Vanilla Smash Cake

by Jessica on January 22, 2013

Vanilla Smash Cake by My Baking Heart

Miss Callie was born two months premature with intestinal complications. After countless prayers, speedy trips to Dallas and two surgeries, her momma & daddy finally brought her home from Children’s Medical on her sixth-week birthday.

It’s hard to believe that was just one short year ago. Today, my niece (and Goddaughter!) is full of life, incredibly well-behaved and most importantly, perfectly healthy. So, this past weekend, we celebrated her first birthday in style. My sister-in-law asked if I would make a smash cake, something special from Callie’s ‘Auntie Jess’. I was busy that week: working late hours, fitting in gym time, helping my sister with her wedding dress search… but I just couldn’t say no to that adorable little face.

The following cake is a labor of love. I wanted it to be perfect for Callie’s special day, so with the stress of everyday life hanging over my head, I might’ve shed a few tears and ruined a few frosting bags. In the end, though, C forgave me for the terror I was and the cake was well-received by all… especially the little angel below!

Vanilla Smash Cake by My Baking Heart

Vanilla Smash Cake

Yield: 2 six-inch cakes


    For the cake:
  • 2/3 c granulated sugar
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 lg egg whites
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 c cake flour
  • Pinch of Kosher salt
  • 2/3 c whole milk
  • For the frosting:
  • 2 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 (16 oz) box Confectioners’ sugar


For the cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg white and blend well. Add vanilla and mix. In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Pour half of the dry ingredients into egg mixture, then mix. Pour in milk and mix. Finally, add remaining dry ingredients and mix until combined. Pour evenly into two greased four-inch pans. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then remove from pan and place on a rack to cool completely. Make your icing.

For the frosting:

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract on low speed. Add the confectioners' sugar and mix until smooth. Frost cooled cake and sprinkle with edible glitter.

Cake adapted from & Frosting from My Baking Heart


You will have enough leftover frosting for about 6 cupcakes.

Vanilla Smash Cake by My Baking Heart

Happy Birthday, sweet girl! Your Uncle C & Auntie Jess love you very much!


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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nicole, RD January 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

What a scary start to this life, but she is just perfect 🙂 Gorgeous cake!


2 Krystal R {Mrs. Regueiro's Plate} January 22, 2013 at 10:36 pm

What a special 1st birthday cake for a wonderful and adorable niece! She’s growing up so beautiful, too!! I agree with Nicole, such a gorgeous cake!!!


3 Melissa | The Kitchen Canister January 24, 2013 at 10:39 am

What a sweet gift to give for a first birthday! Looks like she had a lot of fun smashing it.


4 Kelsey January 31, 2013 at 10:39 pm

What a sweet Auntie you are and what a miraculous little niece you have! My mom was a NICU nurse and my sister is a nurse at Cook’s Children’s Hospital, so stories like this hold a special place in our hearts.


5 Granny T March 26, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Time WELL spent, Jessica!

What a doll baby she is!

Does she live close enough to see often?


6 Jessica March 27, 2013 at 10:32 am

She sure does, Granny T! And she’s growing like a weed! 🙂


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