Sarah Lister | Button's First Birthday Cake Smash!

Button's First Birthday Cake Smash!

October 31, 2015  •  1 Comment

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Button. She was turning one and everyone was excited. I arranged a small, informal gathering for Monday afternoon.

I also did the adorable thing and attempted to bake and decorate the cake myself.

Button is skeptical of my abilities. Thanks, kid.


I had the intention of baking the cake the night before, giving me plenty of time in the morning to decorate it. I had never decorated a cake before, so I wanted to make sure I had time to do it right.

As life goes with two little children, as well as the day being our Wedding Anniversary, it's safe to say that it the cake wasn't baked that night. My intentions shifted to doing it in the morning. I intended to start early - especially because Mount Dishes needed to be conquered.

All these intentions were hit head-on with road blocks. The boy needed to use the potty. The birthday girl refused to nap. Dishes took twice as long. Many other dull yet time-consuming things happened. I finally started getting the ingrediants together (T-Minus 2 hours) and I realised I'm almost out of sugar. *I hope I have enough!* ....just barely....

T-minus 1.5 hours. If I'd been able to get it in the oven right then, there was a slim chance I could've made it on time.

But then, the crushing blow....

WE'RE OUT OF MILK?!?!! I literally yelled, "Emergancy!!" at my husband. So I dropped everything and ran out to the store. I'd lose about 20 minutes in the shop-run. With this knowledge, and knowing the amount of baking-time needed, compounded with the fact that I had never decorated a cake before, I picked up a Victoria Sponge at the store.

By the time I got home, I only had an hour left before we needed to leave. I didn't feel defeated. (Ok, I felt a little defeated.) I saved the batter for my original cake to bake later and moved on to make the frosting and decorate the store-bought victoria sponge.

We were still late to the party, but everyone else was too. The day was beautiful, if a little chilly. Friends had a good time running around in the leaves, playing with bubbles, and eating yummy snacks.

The kiddos also tried to straighten one of the trees. LOL!


Overall, it was sucessful, despite my crazy, stressful, and anxiety-filled morning.


Me and my baby - Photo by Tedward. <3


Happy birthday, Button. :)



If you would like to have a cake-smashing portrait session for your little one, just shoot me an email for more details. I look forward to hearing from you!



Love these photos!!!! And I love the story to go with pictures. I difinitely have to have one of these "stories" for Christmas!!!!
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