Smash Cake


Smash cakes have become one of the latest raves for a toddler's birthday. The cake should be small enough for the child to sit behind it and have his/her picture taken while they "smash" and "devour" the cake.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 55 mins
1 small 2-layer cake


  • 1 ½ cups cake flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 2 eggs, at room temperature

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • ¾ cup milk

  • 1 (16 ounce) container vanilla frosting (such as Pillsbury®)

  • 1 tablespoon multicolored candy sprinkles, or as needed


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 6 1/2-inch cake pan and one 4 1/2-inch cake pan.

  2. Mix cake flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.

  3. Cream sugar and butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract. Add 1/2 of the flour mixture and mix until well combined. Pour in 1/2 of the milk and mix again. Repeat with remaining flour and milk until all ingredients are well combined. Pour batter into the 2 prepared cake pans.

  4. Bake cakes in the preheated oven until a toothpick comes out clean; the smaller cake should take 20 to 25 minutes and the larger cake should take 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and completely cool on a wire rack, about 1 hour.

  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour sprinkles on top.

  6. Spread frosting on the sides of the larger cake and immediately roll in sprinkles. Place on a serving platter and spread frosting on top. Frost the sides of the smaller cake, roll in sprinkles, and place on top of the larger cake. Frost the top and decorate with sprinkles.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of frosting. The actual amount of frosting used and consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1136 Calories
45g Fat
173g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 1136
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 45g 58%
Saturated Fat 19g 96%
Cholesterol 147mg 49%
Sodium 955mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 173g 63%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 126g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 219mg 17%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 214mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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