Smash Cake

What the holy hell? Well, vision and reality weren’t lining up, so I decided to shoot it as a “deconstructed” cake. Often times I so enjoy the photography, almost as much as the baking, but yesterday—not so much. The result is an expression of my frustration.

Deconstructed Cake

Let’s get this out of the way, the cake is incredibly good. And yes, while it may seem like a waste to take a mallet to a cake. It wasn’t. I still have some broken blocks I’ll be snacking on for the next few days.

I don’t know if any other bloggers go through this, but damn the photography portion can be so frustrating. This was one of those moments, so instead of pushing through I decided to smash it up with a mallet and shoot it as self-expression. And who can be criticized or critiqued poorly for that, right?

Anyhow, since the recipe is solid, I’ll be posting it and the not-so-great pictures tomorrow. Forgive me, because for now, I’m just too tired to write a proper recipe post.

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    Miriam @ Overtime Cook — January 14, 2013 @ 6:35 am

    I totally know this feeling Naomi. Sometimes a shot comes together in minutes, and sometimes it just won’t work…this looks delicious, even if the pictures weren’t to your liking!

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    abby @ thingsforboys — January 14, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    I know exactly how you feel! I think the mallet is very appropriate. I would love to take a mallet to some of the photos I try to take sometimes!

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    Rebecca @ Pavlova's Dog — January 14, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    I’m just starting out with photography so my frustrations are partly through my own ignorance, but OMG Scotland in Winter with a South-facing kitchen window? I get light from 2:30-3pm, and that’s about it. And only if I put whatever I’ve made on the floor, in front of the French doors, and shout at my dog the entire time to stay away and please not eat this cake which is tantalisingly within her grasp.

    This is such a cool photo though, and the cake looks pretty great – dark chocolate Devil’s Food with a strawberry/raspberry Swiss Buttercream? I wouldn’t say no.

    Oh! My last blog post was very heavily inspired by you. I’ve linked your page to it etc. but just thought I should let you know :).

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — January 14, 2013 @ 8:30 am

    I LOVE THIS!!!! Girl. I know. Totally!!! how you feel! I have days where everything works and it’s glorious and great. And then I have days where nothing works and I literally want to chuck cookies or brussels sprouts across the room at the wall because nothing I do to them or the ‘scene’ is getting things to where they should be. I need to just do what you did!

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    Ala — January 14, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    Now you really need to send this to your local modern art museum, get paid a bundle, and use that money to buy yourself a well-deserved cruise to Hawaii. Love the boldness–as Christian Siriano would say…”fierce!”

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    Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations — January 14, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    Hahaha…you crack me up Naomi. But I totally understand. To be honest, photography is not a favorite part of food blogging for me. I think it has to do with my obsessive perfectionism. I know I don’t have a fancy camera and the best skills, so I know beforehand it won’t be as good as other blogger’s pictures. So I dread it before I even get started.
    But the more I learn about photography the better things get. It kind of encouraging for me to see an amazing photographer like you have those days too :)

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    ste — January 14, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    Ah ah so lovely with you, i know how you feel it’s frustrating isn’t it? but you see… art comes only when there is a real expression of feelings behind it,like in this picture you can feel -see your disappointment which is much better than having a cold perfect pictr! This is art for me :)

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    Amanda — January 14, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    I totally get your photography bit. Absolute. Headache.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 14, 2013 @ 11:26 am

    Ahhh love this! I want to smash a cake now!

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    Ermioni — January 14, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    I love this photo shoot!
    And I wouldn’t have any problem at all eating this deconstructed cake!
    Looking forward to the recipe as well!
    Have a great day!

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    The Frosted Vegan — January 14, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

    Kudos to you for being real! Sometimes photos don’t go as planned, when in doubt, smash a cake : )

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    Leslie — January 14, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    Ohhhhh yes. I know this feeling allllll tooo well.
    Sometime I feel like throwing my camera and the food right out the window!

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    Lisa Mantchev — January 14, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

    Understand this feeling all too well… but I will tell you that 1) that looks delicious and 2) that could make for a Very Fun Kids Party, letting them mallet the birthday cake! :)

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    Regan Martin — January 14, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    There’s nothing wrong with this pic! Looks like a fun party, to me! :o)

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — January 14, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

    Yes. We all go through this. I was nearly there yesterday but I don’ think smashing up my soup bowls and wine glasses would have ended well. Cake, however, is perfect all smashed up. It’s still beautiful!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 14, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

    I love the smash!

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    Elizabeth - SugarHero! — January 14, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    I have so been there! I actually feel this way more often than not. It’s so frustrating to have an idea of what you want your photographs to look like, and to be unable to realize the vision. Maybe I should keep a mallet handy more often!

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    Yael Even — January 14, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

    Huge, just huge!! Love it……

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    Aikko @ Bake Happy — January 14, 2013 @ 6:03 pm

    I totally get the feeling Naomi! Sometimes, the cake/cupcake is great but come photoshoot time, it just isn’t working! I love how you deconstructed the cake by the way! Well done! :)

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    Traci — January 14, 2013 @ 6:14 pm

    This post made me appreciate this blog even more. It also made me feel better about my own caketastrophes and life in general. Thank you.

