How to Embrace a Smash Cake Even if You’re a Neat Freak

cute baby enjoying his birthday smash cake

So your sweet baby is turning one—congratulations! Here, the absolute cutest (and um, messiest) way to celebrate this important milestone.

So, what is a smash cake? It’s basically just a small cake that’s made specifically for a baby’s first birthday to do whatever they want with it (which usually ends up being a lot of pounding, smooshing and eating). Mostly a fun photo opp, smash cakes can also be an entertaining way to introduce babies to their first real taste of sugar.

How can I do this for my own kid? To keep things tidy, place a disposable tablecloth underneath your baby and keep her in just a diaper. You’ll want a towel on standby, but a midday bath after the party’s over is also a good idea.

But wait, what about the cake? Relax. Get a second cake or another dessert for the grown-ups to enjoy, and make or buy (a lot of bakeries are in on the trend) a small one for the birthday boy or girl. Just make sure it’s nice and soft (so opt for buttercream frosting instead of fondant). Whatever you do, try not to freak out about the mess.

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Alexia Dellner is an executive editor at PureWow who has over ten years of experience covering a broad range of topics including health, wellness, travel, family, culture and...