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These 16 Stores Offer FREE Smash Cakes for Baby’s 1st Birthday

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Birthdays are a big deal! 🎂

Even more so when it’s to celebrate your little one’s very first trip around the sun! Lucky for you, we’re sharing a pretty sweet freebie you can score for their big celebration! All I’m saying is that it doesn’t get much sweeter than your baby and FREE smash cakes!

That’s right, I’m sharing tons of grocers and stores that will give you a FREE cake on them for your baby’s first birthday! 🥳

Just note that most of these stores require a minimum purchase or a bakery purchase in order to snag this freebie. Some offers and locations may vary. To be sure this deal is available at your location, simply contact your local store to confirm before ordering.


Here are the grocers that offer free smash cakes:

baby girl wearing white dress touching rose pink icing on cake

1. Albertsons Market

In order to score a free smash cake with Albertsons Market, you need to place an order for a quarter sheet cake or bigger, which will feed approximately 16-24 people. Then you’ll get a FREE 5″ double layer smash cake for your little one. Orders can be placed as late as one day before your little one’s big day.


2. Barnes & Noble

When your family is apart of the Kid’s Club at Barnes & Noble, you can score a FREE cupcake for your baby’s first birthday. While it isn’t exactly a smash cake, it’s totally free to join, plus you’ll be able to reap many other exciting rewards. To make matters even sweeter, you can actually score a cupcake from their café on all your children’s birthdays so the fun & freebies doesn’t stop after the first year! Woohoo!


baby with one shirt sitting on wood floor touching piece of birthday cake

3. Giant Eagle

At Giant Eagle Bakery, you can score a FREE smash cake with any purchase of a quarter sheet cake valued at $19.99 or more. The smash cake will be a 5″ round, single layer and cannot be added to an online order so make sure to call at least 24 hours before your party to scoop up this sweet deal.


4. Giant Food Stores

With any purchase of a quarter-inch sheet cake or larger, you can score a FREE 7″ single layer smash cake for your little one’s big day. Call as little as 24 hours before party day to get your order in!


5. Harris Teeter

At Harris Teeter, you can score a smash cake totally FREE with no purchase required! All you have to do is print their online form, fill it out, and turn it into customer service. Then you’ll receive a coupon for a FREE 5″ Patti-cake! Just make sure you get ahead of the game because processing your application can take between 4-6 weeks!


baby wearing cloth diaper eating blue free smash cake on floor

6. Hy-Vee

You can score a FREE 5″ round smash cake with any purchase of a quarter-inch sheet cake, which is about 9″x11″ if you were to make it at home. Make sure to allow about 2-3 days before your party when ordering.


7. Kowalski’s

Get a FREE 5″ single layer chocolate or white smash cake with an order of $9.99 or more at Kowalski’s. Your smash cake will be finished off with delicious buttercream frosting and can be personalized with either pink or blue icing. Discounts will be applied at checkout.


8. Lund’s and Byerly’s

At Lund’s and Byerly’s, you can either order a quarter-inch sheet cake, round cake, or some delicious cupcakes that total a minimum of $21.99 or more in order to score your free smash cake. While it’s still considered a cake, the size of it will be more equivalent to a large cupcake and should be ordered at least 48 hours in advance.


9. Price Chopper

You’ll get a FREE 6″ smash cake with a giant one on the top when you purchase a birthday cake that’s at least a quarter-inch sheet or larger. Additionally, Price Chopper does require that the cake you’re ordering reads “Happy Birthday” and is ordered at least 24 hours prior to pick-up.


baby boy putting hands into smash cake

10. Publix

When you order an 8″ round or quarter-inch sheet cake that says “Happy 1st Birthday” on it, you can score a FREE 7″ two-layer round smash cake for your little one. Just make sure to order about 24 hours before you’d like to pick up your treats.


