Easy Digger Cake + Surprise Cake Smash

I need to preface this post by saying that I committed the ultimate cake smash mistake – the cardinal sin of cake smashes – by using a chocolate cake. What’s the vendetta against chocolate cake ? Well, typically, when you see a kid of diaper wearing age surrounded by brown smears, your mind typically goes….elsewhere. You get where I’m going with this ? That being said, this was NOT to meant to be a cake smash.

A few days ago, while cuddling my oldest & scrolling through facebook, I stopped to check out a photo of a digger birthday cake I had come across & he absolutely lost his mind over it. Seriously, I’ve never seen him that excited about any food. Not thinking much of it, I told him I’d make him a digger cake someday. WELL. Apparently, “someday” couldn’t come soon enough, because he begged me for a digger cake for 3 days ! Finally, I relented & decided to make the cake for Valentine’s Day; the perfect excuse for a sweet treat. 1 hour & a box of Cocoa Puffs later, the digger cake was born. I liked how it turned out so much that I attempted to take high resolution photos of it. KEYWORD: ATTEMPTED.

x-sm-_DSC0143Had to get a heart in there for Valentine’s Day !

I still had a backdrop up from a shoot I had done earlier in the day & plopped the cake down to get some photos. I was thinking that I’d get all sorts of fun angles & detail shots, but was only able to get one other photo. ONE. Can you guess why ?


I don’t think I’ve ever seen my child run faster than when he saw that the cake was finished & on the ground. On any other day, I would stop him & avoid a massive explosion of cake right before bedtime, but he was so excited & the cake was his after all, so given the “holiday” circumstances, I let him go for it. It wasn’t long before the little one came speed crawling along to see what was going on…

x-sm-_DSC0277And so it begins

These two had an absolute blast & it was so much fun watching them have fun. This was my youngest’s first taste of cake ever & he didn’t miss a beat; he dug right in 😉 The best part was that they both used the diggers to scoop up & eat the cake all on their own. Check out the rest of our spontaneous cake smash session & cake details below.


Maxel’s Easy Digger Cake:

  • 2 boxes of chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 1 box of Cocoa Puffs cereal (smallest size)
  • 1 large jar of whipped chocolate icing
  • Silver sugar sprinklesI baked 2 cakes; one 5″ round & one 9×13 sheet. While those were in the oven, I used a toy hammer to crush a quart sized ziploc bag filled with Cocoa Puffs to use as my “dirt”. Once the cakes cooled, I added a crumb coat of whipped icing to the sheet cake & sprinkled my crushed Cocoa Puffs to cover it. I then broke the round cake in half (do it with your hands, so it’s less perfect, more crumbly) & covered that in icing & Cocoa Puffs crumbs as well. I used the remaining half of my round cake to crumble onto the sheet cake to add more dirt & layers, added a few whole Cocoa Puffs pieces as “rubble” & sprinkled the silver sugar throughout & inside one of the diggers as “gravel”. Cocoa Puffs pieces were also the outer trim of the cake, which made it look much more put together. The tip of a spoon created my freehand heart & voila ! The easiest cake I’ve ever made !

Happy Valentine’s Day, guys ❤



Photographed at my studio in Cameron, North Carolina.
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