background. I’m going to have to get my creative socks and thinking cap on this week xx

  2. 02/02/2014 / 9:20 pm

    Ohh that sounds fantastic fun!!
    Would love to do it with my girls….lol

  3. 03/02/2014 / 10:10 pm

    SUCH a cool idea – I can’t wait to see the pics of Olly let loose on his cake! Fab! I will def be doing this with Bert in August – so much fun! And yep, I call them hundreds & thousands too (hubby calls them hundreds of millions – he thinks he’s funny!) xxxx

  4. 05/02/2014 / 9:07 am

    Can’t wait to see the finished photos, am going to do a cake smash with Max on his first birthday, and the giant cupcake idea sounds perfect! #mmwbh

  5. 05/02/2014 / 9:55 am

    That sounds like so much fun! Not even heard of it before, so thanks for sharing! #MMWBH

  6. 05/02/2014 / 11:42 am

    Sounds like a great idea. I agree with Chantelle though, I want a cake smash for me! :)

  7. 05/02/2014 / 2:14 pm

    That is a fantastic idea, I’ve never seen it before! Can’t wait to see the final pics! #MMWBH

  8. 05/02/2014 / 6:26 pm

    I love the idea of a cake smash the photos always look so lovely

  9. 06/02/2014 / 11:04 am

    Sounds like great fun! I am definitely going to do this for Baby’s 1st birthday. I hope he has fun x

  10. 14/02/2014 / 8:16 am

    I would’ve loved to have done a cake smash with Annabelle but I doubt she would’ve enjoyed it. I might get it done for her 2nd. Get all the kids involved in some way too! Your cake looked yummy too!! #MMWBH x

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