As your baby approaches the milestone of turning one, thoughts turn to birthdays and celebrations.
Allowing your one-year-old to literally smash their own cake with their hands and play with it as they eat it, allows your little one to truly celebrate their first birthday! It’s also a fun way for your baby to experiment with texture, color and flavor while stimulating taste buds and motor skills.
Smash cakes come in a variety of flavors, and can be decorated in countless ways. The following tips can help you to create the perfect smash cake and ensure that your child’s first party is a success!
Sized for a Single Serving
Typically, smash cakes average around 5 to 7 inches in diameter and are enough for a single serving. If older children and adults are attending the event, offer slices from a larger sized cake so that everyone can get in on the fun!
If other young children will be in attendance, consider offering them their own “mini” version of your baby’s smash cake. This can be something as simple as cupcakes decorated in a theme or color scheme that coordinates with the decorations on your child’s actual smash cake.
The Sky’s the Limit – but, Keep the Theme Personal
You can literally decorate your child’s smash cake as much, or as little, as you wish. In general, children at this young age enjoy cakes that are made into unique shapes. They are also attracted to bright colors.
When designing your child’s cake try to keep the theme as personal to your child as possible. For example, consider icing your child’s cake in their favorite colors. You can also choose cakes that have been decorated with your baby’s favorite brands or toy characters.
Gain inspiration by conducting an online search for images of smash cakes. Pinterest is one site in particular that has a number of boards and pins with ideas for decorating smash cakes, as well as recipes if you prefer to make your own.
Prefer Organic, Love Fruit, or Have Dietary Restrictions – You Have Options!
Many parents view their child’s first birthday cake as an opportunity to let them have their first real taste of sugar. If this is your opinion, colorful, sugar based frostings and decorations are an excellent choice.
Others prefer to reduce or eliminate the amount of sugar in their young child’s diet. Some children have food allergies or other dietary restrictions that make the traditional, highly decorated birthday cake off limits. Rest assured that there are plenty of options if you prefer to go a more natural or gluten and egg free route for your baby’s smash cake.