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7 Reasons a Smash Cake Is a Genius Idea for Your Baby's 1st Birthday

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I'm not quite sure if a baby's first birthday is a bigger milestone for the baby or for the parents. When my twins turned 1, I remember feeling like I crossed the finish line of a marathon. There was a lot of champagne and multiple cakes -- although my girls didn't quite know what to do with them.

Looking back on it, I wish I'd been aware of the trend that so many parents have caught on to: Set the birthday kid up with their very own smash cake, a separate, aptly proportioned confection presented without utensils for the honoree to enjoy in whatever manner they see fit.

They can feel free to squeeze it, drool on it, crumble it, face plant in it. You name it. No one else is going to eat it but them!

Here are a few reasons why this is an absolutely genius idea:

1. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. When else are they going to get to eat like cavemen while an audience cheers them on? I mean, until college, of course.

2. The photos will be priceless. Many parents stage this moment purely for the awesome visuals. They buy outfits to match the theme of the cake or they go the other direction and leave the birthday kid in their birthday suit. Just make sure you have both the camera and video camera ready from the moment you set the cake in front of them to the moment you whisk them away, sugar-coated and probably screaming with joy, and off to the bath.

3. You can have your own cake, too. Give your little one a healthy option made with applesauce or pureed carrots or perhaps a basic vanilla cake. Leave the fancy fondant icing creation to the grownups.

4. And you can eat theirs. Let's face it, none of the other guests are going to scrape a hunk of cake off your kid's belly and eat it. But you can!

5. Think of it like a full-body sugar scrub. We pay good money to be rubbed down and exfoliated, right? Well, this is the baby version. And it's so much cuter.

6. It's free entertainment. No need to hire a magician or a pony. Guests will love watching baby destroy their cake with abandon. Add a high-energy playlist to amp up the mayhem!

7. They'll be occupied for a good long while. While the birthday kid goes to town, you should have good 8 to 10 minutes to eat your own cake (see #3) and maybe even raise a glass of something before things get too out of hand.

What kind of smash cake have you made for your kids?


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NatAndCo NatAndCo

My boys had smash cakes for their 1st bday. Wish I would've gone with a different color icing because the blue turned them into smurfs. Definitely fun watching them try to figure out what to do with them though. One smashed his into a liquid, the other calmly licked off the icing one finger at a time.

lovem... lovemy2sons25

I got both my boys a smash cake to match their birthday cakes for their first birthdays (they are a year apart) my oldest didn't really smash his, he really didn't want to touch it, my youngest loved it, he smashed the hell out of it!

SaphireH SaphireH

I do cupcakes for my kiddos makes just a mess but easier in my opinion to hold

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

I made my son's smash cake last month... Its one of those awesome milestones :)

work4... work4mickey

I tried this with my son (who is seven now). But we had been teaching him to to use utensils. He had a spoon and just daintily picked at the frosting. It was cute but wasn't what I had planned.

godde... goddess99

I don't care for smash cakes so I didn't do that.

elasmimi elasmimi

My local supermarket sells miniature versions of the regular cake, just for that purpose. She is seven now, and no longer gets them, but they were fun!

lalas... lalasmama2007

My dd didn't have one.  

la_be... la_bella_vita

We did smash cakes for first birthdays

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