Your little one’s first birthday is fast approaching and you’re all set to capture this momentous milestone with a cake smash. Let’s make you some wonderful memories for you to cherish. If you’re wondering how to get the best out of the cake smash here are some handy tips to get you and your little one ready by preparing for your cake smash.
1. Let your little one taste some icing prior to the session
Icing is incredibly sweet and if it’s their first taste it can be a little over powering for them. A little pre-taste will let them get uses to the sweetness so it doesn’t come as a shock on the day.
2. Messy Play
Icing is a strange texture. Slimy and sticky. Some babies are not keen on having it on their hands and feet. Practicing messy play can help with this. Let them play in in lots of different textures. Shaving foam, cooked (and cooled) plain pasta, hair gel, paint, sand are all good textures to explore. And if the thought of the mess everywhere at home makes your skin crawl, there are some great play groups around that offer this so that you don’t have to deal with the clean up after.
3. Use butter icing
My clients have a choice of using my professional baker for their bespoke cake, or arranging the cake themselves. If you’d like to arrange your own cake, butter icing is always best is it’s easily smashable. Your little one would really struggle to get into the middle of a cake with royal icing or fondant icing. I’ve also known people put their cake in the fridge, which is fine over night, but make sure you get it out in plenty of time to allow the icing to soften before the session.
4. Plain Sponge
I always recommend plain or vanilla sponge. I’m a huge fan of a chocolate cake (my favourite actually), but brown cake or icing around the mouth looks wrong – trust me!
5. Bring their favourite snack
If your little one isn’t keen on eating cake on the day, I hide some of their favourite snack in the back. The will encourage them to smash into the cake more, and will look like they are eating it, even if they aren’t.
6. Bring their drink cup
Eating cake is thirsty work!
7. Wooden Spoon
If your little one isn’t keen on the texture on their hands, a wooden spoon is a great tool for smashing cake without getting messy! I always have one to hand in the studio. Even if they love diving in with both hands, the spoon will add some more variety to your gallery.
If they still need a little encouragement, a toy to drive in the cake is always great fun.
9. Change of clothes
Bring a change of clothes……….for you. Your little one will no doubt be on the move by their first birthday so there is usually plenty of picking them up to re-sit them. Plus they will want to “share” and I’ll encourage you to show them that it’s ok to eat the cake so at times you may need to join in. Mum and I are sometimes more covered in cake at the end than the baby lol.
All cake smashes in the studio include a complimentary splash session afterwards which is great for cleaning them up. Make sure yo pack a towel for afterwards.
Each week I like recognise a fellow photographer. This week it’s Sarah Osborne from Angel Eyes Photography who offers newborn photography in Somerset. Her blog this week talks about why maternity photographs are important to invest in. Head on over to her blog to find out.