Find Out Which 20 Stores Offer Free Smash Cakes for Your Baby’s 1st Birthday Celebration!

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Searching for “free smash cakes near me?” Here’s where to get a free smash cake for your baby’s first birthday!

baby boy sitting in highchair with smash cake and party decorations

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; some don’t require a purchase!

woman holding cake in front of baby in highchair

What is a smash cake?

A smash cake is a small-sized cake 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):

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

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1. Albertsons Market

We spoke to Albertsons Market, and you can score a FREE smash cake when you place a minimum bakery order of at least a quarter sheet cake or 8″ round. If your bakery is unfamiliar with the policy, we recommend you contact guest services, who can help you score the deal.

2. Barnes & Noble

You can score a FREE birthday treat from the Barnes & Noble Café during your kiddo’s birthday week! Simply sign up for their FREE Barnes & Noble Rewards program to receive your reward 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!

3. Festival Foods

Receive a FREE baby cake when ordering a quarter-inch or larger sheet cake. When ordering, click the “Free with Cake” box to get the deal. You’ll get to choose the flavor of the cake, too!

4. FredMeyer

Until October 16, You’ll receive a free 6″ smash cake when you place an order for any bakery sheet cake at FredMeyer (valued at $19.99). 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.

girl wearing white dress touching icing

5. Giant Eagle

You can score a smash cake along with your sheet cake order from Giant Eagle. Place an order by phone or online. When placing an order online, mention in the comments section that you want a smash cake for your baby’s first birthday. Giant Eagle will be in touch with you shortly for details!

6. Giant Food Stores

With a quarter-inch sheet cake or larger purchase, 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!

7. The Fresh Market 

It’s not technically a smash cake, but The Fresh Market gives away a FREE slice to customers on their birthdays. To snag one for your celebration, visit The Fresh Market website and create a free account to join their Ultimate Loyalty Experience program

8. 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 in to 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!

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9. 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.

10. Lund’s and Byerly’s

Purchase a 7-inch double-layer decorated cake or larger 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 72 hours in advance. Note that not all locations participate, so be sure to double-check by calling.

11. Mariano’s

Hosting a birthday for your little one? Order a quarter-inch sheet cake or 8″ double layer or larger at Mariano’s. You’ll score a FREE 5″ single layer smash cake in chocolate or yellow for the baby that is decorated to look similar to the cake you’ll serve your guests. Mention this offer at check out to ensure you get the deal.

baby boy putting hands into cake

12. Price Chopper

We gave Price Chopper a call to confirm 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.

13. 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!

14. Stauffers of Kissel Hill

We spoke to Stauffers who confirmed that you can score a FREE chocolate or vanilla smash cake for your little one when you place an order of $30 or more! Orders must be placed within 48 hours or more before your celebration.

baby sitting in highchair eating white smash cake

15. Super Target

Any Super Target complete with a bakery (yes, those really do exist!) offers a FREE 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!

16. 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.

17. Tops

If you live in Pennsylvania, Vermont, or New York and have a Tops market with a bakery near you, you can score a smash cake completely FREE! We confirmed this is still a policy for 2024!

Head to the customer service desk at your local store and show them your baby’s birth certificate to 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.

baby eating chocolate and icing in highchair

18. United Supermarkets

Some United Supermarkets locations, complete with a bakery, offer a FREE smash cake when you place a minimum bakery order of at least a quarter sheet cake or 8″ round cake. When we initially called the bakery, we spoke to a newer employee unfamiliar with the policy, so we contacted guest services, who confirmed the policy was still in place and helped us score the deal!

19. Walmart 

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

20. Winn-Dixie

Place an order of $15 or more at the bakery, and you’ll score a free 5″ double-layer round smash cake with buttercream icing for your baby. Ask your local Winn-Dixie Bakery Associate for more details!

All of these places offer legit freebies on your birthday!

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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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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