11. Shaws

At Shaws, you can go to the bakery department where they always have their premade and totally FREE 4″ smash cakes on display! You can either choose between their vanilla confetti or chocolate mocha decorated cakes. To claim, you just head to the counter and ask for the freebie coupon for your baby’s first birthday. Talk about a sweet deal!


12. Stauffers of Kissel Hill

When you purchase a cake valued at $21.99 or more, you can score a FREE single-layer 5″ smash cake for your little one. Orders must be placed within 48 hours or more before your celebration.


baby sitting in highchair eating white smash cake

13. Super Target

If you’re lucky enough to have a Super Target near you, complete with a bakery (yes, those really do exist!), you can fill out this form and receive a FREE smash cake with any purchase of a special-order round or sheet cake! We found this smash cake to be among the smallest free cakes offered, but still delicious!

Call your local store to confirm and bring your completed form at least 24 hours before you’d like to pick it up.


14. Thrifty Foods

At Thrifty Foods, they value the importance of family and want to help you celebrate milestone moments. Therefore, their bakery offers a totally FREE 8″x12″ first birthday cake on them! Cakes can be ordered by phone or in the store and are available in pink, blue or green. Note that your child’s birth certificate is required upon pickup and this deal is valid for cake per child. Make sure to call at least 24 hours before you plan to pick-up your order.


15. United Supermarkets

When you’re signed up to receive rewards with United Supermarkets, you’ll receive a coupon in the mail for a FREE 5″ single-layer smash cake when you make a purchase of a quarter-inch sheet cake or larger. Just make sure to claim your freebie at least 24 hours before you plan to party.


16. Walmart

At Walmart ,when you make a $14 or more bakery purchase, you can score a FREE 6″ round smash cake in either white or chocolate cake. Since these mini smash cakes are always available, you can order at any time and they’ll even decorate it to match your main cake.


Keep the birthday celebrations going with these 175 birthday freebies!

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Comments 35

  1. Sarah Hartman

    Tops as well for those in the northern eastern part of the US.

  2. Errrr

    The whole idea of a smash cake is so wasteful and just plain idiotic. That is, unless, people actually eat the smashed cake afterwards. I like the idea of a smash cupcake better. That said, I realize a lot of things I personally do are also wasteful 🙂

    • yjr2004

      I just don’t get the whole smash cake thing. When I was growing up my mother made all our cakes. I would never dream of smashing the cake her cake especially since it was the only cake we had. I make my kids cakes too I would be mad if my cake got smashed.

      • Jess

        Smash cakes are generally only done for the 1st birthday. There is really no malicious intent on the 1 year old’s part for smashing the homemade or store bought cake. They are mostly just for pictures. A small cake looks much better in a picture than a slice, but to each their own I suppose.

        • Nicole221

          After 7 years and 3 IVF treatments I can tell you that a smash cake was important to me. It was important for the pictures, the memories and the blessing that I was watching my baby turn one. She loved the cake, dug into half and the untouched half was used to eat. While I do understand everyone is different I personally love the idea of a smash cake, and the post of cheap ways to get them!

          • SarahH

            Congratulations Nicole22, would you be willing to share more of your story, like the cost and what a couple interested in IVF should expect? IVF is not covered through insurance so was thinking of paying out pocket.

            • Nicole221

              Absolutely! Shoot me an email and I am happy to share anything you want to know ☺️ Lnmcguffee at yahoo.com And thank you so much.

          • WENDY RUIS

            Nicole221 Same here!! It was important with my first IVF miracle…ANF the second time around with my miracle IVF twins! 🙂

      • a

        I don’t understand it either. Just give them a slice or cupcake!

    • Casey

      I agree very wasteful. Basically in my opinion a cake for them to play with. If its free I could see some people getting one but not if you have to pay for it.

    • rochellemcgee

      The smash cakes generally are not that big – it amounts to maybe 4 slices. I really wouldn’t fret over the wastefulness of what probably amounts to a few dollars in ingredients, especially since they’re almost always free with the purchase of a larger cake (I actually thought this was a standard chain bakery thing).

