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#1 Tulip :-)

Posted 28 January 2012 - 10:12 AM

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.


#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:


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 pippityroo

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 pippityroo

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 pippityroo

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!



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

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;


#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

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