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Pink ombre cake

This is only the second cake I have ever frosted, so I think this recipe will be super helpful for beginners! This cake looks very pretty and you can pick any colour for it. I chose pink because the person I was making it for loved pink, but I can imagine it would look amazing in shades of blue or orange. The limit is your imagination!


First of all, make sure you have a reliable vanilla cake recipe as your base and choose your colour! You’ll want to make three cake layers and colour each a different shade of the main colour, light to dark. I used some food colouring drops to control the colour. When I baked the layers I used two lots of cake mix. One I split into two batches and coloured one batch the lightest pink and the other the darkest shade of pink. For the second cake mix I used it as the main section and coloured it a medium shade. Bake each of the cake batches according to the recipe directions. Let the cakes cool for 20-30 minutes, you want them to be 100% cool otherwise they will break when moving and stacking.

To put the cake together make two batches of frosting, one for the foundation and the other batch to be coloured for the outside. I used buttercream frosting, the butter works great to make a strong frosting, even better when refrigerated. For the first batch of frosting, make the frosting with less milk so the consistency is less silky.


Now that the cakes have cooled, trim the tops to level them and place the darkest shade on a plate or base. Spread a thin layer of frosting on top and place the second cake layer bottom facing up. Spread another layer of frosting and place the lightest cake layer bottom side up on top. Pipe some frosting around and on top of the cake.


Grab a frosting spatula and smooth all that frosting around. This is the crumb coat that helps trap the cake crumbs on this layer of frosting instead of on the outer layer. Put the cake in the fridge for 20 minutes to harden up. While you’re waiting for the cake, colour the second batch of frosting.


You can make as many shades of colour as you like but I recommend four, including the original colour of frosting. Separate the batch of frosting into four bowls and colour three, one very light pink, one slightly darker and the third darker still. Be careful when colouring, only use one drop at a time.

When the cake has hardened up it’s time to decorate! Using the original colour, frost the cake top and around the top of the sides. Using the next shade frost a little bit lower and repeat with the next shades, using the darkest for the bottom sides of the cake.


Pink ombre cake
Bake 2 batches of vanilla cake and split into three. Dye each layer a shade of your chosen colour, light, medium and dark.

Let the cakes cool at least 20 minutes and trim the tops to level them.

Foundation frosting
– 6 cups icing (powdered) sugar
– 1 tsp vanilla essence
– 2 tbs milk
– 1 1/2 cups butter, unsalted

Decorating frosting
– 6 cups icing (powdered) sugar
– 1 tsp vanilla essence
– 4 tbs milk
– 1 1/4 cups butter, unsalted
– food dye drops

Method (the same for both batches):
Beat the butter in a large mixing bowl until lighter and creamy. Add 2 cups of sugar and beat until combined. Add one tbs milk and more icing (powdered) sugar and beat until creamy. Repeat until the milk and sugar is used up and thoroughly combined.

Separate the decorating frosting batch into four bowls and add 1 drop of food dye to one bowl, 2-3 drops to the second bowl and 3-4 drops to the fourth bowl, mixing each thoroughly.

Putting the cake together
Layer each of the cakes on top of each other, lightest to darkest with a layer of frosting between. Pipe the foundation frosting around and on top of the cakes and spread evenly.

Put the cakes in the fridge to harden for 20-30 minutes.

Spread the original frosting colour on top of the cake and around the top sides. Spread the second shade around the sides under the original colour. Spread the third shade and then the fourth, darkest shade around the cake.


* I made this cake for a friend and then was asked to make another for her friend. I varied it a little bit by adding ribbon and was also asked to write happy birthday.




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