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Star-Themed First Birthday Party Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes with Lavender Buttercream

A classic vanilla cake recipe, gussied up with lavender buttercream and gold sprinkles for a perfect Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star first birthday.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
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


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



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a muffin pan with 12 liners.
  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 to 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 and gel food coloring and beat until incorporated.
  15. Frosting should be thick but still spreadable.
  16. To frost cupcakes, either spread frosting on each cupcake with a knife or put it in a ziplock bag with the corner snipped off and pipe onto each cupcake.
  17. Decorate with sprinkles.