Did you know that birthday cakes have been around since the 19th Century in western European countries? Goes all the way back to Roman times when it was a very special birthday or wedding that these one layred cakes were made for. The modern cake was given birth to after bakeries in Germany started producing them for birthdays, as opposed to just weddings. The original cakes were made of flour, yeast, nuts and sweetened with honey. The contemporary cake has taken on many different forms, from having icing for sweetening and the actual form of the cake design is whatever the mind is able to imagine. When researching the cake smash itself comes from the word “la mordida,” which in mexican culture means “Bite”. Where the parent smash the kids face into the cake while chanting “la mordida.”
This is how we arrived at celebrating Alexia’s first sugar. Nothing more authentic that letting child loose on a cake to see what comes out of it. It’s aways best to have the child get settled and get comfortable with you and the surrounding. For this I encourage the parents to do cute outfits that best suits the child. After a few flashes the child, once at ease, can move into the cake smash.
At first she was hesitant and unsure what all the excitement around her was. As she didn’t quite like the idea of getting dirty, her hands had to be smashed into the cake. The rest is all visual as you can see…it sure was a smashing fun.
Cake smash’s are popular, as expected when you throw children and cakes together, however; there always seems to be the thought that they can only be done with one background with props, it is quite the opposite. If cakes have metamorphosed into a variety of sizes, shapes, tastes and so on, why can’t the smash itself involve outside the box concepts? I encourage the client to match themes to their life stye, which is what will make the memories captured more authentic and memorable for years to come. By the time you arrive at your child’s first cake smash you would have seen personality emerge. So there is truth at the heart of it, even if it was staged. From having observed and documenting kids over the years I know one thing to be true and that is they they don’t lie…they are as authentic as they come.