Baby’s First Smash Cake is a fun, yummy way to celebrate your baby’s first birthday. A pint-sized cake that’s created just for this special day, the light and fluffy vanilla cake with creamy buttercream will be a huge hit with your little one. Let the messiness begin!
Your baby’s first birthday is a special milestone, deserving of a mini cake that chubby little hands can dig right into. Baking up an adorable cake for your little one is simple with this Baby’s First Smash Cake recipe – a baby-approved cake that hits all the right sweet notes, with a buttercream frosting just perfect for smearing. A smash cake is not made for sharing, so you’ll have to bake up a regular-sized cake for the other party guests.
Smash Cake Essentials
You don’t have to be a baking pro to whip up a cute little cake. To get that perfect toddler-sized cake, you’ll need a GoodCook 6″ Round Smash Cake Pan and some nonstick spray. With a few other GoodCook Baking essentials, like a GoodCook Touch 5 QT Mixing Bowl and a GoodCook Spatula Spreader, you’re on your way to create the perfect mini cake to celebrate your little one’s big day. Gather your ingredients and some celebratory sprinkles, and let’s get baking!
Bake & Share!
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Baby’s First Smash Cake
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 1 smash cake
- 1 large egg, plus 1 yolk
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2-1 Tablespoon heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a GoodCook Smash Cake Pan with nonstick spray.
In a bowl, combine eggs and sugar and whisk until combined. Add in melted butter and vanilla and stir until incorporated. Add flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix until combined. Stir in milk until incorporated. Pour into prepared pan and cook for 23-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes in pan, then turn out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
For the frosting, in a large bowl, blend the butter on medium speed until creamy. Add powdered sugar a little at a time, beating on low, until fully incorporated. Add salt and vanilla and cream and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. If the frosting is a little thick, add additional cream until you reach the desired consistency. If too thin, add a little more powdered sugar until reaching desired consistency. If adding food coloring to your frosting, fold in with a spatula until fully incorporated with a consistent color. Frost cooled cake.