Party On

A creative way to ask them to join your day | Photography and styling by Gerard + Belevender
Smash Cakes Detroit “Bridesmaid” custom cakes
Smash Cakes Detroit “Bridesmaid” custom cakes, $65 each.

THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY you choose to stand by your side on your wedding day are there for a reason — they are your biggest cheerleaders, your shoulders to cry on when planning gets stressful, and the people who will bend over backward to make sure you have the wedding of your dreams. When it’s time to ask them to be part of your wedding party, why not go above and beyond to show them how much they mean to you?

With a custom creation from Smash Cakes Detroit, you can do just that. Founded in 2020 by Elyse Finnegan and Nicole Jaber, the nouveau pinata concept offers custom “cakes” made of gourmet chocolate hardened in hollow molds and then filled with anything from candy to gift cards, notes, lottery tickets, sonograms, and even cash.

“There are so many creative angles we can take with these cakes, the possibilities are endless and can be created for almost any occasion,” Finnegan says. “Our most memorable cake was a smash cake version of a two-tier classic wedding cake filled with $250 in singles — such an awesome way to show up to a wedding and have them smash open their present rather than opening up an envelope.”

If you prefer to fill your cake with something delicious, consider choosing one of your friend’s favorite treats (options include Starbursts, Skittles, Hershey’s Kisses, and so much more) and adding a sweet note asking them to be part of your big day.

Smash cakes are currently available for local pick-up and delivery only, and prices start at $25 per cake. For more information or to place an order, visit or email