First birthdays usually involve cake and many times, it’s their first taste of sugar! One year olds tend to fall into the category of no interest or going ham.
For the one year olds that really don’t want to get their hands dirty with this substance they’ve never seen before, I keep puffs on hand. I’ll put them on top of the cake (and photoshop them out if needed) because they are familiar with puffs and will go for the cake that way.
If it’s a one year old that gets one taste of sugar and NEEDS. IT. ALL. I just need to move fast. Usually they will have fist fulls of cake and get it all over their body in about 30 seconds. By that time the frosting on their skin starts to get irritating and they are over it!
Little Miss Isla was a combination of both! She was timid around the cake, but then once she got into it, it was the face plant for her.