After hearing the prices of cakes, I decided I was going to make my sons Smash Cake for both photos as well as his actual birthday party, I did a lot of research before I began because I didn’t want to keep making cakes. This was my first attempt and it was a success. First, be aware that this will take 2 days total. One day you will bake the cake then freeze it. The second day you will frost and decorate.
I decided on a 6 inch cake for his photos, but I’m making a 4 inch cake this week for his birthday party (amongst other cakes). I did not have a 6 inch cake pan on hand, so I bought them from Amazon. (Link Here)
I sprayed the pans with Wilton Pan Spray or I’m sure you can use pam, or anything spray. If you want to use parchment paper on the bottom you could do that also, I did not use parchment paper.
I used Betty Crocker Cake Mix (link here) & the the boxes would fill 3- 6 inch pans, but I only used 2. I put the rest of the batter in 2, 4 inch pans (which were like mini cakes for my husband and I).
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. If you know your oven, you may need to bring the temperature up, or move your racks around. My oven tends to not bake things thoroughly, so I always have to use the bottom rack in the oven, but your oven may be totally different.
I baked my cakes for around 26 minutes (that’s what worked for me, but may not be long enough for you). Look to see when the sides of the cake pull away from the cake pan (that’s when you know it is definitely done).
After letting the cake cool for at least 2 hours, I take the cake and level the top of the layers with a serrated knife. After they are cut, I wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze them overnight.
Frosting & Decorating
I took the easy way out again for this. I used 2 cans of Betty Crocker Whipped Frosting (White). First, you must do a quick frost of the cake (basically a naked cake) and then you can make the frosting for making rosettes.
I did not use a mixer, mostly because I don’t have one. But you can use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment.
I then poured in ½ cup of powdered sugar and I mixed together with a spoon for about a minute or two. At that time, the frosting should be stiff and thick. If it is still soft, you can add an additional ¼ cup of powdered sugar until it is stiff. At this time, you can add the gel food coloring of your choice to get the color you want.
Then spoon the frosting into a piping bag with a 2d piping tip for the rosettes. Once your done with the frosting, refill and repeat by piping more until your cake is how you want it.