I started this post in December but with Christmas, New Year and Emilia’s birthday, it got put on hold. I’ve finally got around to telling you all about the cake smash. Let’s begin…
I am still in denial about the fact that my baby is almost one. So much so that I’m in denial about Christmas. Because come Christmas day, it is 6 days until my baby is one year old. I’m not ready. I’m not ready for my baby to be a toddler. I’m not ready for what next year holds for me with university and work. I’m not ready for her to grow up. But I am ready to watch her grow, learn and explore the world. I am ready for her to gain a little more independence because I can see this is what she desires. So with all of these emotions in mind, our mothers group decided a celebration was in order. A celebration for making it through one whole year of parenting and a celebration of our gorgeous babes and all that they offer us. We decided on a ‘cake smash.’
My initial thoughts turned to the food waste this would create. However, knowing my babe and how much she loves food, there wouldn’t be an ounce of cake left behind so we proceeded with the celebrations. To be honest, I’m so thankful that we did. It was a wonderful day. We organised cute outfits and set them all up in a local park. I made the cakes. These had to be wheat free, dairy free and egg free due to some of the babies allergies. Definitely a little out of my comfort zone and not at all what I’m used to cooking in the kitchen. So naturally I had to do a trial run first.
I used a recipe from the One Handed Cooks cookbook. Unfortunately I couldn’t locate this online but this recipe is extremely similar. My recipe called for apple cider vinegar instead of regular vinegar or orange juice. I decided that the best option would be to do two mini cakes with these adorable cake tins purchased from Kmart. Seriously is there anything that you can’t get from there? Obviously they aren’t the best quality but I ensured I greased the tins thoroughly (with oil) and lined them so the cakes wouldn’t stick.
I had initially thought a coconut cream icing would be the best option. However after two failed attempts, I conceded defeat.
Has anyone ever had success with such a recipe?
One of the mums from Mother’s group came to the rescue with this vegan buttercream icing. I omitted the cocoa powder and it worked perfectly. I decided to be a little gender stereotypical with icing the girls cakes pink and the boys cakes blue. I don’t think the babies seemed to mind.
Coincidentally, at the same time my cakes were baking away in the oven, I decided to make a compote with the abundance of apricots I had picked from my Yiayia’s (grandmother’s) tree that afternoon. In to the saucepan went apricots, zest and juice of a lime, a dash of vanilla and a dash of maple syrup, a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice plus a splash of water. I let this simmer until the apricots had broken down and the liquid had evaporated. Turns out this was the perfect filling to cut through the sweetness of these cakes.
Then because I hadn’t put enough on my plate, I decided whilst the cakes were baking to make some buckwheat allergen friendly alphabet shaped cookies to pop on top of the cake. Again, not my usual recipe (I would never normally click on the name of this blog) but they worked a treat and made the cakes just that bit more special. I omitted the chocolate chips to make them safe for all of the babes to eat.
Fast forward a few ++ hours and I’d done it. 12 mini cakes all filled with an apricot compote and iced in a vegan buttercream, topped with allergen friendly cookies and lightly dusted in desiccated coconut.
To see the joy on all six babies faces? Absolutely.
In interest in maintaining the other children’s privacy, I will only post photos of Emilia with her cake. We are still waiting on the professional photos. I will update this post once we receive them.
Whilst some of the babies were overwhelmed with the chaos that was the cake smash, Emilia happily sat there eating her cake. Quite politely, which is rather unusual for her. After a while she started pulling the other babies hair, which is rather usual for her. This time covering their lovely locks with vegan buttercream.
Once all of the fun and games was over, we wiped down the babes and got them dressed for a picnic in the park. Perfect.
Except Emilia wanted more. The cake smash was over but there was still some cake left. To which she managed to fall backwards into not once, but two times in her perfectly clean outfit.
The girl just really loves cake. And I just really love her.