My little man turned ONE this past week… oh, how time f l i e s!
He wasn’t feeling very well and I hadn’t planned on a big party since my hubby had to work late so I decided instead to do a simple photo shoot to capture this sweet age and let him explore his very own smash cake. I knew my standard round cake pan would make too much cake since it was just the 3 of us (baby + toddler) so I did a Pinterest search for tin can cake tutorials but they were either too big or too small, (any other momma just think of “Goldilocks and the 3 Bears” after reading that line? Haha!) Anyway I scoured my cupboards and came up with a near empty formula can and thought, “Why not?” so I gave it a whirl. You guys, it was the PEREFECT smash cake size- who knew!
Because I wasn’t throwing a party but knew I wanted to do a quick shoot, I snagged a pre-made birthday banner and “1” candle from Target (I love their Spritz party line,) stuck a Sunday tie on my Dutcheroni from The Little Gentlemen’s Closet and put down my faux wood floor from Very Jane. Making the cake was easiest part, though…
1. Clean out an empty formula tin can with soapy warm water and let try. 2. I used a whoopie pie box mix because it makes a small cake and comes with 2 frosting packets. Simply mix according to the box directions and pour into the formula can, being generous with PAM flour spray. Bake at 350*F for 18 minutes or until baked through. Note: As you can see in the above pic, the sides of the formula can bubbled a bit towards the top but did NOT bubble where the batter was and the cake was untouched… probably because it’s not meant to be used as a baking pan. Ha! (; 3. I love the bright neon food coloring (I used teal) and mixed with the 2 frosting packets that are in the whoopie pie box, which easily covered the cake and ended up being the perfect amount. 4. Simply top your frosted cake with a number candle and viola!
It was about a 25 minute start-to-finish process and for me, with 2 littles running around, that was the icing on the cake. Hee hee…. pun intended! (;
PS: If you’re celebrating a birthday, we also recommend Pick Your Plum for some fun birthday garb on big discounts today as they’re celebrating their 2 year bday! Whoo hoo!
plus learn how to fancy up a cake stand on the cheap!