For Archers first birthday I got to make him a smash cake. Free rein on colours, so I decided to make it as sunny and bright as the birthday boy himself. A yellow and orange ombre smash cake it was. I love adding liberal amounts of buttercream on smash cakes so they can get nice and messy! Also pictured here is one of the monster stuffies I made for Archer’s first birthday which were from the design of his baby shower invitations.
I started by crumb coating the cake with regular swiss meringue buttercream. Then I tinted the whole bowl with a little yellow. Pipped on a few dots of colour in the centre then added a little more colour. I just added colour to the whole bowl instead of making lots of bowls of colours because I knew it would work out with my colour scheme. So I just kept building up the coloured dots as I went along, I did about two rows for each addition. Then once the whole cake was covered in buttercream in the ombre colour effect, I used a pallet knife to smooth it out and add texture in a kind of messy rustic way. You can also see that I went ahead and used vanilla bean paste in this buttercream which I normally wouldn’t do because you can see the little black specs, but I love the taste and thought it added a bit of that rustic feel.
The smash cake photo shoot was priceless and oh so cute!
Photo by Livia Supplie