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Smash Cake 101 — Everything You Should Know About Smash Cakes

smash cakes 101As much as I love the idea of traditions, I am awful at following through! One tradition that I’ve maintained with each of our 4 kids is the first birthday tradition of the baby having a smash cake.

It’s always the highlight of our child’s first birthday party. Last night as we celebrate Zeke’s birthday (a few days early), as we did the smash cake— a friend who has no kids was in awe of our tradition.

After talking to a few people who don’t have kids, they to had no idea about smash cakes! Let’s fix this. Here’s some details that you may or may not know about the smash cake tradition.

Smash Cake 101 — Everything You Should Know About Smash Cakes 

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  • Smash Cakes Are a Fairly Recent Trend 1 of 9
    Smash Cakes Are a Fairly Recent Trend
    Smash Cakes have become popular in the last 10 years. So don't get all mad at your mom if you didn't have one at your first birthday party.
  • What is a Smash Cake? 2 of 9
    What is a Smash Cake?
    A smash cake is typically a small cake (you can make this healthy if you'd like, but typically just a normal cake). A larger cake is served to the guest, but the smash cake is for baby alone.
  • Smash Cake History 3 of 9
    Smash Cake History
    The history of the smash cake is a mystery. Google can't tell me who created this!
  • First Taste of Sugar 4 of 9
    First Taste of Sugar
    The idea of the smash cake is that it's your baby's first real taste of sugar, cake!
  • Not All Babies Get Into It 5 of 9
    Not All Babies Get Into It
    Not all babies go after the cake. Our first child didn't care about it. Our third hated his hands messy!
  • How to Prepare for a Smash Cake 6 of 9
    How to Prepare for a Smash Cake
    In order to prepare for the potential mess that a smash cake can bring, put a disposable table cloth on the floor and strip your child down to his diaper.
  • Smash Cake Clean Up 7 of 9
    Smash Cake Clean Up
    Have a towel, wash cloth and soap ready for the post smash cake clean-up! We just threw Zeke in the sink. This is chocolate, not poo!
  • Priceless Photos 8 of 9
    Priceless Photos
    Have your camera ready! The reactions and faces are absolutely priceless.
  • Smash Cakes Don’t Have to Be Just for First Birthdays 9 of 9
    Smash Cakes Don't Have to Be Just for First Birthdays
    Smash cakes aren't limited to first birthdays! We purchased a small cake for our 2-year-old Izaiah for his second birthday. He LOVED it, except for the most part, he used a fork.

Oh what fun smash cakes are!

Did You Have a Smash Cake With Your 1-Year-Old?

Molly blogs parenting, geekery and technology at digitalmomblog.com.

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