My son has a dairy allergy/intolerance.  So instead of finding a local bakery to do an allergen friendly smash cake, I saved a money. I made the cake myself. It cost $6.50 in total for the ingredients used and tasted amazing. 

I recently threw my son a 1st birthday with a monster theme.

My budget was $50.

It had to include everything I wanted, plus be allergen friendly. This is the tutorial for how I made the Monster themed smash cake for only $6.50.

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Using Duncan Hines Yellow Cake mix, $1, Pillsbury vanilla frosting $1, and making my own buttercream frosting with $2 powdered sugar $2.50 vegan butter/margarine. My total came to $6.50 for the cake. Plus yielded me with 16 cake pops from the cake scraps, which unfortunately didn’t make it to the party….. Too tasty to share..

How I made the smash cake

I made the smash cake by following the box instructions up until the baking portion.

I lined a large cookie sheet with parchment paper, sprayed it with nonstick cooking spray and poured my batter in.

Freshly poured batter with the drops of food coloring. you can see the box of food coloring used up in the top left of the image.
Freshly poured batter with the drops of food coloring. you can see the box of food coloring used up in the top left of the image.

Using food coloring that I found in the pantry, I dropped colorful dots onto the batter and then swirled it around using a toothpick. I love the look it gave after the cake finished baking. 

Swirled around with a toothpick, the colors give a cool feathered look.
Swirled around with a toothpick, the colors give a cool feathered look.

I baked the cake for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

I let it cool for a few minutes before cutting out 6 circles using a cereal bowl. One circle didn’t cut too pretty, so I used it for the hands and feet of the monster. 

Remove scraps and freeze layers overnight.

See how pretty it looks once baked? I love that. And I got lucky with the cereal bowl trick, before that, I had been looking for a wide mouth mason jar.
See how pretty it looks once baked? I love that. And I got lucky with the cereal bowl trick, before that, I had been looking for a wide mouth mason jar.
6 cakes cut out. Ignore the pot of rice cooking in the background, it was dinner time and I was multitasking. The pile of cake scraps on the left made 16 delicious cake pops that never made it to the party.
6 cakes cut out. Ignore the pot of rice cooking in the background, it was dinner time and I was multitasking. The pile of cake scraps on the left made 16 delicious cake pops that never made it to the party.

In the morning, I took the canned vanilla frosting and used it as glue to stack the layers. cutting out a monster form using a bread knife, and holding the arms in place with frosting and toothpicks. placing it back in the freezer.

Frozen layers of cake stacked together with frosting. Easy to cur using a long bread knife, and if you believe it, it's actually my first time ever carving out a cake!
Frozen layers of cake stacked together with frosting. Easy to cur using a long bread knife, and if you believe it, it’s actually my first time ever carving out a cake! 

The next day

I made a vegan buttercream using the butter and powdered sugar. gave it a thin crumb coat and set in the freezer for a few hours before piping blue fur onto the monster with a star frosting tip. This proved to be quite difficult as the warm kitchen kept melting/thawing my frosting and I had to complete it in increments as I placed the cake in the fridge and the frosting in the freezer every few minutes to cool it down.

Arms and feet cut out and applied with frosting and a toothpick. back to the freezer for this smash cake monster. Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of the crumb layer completed.
Arms and feet cut out and applied with frosting and a toothpick. back to the freezer for this smash cake monster. Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of the crumb layer completed.

Once completed, it was placed back into the fridge.

Ready for smashing into the next day at the party.

My son Sam, sitting in front of his monster themed smash cake. He didn't want to destroy it, but he also had like 15 people with  cameras pointed at him so he could have been distracted.
My son Sam, sitting in front of his monster themed smash cake. He didn’t want to destroy it, but he also had like 15 people with  cameras pointed at him so he could have been distracted.


Step by step visual instructions for how I completed this monster smash cake
Step by step visual instructions for how I completed this monster smash cake
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