Jump to content

Cake Smash tips and advice
including, what cake should I use?


  • Please log in to reply
24 replies to this topic

#1 Tulip :-)

Posted 28 January 2012 - 10:12 AM

Hi,
My little boy's 1st birthday is coming up in 2 months time, and I thought I would do a cake smash session and use some of the pics for his invite.
I have never done one before, so was looking for any advice people can give me to get the best results.

Including, what cake smashes for best results??

Also, would love to see some pics if anyone is interested in sharing links to their images.

Thanks,
Lisa.

#2 silvertwister

Posted 28 January 2012 - 03:04 PM

Hmm no real advice except be ready to clean up afterwards - plenty of wipes and towels or a bath LOL

I buy un-iced sponge cakes from woolies and ice them myself - the sponge breaks up easily. Buttercream type icing is better than fondant.

I don't have all my pics on flickr, but there is one pic here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/46838677@N00/...157624957211497

And one just next to it.

Good luck!

#3 Sweet Chilli Philly

Posted 28 January 2012 - 10:58 PM

Have an extra person to help you! lol if you have a baby that's on the move it's very hard to keep them in one spot and keep the mess manageable.

Use a cake with soft icing, I have someone making cakes for my DD's one in April but recommended not putting the cakes in the fridge otherwise it can harden them up.  

Not sure I can share them here but if you PM me I can send you the link to some that I've done original.gif

#4 cheekymummy

Posted 30 January 2012 - 02:29 PM

Have some cheap lino off cuts as flooring. Roll it up at hose it off outside original.gif

#5 lactasticmama

Posted 30 January 2012 - 02:48 PM

..

Edited by PippityRoo, 06 May 2013 - 08:54 PM.


#6 Tulip :-)

Posted 30 January 2012 - 03:03 PM

Thanks for the advice girls.

PippityPip, they look great!
The way you have displayed them is exactly how I want to do it and turn it into an invitation.  Did you make the template yourself?  If so, any tips for me?  How do you make the edges of the photos rounded?

I was giong to cheat and buy the ready made buttercream icing and colour it, and just use a packet vanilla or buttercake, so hopefully that should work well.

Thanks again for the advice.

#7 lactasticmama

Posted 30 January 2012 - 03:10 PM

Thanks original.gif

It's a photoshop action/template. Can't remember where I got it from, and cant seem to find it on google sad.gif You can try on here though - http://www.thecoffeeshopblog.com/p/coffees...plates-and.html

You can get a trial version of photoshop off the Adobe website if you don;t have photoshop already original.gif

Yeah that should work fine. The cake mix I used was just the white wings angelic vanilla cake. I intended on just getting the homebrand cake mix, but they had none.

#8 Guest_tigerdog_*

Posted 30 January 2012 - 03:30 PM

I find this a ridiculous thing altogether, I've only ever heard of it once and that was a family of total bogans who did it with all 6 of their kids - I just thought it was some bizarre thing they invented themselves.

I abhor the wasting of food, there are starving people in the world!

#9 lactasticmama

Posted 30 January 2012 - 03:33 PM

QUOTE (tigerdog @ 30/01/2012, 04:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I find this a ridiculous thing altogether, I've only ever heard of it once and that was a family of total bogans who did it with all 6 of their kids - I just thought it was some bizarre thing they invented themselves.

I abhor the wasting of food, there are starving people in the world!


LMAO!!!

roll2.gif



Oh, and P.S... The cake wasn't totally wasted. My older 2 ate some, then fed some to the birds. So there, take that party pooper.

P.P.S... I forgot to add in a "whatevs"  rolleyes.gif

Edited by PippityPip, 30 January 2012 - 03:38 PM.


#10 xeddy

Posted 30 January 2012 - 03:43 PM

Lol  @ bogan remarks  rolleyes.gif

Pippitypip - love the photos

#11 Alacritous~Andy

Posted 30 January 2012 - 03:47 PM

For a super simple smash cake, buy or make plain sponges (or packet cakes) top with canned whipped cream and buy some giant sprinkles (you can get them at cake or party supply places).  

