Smash Cake Question..

Decorating By jenscreativity Updated 20 Feb 2011 , 5:06am by cakegirl1973

jenscreativity Posted 12 Feb 2011 , 6:26pm
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Ok, what is the typical size for smash cakes?? I made one like 4" cut from a 6", but can you please tell me the proper size?? I'm confused because when you make a 6", it still serves a lot with having the 2 cakes iced together..So do I just make ONE cake and not 2 like the typical cakes we do or what? SOrry,,but I had a lady ask me if cake goes smaller than 6" and I ended up cutting it to 4" but ONE cake,,not 2 combined. Thanks for your advices very much!


16 replies
AmysCakesNCandies Posted 12 Feb 2011 , 6:38pm
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I just make a single layer 6" cake for smash cakes.

baker101 Posted 12 Feb 2011 , 6:40pm
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I make my smash cakes 6" one layer. Everyone has there own personal preference thought, some do 4" one layers, some do cupcakes or giant cupcakes.

terrylee Posted 12 Feb 2011 , 6:52pm
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Usually a single 6" layer is all depends on the look you want to tie it to the main cake. I have used large cupcakes (muffin size) and it works just fondant...just lots of icing for the little one to get into.

SUUMEME Posted 12 Feb 2011 , 6:56pm
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I use my 4" round. It's not supposed to feed more than one and a smaller cake is cuter, I make them look like a mini of the larger one- with less details of course. But there is no "rule", do what you like.

leah_s Posted 12 Feb 2011 , 6:58pm
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I do one layer 4" round, torted.

cakedoff Posted 12 Feb 2011 , 7:25pm
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I agree with leah...I do 4" cakes, torted and either a whipped cream based icing or a VERY fluffy buttercream to make sure it sticks to the kid.

leily Posted 13 Feb 2011 , 2:51am
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I do 4" one layer also. And if you're going to do 4" i HIGHLY suggest investing in a couple of 4" pans instead of cutting down a 6", much easier icon_smile.gif

jenscreativity Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 2:22am
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Thanks to all soo much b/c that was frustrating for me..awesome help!

cheatize Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 4:03am
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If you buy 4" pans, don't buy the Wilton springform ones. When I needed them, that's all I could find. They are a giant PITA to clean. I'm still not sure I got the lip when the bottom sits cleaned. I've used toothpicks, a tip brush, and a tiny little dental brush and still it's awful to try to clean.

jenscreativity Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 4:47pm
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OK, will do! Once I get a little more money, then I'll invest a good 4"pan, but for now, I'll just cut the 6" pan downsized to 4" and save the scraps for cake pops!

Thanks again!

wiggler Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 5:04pm
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This probably sounds like a really stupid question , but What is a smash cake ??? icon_redface.gif

johnson6ofus Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 5:31pm
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Smash cake is a baby 1st birthday cake, put in front of the kiddo to "dig in" and a photo opportunity for parents.
You know they mash the heck out of it, hands first....

The guests then get a different cake to enjoy. So you serve a "main cake" for a guests, and a small "mini" cake just for the 1year baby....

sillywabbitz Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 5:34pm
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I use the jumbo cupcake when I do them. It's less work, I already have the batter and you can put a single candle on it and it looks really cute. I am a hobbiest though so the business standard in your area may call for an "actual" cake but I like the cupcake for a 1 year old.

Wiggler, smash cakes are popular for child's first birthday. It's a separate small coordinating cake just for the birthday child so they can put their hands in the cake and frosting and make a big mess. In the states they've become a standard for two reasons: They make a great photo opp and it's better than having the kid accidently shove their hands in the main cakeicon_smile.gif

wiggler Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 10:59pm
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Thanks guys for explaining , I dont feel so stupid now ! There is no such thing as a smash cake here in Ireland . I think its a great idea . Cant wait to put it to use over here ! Hopefully it will start a trend .......... icon_lol.gif

ChilliPepper Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 11:14pm
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I was wondering what a smash cake was too. Thanks for the info but I definitely couldn't be pestered doing extra cake for babies to smash up so I really do hope it never catches on in England!!!! LOL x

cakegirl1973 Posted 20 Feb 2011 , 5:06am
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Originally Posted by leily

I do 4" one layer also. And if you're going to do 4" i HIGHLY suggest investing in a couple of 4" pans instead of cutting down a 6", much easier icon_smile.gif

I do a 2-layer 4" cake. I have the 4" pans.

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