Thursday, October 10, 2013

Take a Look at Betty Crocker's First Birthday Smash Cakes!

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Betty Crocker No. 1 Cutout Smash Cake

Over the years we have been to quite a few First birthday parties where a child has taken the cake, or piece of cake designed just for them, and smashed it all over the place, resulting in a room full of aww's and paparazzi-like flashbulbs going off left and right from friends and family's cameras. Of my four children, all of them have had their own little cake, except for the oldest whom we were not smart enough to do that with... and not one of them has made a huge mess!

My oldest was extremely delicate, barely touching his frosting at all, and six years later his brother was exactly the same. For my daughter we went all out and had the party outside to really let her go at it...nuh uh, nothing. She loved cake, but she wasn't smashing any of it anywhere, she wanted to use her spoon.

My son's aunt handed handing him his first birthday cake.
He's in nothing but a diaper because we anticipated a big, fun mess.

Our last child didn't have a big party. We'd moved to a new state, didn't know anyone but family on my husband's side, and that's who came. It was a nice little get-together in our basement. I baked a traditional-sized cake for the family, and a separate little cake for my son...just a square big enough to squish and cover himself with at will.  He was more interested in the candle. ;)


He'd never had cake before, but after cajoling him a bit to try it, we did manage to get him to break a piece off and give it a whirl.  You can see from the look on his face above that he was still a little wary. He never did eat much more than what you see in that picture. He and his siblings just would not make a mess with their birthday cakes. Not a one of 'em.  I wish they'd have been as neat with keeping their bedrooms clean.

Betty Crocker Polka Dot Smash Cake

Giving the littles their own cake has become such a fun hit nowadays that Betty Crocker has come up with their own line of really cute First Birthday Smash Cakes.

Betty Crocker Confetti Smash Cake

You can find the recipes and the templates for a whole line of super cute Betty Crocker First Birthday Smash Cakes here. I think if I were going to make one it would be the one above. Maybe the confetti would have enticed my precious littles to explore their cakes a little more than they did. :)

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The steps to making the Smash cakes are easy and if you're making the birthday cake too, you could design them to match one another (or make it something completely unique to baby). You can find great ideas and templates for the Betty Crocker First Birthday Smash cakes here

You can also follow Betty Crocker on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Pinterest.

105 comments:

  1. When my boys each had their first birthday, I just gave them a piece of the "real"cake. I spent small fortunes on the cakes for each of their first birthdays, so I wasn't about to get them a separate cake LOL.

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    1. Hubby had a cake special made last year and the price was ridiculous. We did not do that again this year. ;)

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  2. Our local grocery stores do a special cake for babies first birthday...and it's free too! I always took advantage of that. My kids never did make much mess of their cakes, but it was still a lot of fun.

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  3. My kids were terrible with their cake. I swear, I am still cleaning bits and pieces out of their hair to this day ;)

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    1. That's what I wanted! We've never been to a party for a 1-yr old where they didn't just get covered in cake. Well, except at my house, lolol

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  4. You're complaining that they were neat cake eaters? lol

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    1. I was thinking as I was typing that I must be silly to have wanted them to make a mess with their cakes. Still, it's a right of passage, you know. ;)

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  5. I love how they have generated an actual name for this! I think that every little one in my extended family has had a first birthday "smash cake." It's like a rite of passage. :)

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    1. Great minds think alike, that's what I just said to the poster above you. :) Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by. :)

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  6. Such cute little cakes. I never gave my boys a "smash" cake. Who wants to clean all that up? Not me. They made enough mess with a slice. LOL

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    1. I wanted to Dawn. Doesn't it figure they wouldn't (make a mess)? lolol

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  7. Oh those look so cute! I really like the smash cake!

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  8. I had never heard of the term "smash cakes" before but I certainly understand why the are called that. They are adorable.

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    1. It is the perfect name for one, you're right. :)

      Thanks for the visit, Pam!

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  9. Ah, loved the idea! Too bad, I didn't think of Smash cake last year when our little man celebrated his 1st b-day!

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    1. We didn't do it with our oldest either. :)

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    1. Thanks, Jen. I think they are too. :)

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  11. I love smash cakes, so much fun for kids and that #1 cake is adorable

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    1. Thanks, Karen. I like that one too!!

