As much as I love the idea of traditions, I am awful at following through! That said, one tradition that I’ve maintained with each of our four 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
1. 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.
2. What Is A Smash Cake?
A smash cake is typically a small cake which is for the baby, and the baby alone, to do whatever they want or choose.
3. Smash Cake History
The history of the smash cake is a mystery. Google can’t tell me who created this!
4. First Taste Of Sugar
That said, the idea behind the smash cake is to ceremoniously give your baby their first real taste of sugar.
5. Not All Babies Get Into It
Crazy, I know, but not all babies go after the cake. In fact, our first child didn’t care about it and our third hated his hands messy!
6. How To Prepare
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.
7. Clean Up
Have a towel, wash cloth, and soap ready for the post smash cake clean-up! Heck, we just threw Zeke in the sink.
8. Priceless Photos
Have your camera ready! The reactions and faces are absolutely priceless.
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.