I like the look of coloured sprinkles on a white/cream icing, and the cream is a lot less messy to clean up than icing.

#12 Tulip :-)

Posted 30 January 2012 - 03:58 PM

Tigerdog those comments really were not useful at all!

Pippitypip - thanks again.  I will check out the coffeeshop blog.

I am pretty sure my poor old lab that has arthritis and finds it hard to get up will think it is Christmas if there is any leftovers!!  roll2.gif
And, I also plan to use some clear plastic, which if I make sure is really clean I am sure I can saver some cake for the kids lunchboxes the next day  .. they don't care what it looks like! biggrin.gif





#13 Sweet Chilli Philly

Posted 30 January 2012 - 03:58 PM

lol seems everything on EB is bogan these days rolleyes.gif

I use either portable floorboards or white vinyl is easy enough to clean.

Another suggestion to have a nappy cover if bub is wearing a disposable as it can look nicer in photos. Alexia wears MCN so was thinking of getting a custom made one for her birthday hehe

Edited by Sweet Chilli Philly, 30 January 2012 - 04:00 PM.


#14 Red Cabbage

Posted 30 January 2012 - 07:29 PM

QUOTE
I find this a ridiculous thing altogether, I've only ever heard of it once and that was a family of total bogans who did it with all 6 of their kids - I just thought it was some bizarre thing they invented themselves.

I abhor the wasting of food, there are starving people in the world!


PMSL - Obviously you don't visit the photography section often then... but welcome, I'm looking forward to more of your contributions.

Edited by Red Cabbage, 30 January 2012 - 07:30 PM.


#15 Bailz

Posted 31 January 2012 - 06:36 PM

I just did my first cake smash for my daughter's 1st birthday.

My tips:

- use a plain solid background colour
- use your camera on Sports Mode so you can take continuous photos - more chance of capturing that perfect expression
- use an icing that doesn't set, like a moist butter cream icing... more mess = more fun!
- if you have dogs, bring them in at the end to help with the clean up and capture some more precious photos  biggrin.gif

Sorry the photos are so big, I've shrunk them in Photobucket but they're still showing up big here and reduced quality!



Edited by Bailz, 31 January 2012 - 07:02 PM.


#16 Wrangler

Posted 01 February 2012 - 07:31 AM

QUOTE (tigerdog @ 30/01/2012, 04:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I find this a ridiculous thing altogether, I've only ever heard of it once and that was a family of total bogans who did it with all 6 of their kids - I just thought it was some bizarre thing they invented themselves.

I abhor the wasting of food, there are starving people in the world!

rolleyes.gif  rolleyes.gif  OM*G, Well I guess they will starve another day, cause I had a ball doing my DD's cake smash, it was AWESOME..................

#17 zenah18

Posted 01 February 2012 - 07:44 AM

QUOTE (tigerdog @ 30/01/2012, 04:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I find this a ridiculous thing altogether, I've only ever heard of it once and that was a family of total bogans who did it with all 6 of their kids - I just thought it was some bizarre thing they invented themselves.

I abhor the wasting of food, there are starving people in the world!



        I would like to know what isn’t considered Bogan these days.? wink.gif

    

#18 Jess1

Posted 01 February 2012 - 08:15 AM

Ha ha ha @ tigerdog - how on earth do you link cake smashes with world poverty!  

I had mine done professionally because I am crap at taking photos so can only share tips about the cake and messiness.  

I made a 2 tier round cake (I think you need height) then iced simply with pink butter frosting and pink and purple sprinkles.  I think the tip is to keep it fairly simple so that the colours pop.  

My daughter didn't know what the hell to do with the cake so I had to get her to taste it first then she was a bit more enthusiastic - although not as much as I have seen with others.  I was a bit worried at the time that it wouldn't look as good but it really didn't matter.  There are some gorgeous ones of her taking petite little bites!

Afterwards I had a pre wet towel so just stripped her off and ran the towel over her (I was at the photographers house) but if I had been at home would have just popped her in the shower.  

