Long ago, an ingenious individual combined the words "cake" and "smash" to create a charming tradition for a child's first birthday. This tradition, known as the cake smash, has become my absolute favorite way to conclude a significant birthday photography session.
Either in studio or outside, it's the best way to celebrate!
how to prepare for YOUR cake smash SESSION
What kind of SMASH CAKE should i buy?
Due to the increasing prevalence of food allergies such as dairy, wheat, and sugar, I always advise my clients to bring their own cake. This way, you have complete control over what ingredients are used in the cake. I highly recommend purchasing a smash cake from a professional bakery, as homemade cakes often turn out dry with hard icing. A "naked cake" with white icing is an excellent choice for any theme, as it is simple and has soft icing.
For size, a 6-inch cake with 2-3 tiers is perfect. Anything larger may not fit on a cake stand or between your baby's legs. Additionally, ensure that the cardboard base is not significantly larger than the cake itself, with a difference of no more than an inch or so.
Fondant is beautiful, but it can be hard to chew and pose a choking hazard, so be extra cautious if your cake has any decorative details such as toothpicks or wooden dowels.
LET’S SPLASH AFTER THE SMASH!
t’s true, a lot of babies aren’t a fan of the cake. But, not to jinx anything, I am at about a 90% success rate with the bathtub. Getting greasy icing all in your toes may not be fun, but everyone loves to splash!
My best advice to any mom or dad planning a cake smash session is to remain calm and relaxed. Infants can detect tension, and we want them to feel comfortable in a happy, optimistic atmosphere! It is typical to have plenty of extravagant ideas for your session after browsing Pinterest, but remember that the baby is in charge. Some one-year-olds adore immersing themselves in icing, while others dislike getting dirty. They may even dislike the taste if it is their first time having something sweet like cake. This is completely normal, and every infant is unique! If we do not achieve the response you were hoping for, do not be discouraged. We will still capture lovely photos that document this significant milestone and reveal your baby's personality.
Cathy & Jenn of CatsMac Photography, Cobourg, Ontario.