March 27, 2018

Cake Smash celebrations for Baby K

Baby K turned one this month!! I still can’t believe he is one and how fast the past year has gone.  But as its such a special birthday, we had such great celebrations.  One of the celebrations we chose to do was the ever so famous cake smash shoot.  I never had the chance to do it with the other two (to be honest, I’d never heard of it when B turned one nearly 7 years ago!)  As my amazing cousin is a whizz with photography, we decided to give the shoot a try!

Baby K enjoying his cake smash

What is a Cake Smash?

For any of you that don’t know, a cake smash is a photo shoot for a child’s first birthday.  It involves a cake…and a one year old!  You can work out the rest! Lets just say, the child is free to do as they please and will no doubt get extremely messy.  It’s a fun way to celebrate as well as capture such special memories!  I was really excited to do this and I knew it would be right up Baby K’s street.  What more can a one year old want that a big huge chocolate cake put in front of him!  To say he was pleased was an understatement!

Baby K enjoying his cake smash with his hands in his mouth in front of the cake

The Shoot

At first, he wasn’t sure what to do.  He seemed a little confused and at first didn’t touch the cake.  So with a little bit of encouragement, he soon got stuck in and there was no stopping him!  He surprisingly didn’t get as messy as I thought!  Considering it was chocolate, I was thinking he would be covered from head to toe!  He was actually quite delicate with the cake – I was expecting him to be knocking it over and throwing it everywhere!  Maybe this is a sign of good things to come – a tidy child!

baby K in front of the cake at his cake smash

Eating cake!

My cousin had some lovely props for the shoot including a gold ‘Happy Birthday’ banner with pompoms, blue balloons, a rocking horse and a wicker basket.  She also used a wooden floorboard underlay which looked fab!  It also made clearing up the cake off the floor a little easier.  I think Baby K was a natural in front of the lens.  It seemed pretty easy to get some great shots of him and he didn’t really crawl off when the cake was in front of him – I can assure you he was quite happy!

Baby K looking up eating chocolate cake

A birds eye view of baby K on his cake smash shoot

Baby K is happy eating his chocolate cake!

Baby K is peek a boo from the wicker basket on his cake smash shoot

Mommy and Baby K having a kiss

We had such fun and I am so happy I got to experience doing a cake smash shoot.  I love holding on to memories – it can be so easy to forget, but having these memories captured allows us to never to let go.  Especially as Baby K is my last baby!


A huge thank you to MKRea Photography for giving me these special memories and for letting Baby K have so much fun!  If you want to check out Megan’s website site, click here.  She is also over on instagram.

*This post is neither a sponsored or collaborative post.*


28 comments so far.

28 responses to “Cake Smash celebrations for Baby K”

  1. Brooke Ritchie says:

    Ahh this has made me smile 😊

  2. These are fab photos! Happy birthday little one! xx

  3. Jenni says:

    Awww those photos are so cute! And what a lovely memory to make too. I am pretty sure a cake smash is the best birthday – I want one for my next birthday so I can have a cake to myself haha.

  4. Matt O’Connor says:

    Great pics of a very special little boy 💙

  5. Alyssa says:

    These pictures are the cutest! Especially love the one in the basket. The cake smash shoot is so fun, love watching little ones experience something new and it’s great to have pictures to remember the whole thing.

  6. Kirsty McManus says:

    Awww this is adorable – I love cake smash photos! We done one at home for H and he was the exact same, so apprehensive at first but he quickly got in about it!

  7. Janet says:

    These are some lovely photos and you’ve got some great memories from this!

  8. A lovely set of photos to celebrate a special day for your family. I’ll be honest I’m not keen on the cake smash idea because I worry about the mess! Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

  9. I love the idea of a cake smash! I never got around to doing one for Aoife but maybe I will with Cassius! x

  10. Gemma T says:

    This is so cute ❤


  11. Kate says:

    What an inspired and fun idea! Great pics especially that one of the two of you #FortheLoveofBlog

  12. What wonderful memories! I love the floor underlay idea, looks so real! Lovely photos. #fortheloveofBLOG

  13. Happy, chocolate-ey, Birthday to your beautiful little! Fab photos! Memories! #globalblogging xoxo

  14. This is a lovely way to capture his first birthday, and you’ve got some treasured memories there. Baby K looks fairly clean and tidy in these pictures, I hope that he enjoyed covering himself in cake. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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Hi and welcome to The Willow Tree. I’m Michelle, also known as Shel and I am a mama to three beautiful crazy kids – I have two handsome boys and a wild and wonderful girl.

I really wanted a concrete place to share my love for travel, in particular Disney and offer my readers a chance to gain some knowledge around what we love to do as a family of 5.

I share our family adventures which include days out, travel advice and tips, holiday reviews, restaurant visits and of course, our love for Disney, including Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World.

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