Chaddy and I don't have kids (except furry ones!), so it was perplexing to me the first time someone ordered a small cake just for the one year old. My mom just cut me a slice and that's all the mess I was allowed to make, but times have changed. People call these baby cakes all kinds of names but the most popular is smash or smush cake. I guess it's named after it's purpose in life. (So why aren't the rest of my cakes called eating cakes or devouring cakes?) I get some of the greatest pictures back from my customers and they always make me smile. This one is of little Jack and the photo was taken by Houston Photography. I just love the simple but eye catching balloons in the background, not to mention that adorable baby!
If you're looking to make cakes for a living, don't be surprised when you make one cake for a photo session several weeks ahead of the actual party. The pictures make a great invitation to the big party! I try really hard to make these cakes mostly buttercream because the fondant covered ones are just not as fun for the pictures. Also, keep in mind any toothpicks or wire you may normally use in keeping say a fondant monkey together cannot be used for these cakes. That would not make for a happy baby! More and more customers are asking for smash cakes or just a "personal" cake for older kids. Sometimes it's to give them their favorite flavor or just to make their birthday more special. Why didn't my Mommy do that? I'd love to hear from you guys what your friends and customers are calling these baby cakes!