    • Rae

      It is a very tiny cake for a one year old baby. It isn’t wasteful and can likely be made with the leftover cake mix. My daughter’s first time eating cake was the cake smash. This tradition is normally done because it isn’t safe or possible for a baby to blow out a candle.

  3. a

    I’ve never even heard of a “smash cake”

    • Amanda

      LOL me either!!

  4. Marie

    I like the idea of a cupcake instead of a whole mini cake, but I would think the whole idea behind smash cakes is who wants to eat off of the same cake as a droolly, handsy one year old smashing their cake into their mouth and face. It’s not very big, and I wouldn’t consider it wasteful when you consider the photo ops of the cuteness overload lbs.

    • C

      I agree. It’s one small cake on the 1st birthday. I think calling it wasteful is a stretch. There is no obligation to get the smash cake if you don’t want one.

  5. Lpmousse

    We had one from Jewel osco for my son. It was free with the sheet cake we got. He puked it. Hahah. We still talk about it. So funny! We did a homemade mini ice cream cake for my daughter, and she loved it.

  6. Meg

    I never did this for either of my kids. We didn’t have the money for extras and I don’t get the concept of them playing in it. Boring mommy, I guess!

  7. Terra

    Stater Brothers offers one without a purchase.

    • Bianca

      Good to know for those of us in Southern California!

  8. KR

    All that sugar for a 1-year old 🙁

    • Jess

      Haha! They definitely don’t eat the whole thing.

    • mackyjane

      I’m with you! I looked up recipes to make a healthier smash cake that sweetened with bananas, pineapple, and some maple syrup. The texture wasn’t as light as a regular cake, but I thought the taste was still good. One of those cakes from Walmart and the massive overload of sugary icing is too much for an adult too, IMO. Granted when in moderation!

    • Rae

      They really don’t eat much of it that’s why it is small. That being said A nice idea… A friend of mine shaped watermelon like a cake for her babies cake smash.

  9. Amy

    Just give the child a piece of the cake you are already buying?

  10. Jen

    We did this with my son and it was so much fun to watch him enjoy eating it (not much makes the mouth). It was small, cheap to make and we love the pictures. This is a great reminder just in time for my daughter. Thanks!!!

  11. Sarah C

    I ordered a sheet cake from Wegmans for my daughter’s first birthday and they threw in a free cupcake for her. We sang Happy Birthday with the cupcake in front of her and then she went to town tasting it. It was so perfect. It was whipped cream frosting instead of the really sugary kind. I love the “smash” cupcake (that she actually enjoyed!) more than a smash cake.

  12. agh925

    We just did a smash cake for one year pictures. Had no idea Walmart did them free! Their bakery is really good!

  13. Sbhart

    Weve always had the Shaw’s ones for my daughters and now we have a baby again and I was wondering if they still had them. Good to know!

  14. Amber

    Harris Teeter does do free smash cakes with no purchase. Not wasting money or cake. They load the coupon on your Harris teeter card and you get a small cake for free. I did it with my first son about to do it again for my youngest son.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh awesome! Thanks for the helpful tip, Amber! Good to know!

  15. Nancy

    I have never understood wasting a whole cake on a child. My kids did just fine with a piece of cake. Got it ALL over themselves. At most I would give them a single cupcake

  16. Ashlee

    The fresh market listing is false. I work there and we don’t even carry smash cakes or cakes that would be over $25 and don’t have any sort of portion of this nature.

    • Stacy F (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks, Ashlee. These were verified at the time of writing this post (Feb 2020), but I did call the location closest to me and they said they don’t offer them anymore either so I will remove that one from the post. We appreciate the heads up.

    • Sara

      Hey Ashlee! Thanks for your feedback. I personally reached out to 3 locations to verify these freebies for each company (unless it was noted on their website already). It could vary by location in that case. Hope that helps!

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