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    • Naomi replied: — January 14th, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

      Traci-I love that term caketastrophes! We all have them. :)

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    Lisa @hoopla palooza — January 14, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

    HAHAHA this is funny Naomi! especially since i pretty much eat my screen with all your deliciousness you make. my latest post was the worst one i made in my opinion which is why this made me giggle, what i wrote is what i wanted to smash with a mallet too-it’s nice to know i’m not alone! :)

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    glasgefluester — January 14, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

    Naomi,

    this just shows, what a genius you are!
    How great must one be to shoot such a beautiful pic of a totally trashed cake?!?
    Thank you for sharing this! And besides- can´t wait for the recipe :-)
    Hugs from germany

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 14, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

    Oh I love this so much!! It speaks volumes. And yes we all have these moments, just maybe not with an actual mallet ;)

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    Michelle DuPuis — January 14, 2013 @ 11:17 pm

    Reminds me of the scene in Office Space where they take the old office printer out to a field and smash it to pieces with a baseball bat. Sometimes destruction can feel soooo satisfying. That said, if you served this to me, I would gladly dig in. Somehow seeing the insides of this cake make me want it even more!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — January 15, 2013 @ 12:33 am

    What a gorgeous disaster is what this is!!

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    Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats — January 15, 2013 @ 12:57 am

    Oh Naomi! I definitely can relate to this moment too. I recently made some awesome bars and wanted to share it on my blog. Low and behold, while I was adjusting the props while trying to photography my bars, I accidentally pushed the tray off the table and they were all gone :(. One big mess and left me having to clean off some choco stains. That is just one of many bad days I had. Well, here’s hoping that you will have a fantabulous week of baking! ♥ Jo

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    Sarah — January 15, 2013 @ 12:59 am

    I absolutely go through this. The Photography can be INCREDIBLY FRUSTRATING. so smash a cake, why the hell not.

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    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking — January 15, 2013 @ 2:27 am

    I know this feeling, it happens way to often. I wish photography and styling would come natural to me but what it seems like an easy job it takes me forever :(

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    shannon @ a periodic table — January 15, 2013 @ 4:09 am

    other bloggers go through this. I find that some days, there just refuse to be any decent photos, and somehow the thing i made completely transforms itself into something lesser on screen. Full-size cakes, pies, and any sort of white or pale food is the worst for me.

    I would love to smash the hell out of a cake. It looks gorgeous anyway, and it caught my attention, especially because I always want to do this.

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    Stef — January 15, 2013 @ 5:22 am

    That’s the down side of cakes. If it were cupcakes, you could have smashed one to get out your frustration and still had the rest to photograph another time. It’s crazy isn’t it how some days a shoot just doesn’t seem to work and other times it takes one shot and it’s perfect. Gotta tell you though.. I’d eat that smash cake in a second!

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    Karen Runnels — January 15, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    Naomi, a few years ago I got the idea to create a fun children’s birthday cake called “Smash Cake.” I never actually got beyond visualizing the idea, but it looked exactly like your deconstructed cake. I see that one of your commenters even saw the potential for your Smash Cake to be a fun children’s birthday cake idea! Like minds, eh?! I think this is a winning concept for kids parties! Children would love smashing the cake!

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    marla — January 15, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

    I think it’s a great idea to take a mallet to a cake. How fun for a party!!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — January 16, 2013 @ 12:10 am

    This looks like the most fun anyone could ever have with a cake! Smash away and then eat away.

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    Katie | The Hill Country Cook — January 16, 2013 @ 3:55 am

    PURE BRILLIANCE! You spoke (and did) what I feel all the time but am too afraid to do. Absolutely spoke right to my heart. :) I’m doing this someday, and crediting you.

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    Lora — January 20, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

    I think the result was a fabulous picture.

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    Ali — January 20, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

    I am new to your blog, and I can’t wait to get started with your recipes! I just wanted to tell you how much I love your food photography. Especially this shot. Genius. :)

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    • Naomi replied: — January 21st, 2013 @ 6:08 pm

      Ali-Welcome and thank you for the kind compliment.

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    Katherine {eggton} — January 23, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

    This is by far my favorite post of any food blog in a while. It’s perfect. Just the way it is. :)

    I made foccacia the other day. Naomi, I wish you could have seen what it did in the oven. It poofed up ten inches high in the middle. Like a volcano. Like effing Mt. Vesuvius. Needless to say, it did not make the blog cut. Like soooo many other things, right?! Oy.

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    Shirley — March 4, 2013 @ 3:37 am

    This is beautiful!! I think every food blogger out there can empathize with your frustration, yet this totally still looks appetizing. I’d hang it on a wall. But grab one of those spoons first.

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    Kristi @ Cherry Jasmine — March 5, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

    You are SO not alone in the photography frustration department! If I could only have back those countless hours I spent trying to make a photo work, I’d have an entire extra lifetime to live! :-) The cake looks smashing by the way! Yum. Deconstructed or not, it looks tasty!

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    Melissa — August 28, 2013 @ 7:01 pm

    Well, you even make a frustrating photo shoot look great! I sometimes dread doing the photography…some days because the lighting just won’t cooperate, but mostly I just think everything is much more delicious than it looks through a camera lens…

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