Craze gives babies chance to smash birthday cake

Noah Mitchell gets to grips with his cake. Picture: comp

Noah Mitchell gets to grips with his cake. Picture: comp

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FOR this toddler, it was the icing on the cake as he rose to the occasion to smash up his first birthday cake.

Noah is at the forefront of a new trend which sees children let loose at giant sponge delights with a photographer on hand to snap the results for the family album.

Parents Liza, 30, and Craig Mitchell, 35, said they had no qualms about signing their 13-month-old son up for a party package which saw him dive into a giant cupcake with blue icing.

Mrs Mitchell said: “It was something different and great fun – we had an absolute ball watching him although now we give him food and we’re teaching him to eat it rather than play with it.

“I would definitely recommend it for other parents and I’m expecting again in four weeks so we will be getting it done for that one, too.”

Laura and Wayne Elvin, from Leith, also indulged with their son, George, when they hired photographer Lizy Paterson to take the shots for his first birthday in December.

“I found out about cake smashes in various baby magazines, and thought it sounded like a great way to celebrate George’s birthday and to look back at photos in years to come,” Mrs Elvin, 31, said.

“George had a ball at the cake smash, his favourite part was definitely stuffing his wee face with cake and posing for the photos.”

The trend has already taken off in America with suggestions that even the Duchess of Cambridge might crumble and let Prince George take part.

City chef and restaurateur Mark Greenaway thinks there’s proof in the pudding. He said: “It’s harmless fun and kids should be left to enjoy themselves – it’s a kid’s dream.”