Good luck and make sure you post some pics!

Here is a link to mine;

http://s978.photobucket.com/albums/ae262/JessicaBrough/

#19 Molokai

Posted 01 February 2012 - 08:29 AM

These photos are adorable! Love the twins with their feet in the cake biggrin.gif



#20 Wrangler

Posted 01 February 2012 - 08:32 AM

Jess1 Love the photo's. I love the one with her elbow  wub.gif

I will add some of mine later today, we did ours 2 weeks ago for DD's 1st birthday.

#21 Sweet Chilli Philly

Posted 01 February 2012 - 08:46 AM

I love this session here of a cake smash and was thinking of doing similar with my daughter: http://www.heidihope.com/blog/baby-o-turns...t-photographer/

and I was going to do this after: http://www.ontobaby.com/2011/07/bubble-fil...28On+to+Baby%29 - good way to get bub clean afterwards lol

Oh and if you are using manual on your DSLR you shouldn't need to use sport mode (actually I don't think I even have that on my camera lol)

#22 Jess1

Posted 01 February 2012 - 08:48 AM

Thank you Wrangler!  Can't wait to see yours - I am a bit obsessed with cake smashes  biggrin.gif



#23 Tulip :-)

Posted 01 February 2012 - 09:59 AM

I am loving all of these pictures.  Thanks for sharing original.gif

I am now thinking of doing mine outside, similar to this photographer:  http://capturedwithlovephotography.blogspo...akes-smash.html

Mainly to give an extra dimension/colour to the invite I am doing it for.  If I just have my little man on a white backdrop it may get a bit lost in the template I plan on using (the same as above link).

Less cleaning up then too, and I am pretty sure the birds would be happy!  I would need to find a nice park closeby without distraction though, which may be more difficult.

#24 Sweet Chilli Philly

Posted 01 February 2012 - 11:48 AM

I have an outside one to do next weekend (first ever one outside). I was actually thinking of doing two with Alexia, one in a studio setting and one outsite.

I found an outside one here in a slide show on the this blog: http://www.heidihope.com/blog/the-heidi-ho...t-baby-contest/

#25 red~orchid

Posted 01 February 2012 - 09:10 PM

I recently did a cake smash (pic below) with my DS2 a few weeks ago. We just used a budget cake mix and whipped cream with some gel food colouring. The whipped cream was probably easier to clean up than buttercream would have been but it was still mighty messy! He had a ball and we had fun watching it all unfold.



Oh yeah....we didn't waste our cake either....we figured start out with 1 clean baby and 1 clean floor and the cake won't be too bad to eat afterwards  wink.gif

Good luck with it all Tulip original.gif




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Win $1000 with Sea-Band

Three lucky fans can win a Sea-Band prize pack valued at over $1000 each, which includes two Sea-Bands plus a $1000 Eftpos gift card!

Misery loves Facebook

Facebook users are often criticised for only showing the positive, fun parts of their lives. But what about when it swings the other way, when someone uses it for the purposes of ranting about their children all the time, never posting anything positive?

Toddler's adorable impersonation of pregnant mum

Little Ellis has noticed his mum is walking differently lately, and his impersonation of her is hilarious.

'Forgotten baby syndrome' can happen to any one of us

When my third child was two months old, I strapped her into her car seat, then promptly forgot all about her. But she survived, unharmed, because it was winter, and I was lucky.

Join the Real Mums Test Drive Team

Five mums or mums-to-be will join the EB Test Drive Team and discover great items at an exclusive Big W event. (Sydney only.)

Ten things I've learned about motherhood

Never take a good night's sleep for granted. There is no logic like toddler logic. Standing on Lego hurts every time. These are the truths of parenthood.

Parenting past the toddler years: what's next?

Your baby has grown into a toddler, and now your toddler is fast approaching the preschooler stage. What can you expect as a parent?

Tips on what to pack in your hospital bag

Before giving birth I read countless lists, ended up overpacking just a little, and now know what I'll actually want to pack next time.

