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.... to think that cake smashes are utterly ridiculous??

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honey86 Tue 09-Jul-13 17:59:53

my niece had a very expensive cake... a princess castle that was so well made and my sil went through so much trouble to bring it 25 miles to her party in my town..
refused to cut it or give anyone a slice saying she wanted to get it home untouched..... then let her destroy it... she did everything to it other than eat it....

i might sound boring here but i just find it an utter waste to blow that sort of money on something that will be wrecked in minutes shock

when i was a kid i was neglected, i was lucky if i got fed a pot noodle for my dinner. so i cant help but be abit shock when i see kids nowadays having so much money and expensive things at their disposal...

i heard its an american craze... but if it must happen, why not a cheapie cake thrown together rather than a beautiful expensive one?! i just dont understand it blush

SirBoobAlot Tue 09-Jul-13 20:32:42

I think it's utterly ridiculous. Seriously, what is the point? If you want a cute "Aw look, they're covered in food on their birthday!" picture, then let them eat dinner with their hands in a party hat.

And I also don't get the point, after spending the first year watching what they eat carefully (as all first timers do to some degree) why you would then plonk them in front of something 50% icing.

Don't get it. And also don't like the pictures.

Twattybollocks Tue 09-Jul-13 20:48:05

Isn't this just blw with extra cake? Don't see what all the angst is about tbh, it's a cake. Baby eats cake with hands, after all you would hardly give them a napkin and cake fork (unless you want a quick trip to a&e after they stick it in their eye or something)
Baby makes a huge mess, has lots of fun and eats some cake. It's their birthday, if they can't eat their own birthday cake it's a poor do.
Disclaimer, the princess cake thing is way ott and very rude to bring cake to party and not divvy it up for guests, and for my comments above, I'm talking about first birthdays which is what the cake smash is usually for. And yes, I do find small babies with cake all over their face hair and ears very amusing (as long as I'm not clearing it up) as you can take photos and use them as blackmail when they are horrible teens.

mrstigs Tue 09-Jul-13 20:48:11

I have some great pictures of all three of my kids covered in their first birthday cake. It's called giving them a slice and watching them enjoy eating it.
Don't need extra cake for this method either.
I don't get the point of a cake smash, it's just wasteful. And besides, should we be so openly encouraging children to think that they only get enjoyement out of things that are primarily sugar? You don't see many professionals offering 'broccoli smash' shoots do you? grin

Cakebitch Tue 09-Jul-13 20:54:33


Xmasbaby11 Tue 09-Jul-13 20:55:57

Never heard of this - sounds horrendous!

Sleep404 Tue 09-Jul-13 21:00:56

^^ what cakebitch said.

If you want your toddler to experience the joys of cake hmm, why not cut them a slice. They can mush and squish to their hearts content and some might even make it into their mouths. The idea that smashing a cake is for the childs benefit is rubbish, it's obviously for the adult's.

MyHumpsMyLovelyBabyBumps Tue 09-Jul-13 21:01:41

it is standard here in the states now, most grocery stores make a smash cake free if you order a real cake. I make cakes and have been asked to discuss several expensive and elaborate ones. it is ridiculous.

wilkos Tue 09-Jul-13 21:02:21

Why is a baby with cake on its face in any way amusing? Babies get EVERYTHING on their face 3 times a day at least shock

Those that find it funny need to get out more.

Meglet Tue 09-Jul-13 21:06:54


What a waste. I have a major guilt trip if I put a couple of inches of cucumber on the compost heap.

If I saw someone do this I would impode with cat-bum-mouthness.

MyHumpsMyLovelyBabyBumps Tue 09-Jul-13 21:08:57

a lot of one year olds are having their first sweets when they have that bit of cake. and they do go insane

expatinscotland Tue 09-Jul-13 21:15:16

How wasteful. So give them a slice of cake or a cupcake and let them eat it. But encouraging to smash it in their face? WTF?

VitoCorleone Tue 09-Jul-13 21:16:27

Never heard of this, reminds me of them 'wreck the dress' thingys, ie a waste of money.

But each to their own. I wouldnt want to clean up the mess afterwards

softlysoftly Tue 09-Jul-13 21:16:48

I don't understand? What exactly happens?

Growlithe Tue 09-Jul-13 21:18:07

I've never heard of this and I don't even understand what you mean. Is it just for a first birthday or every birthday? Why would they make an extra cake to smash up? Is the child allowed to just then eat the lot if he wants?


expatinscotland Tue 09-Jul-13 21:21:04

Never heard of Wreck the Dress. What is that about? When did it start? How utterly deplorable.

JADS Tue 09-Jul-13 21:22:25

My flabber is well and truely gasted at all these people who order a massive cake and then don't cut it and hand it out at parties. It just seems so rude. Especially as the ones on this thread seem to have been provided free of charge by friends/relatives!

Lovecat Tue 09-Jul-13 21:26:05

MN makes me smile sometimes. All this horror over cake smashing when a month or so back there was a HUMUNGOUS thread about cake punching.

Which is far more wasteful as they weren't even intending to buy or eat the thing afterward, just ruin it in the shop and walk off. I seem to recall this was considered hysterically funny and a Good Thing by those on that thread...

(btw I make cakes as a sideline and would be beyond frustrated if someone smashed one of mine, but actually, if they've paid good money for my work, they can do what they like with it afterwards, I don't own it...).

ddubsgirl Tue 09-Jul-13 21:28:15

My friends & I had a cake done with pic printed on it for another friend all chipped in I went and got it and we had party at mine surprised friend with cake all went fine till she put it back in the box and took it home for her and her hubby didn't even get a nibble hmm

KirjavaTheCat Tue 09-Jul-13 21:31:23

I was thinking the same thing Lovecat.

aftermay Tue 09-Jul-13 21:33:35

I'd heard if cake smashing fur photos. Poor taste. Never heard of this new low-brow type of birthday entertainment. But then I think baby showers are yucky as well. I'm a snob.

HelgaHufflepuff Tue 09-Jul-13 21:35:16

Sounds disgusting to me. How utterly wasteful.

ToffeePenny Tue 09-Jul-13 21:43:08

Not exactly broccoli but healthy MrsTigs

NumTumDeDum Tue 09-Jul-13 21:43:13

I think that was about imaginary cakes Lovecat if you mean the Marmalade Twatkins one. No cakes were injured in the making of that thread. Wrt this though, it is wasteful. But then I have a catsbummouth reaction to Heston Blumenthal's fantasy cooking shows where he builds structures out of food.

aftermay Tue 09-Jul-13 21:48:05

Has CBM (catsbummouth) been trademarked yet? shock

MamaBear17 Tue 09-Jul-13 21:48:14

No way would I let dd smash her birthday cake. I am a useless cook, but always make her cake. She WILL eat it, even if the icing is wibbly and it tastes a bit like feet.

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