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How do most of you make a "smash" cake for a 1 year old - just a single layer or 2 layers filled? How much detail do you do for the decorations, if any...

Thanks!

post #2 of 28

I usually just make a single layer 6" round cake. ice it like the bigger one, but with less details. I like them to sorta match. hth some people use 4" round cakes.

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Thanks...I've usually made a 2 layer but have been thinking that's pretty silly when it's just going to be smashed up! I'd rather spend more time on the "real" cake!

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Ours are single layer, 4", buttercream only done to mimic the "main" cake.
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post #5 of 28
Whats a smash cake...never heard of it.
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I torte a single tier 2" high 6" diameter cake. I fill it, usually with buttercream or the child's favorite yogurt.

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post #7 of 28
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Whats a smash cake...never heard of it.

 

It's a relatively recent trend: a small, expendable cake for a small child, for his or her own birthday party, created so that the small child can essentially have his or her way with it, without doing any damage to the bigger, more elaborate cake everybody else eats. A by-product of the recent trend of having excessively elaborate birthday parties for toddlers too young to understand or appreciate them.

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post #8 of 28
Giant cupcakes seem to be the most popular for cake smash's here in Australia.
post #9 of 28

I usually make a jumbo cupcake for a smash cake. I only bake for friends and family.

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Originally Posted by shebaben View Post

How do most of you make a "smash" cake for a 1 year old - just a single layer or 2 layers filled? How much detail do you do for the decorations, if any...

Thanks!

 

I do a 6 in single layer that matches the bigger cake.

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It's a relatively recent trend: a small, expendable cake for a small child, for his or her own birthday party, created so that the small child can essentially have his or her way with it, without doing any damage to the bigger, more elaborate cake everybody else eats. A by-product of the recent trend of having excessively elaborate birthday parties for toddlers too young to understand or appreciate them.

Not completely true. My family has been doing them for about 13 years. No elaborate parties for us. It was definitely more for my sisters than the kids but we all have great memories and pictures of it. Of course, the smash cakes tend to be much more lavish now. Theirs were just little 4 in cakes from the grocery store (long before I started seriously baking.)  

post #11 of 28

It is not a new trend. My dau. is 46 and she had one at her first b/d party. Also, my son. he is 44.

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I'd never heard of them until I started stalking cake sites.  :-)

 

I've done just one (my avatar), and when I suggested the smash cake to the client (the parent of the child in question), I got a blank look and you could hear the crickets chirping in the background.  Once I explained it to her, she was quite excited.

 

It was a 6", 2-layer, which I think was too big.  Next time I'll go with a 4".  However, it was shared amongst the various other small children at the party, so it didn't go to waste.

 

I think it's a fun idea.  :-)

post #13 of 28
Oooh sounds like fun but a total waste of cake...I dont like wasting food but each to their own I guess
post #14 of 28
Well, once you've turned 51, "44" and "46" are "recent."

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post #15 of 28

I do a 4" cake that is decorated in the same colors of the main cake.  The smash cake is free with the purchase of a larger cake.  I have had clients that wanted more detail-so I charge for the additional detail.  Parents like these for the photos of messy little faces of their one year old!
 

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