1st Birthday CAKE SMASH - GIANT Cupcake - How to TUTORIAL - baking & decorating

I absolutely love these 1st birthday cake smashes! I had so many requests on how to make the cake after posting inspirational cake smash photos from past photo shoots.

Turns out the only photos I took while making the cake was my very last cake smash I did. :( I was moving and my new house didn't have the space to continue.

I purchased this Big Top Cupcake Mold years ago and have used it so many times. The boys use to request this as their birthday cake before the Kit Kat cake

Make your favorite cake recipe or box cake mix. Split batter into the two molds and bake at the same time. 

Remove from mold. Trim off top of base and top of top. Lol. Trim the two ends that fit together so they sit flat. :)
Add a layer of icing between the two layers before starting to decorate.

I used cream cheese icing colored to match the theme.

Always the same tips just different colored icing. 

Since we were in the process of moving I didn't have anything ready. Quick red candy melts to the rescue. Melted and I made a backwards #1 with a little extra long "tail" or "stick" to place in the cake so the #1 would sit on top of the icing. 

I also made circles to put all around the cake but last minute I decided on Wilton Jumbo Stars Sprinkles.

Just a note - The small embellishments made out of candy or candy melts are choking hazard size. We basically watched and removed them from where the child were digging in the cake. Just for photos in the beginning.

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