A (Cake) Smashing Good Time

I’m sure you’ve all seen the new craze of doing a cake smash for a baby’s first birthday. It seems to be an American tradition that has migrated over to the UK, along with the likes of proms, bridal showers and baby showers. Β Some people may think it’s a step too far, but personally I just think it’s a bit of fun, and what one year old wouldn’t want to put his face in a cake!

There are lots of fabulous photographers around who do some great packages. However, after doing a lot of research and speaking to many friends who had done similar shoots, I decided that it was a lot of money to spend when I didn’t know how Alfie would react. I didn’t want to spend all this money and he hated it and I didn’t get any decent photos (I’m still upset about our disastrous newborn shoot!).

The "pre" smash photos didn't go too well...

The “pre” smash photos didn’t go too well…

So I decided I would do it myself. I’m no photographer, and would never normally attempt a photo shoot, but as it was just a bit of fun, I didn’t mind too much if it went wrong!

I decided to go for a superhero theme as my husband is obsessed! I bought a Captain America Cape, nappy and tshirt and made a board with a Marvel backdrop Β (which was only used briefly in the end). I also had some blue balloons and red, white and blue bunting, plus a Captain America and Iron man teddy for Alfie to hold. I put Alfie’s birthday board in the background as well. I also made the cake myself.

A superhero cake for my little superhero

A superhero cake for my little superhero

I wanted to get some nice photos of Alfie in his superhero tshirt but he was so grumpy and really wasn’t playing ball! I got stressed, Craig got stressed, Alfie got upset, the dogs went mad and my sister just laughed at us all!!! It was rather hectic and the more we tried to force it, the worse it was.

We decided to take a break for lunch and try again once we’d all had something to eat. Of course Alfie perked up once the food came out!

So once he’d been fed and watered, we thought this was the perfect time to bring the cake out. I put Alfie in his nappy and cape and then just let him go wild!

Still no smiles....

Still no smiles….

He wasn’t so keen on the bath afterwards which was a shame as I really wanted some cute bath pics with bubbles, but as my husband said, the photos captured the reality of what actually happened!

We had a lovely day and I’m so glad we decided to do it ourselves, as we had the whole day to get the photos and so didn’t feel too pressured. It also meant we could do some and then go back to it. We used my parents garden, which was the perfect backdrop and the weather was beautiful so we were very lucky!

Anyone thinking of doing a cake smash, I’d highly recommend whether you DIY it or hire a professional, you’ll get some great photos.

I’ll stop waffling now and let the pictures speak for themselves!





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  1. Aw you guys went to so much trouble, that is adorable. The photos are FAB, he looks so cute in his cape and the colours are great. I’ve never heard of this cake smashing?? Why ever not? I would LOVE my own cake smash…..(off to find a cake to throw in my face) Tor xx #CoolMumClub

  2. Muma on the Edge

    Can i do a cake smash for my 33rd birthday please?!
    How much fun does this look!!
    LOVE IT!
    and you little boy is the cutest little thing sat there all superhero like: cat that got the cream / baby got the cake.
    love the piccys xx

  3. Ahhh what fab piccies and it looks so much fun! I couldn’t deal with the sticky mess haha. Thanks so much for linking up with the #bestandworst stop by again!

  4. Looks like Alfie had fun. My first son would never have taken part! Even by six months old he couldn’t cope with any kind of mess on him. We have no messy photos of him at all.


    • Every other baby I know who had a shoot around the same time hated it and refused to touch the cake – Alfie on the other hand moaned until we bought the cake out! He loves to make a mess! Thanks for stopping by x

  5. I tried to do a cake smash when my lb turned one. He looked at the cake in disgust, put his hand on it and then just burst into tears! Certainly didn’t go as well as yours!

  6. Alexis

    Pics are great, where did you get the cape and nappy cover from? I’ve been looking around and can only find ones that cost a fortune from the US!

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