The cake smash that wasn’t.

You may remember Mr. Monte’s behind the scenes newborn session – and in the blink of an eye, just like that, it’s time for a NH Cake Smash! … Or not.

His sister didn’t really want anything to do with her cake either – you can see her look at us like we’re insane toward the end of her Watch Me Grow post

Consider the facts:

  • You’ve spent the better part of the last 4-6 months telling them not to eat food off the floor (and the fun is just starting)
  • In most cases, you’ve been making sure they have healthy foods
  • They’ve not usually had much that’s a complex flavor profile

Some tips:

  • Make sure the cake isn’t cold.  Sometimes you’ll keep it in the fridge so it doesn’t melt, but if frosting is an unpleasant texture when you’re one, cold frosting is even more unpleasant. 
  • Have some of their favorite snacks on hand.  Puffs, yogurt bites, small crackers. Something that you can feed to them and then make a breadcrumb trail up to and into the cake so they’ll at least look interested. 
  • Consider frosting it in something the like. If they’re good at eating their veggies, mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower can make an excellent frosting substitute! I wouldn’t go as far as these meatloaf cupcakes unless meatloaf is a staple in your house – but this Vegan Vanilla Sweet Potato Frosting could be useful!  Or just find a bakery or recipe that will help you make a low sugar, more savory treat.  Think of their favorite foods and get creative! 
  • Smaller can be better.  Maybe multiple cupcakes or cutting a piece out of the cake.  
  • Try it with them and get a little messy together!

While he was NOT interested in getting caked, he was more than happy to share the smiles and cheeseball his way through the session!

NH Cake Smash by Melissa Koren Photography. You can see more of my work online at and also on Facebook and Instagram! If you’d rather contact me directly, please email me at!


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