A cake smash birthday cake can be a fun and messy way to celebrate a baby’s first birthday during your family photo session. I recommend doing your cake smash towards the end of your photo session, unless you are hoping to focus just on your baby for these photos. You are probably guessing that it is because baby will get frosting everywhere and if you guessed that then you are correct! Scroll down to view this little guy and his family that I photographed recently in Lanikai on Oahu.

Clients will often ask where are some great bakeries to purchase a smash cake on Oahu. Here are some recommendations:

Hokulani Bake Shop

Hokulani Bake Shop, located in Honolulu, is known for its adorable and delicious cakes perfect for cake smash photo sessions. They specialize in custom cakes and cupcakes and can create a cake that matches your baby’s birthday theme or color scheme. With their attention to detail and use of high-quality ingredients, you can trust that your cake smash cake will not only look fantastic but also taste amazing. Their red velvet is my favorite flavor!

Cake Works

Cake Works in Honolulu is another excellent choice for a cake smash birthday cake for your Oahu photo session. Their talented cake artists can create playful and colorful designs that will make your baby’s cake smash session a memorable experience. They offer a variety of cake flavors and fillings to suit your preferences, ensuring that the cake not only looks good but also satisfies the taste buds of both parents and little ones.

The Cakery

The Cakery in Kailua, which was previously mentioned for its artisanal cakes, is also an excellent option for a cake smash birthday cake. Their creative designs and customizable options make them a perfect choice for creating a cake that matches the birthday theme. Whether you want a cute and whimsical design or something more elegant, The Cakery can deliver a cake that’s both photogenic and delicious.

When ordering a cake smash cake, be sure to communicate your preferences and theme ideas with the bakery to ensure they can create the perfect cake for your baby’s big day. And remember to capture the adorable and messy moments during the cake smash session – they make for wonderful keepsake photos that you’ll cherish for years to come!


If you’re looking for a photographer to capture your babys first birthday along with some family photos, whether you live on Oahu or you’re visiting, I’d love to photograph this milestone for your family and baby. Please CLICK HERE to inquire, or email marissa.hbphoto@gmail.com.

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