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Easy Smash Cake Recipe For Baby’s First Birthday

Celebrate your baby turning one year with this amazing smash cake recipe you can make right at home! Super easy ingredients and super yummy for baby’s first birthday cake!

What is a smash cake?

A smash cake is a small cake made specifically for a baby’s first birthday. The cake is meant to be “smashed” and eaten by the baby, and often includes fun decorations that are perfect for photo ops. This easy smash cake recipe has a fluffy texture and you can use different shades to make your own cake.

Smash cakes can be made from any type of cake or frosting, and many parents choose to make them from scratch instead of buying one from a bakery. It’s a fun little cake with simple ingredients perfect for a first birthday party.

If you’re feeling up to it, try making your own smash cake using this easy recipe!

What is the difference between a regular cake and a smash cake?

The biggest difference between a regular cake and a smash cake is the size. Smash cakes are usually much smaller than regular cakes, so they’re the perfect size for a baby to eat. They can also be made from any type of cake or frosting, which gives parents more freedom when it comes to flavor and design.

What do you need to make a smash cake?

All you need to make a smash cake is a small amount of batter (enough to fill an 8-inch or 9-inch pan) and some frosting. You can use any type of cake or frosting recipe you want, so feel free to get creative!

How do you make a smash cake?

There’s no right or wrong way to make a smash cake, but check out the general recipe below.

What size cake is best for cake smash?

The best size cake for a cake smash is an 8-inch or 9-inch cake. This size is perfect for a baby to eat, and it will give you enough batter to make a few extra cupcakes (in case of accidents). I used round cake pans for this special cake.

How do you keep a smash cake from being too dry?

There are a few things you can do to keep your smash cake from being too dry. First, make sure you use fresh ingredients and follow the recipe to the letter. Second, bake the cake at the correct temperature and don’t overcook it. Finally, allow the cake to cool completely before adding any frosting or decorations.

What’s the best way to decorate a smash cake?

There are endless possibilities when it comes to decorating a smash cake. You can keep it simple with a few candles and some streamers, or get creative with fondant decorations and edible glitter. The sky’s the limit when it comes to baby’s first birthday cake!

Remember, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy this special moment with your baby. After all, they only turn one once!

Do you have any other tips for making a smash cake?

If you have any tips or tricks for making a smash cake, please share them in the comments below! If you want you can definitely use cake mix for first birthday cake or you can make this traditional cake. When it comes to the top of the cake you can use whatever you like but sprinkles and other decorations are not recommended.

What ingredients are in this first birthday celebration perfect cake?

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 TBS vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, (could also be made with cake flour)
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, (I used whole milk)

You can choose which flavor cake you would like and even frost top with chocolate frosting or cream cheese frosting. You won’t need any coconut oil, coconut milk, whole wheat flour, oat flour or almond flour for this recipe. You can even get creative with the cake layers while using wholesome ingredients.

Easy Smash Cake Recipe For Baby's First Birthday
Yield: one cake

Easy Smash Cake Recipe For Baby's First Birthday

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This smash cake is a super easy tasty vanilla cake for you to use at a one year old's birthday celebration!


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 TBS vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, (could also be made with cake flour)
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, (I used whole milk)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour baking pans, or line muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar and butter together over medium speed for 5-8 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. Combine the flour and baking powder in a medium sized bowl.
  4. Alternate adding the dry mixture and the milk to the batter, beginning and ending with the dry mixture. Beat until just combined.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared baking pans. See notes below for baking times.
  6. Once baking time is complete, transfer baking dishes to a wire rack to cool. Once completely cool, remove cakes from baking dishes and frost with Easy Buttercream Frosting and enjoy!


This recipe is enough to fill two (1 quart) Pyrex baking bowls, as well as 12 cupcakes.

Bake the two small cakes for about 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick in center is clean. I baked both of mine together on a cookie sheet pan.

Bake cupcakes for about 18-20 minutes. I have not baked the 9x13 cake, but think it would probably be about the same as the two small ones. Just keep an eye on your cakes and check them with the toothpicks to make sure they are done.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 212Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 53mgSodium 92mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 0gSugar 18gProtein 3g

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