New app keeps tabs on your kids at childcare

Popular new technology lets parents know what their children are up to at childcare - but not everyone is a fan.

21 things I love about newborns

There?s an irresistible magic about newborns. Of course they're not all smiles and rainbows, but they are undeniably cute and remarkable in so, so many ways.

Kid-friendly hairdressers: who says haircuts can?t be fun?

I?ve found some salons who boast setups ideal for children ? you name it, they?ve thought of it. All are designed to make haircuts fun rather than stressful.

Labour pain relief may reduce risk of postnatal depression: study

Postnatal depression is a complex condition, but researchers say pain relief during labour may help some women.

Why we need better support for men after miscarriage

In a recent study, 85 per cent of men admitted feeling sadness after their partner miscarried, but almost half said they didn't share their feelings at all. What can be done to help them?

Mum in business: Kristy Chong

Kristy Chong is the managing director of Australian-made Modibodi underwear and a mum to Lucas, 6, Jason, 4, and Isaac, 6 months. She shares her advice for other mums thinking about starting their own businesses.

From toddler to preschooler: a developmental roadmap

So your toddler is growing up and will soon be entering the preschooler years. Here are a few ways to frame their development that will help you understand what?s going in those beautiful, funny, clever little heads of theirs.

Mum sacrifices an eye for her unborn baby

Motherhood is full of sacrifices, but this woman has made a life-altering one - and her baby hasn't even been born.

A grandparent by any other name

A growing number of grandparents are shunning tradition and going against conventional names - but a grandparent by any other name still gives the same awesome cuddles and kisses.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

When labour just doesn't happen

After three healthy kids, I can?t help feeling I?ve been a little ripped off. I missed out on something I had always wanted to experience, and now I?ll never get the chance.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.

Share the little things that make you smile

We're giving away a Mountain Buggy nano, the ultimate travel stroller - and here are some of the great entries so far.

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.

Win $1000 with Sea-Band

Three lucky fans can win a Sea-Band prize pack valued at over $1000 each, which includes two Sea-Bands plus a $1000 Eftpos gift card!

The beautiful moment a baby was born at the side of a road

It's not where she expected to give birth, but mum Corrine Cinatl is delighted that her daughter's roadside arrival was captured in a series of beautiful photos.

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.

Join the Real Mums Test Drive Team

Five mums or mums-to-be will join the EB Test Drive Team and discover great items at an exclusive Big W event. (Sydney only.)

The Nappy Collective starts new drive

It's that time of year when the dedicated volunteers at The Nappy Collective do their bit to help out mums and children in need - and they need your help.

Baby shower cake wrecks

From misshapen cake babies to questionable text, from odd colour choices to internal organ recreation, these are the baby shower cakes that taste forgot.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

Pregnancy progression photo ideas

Want to record your pregnancy as your belly grows? Here are some creative, fun ideas for photo shoots along the way.

The myths and facts about "normal" breastfeeding

When it comes to successful breastfeeding, there is a wide variety to what is "normal", according to new research.

Tin can craft and DIY ideas

Got a few old formula, Milo or coffee cans around the house? Use these fantastic upcycling ideas to create items for around the house and yard.

Dads meet their newborn for the first time

Emotional photos of two fathers meeting their newborn son have resonated with viewers worldwide, attracting thousands of Facebook likes and shares.

Skin safety isn't just a summer worry

Lax about the slip slop slap with your kids as weather turns cooler? Here's a reminder as to why we have to remain vigilant for our children?s future health.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

Creative sleeping baby photoshoots

See how some parents and photographers have captured sleeping babies in unusual positions and using different props.

DIY kitchen and food hacks

DIY your way to a better kitchen and make cooking easier with our clever hacks. (Some content reproduced with permission from mashable.com.)

Winter warmers for babies and toddlers

Your baby or toddler will be nice and snug in these beautiful and fun winter pieces. Most are hand-made or knitted, and they're all designed to keep your little one toastie - and adorable!

 

Mind, body, beauty, life

Making time for me

We look at your wellbeing, covering health, relationships, beauty and fashion, mind and body.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.