Despite spending much of our parenting journey stressing about getting stains out of clothes and trying to dissuade our toddlers from rolling in too much icky, gooey stuff, it seems that no first birthday party is complete these days without the obligatory cake smash. We’ve already got great birthday cake creators on speed dial, and we know exactly where to grab a cupcake fix when the need for sugar hits, but where can we find a beautiful first birthday cake for us to scrape off the floor, walls, ceiling and – of course – the toddler? We’ve got some handy cake smashing tips as well the deets on 1o of the best bakeries in Singapore who can whip up a smashing smash cake sure to create a heap of hilarious ‘baby’s face in cake’ photography moments…
Tips on how to choose the perfect smash cake
1. Rustic buttercream covered cakes make the most dramatic sprays of mess and are also guaranteed to create maximum smear coverage on your bubba’s adorable little face.
2. Fondant figures and iced cakes are great for really ‘squidging’. That stuff is sure to get beautifully stuck between fingers and toes.
3. Bright colours make for prettier pictures – but they also make for a hard time if you actually want to salvage your little one’s outfit.
4. Go for a filling that is packed with buttercream and gooey stuff for major smashing impact.
5. Have many, many, many baby wipes on hand. Or maybe a hose…!
Jo Takes The Cake
We used fondant wizard, Jo, for a Bubble Guppies-themed smash cake back when one of our own turned one. It was hard not feel woeful when that beautiful creation hit the deck… Order a masterpiece to serve up for your guests from plates (rather than the floor) and Jo will also happily create a smashable version with the same theme.
Jo Takes The Cake, online only; www.facebook.com/JoTakestheCake
Delcies Desserts and Cakes
If your little one has a delicate tum, or you are looking for an option that everyone at the party can have a slice of regardless of allergies, Delcies Desserts and Cakes specialises in baby’s first birthday cakes that don’t contain eggs, dairy or nuts. There are also gluten and soy free options available.
Delcies Desserts and Cakes, 34 Whampoa West #01-83, Singapore 330034; www.delcies.com
Little House of Dreams
In the world of cakes we like to dream of all things sweet, fluffy, chocolatey and delicious and Little House of Dreams comes up trumps every time. Rainbow sponge smash cake? No prob. Smashable Elmo? Absolutely! Want to see the work of Wynona Leach, creative director of Little House of Dreams in action? Take a peek at the amazing dessert table she created for a space-themed party for her own little girl!
Little House of Dreams, Block 8 Dempsey Road #01-14, Singapore 247696; www.littlehouseofdreams.com
Home baker, Mizue, comes highly recommended on Facebook groups and with good reason: her cakes are a vision of buttercream and fondant heaven when it comes to cakes for any occasion. We are swooning over her ruffly pink smash cake (pictured above) right now…
Baking Smiles, online only, www.facebook.com/mizuesg
Swirls Bake Shop
The owners of Swirls made a road trip around America on a mission to find the perfect cupcake formula, and then they came up with 101 flavours! Only using fresh ingredients (even extracting vanilla essence themselves) it will create a colossal cupcake in your favourite flavour, perfect for bubba to squash into the floor… Great photos guaranteed!
Swirls Bake Shop, 8 Rodyk Street #01-08, Singapore 238216; www.swirls.com.sg
For an alternative smash cake that’s really going to make a wonderful ol’ mess, head to Japanese French fusion bakers, Flor Patisserie. We think its fruit laden Mango Pie not only looks amazing, but will smash up a treat!
Flor Patisserie, 42 Siglap Drive, 2 Duxton Hill and Takashimaya B2 locations; www.cakeflor.com.sg
For smashing smash cakes that come in a rustic design to make it even easier for your little one to make a mess with, we can’t get enough of Jumi Cakes. Created by mum of two, Misato, and run from her own home (in between her full time job!), there’s nothing too fancy that can’t be achieved in buttercream or fondant for your one-year-old’s celebrations.
Jumi Cakes, online only; www.facebook.com/JumiCakes1
Sooperlicious Halal Cakes
If you need a character cake that not only comes in smashable form, but is also certified halal then Sooperlicious is your cake winner. Go for a fudge chocolate filling to REALLY add to the fun when it comes to the big smash…
Sooperlicious Halal Cakes, online only; www.facebook.com/Sooperlicious
For a smashing party treat at that all-important first birthday party, Cherylshuen serves up the most delightful concoctions with perfectly sculpted sugar flowers, eye-catching colours and delicious flavours. Her whimsical cakes with little fondant animals make perfect smash cakes: if you can bear to have such a masterpiece thrown on the floor!
Cherylshuen, 268 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427522; www.cherylshuen.com
If it’s easy-peasy cake smashing you’re after at a cheap and cheerful cost, then you can’t go wrong with Singapore’s cake stalwart, Bengawan Solo. You’ll find branches all over the Little Red Dot and its kid’s themed cakes are just the right size for some serious smashing action.
Bengawan Solo, various locations; www.bengawansolo.com.sg
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