What’s the Deal With the ‘Smash Cake’ Trend?

A cake that’s made explicitly for destroying — what the?

Baby Enjoying a Smash CakeIf you’ve had a kid sometime in the last 10 years, you’ve probably heard (and experienced) a growing trend at first year birthday parties. It’s called a “smash cake,” and it’s apparently all the rage.

A smash cake is basically a small cake that parents put in front of their baby at his or her first birthday party with the hope that the child will absolutely obliterate the confectionary treat. At some point during the party, a larger cake is served to the guests. But the smash cake is for baby alone.

Parents and party guests are encouraged to watch and snap pictures as the cuteness factor reaches full capacity.

At least, that’s what’s supposed to happen. Not all babies have gotten the memo about smash cakes. Many kids don’t know what to do with the cake. And some, who have never tasted the sugary treat before, don’t even like it.

And that’s okay. The whole idea is to let your baby’s personality shine through. For some one-year-olds, this will result in the cake’s total annihilation. For others, curious probing.

Baby Playing with Smash CakeA Few ‘Smashing’ Tips

  • Use a disposable table cloth. Lay it on the floor and sit baby and cake on top of it. This will make cleanup a lot easier. And use a solid color tablecloth, so baby will be the focus of your pictures.
  • Strip baby down to his or her diapers. That way, you can take baby directly to the bath following the cake smash.
  • Put the cake on a cake stand. If baby is a little apprehensive about destroying the cake, a wobbly stand will help encourage the destruction.
  • Take lots of pictures! Depending on how much baby gets into it, the reactions can be priceless.
  • Have bath supplies at the ready. In preparation for the event, get a towel, wash cloth, and soap out for a quick post-smash scrub down.

All in all, just have fun. This is baby’s chance to destroy something without his or her parents intervening. Not something that happens everyday!

If you a need smash cake, check out our assortment of birthday cakes. We think the Red Velvet Chocolate Cake could make for a colorful smash.

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of .alicia.kowalski.

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