When I set out to plan my daughters first birthday I knew it needed to be three things. It had to be bohemian, it had to be chic and it had to have my handmade touch on it. I searched for months on Pinterest and Instagram trying to nail down my final theme. After going around and around with it, I finally landed on a Wild One theme. Think rustic, floral, and wood elements. I wanted everything at the party to reflect the theme from decor to her outfit to her food.
One of the main things that people come to a first birthday party for is to watch the little smash into their first piece of cake,. I knew the cake had to be special and of course on theme. I did research and got estimates from local bakers on the price for a naked 6” tiered cake and the responses were a little suprising. These cakes were going for $60-$100!
I decided to take matters into my own hands, literally, and create her smash cake myself. I gathered inspo and supplies and got to baking. I also loved that I could control the sugar content and ingredients of the recipe.
I ended up making a 5 layered 6” inch smash cake with florals and a WILD ONE topper.
One sign (I got 5 inches since this is a smaller cake)
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 and 3/4 cups Cake Flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup whole milk
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease with butter and lightly cake flour the cake pans; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.
3. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir with a whisk and add it to the butter mixture alternately with the milk, beating well after each addition.
4. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely on a wire rack.
5. Fill and frost the cake with your favorite frosting.
I didn’t want the buttercream too sweet so I tampered with a recipe and came up with the following:
- 1 cup butter,
- 3 cups of powdered sugar
- 2-3 Tbsp heavy cream (add lowly so that the constituency isn’t too loose
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, I love vanilla so I always go over. (Don’t skimp and get imitation, Real Vanilla Extract makes this recipe!
Beat until firm and you’ve got the frosting!
1. Now that you’re done baking and letting the cakes cool completely it’s time to frost! I recommend letting them cool overnight in the fridge. Since it’s a naked cake, the crumbs will defiantly show if it’s still warm. You want a CLEAN white frost.
2. Level each cake with a knife.
3. Set them on the turntable with a dab of buttercream at the bottom to hold.
4. Layer the cakes with buttercream in between each layer.
5. Add a minimum amount of frosting to the out side and spin as you run the knife around the cake. It should still show the cake and be very minimal. The less perfect it looks, the cuter it is.
6. Fill in any large gaps and smooth with the smoothing side of the tool.
7. Let the cake cool in the fridge until the event so it stays beautiful.
Decorate the cake with florals randomly arranged and your glitter sign, and you’re done!
Overall this entire process was very quick and easy. I actually frosted and decorated the cake the day of her party and had plenty of time for everything to be perfect. I love how I could customize her cake to my liking and that it was made by me. We got so many compliments on it and no one could believe we didn’t buy it form a baker. I did however, get the cupcakes with these cute wild one toppers for the other guests from Sams Club because let’s face it, I’m not THAT good. 😉