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Sweeten Your Child's First Birthday: Where to Score a Free Smash Cake!

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Are you getting ready to celebrate your baby’s first birthday? Then you’re probably already thinking about where to buy a smash cake. And here’s the best part — you can get a free smash cake for your little one. That’s right, we found tons of grocery stores who offer these cakes free of charge (or with a minimum purchase), and I’m here to share all the sugary details.

So get ready to celebrate your baby’s special day without breaking the bank — and with an extra dose of sweetness. Here are all the places you can get a free smash cake across the U.S.

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What is a smash cake?

A baby sticking his face into a small birthday cake

Smash cakes are custom cakes made for your little one to enjoy, eat, and most importantly, smash their hands (or face) into! Basically, it’s a cake without any rules or restrictions (the best kind of cake, in my opinion).

Typically, smash cakes are round, layered cakes about four to six inches wide. This makes them the perfect size for your little one to gobble up and make a mess with!

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18 Places That’ll Give You a Free Smash Cake:

A baby digging into a cake with their hands

If you’re interested in getting a free smash cake, below are 18 places to check out. It’s always a good idea to verify the details with the stores mentioned below, as policies may differ between locations.

Some stores may require you to make a minimum purchase or a bakery purchase to qualify for the freebie. Before placing any order, you’ll want to confirm that the freebie deal is still available.

1. Albertsons Market

To get your hands on a free smash cake at Albertsons Market, all you have to do is order a quarter-sheet cake or larger. This will give you enough cake to feed about 16 – 24 people. And the cherry on top? You’ll receive a free 5-inch, double-layer smash cake for your little one’s special day. Just remember to place your order at least one day before the day you need it.

2. Festival Foods

You can order a personal-sized smash cake separately for $5.99, or get it for free when you order a quarter-sheet cake or larger from Festival Foods. When ordering, just select the box marked “Free with Cake” and choose your preferred cake flavor. The baby cake comes with the same decorations as pictured, so you don’t have to worry about a thing!

3. Fred Meyer

At your local Fred Meyer store, you can get a free smash cake for your baby! All you have to do is purchase a sheet cake, and the smash cake is on the house.

4. Giant Eagle

If you’re looking for a free smash cake for your baby’s first birthday, consider visiting your local Giant Eagle store. They offer a 5-inch round, single-layer cake for free with the purchase of a quarter-sheet cake priced at $19.99 or higher. Just remember, to qualify for this deal, the cake must include the words “Happy 1st Birthday” on it. It’s important to note that you can’t add this offer when ordering online. To take advantage of this deal, you need to call at least 24 hours in advance to have it added to your order.

5. Giant Food Stores

When you purchase a quarter-sheet cake or larger at Giant Food Stores, you can get a free 7-inch, single-layer smash cake! Just give the store a call at least 24 hours in advance to place your order.

6. Kowalski’s Markets

If you spend $9.99 or more at Kowalski’s, you’ll get a free 5-inch, single-layer smash cake. You can choose pink or blue icing, and they’ll decorate it with yummy buttercream frosting. When you check out, the discount gets applied automatically.

7. Lund’s & Byerly’s

Celebrate your little one’s big day with a free smash cake from Lunds & Byerlys. Just purchase a 7-inch, double-layer decorated cake or larger, and mention that it’s your baby’s first birthday when you place the order for the additional cake. Do this at least three days before the event and your little one will get to enjoy a personalized smash cake that’s all their own!

8. Price Chopper

When you order a birthday cake from Price Chopper that’s at least a quarter-inch sheet or larger, you can get a free 6-inch smash cake. Just make sure that the cake says “Happy Birthday” and that you order at least 24 hours in advance.

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9. Publix

When you order an 8-inch round or quarter-inch sheet cake from the Publix Bakery that says “Happy 1st Birthday” on it, you can score a free 7-inch, 2-layer, round smash cake. Just make sure you order about 24 hours before you’d like to pick up your treats.

10. Shaw’s

Get a free 5-inch smash cake at Shaw’s when you plan ahead and order 24 hours in advance. Enjoy this sweet deal without any additional cost!

11. Stauffers of Kissel Hill

When you order a quarter-sheet cake or larger from Stauffers of Kissel Hill, you can get a free 5-inch, single-layer smash cake for your baby! Place your order 48 hours before the celebration. The smash cake is available for $5.99 if ordered separately.

12. Super Target

Target offers a free smash cake with the purchase of a special order cake. Fill out a form and take it to the bakery to redeem. Check with your local Target to confirm that they’ll honor this deal.

13. Thrifty Foods

Thrifty Foods‘ bakery offers a free 8-inch by 12-inch first birthday cake in pink, blue, or green. Orders can be placed by phone or in store, but you’ll have to show your baby’s birth certificate when you pick it up. Their offer is valid for one cake per child, and you must call at least 24 hours in advance.

14. Tops Market

At any Tops Market store location with a bakery, get a free 5-inch smash cake when you show your baby’s birth certificate! Choose from yellow, chocolate, marble, or white cake, then whipped or buttercream icing. You can also pick the decorations of your choice! Just order at least 24 hours in advance.

15. United Supermarkets

At United Supermarkets, get a free 5-inch, single-layer smash cake when you order a quarter-inch sheet cake or larger for your baby’s first birthday. Be sure to claim your freebie at least 24 hours in advance.

16. Walmart

Get a free 6-inch round smash cake in white or chocolate from Walmart when you place a bakery order of $14.98 or more. The smash cake can even be decorated to match your larger cake. Just remember to order at least 24 hours in advance to claim your free cake.

17. Wegmans

Order a sheet cake for your baby at Wegmans and you might receive a free cupcake! Contact your local store to confirm the offer.

18. Winn Dixie

At Winn Dixie, you can get a free cake for your baby’s first birthday by spending $15 in the bakery. The free cake includes a 5-inch, double-layer round cake with traditional buttercream icing. Ask a Bakery Associate for more details about the offer.

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