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Lavender Gold Smash Cake

Lavender and Gold Ombre Smash Cake

A classic vanilla smash cake, gussied up with lavender buttercream and gold sprinkles for a perfect Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star first birthday. You will need two small, round pans (4-6 inches in diameter) and an offset spatula for this smash cake.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 1 happy baby
Author Amanda



  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup 2 sticks butter
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • 1/2 cup one stick butter, softened
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4-6 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • purple gel food coloring
  • gold sprinkles



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease and flour both pans.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
  5. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  6. Stir in the milk until batter is smooth.
  7. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.
  8. Bake 20-25 minutes. Cupcakes are done when they spring back to the touch.
  9. Cool completely.
  10. To make buttercream, beat butter in a stand mixer.
  11. Add powdered sugar, a half cup at a time.
  12. Add milk when mixture is too thick.
  13. If mixture is too thin, add more powdered sugar.
  14. Add vanilla.
  15. Divide frosting into three bowls.
  16. Using a toothpick, add varying amounts of lavender gel food coloring to each bowl. (i.e. one swipe for the first bowl, two swipes to the second bowl, and three swipes to the third bowl).
  17. Mix all bowls until incorporated.
  18. Frosting should be thick but still spreadable.
  19. To frost cake, start with the lightest frosting on the top. Frost cake with an offset spatula, smoothing the frosting down the sides. In the middle, frost with the medium shade, and at the bottom, frost with the darkest shade. Use the spatula to smooth frosting for an ombre effect.
  20. Decorate with sprinkles.

Recipe Notes

To made the 1 stencil, print out a large, bold one and cut it out. Cardstock is easier. After the frosting on the cake has set up a bit, center the cut out on the top and shake sprinkles into the cut out. Press down lightly to adhere the sprinkles and make sure to lift it up straight up and carefully.