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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Author: Rebecca Hardy

A native New Yorker, Reby Sky took a deep interest in the arts from an early age. Classically trained in ballet & theatre, she began her career in dance, performing in off-broadway venues & competing in dance competitions throughout the United States. Reby has also been featured in numerous instructional dance videos, including "Bellydance Your Way to Cardio" & "Bellydance for Mothers & Daughters".  Also formally trained in classical piano under master-pianist Rosario Garriga, Reby has performed in concert halls throughout the East coast, and attended the LaGuardia School of Music & Art & the Performing Arts - The "FAME" school - as a major in music.  In addition to dance, theatre, & music, Reby added professional football player to her repertoire in 2008; She signed with the LFL (Lingerie Football League) for a brief period of time before resigning for personal reasons.  Working as a successful model, Reby Sky has appeared in numerous national & international publications including, but not limited to Esquire, STUFF Magazine, Supermodels Unlimited, & PLAYBOY. Also making the jump into live media, Reby has appeared on television shows such as SPIKE-TV's "Midnight Spike" as a guest host & on TLC-TV's "Date Patrol" as a guest dance instructor. She has been featured in dozens of print ads and in numerous television advertisements, as well as internationally aired music videos. In 2009, Reby was named Miss Howard TV of the Year by the Howard Stern Show. She is also known within the sports world as the "NY Giants Girl".    Also working in broadcast media, Reby performed as an on-air talent for Sirius/XM Radio on the pro-wrestling show, "Busted Open”. Previous radio experience includes work as a sports correspondent for Clear Channel radio station, 98 Rock in Tampa, FL. Reby was also the host of her own radio show, "Digital Photography on the Radio", on 1010am Sports Radio (CBS) in 2008. In the world of professional wrestling, Reby is best known for her work on TNA Impact Wrestling, where she performed as a wrestler & recurring character from 2014-2017. Sky previously worked as a backstage interviewer, color commentator & professional wrestler for Lucha Libre USA Masked Warriors on MTV2. Reby currently lives in Cameron, North Carolina with her husband & two beautiful boys & is the owner/operator of HardyShoots.com.

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