FREE Smash Cakes for Baby’s 1st Birthday at These Nationwide Stores (Walmart, Super Target, Harris Teeter & More!)

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Here’s where to get a free smash cake for your baby’s first birthday!

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Birthdays are even sweeter with food freebies! 🎂

Searching “smash cakes near me”? These stores will give you a FREE one for your baby’s first birthday cake and some don’t require a purchase!

baby boy sitting in highchair with smash cake and party decorations

What is a smash cake?

A smash cake is a small-sized cake that is meant for only your baby to enjoy on their first birthday. They’re often messy and so much fun for your little one! Oftentimes, they’re decorated to match your larger cake that guests will enjoy eating separately.

Check out these places that offer a FREE smash cake for first birthday parties (or just because):

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.

girl wearing white dress touching icing

1. Albertsons Market

At Albertsons Market, you can score a FREE 5″ double-layer smash cake when you place a minimum bakery order of $10.99 or more. That’s equivalent to an 8″ single-layer round cake and orders can be placed as late as one day before your little one’s big day.

2. Barnes & Noble

You can score a FREE birthday treat from the Barnes & Noble Café during the week of your kiddo’s birthday! Simply sign up for their FREE Barnes & Noble Rewards program to have your reward delivered via email. Birthday treats are valid for kids 12 and under. While it isn’t exactly a smash cake, it’s totally free to join, plus you’ll be able to reap many other new and exciting rewards too!

boy with one shirt sitting on wood floor with mess

3. FredMeyer

You’ll receive a free smash cake when you place an order for any bakery cake at FredMeyer. We were told the size of your baby’s smash cake will be slightly larger than a large Costco muffin and you can choose between white or chocolate cake and buttercream or whipped frosting. Just be sure to place your order about 24-48 hours before you plan to pick up your cakes.

4. Giant Eagle

You can score a FREE smash cake with any purchase of a quarter sheet cake valued at $19.99 or more at Giant Eagle. The smash cake will be a 5″ round single-layer cake and must say “Happy 1st Birthday” to qualify. Your free smash cake 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!

5. 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 24-48 hours before party day to get your order in!

6. Harris Teeter

You can score a smash cake totally FREE with no purchase required at Harris Teeter! 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 cake on floor

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

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 or 3 days in advance if it’s for a weekend. Note that not all locations participate, so be sure to double-check by calling.

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 cake

10. Publix

When you order any cake that says “Happy 1st Birthday” on it, you can score a FREE 7″ single-layer round smash cake for your little one. The smash cake will be decorated to match your baby’s first birthday cake. Just make sure to order about 24 hours before you’d like to pick up your coordinating treats!

11. Stater Bros. Markets 

You’ll receive an 8” single-layer smash cake with any bakery purchase at Stater Bros. Markets. You’ll get to choose the cake flavor and it’ll be decorated with a pink or blue rose. Just be sure to bring any form of proof that your baby is turning one and order within 24 hours of pick up! Note that only locations with a full bakery are able to offer this freebie.

12. Stauffers of Kissel Hill

When you purchase a cake that’s a quarter sheet or larger, 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. If you opt just to have the smash cake made for your baby’s first birthday cake, you’ll pay just $7.99.

baby sitting in highchair eating white smash cake

13. Super Target

Any Super Target complete with a bakery (yes, those really do exist!) offers a FREE 4″ round smash cake with any purchase of a special-order round or sheet cake! You can fill out this form or go to your nearest location at least 48 hours before you’d like to pick it up. The smash cake will be decorated to match your baby’s first birthday cake and will come with the #1 iced top. Sweet!

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 your local 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 one cake per child. Make sure to call at least 24 hours before you plan to pick up your order.

baby eating chocolate and icing in highchair


15. Tops

If you live in Pennsylvania, Vermont, or New York and have a Tops market with a bakery near you, you can score a 5″ smash cake completely FREE! You’ll also get to totally customize it with your choice of yellow, chocolate, marble, or white cake finished with whipped or buttercream icing! Plus, you’ll get to choose whatever decorations you want!

Head to the customer service desk at your local store and show them your baby’s birth certificate and you’ll receive a coupon for your free smash cake! Just be sure to do this at least 24 hours before you plan to pick up your cake.

16. United Supermarkets

Some United Supermarkets locations complete with a bakery offer a FREE 5″ single-layer smash cake when you order an 8″ round or quarter-inch sheet cake (or larger) for your baby’s first birthday. Just make sure to put in your order at least 24-48 hours before you plan to party.

17. Walmart 

When you place a bakery order for a half-sheet cake (or larger), you’ll score a FREE 6″ round smash cake in either white or chocolate cake at Walmarts with a bakery. Just make sure to place your order about a week in advance to ensure your cakes can be made on time.

18. Wegmans

Order a sheet cake for your one-year-old at Wegmans, and they’ll throw in a free cupcake with sprinkles! You’ll receive this free once you pick up your special order cake, just be sure to call ahead to confirm your location participates.

All of these places offer legit freebies on your birthday!

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 8+ years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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  1. Sarah

    Thanks for this list!! I tried to turn mine into Harris Teeterand they told me they don’t have that program anymore :/

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome! Sorry to hear that, Sarah. Glad this list is helpful! ❤️

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