How To: Ombré Cake

Ombre Cake // Becca Bakes (www.becca-bakes.com)

My life has been incredibly busy lately. I started a new job that requires 10 hour days and a minimum 1 hour commute on either end. Yeesh! I'm struggling to find the balance between work, sleep, eat, and bake. Luckily, a catering order this past week allowed for scheduled baking session that left me with leftover vanilla cake batter. As I stared down at a rainbow of gel colors splayed across the counter top, I got the idea to try out the ombré technique. It was fast, easy, and looked beautiful. I'm definitely going to put this in my back pocket full of cake technique tricks (what? you don't have one of those?) In conclusion, I spent my Friday night making cupcakes, a mini ombré cake, cleaning the kitchen, and then swiftly passing out at 9:45pm. It's all a balance. Nailed it.

But really. I am so thrilled to be posting an Ombré Cake this week because I've been waiting to test out the technique for ages. My Pinterest board, Cake Crushes, has so many beautiful ones on there like this amazing purple floral ombré cake. To me, the ombré look is subtlety stunning. It can give an all white cake the pop of color that it needs to stand out without looking gaudy or gimmicky. Try covering the whole cake in white frosting and watching people's faces when they cut the first piece and see how awesome it looks!

Ombre Cake // Becca Bakes (www.becca-bakes.com)
Ombre Cake // Becca Bakes (www.becca-bakes.com)

Ombre Cake
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Ingredients

  • -1/2 recipe for vanilla cake
  • -1 container of food coloring gel, your choice for color (Wilton suggested)
  • -3 bowls/spoons
  • -3 four and a half inch cake pans
  • -3" circular cookie cutter
  • -1/2 cup vanilla frosting

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the 4.5" cake pans.
  2. Divide the vanilla cake batter into equal portions into each of the bowls
  3. In the first bowl, mix in only put a touch of the food coloring gel. Stir to uniformly combine; the color should be very pale.
  4. In the second bowl, double the amount of food coloring gel you mixed in to the first bowl. This color is your medium color. Note: If you mixed in too much, make it your darkest color and put less into the third bowl.
  5. Assuming you achieved a medium color, mix double the amount of food coloring gel you mixed into the second bowl into the third bowl. This should be very dark, it will lighten when it bakes.
  6. Place all three pans on a cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool completely before turning cakes out of their pans.
  8. Level off the tops with a serrated knife
  9. Use the 3" cookie cutter to cut out the centers of the cakes.
  10. Stack the cakes starting with dark at the bottom to light at the top
  11. Frost as desired, I used a basic vanilla frosting above.

photos by: Zac Wolf Photography