DIY: How to Make the Perfect Smash Cake

Baylor’s first birthday is less than a week away and preparations have been in full swing. I am so excited to be able to celebrate his first year of life with all of our family. Along with party planning comes the coveted smash cake. I am really easygoing and laid back when it comes to things like this. Simplicity is key for these kinds of things for me, so I wanted to do something simple and classic for his smash cake. Instead of paying for someone to make a cake that he would demolish in seconds, I wanted to make my own. It was really easy and something I’m sure even the less gifted bakers out there could handle.

  • DIY Smash Cake

    DIY Smash Cake

    A simple tutorial on how to make the perfect smash cake for your baby’s first birthday bash!

  • What You Need

    What You Need

    • Cake mix
    • Ingredients for baking (eggs, vegetable oil, water)
    • 2% milk
    • Sugar-free + fat-free Jell-O (I used cheesecake)
    • Cool Whip for easy and less sugary frosting
    • Baking spray (PAM)
    • Empty Enfamil can for baking. (Yes, I baked a cake in an Enfamil can. Someone told me about this great idea, and it makes the perfect-sized smash cake!)
  • Step 1

    Step 1

    Preheat over to 350 degrees. Mix your cake mix and ingredients according to directions. Coat your Enfamil can in baking spray and fill the can about 3/4 full. One box of cake mix is enough to make two cakes. I always make extra in case one doesn’t turn out quite right.

  • Step 2

    Step 2

    Put cakes in the oven and bake until golden or when you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.

  • Step 3

    Step 3

    While the cakes are baking, prepare your frosting. Prepare pudding mix and half of the milk that the recipe calls for (1 cup) until pudding starts to thicken. Fold in whipped cream.

  • TA - DA!

    TA - DA!

    A light and tasty frosting in just minutes!

  • Taste Test

    Taste Test

    This icing is Baylor-Approved!

  • Step 4

    Step 4

    After cakes are done, remove them from heat and let them cool completely before removing from cans. The tops will be super rounded so the will need to be trimmed. Trim the tops and you have a perfect sphere shaped cake!

  • Step 5

    Step 5

    After I trimmed the tops I wrapped one of my cakes up and stuck it in the freezer to save for Baylor’s party. This one we will use for smash cake photos and is now ready to be frosted.

  • Step 6

    Step 6

    I made a simple cake topper with some extra burlap ribbon, candy sticks, and brown paint that I had in my craft closet. This was totally last minute, but made for a super cute topper!

  • DIY Smash Cake: Finished Product

    DIY Smash Cake: Finished Product

    And here it is! There are a lot of different frosting techniques you can use that are easy for a beginner. I wanted a simple look, so I didn’t try anything fancy while frosting mine. All in all, I think this made for a pretty cute cake!

  • Step 7

    Step 7

    Let your little one have a blast! Baylor couldn’t wait to dig in to this cake!

  • Smash Cake Fun

    Smash Cake Fun

    Nothing is greater than capturing these sweet moments with tiny details that I never want to forget.

  • "Mmm, Mom this is so good!"

    Baylor loved this so much. So thankful for this sweet guy!



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