In my days before I knew that I was not Pinterest Perfect, I thought it would be a great idea to make a cake for my daughter’s first birthday and we could do a Cake Smash! Smashin’ idea, eh? It was going to be brilliant! I made a cake that looked like one of the owls on her precious owl blanket. This was going to be so fun!
And then of course, being the photographers that we are, we were going to document every fun, messy second. Bring the Cake Smash on!
Building the Cake
I did two layers. I know, I’m so fancy! There were different colors of frosting that I had made with cream cheese so not only was it going to look pretty but it was going to taste pretty darn good. I spent an entire afternoon creating my masterpiece and I wanted it to look just like her blankie.
All in all, I think I did a good job. It looked like a cake fit for my princess to smash.
Finding a Time
This was tricky, because my husband’s work schedule was busy, the Holidays were upon us and we didn’t necessarily want a big audience around while we went crazy with our camera. We ended up having to wait a couple of days after her birthday before we could do it... which affected the density of the cake
Finally, we got her in her cute little bootie cover and got everything all set up. Time to show off our cute, messy angel to the world.
The Cake Smash
This Cake Smash wasn’t exactly what you would call a success. First of all, our daughter didn’t seem remotely interested in the cake. She was more interested in the lights we had set up and the big giant cameras in front of her parent’s faces.
Well, the Cake Smash was a giant FAILURE! My cake that I had spent hours meticulously baking and decorating was hard as a rock and she tried everything to dig into it, but to no avail.
Finally, we tore a chunk off for her and she at least got to taste it, but her interest faded shortly thereafter.
We tried the cake too. It was now like a calcified brick with baby slobber all over the top. Needless to say, we ended up having to throw the whole thing away. So sad!
Sometimes it’s just better to pay for a cake. I am obviously not a Cake Smash baking expert.
Don’t assume your child likes to get messy. Ours hates it.
When it comes to kids, it’s okay to let go of expectations, because it is never going to go the way you planned.
You will still get adorable pictures though!