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Ombré Cake

ombre cake

Simple. Stylish. Easy!

Honestly, if you want a gorgeous cake that doesn't require fancy decorating skills, this ombré cake is the one for you!

Ombré has made its way into the party scene and is so on-trend right now.

In just a few quick steps, you can recreate this beauty that will leave your guests ooh-ing and aah-ing.

Use the technique I describe below to change the colors for any given theme or taste.

Aqua and sea foam green would be awesome for a beach or under the sea party.

Shades of pink or purple would be adorable for Valentine's day, or orange for Halloween.

For St. Patty's Day, you could use green, or be bold and blend the colors of the rainbow!

You get the idea.

Get creative and have fun with it!

How to Make an Ombré Cake

You'll Need:

  • Two 8-inch cake layers, baked, cooled and leveled
  • Buttercream frosting (double the recipe)
  • Red and yellow food coloring (just the plain coloring that you find at the grocery store)

Ombré Cake Instructions:

  • Place one cake layer on the cake stand of your choice. Spread an even layer of frosting on top of the cake; top with the second cake layer.
  • Apply a crumb coat to the entire cake. This is simply a thin layer of frosting that blocks the cake crumbs from appearing in your finished cake design. Spread the frosting along the sides of the cake and then the top, trying to keep it as smooth and even as possible. The frosting will be thin in spots...that okay. Let the frosting set for about 15 minutes.
  • crumb coat

  • While the frosting is setting, add 1 cup of frosting to each of three bowls. Add food coloring to each bowl using the calculations in the photo below. Feel free to play with the concentrations to get different shades, just remember to always start with the lightest shade, working your way to the darkest.
  • how to make an ombre cake

  • Using a small spatula, apply the frosting, one color at a time, onto the cake. Start with the darkest color around the bottom third, then the mid-tone around the middle third, and then the lightest tone on the top third. You can decide whether you would like the top of the cake to match your lightest color, or if you would like it to be white. I went with the color.
  • ombre cake

  • This is where the magic's time to blend the colors! Place the tip of a rounded spreading knife at an angle at the base of your cake. Gently spin your cake, keeping even pressure on the knife. Continue spinning, moving the knife up a level every time you make your way all around the cake. Don't worry about getting it perfect...the variations give the cake a raw, rustic look. Use the same spinning technique for the top of the cake. If there are any "lumps" of frosting in your ridges, you can gently lift them away with the edge of your knife.The finished result will be beautifully blended colors like this:
  • ombre cake

  • That's all there is to it! Easy, right? And so pretty! Top with the topper of your choice. I made this topper out of scrapbook paper and drink stirrers. Fresh flowers would be gorgeous, too. Enjoy!

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