I still can’t believe that Gemma is one! This year, just like the past 9 with Kenya and Chloe have gone way too fast. Knowing that Gemma will most likely be my last first birthday celebration, I’ve been looking forward to doing something extra special for my baby girl. We invited over tons of family and a few friends to help us celebrate our sweet angel.
I wanted to make the biggest, best, tastiest smash cake ever seen. If you’ve never seen or heard of a smash cake, it’s the cake given to a baby on her first birthday to SMASH and eat at will. If you’ve never been lucky enough to watch a baby do this I highly recommend it as it’s the funniest and cutest thing ever! I may have gotten a bit carried away spending countless hours writing and testing recipes for her special day. Weeks before her big day I started researching different smash cakes and realized that many were made with tons of food dyes which just didn’t seem right for feeding to a baby, so I came up with a few smash cakes that I baked and served over a several day celebration.
For the first party I made this Dye Free Sprinkle Smash Cake. I bought a bunch of jars of India Tree Dye Free Carnival Sprinkles and tried using them in various ways. I wanted it to be tall, but not too enormous, so I used three 6 inch cake pans for the cake and poured an entire container of sprinkles inside the cake batter so when you cut a slice you see a myriad of colorful sprinkles. It’s covered with a simple buttercream frosting and another container of sprinkles to coat the outside. You don’t have to use the sprinkles as the cake and frosting are vanilla buttery heaven, but it really does add to the beauty and fun of this spectacular creation.
Whether you make this for a first birthday or truly any age I promise it will be something no one will ever forget!