Easy DIY Smash Cake

My son just turned 1!  For his birthday we decided to make a smash cake.  I did some research and saw that there were a lot of “healthy” smash cakes.  I did think about making one of those but decided that it was not worth it since he probably wouldn’t be eating a lot of the cake anyways.  So I went for simplicity.  Also why spend so much time to make a cake for him to play with. 

I decided to go with a crazy cake. I used this recipe a couple times before: black forest cake, mug cake, and fruit cobbler.  It is super easy and has no eggs. All you need to do is dump all the ingredients together into a bowl. Mix well and pour into some tiny pie tins and bake. This time I reduced the sugar a little bit.

Bake for about 35 minutes.

Allow the cakes to cool on a rack.

Now it is time to build the cake.  Trim the tops off of each cake. I decided to make three because I wanted the cake to be tall.

Stack the cakes together and make sure they are level.  Then trim the sides to make the cake as cylindrical as you can.

Now that the cake is all set, make the “frosting”. I decided to use a simple whipping cream recipe.

Start by whipping up some whipping cream, then add some instant vanilla pudding to it. You don’t need much. The pudding with help stabilize the whipping cream and make it keep longer. It also adds a nice vanilla flavor without adding too much sugar.

Now comes the fun part.  I added a little whipping cream to the base to hold the cake  down. Then I layered each piece of cake and added some whipping cream between each layer.  When all the cakes are stacked, cover the cake in a nice layer of whipping cream.

For the decorations, I kept it simple. I used nonpareil sprinkles to cover the top and line the bottom.  Then I bought candles for pictures.

I think my son really enjoyed his cake…. well mostly the whipping cream.

Crazy cake

  • 1 1/2 Cups flour
  • 3 Tbsp. cocoa
  • 3/4 cup Coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tsp.  pure vanilla extract
  • 5 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 Cup water

Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees.  Dump all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Divided into three small chicken pot pie tins.  Bake them for about 35 min or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Remove from tins and allow to cool on a rack.  Alternatively if you can’t find little tins, make some cylinders using aluminum foil. Watch this video to see how to do it:   DIY Cake Pans.

Whipping Cream Frosting

  • 500 ml of whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp of instant vanilla pudding

Beat the whipping cream and vanilla pudding until you have stiff peaks.

Follow the picture tutorial above to assemble.


  • nonpareil sprinkles
  • candles

There is enough cake for everyone to enjoy.

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