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.
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!