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  12. I love those smash cakes. May have to get one for Madison's 2nd birthday. She would surely enjoy smashing. :)

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    1. 2 should be the new smash age, they really do like to make a mess at 2. :)

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  13. Reagan had a smash cupcake for her 1 year birthday. It was awesome. She inhaled the whole thing!

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  14. My version of smash...is a cupcake. Love the idea of a smash cake!

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    1. Cupcakes are the perfect size for a little one. :)

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  15. It's so fun to watch kids dive into cake for the first time!

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    1. It's hilarious! Oh my gosh, it makes me laugh!

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  16. That's funny. My kids just had to have a piece of their actual cake. There was no way I was purchasing a separate cake after I had purchased a large one. :)

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    1. That's what we did w/our first baby. :)

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  17. I can so remember all the birthdays. My cakes never looked all that good, but they tasted good and I'm guessing that's what really counts.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. I used to make all the cakes and they sure weren't as good looking as some you see today. I'm amazed at what can be done with a cake!!!

      You're right though, the taste is def. what counts! You have a great day too. :)

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  18. First Birthday parties are so much fun... really. We just had one a few weeks ago for my Granddaughter. She didn't even get messy, not a bit.

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  19. that is such a cool idea! We do that in our family too. My niece did a smash cake last year and made a HUGE mess. It made for adorable photos

    Heather @ craftcravings.com

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  20. my kids all smashed cake. still kind of do. family tradition is that my dad gets them to do " so big" over and over when they have cake and frosting on their hands.

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  21. Ahh look at his face!! So cute, its like he knows its going to be tasty!

    My Mum has a picture of me the first time I had a chocolate roll I was covered and in a white dress ;) xx

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    1. White is a magnet for chocolate. It's in the kid rule book. :)

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  22. OMG.. I love these cakes.. they are adorable.. almost tooo cute to smash...:-).. Wish they had these simple steps when my kids were little.. When my first born (now 18..lol) turned 1, we put a trash bag on him for easy cleaning...lol.. mhhh come to think of it he still needs one .....Soo love it.. thanks for sharing

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    1. lol at the trash bag, I bet cleanup was a cinch! :)

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  23. Adorable! Of course we always just got the first piece of the regular birthday cake, but these are so much fun!!

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    1. That's how it was when I was a kid too. :)

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  24. My daughter was the same way. No smash. She'd prefer to concentrate on eating. Love the pics, as always.

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    1. Glad to hear I'm not alone with non-smashers.;)

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  25. Those cakes are absolutely adorable, especially the blue one!

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  26. I want one! Well, lots of ones, actually. Could I get one cake for each year I've made it through?

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    1. You'll have to have the wombats help because too much of anything is not good for you (even cake). ;)

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  27. Those are gorgeous cakes! I wish I could make a cake look that nice.

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    1. These ones are pretty easy! I bet you'd do just fine. :)

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  28. Both of my kids were absolute cake fiends! They shoved it everywhere by the fistful! I do like this cute idea from Betty though!

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  29. This is such a great idea. Kids love to smash cakes and parents like to keep the original intact in order to take some awesome photos so it's a win win for all parties involved.

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  30. I can only imagine the mess that ensued later.

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    1. That was as bad as it got, which wasn't bad at all. :)

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  31. Adorable pictures, I can imagine the joy there. I always loved cake, especially as a kid. Didn't help much my teeth though, but even at this age I still crave it, lol, and it's tough to abstain!

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    1. I like a nice piece of cake every now and then, and always at a birthday celebration. :)

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  32. Lol at the clean rooms, I love when little ones have their first try of cake (and chocolate)

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    1. Whew,every single one of them, though my oldest was the best about it (w/the room cleaning).

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  33. Love the idea of a smash cake. Those little cakes are adorable!

    Happy Thursday, Rosey!

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  34. if i have another kiddo we'll do a nice smash cake with nice photos.

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    1. Smash cake photo sessions are the best! :)

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  35. I made a cake for both of my kids on their 1st birthdays :) A big one for the adults and a small one just for them. These cakes are really adorable!

