Our moms marked our first birthdays with supermarket sheet cakes loaded with frosting that made us bounce for days. Now you can bump it up a notch — but keep the sweet buzz — with smash cakes. These mini cakes are meant for tots to smash with their bare hands, caveman style, and eat until they’re good and messy. Click through our slideshow and get inspired.

Owl cake
For a real hoot, whip up an owl smash cake for the birthday girl or boy. Aurélie from Sweet Elizabeth created this smash cake (as well as owl cupcakes and cookies), which featured frosting, candy and pretzels--as opposed to fondant that would upset baby's stomach.

“Like” this story if you created a smash cake for your kiddo’s first birthday and then tell us below which cake in our slideshow is your favorite. 

— Erin Lem

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