First Birthday Smash Cake

I remember the conversation that I had with my husband when we decided that we were ready for parenthood. We were sitting on the back of a boat, rocking along with the waves when I turned to him and said, “I’m ready.” His entire face lit up as he embraced me in a hug. My nerves were on edge, my excitement was overflowing, and my mind was racing. Are we truly ready for this? But then again, can you ever really be ready for something as life altering as parenthood?

And then we entered into the waiting game. 
Days turned into months. Months turned into years. Countless pregnancy tests were thrown into the trash, all revealing the negative sign. Questions about pregnancy stopped being asked. Conversations with my husband about other options were introduced into our repertoire.
And then it happened.
I remember reading the positive pregnancy test. I remember running into the bedroom and excitedly bouncing on the bed as I revealed the news to my husband. I remember the course of emotions that traveled through my body. 
This was really happening.
And now? I have a son who turned one on Christmas Eve.
The past year has been emotional, monumental, unforgettable, exhausting, sleepless, memorable, trying, lovable, overwhelming, gratifying, and educational.
With my incredibly supportive husband by my side, we entered into the world of parenthood with excitement and trepidation. We’re a year into it and we couldn’t imagine our lives without our baby boy. 
He has taught us so much about ourselves, each other, patience, love, understanding, and gratefulness.
He has shared with us countless memories that we will cherish for a lifetime.
He has given us the best year of our lives.
Happy Birthday, baby boy. 
We love you a bushel and a peck.

First Birthday Smash Cake


  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 strawberries, washed, hulled, and chopped
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, washed and chopped


  1. Make the chocolate cake batter according to the package instructions.
  2. Separate the batter into two greased 9-inch round baking pans.
  3. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. Remove the cake rounds from the oven and transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. Make the whipped cream by whipping the cream and sugar together until stiff peaks form (about 10 minutes).
  6. Place one cake round on a platter and top with enough whipped cream to coat the top of the cake round. Place the second cake round on top of the whipped cream. Top that cake round with whipped cream. Sprinkle the chopped fruit on top of the cake.
  7. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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