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

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

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.

Easy New Year’s Eve Party Treats for the Super Busy

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

New Year's Eve Party TreatsThrowing a New Year’s Eve bash? Make sure you’ve got the treats that’ll keep your guests smiling well past midnight.

Christmas is over and New Year’s Eve is fast approaching. And if you’ve volunteered your home for the big celebration, you’re probably scrambling to put a menu together right about now.

For many people, New Year’s Eve is the last hurrah for the holiday eating fest. Come New Year’s Day, they’ll be dusting off the scales and renewing their gym memberships. So you better make it count!

Here are a few easy, must-have treats for your New Year’s Eve extravaganza:

Shrimp Cocktail — These tend to go fast, so make sure you buy lots. Most stores sell pre-assembled shrimp cocktail party platters, making this a simple and delicious appetizer that can be stacked in the fridge and pulled out as needed.

Cake — No party is complete without a cake! Serve each guest a slice with a glass of champagne for the countdown. We can make it really easy on you by delivering a gourmet cake directly to your front door, complete with an occasion plaque made of Belgian chocolate.

Chips and Dip — The old party standby. Chips and dip are a super easy and cheap way to keep people noshing all night long. Place bowls of chips throughout your house, so everybody can partake.

Veggies — You’ve got to have something to make everybody feel a little healthier, especially since some people will be starting their diet in the morning. You wouldn’t want them to shock their systems. Every grocery store has these ready to serve. But, if you have some extra time, it’s cheaper to buy the veggies and cut them up yourself.

Champagne — Well, of course you need champagne (and sparkling cider for the non-drinkers). You might want to think about picking up some plastic champagne flutes too, if you don’t have the real thing. They look a lot classier than red Solo cups.

Pizza — Even if your party invitation says “drinks and hors d’oeuvres,” some of your guests will still “forget” to eat dinner before they come over. Pizza is an easy way to keep people full and happy. The bake-at-home variety are best for parties because you can serve hot pizzas all night.

If you don’t have a ton of time to plan a New Year’s Eve party, just keep it simple. These easy New Year’s Eve treats are sure to make your party a success. Here’s to a Happy New Year’s from Bake Me a Wish!

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of Russell Bernice on Flickr