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    1. That's what we did w/all but our first. :) Thanks for the visit. :)

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  36. Love the pictures. Christopher smashed in his cake good. I was so thrilled? He had an audience so he kept getting started every time everyone laughed. I was scared he was going to cry but then he just ignored us an dug in.

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    1. Aww, you reminded me that on my son's second birthday everyone clapped after they sang and he started crying, lol. I forgot. I'm going to go put it in the baby book. :)

      Your son did it right! :)

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  37. Gosh he is so adorable. I love that look as he peruses the cake!

    These are really nice :)

    Gosh and those cheeks. Don't you just always love those little fluffs of theirs!

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    1. He was not a fat baby (my oldest one was, whew was he! :) ) but everyone thought he was from his pictures because of his cheeks. :)

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  38. They look so cute and your little one is absolutely adorable! My sons first birthday looked pretty much like that ... Cake everywhere BUT in his mouth :)

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    1. Birthdays are fun at any age, especially fun when they're little. :)

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  39. smiles...we still have the video of our boys and their first cakes....hehe....they like to watch them on occassion...

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    1. We watch our old videos once in awhile too. ;)

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  40. Oh I love it! We did the cake smash and just got a little cake for the photo session that I did and it wasn't a pretty cake. Then for his bday party we used the cake topper. Betty Crocker did a great job with these designs!

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    1. Betty Crocker has so been around forever for a reason, yes? I remember my grandma and my mom both having Betty Crocker cookbooks. One year my mom got the Cookie Cookbook and I could not stop going through it to find things I wanted to make. :)

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  41. When my kids turned one, I did buy them a small smash cake for them to tear into. Its funny to see the difference in each child as to how they what they will do with them. These cakes and cupcakes are adorable.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Stacie. You're right it is fun seeing how the kids are going to react to their cake. :)

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  42. What a cutie! We did the smash cake. Reminds me when my grandson had his. He was neat about it too. lol

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    1. Ah well, there could be worse things, I'm sure of it. Just means that got to enjoy more cake in their tummies instead of wearing it in their hair. ;)

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  43. What an awesome idea. These Smash Cakes are adorable. I wish I had one of these for Ryan when he was one! That is a riot that your little one didn't do much smashing with his cake. :)

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    1. None of them, Kristi. Four children and not a' one was a cake smasher.

      THOUGH, and I forgot about it until just now, my daughter's friend smashed a cake in her face last year for her 13th birthday (one designed specifically for that task) and it was the hit of the party, including for my daughter. I guess some kids outgrow it, and some grow into it, hahaha

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  44. LOL Smash cakes....I love it. Perfect name for them!

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  45. I did cupcakes for all my kids first birthday and the smashed those things right in their mouths. I love those moments, they don't even know what day it is but they are HAPPY! .

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    1. Party time is great at any age, especially if cake and ice cream are involved. ;)

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  46. We have taken to buying cupcakes that are decorated to look like one cake in the theme of the b-day but my children were raised with homemade cakes of their choice of flavor and color. How times have changed!!! I love your precious little ones pics. They are adorable!!

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    1. Thanks, Judy. We got one of those that you're talking about for my son's bday last year. It was cool (and easy clean up!).

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  47. we did the smash cake with broxton... he didn't want to make a mess... (until we rubbed it on him and then he was IN LOVE with getting really messy)

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  48. Very cute pictures of your children when they were young Rosey! Oh the cakes look so yummy. Now I am wishing for some cake!:)

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    1. Ha! A Smash Cake would be perfect for a girls party (to eat, not smash). Lower calorie temptation, lolol

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  49. Cute pictures - I've got a Niece with a 1st birthday coming up - forwarded this to her Mom

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  50. Aww, these are really cute idea, I like the polk-a-dot one! I'm sure our granddaughter will be having her own smash cake next month!

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    1. Wow a year already coming up???? That went by fast!

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  51. ohmygoodness, rosey, i can't take those photos of your son - so so stinkin' cute! he's gorgeous!
    this post made me excited to think about piper eating cake on her first birthday. though, i'm completely okay with her staying six months right now! thank you for all you share! <3<3<3
    maria

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    1. So fun that she's half way to one!! I'm coming over to your blog see what she's been up to. :)

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  52. those cakes are way cuter than they one I made! love the one shaped like a one

    knickgirl_3 at yahoo dot com

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