Trending Now: Adult Smash Cakes

May 18th, 2016 by Desiree Smith

Adult Smash2In less than three weeks, I’ll be 30. In my early 20’s, turning 30 seemed like such a big deal – one of those milestones where you’re supposed to have all kinds of life goals checked off your to-do list or else…or else what, exactly? 30 is certainly a milestone, but it’s also just a number, so let’s not stress over it. To kick off the next decade of my life, I wanted to do something fun and memorable; something that would remind me to keep loving life and having fun.

We’ve all seen cute and funny photos of babies celebrating their first birthdays with a smash cake, and after seeing a few adult smash cake photos pop up in recent weeks, I knew it was something I wanted to do for my 30th birthday. I had such a blast doing this photo shoot and if you have a milestone birthday coming up, I definitely recommend doing one! The photos are perfect to have on display at a party and make awesome keepsakes. Here are 5 tips on how to have one awesome smash cake photo shoot.

1. Choose a theme. The possibilities for themes are endless: you can play off of your favorite color(s), favorite movie or the decade you were born (80’s theme would be rad!). I went with a pink, black and gold theme because it seemed simple and classy, and it’s a color palette I’ll always love.

2. Set the scene. Once you’ve chosen your theme, set up your photo area with different decor and props. Champagne was a must-have for me!


3. Get dressed up. Go all out on this one, it’s part of the fun! I can’t think of any other time I’ll have an excuse to wear a giant pink tutu, a bunch of pearls and a tiara.

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4. Get into it! Once you’re ready to start taking photos, have fun with it! Turn on some music and be goofy – let your inner kid out!


5. Smash it! Once you’ve taken your “nice” photos, it’s time to get messy. That’s the whole point of a smash cake photo shoot, right?! Go ahead and grab a hunk of cake…mind you, it feels a little weird at first.

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But it quickly becomes really fun.


Want to make the cake featured in my photo shoot? It’s a beautiful cake and will be a showstopper for any birthday or celebration! Get the how to here.

5 Tips for a Fun Smash Cake Photo Shoot

Desiree Smith Desiree is the Public Relations Manager at Wilton. She spends her days monitoring media opportunities, working with newspaper, magazine and television contacts, collaborating with bloggers and handling a variety of other odds and ends. Desiree has a degree in journalism and experience writing for newspapers and television. Outside of Wilton, she enjoys running and planning outings with friends.

8 Replies

  1. Nanci says:

    Happy BDay ! 😉

    I want to know how this cake. It’s so amazing !!! ;)))))))))

  2. Nicca Archer says:

    Maybe I’ll do this for my Double Nickle birthday. Looks like a blast!

  3. Kara Arias says:

    Can I share this on my blog and use the photo? Will credit Desiree Smith, of course. 🙂

  4. […] to celebrate your birthday by buying a beautiful cake, arranging it in a decorative tableau, and smashing it into your own face by the fistful as a photographer snaps away, you had better be wearing a tutu, right? A tiara doesn’t hurt, […]

  5. Debra Linn says:

    I am doing this for my 65th birthday coming up in January! I am so excited! I found my dress last week at Goodwill. Light purple with sparkles! I will get some purple tule for a stole/cape.
    Already have my tiara!
    And a martini glass!

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