How to make a smash cake for a first birthday

  • Abby

    How fun! I’m already in the process of compiling ideas for my little one’s first birthday in July. I want a smash cake, but the ones I’ve seen are way too big. I have the perfect size Corningware in my cupboard, though. Thanks for sharing!

  • michelle

    what a fun little cake! i bet it was really delish too!

  • http://twitter.com/JugglingActMama Juggling Act Mama

    Hello there!
    I’m stopping by from the Mop it up Monday’s link up – I love those beautiful swirls you made with the frosting – so pretty!
    Happy Monday!
    Ang
    Juggling Act Mama

  • The Domestic Life Stylist

    You did a great job! Looks delicious too. We did not have a “smash cake” for our daughter but I think that it is a cute idea.

    Lisa-The Domestic Life Stylist

  • Carissa Rasmussen

    this is such a cute cake! i love the idea of using it for any bday though

    • http://onelittleproject.com/ Debbie @ One Little Project

      That’s true! It would definitely make a cute cake for any birthday! :)

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  • http://onelittleproject.com/ Debbie @ One Little Project

    Thanks Judy! Sorry for the slow reply! I just checked out your link party. So happy to have you here! :)

  • Chelsea

    It’s adorable! My little girl’s first birthday is coming up. I need start practicing for her cake smash!

  • onetoughmother

    This is such a gorgeous little cake! You did a great job on the icing, and I’m sure your sweet birthday girl loved it :) Thanks for linking up to Shine on Fridays!

  • Heather A

    I have those same ramekins and have never thought to do that! What a sweet little cake you made!

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  • Miz Helen

    Hi Debbie,

    What a great cake! Your recipe is fabulous and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!

    Miz Helen

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  • Lindsay AFM

    Love this!! So cute! You were featured at Artsy Corner today :)

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  • http://www.makingithomeblog.com/ Trisha

    That is super cute! I pinned it to save for when my babe turns one next April! I really want to do two smash cakes, one for her and one for her dad since they share a birthday. I think it would make for a great photo op. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  • Tatum Puryear Duckworth

    Hi there! I love love love your smash cake. I tried duplicating your steps, but when it came to icing the sides the circles did not stay in tact. The kind of stretched out and fell down. How did you get the side icing to stick in place?

    • http://onelittleproject.com/ Debbie @ One Little Project

      Thanks! I’m pretty sure my circles on the side didn’t stay in tact either. I remember that by the end, my hands must have really warmed up the piping bag because the icing got really soft. So the side icing roses were more oval like than circle like. I just tried to poke at the cake with the tip every once in awhile to get it to stick. And I’m also pretty sure that I have the bad side facing away from the camera. That always helps too. :)

      • Tatum Puryear Duckworth

        Thank you!

  • Shelley

    Did you do the photo session before the actual party? I can’t decide.

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  • Cakesterpiece

    Such a cute idea for a smash cake!

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  • bethany

    The flowers look so pretty. And it’s way easier than I was expecting! I’ve never used a pastry or piping bag or done any of that. Every time I try icing a cake, it snags some of the cake and drags cake along with the icing. I don’t know how to do it neatly. Oh yes, this applies to cupcakes, too. Always a nasty mess. A delicious, nasty mess.
    Anyway my little guy only almost 6 months. I’m considering not doing cake at all because of the sugar, but I may change my mind. I could always come up with a healthier option. I mean, if he’s never had refined sugar before, he won’t know the difference. :)
    I could still use the icing idea…maybe with pureed fruits and yogurt? I have no idea. I’m not the cook in the house! HAHA. Sorry to ramble! I love the look of the cake. And Kate is super cute!

    • http://onelittleproject.com/ Debbie @ One Little Project

      I’m sure cake out of pureed fruit and yogurt would be great, I just have no idea how you would make such a thing! If it makes you feel any better, the cake in these photos was the first time I had ever used a piping bag, so it’s really not hard at all to make these patterns! :)

  • Tara

    Hello,
    Can you tell me the tip number for the large open star decorating tip you used to icing the cake? All Wilton tips are numbered. Thank you!!!

  • Amy Phillips Arey

    Debbie- how long did you bake the cake?

    • http://onelittleproject.com/ Debbie @ One Little Project

      Eeeek… didn’t I say how long above?? It’s been almost a year since I made it, so I don’t remember exactly how long. It would have been longer than the directions for cupcakes, but shorter than the directions for a full cake. Just keep an eye on it and use the toothpick test, I guess?

      • Tara

        Bake as instructed on the cake batter box…That’s what I did and it turned out just fine.

  • Tara

    Hi, I am making this cake today, its so cute! Can you tell me what number the icing tip is? Thank you!

    • http://onelittleproject.com/ Debbie @ One Little Project

      Hi Tara – My cake decorating supplies are in storage so I can’t confirm the exact Wilton number, but I used a large open star tip, which I believe was Wilton 1M. Here’s a great website that shows you what the different icing tips do: http://www.glorioustreats.com/2011/08/cupcake-basics-how-to-frost-cupcakes.html Hopefully that helps! Good luck!

      • Tara

        1M worked, thank you! I had the same problem, the roses on the sides would not stay on, but they look great on top!!!

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