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October 14, 2013

Make baby’s first birthday a smash with playful pint-sized cakes

Betty Crocker survey shows baby diving in to first birthday cake is the most memorable — and messy — moment of the party

OKLA. CITY — More than 374,000 babies are born in September and 367,000 in October every year, according to the Center for Disease Control and National Center for Health Statistics 2010. That’s a lot of cake. According to a recent Betty Crocker survey of moms conducted by KRC Research, the cake is one of the most important elements of a first birthday. In fact, 58 percent of moms shared that watching their one-year-olds explore, taste, smash, smear and dive in to their first birthday cake is the most memorable moment of the party, far exceeding opening gifts and singing “Happy Birthday” to their little one.

Nearly six in 10 moms say their child’s first birthday cake is a messy one, with the baby enjoying a classic “fist-and-face-full of frosting” or a “full-scale cake dive,” creating endless entertainment for everyone. And while 60 percent of moms think it’s important to make their child’s first birthday cake, 46 percent actually whipped them up at home, while 54 percent purchased them.

To make baby’s birthday festivities easy and memory-filled, Betty Crocker has created a line-up of on-trend, pint-sized, first birthday smash cake recipes that are easy to make, designed for that special girl or boy to scoop, smear and smash. And, to make sure everyone can “have their cake and eat it, too,” America’s baking expert is serving up simple ideas for those who prefer a sweet treat free of baby’s fingerprints.

“Smash cakes are becoming a big trend,” said Kristen Olson, senior food editor with Betty Crocker Test Kitchens. “Our easy recipes give moms the inspiration and confidence to create adorable smash cakes that babies can’t wait to get their hands on, and moms can’t wait to show off. As a bonus, use the leftover batter for matching cupcakes for the rest of your guests.”

From round, square and number shapes to bright colors, pastels and fun textures, these itty-bitty smash cakes are as easy to make as they are to enjoy. Just remember to snap pictures before — and after —  baby dives in to capture those once-in-a-lifetime messy moments and sweet smiles.

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