If you’ve checked out Pinterest, or any popular food blogs lately you will know that ombre cakes have been all of the rage. Whether it’s for a wedding, birthday or bridal shower it seems that everyone is opting for this stunning choice of cake over regular cake and it’s not hard to see why. Normally the best part about cutting into a cake is getting to eat it but with ombre you have the added bonus of seeing beautiful layers of stacked cakes in the most delicate pastel shades.
Ombre cakes have paved their way and they’re not going anywhere any time soon. So next time you have a big occasion coming up why not whip up an ombre cake to dazzle all of your guests. You’ll be surprised at how simple and easy it is!
To begin with you’ll need to make a vanilla cake batter. (You”ll have to use vanilla because the light colored batter will hold on to the color you dye it.)
If you don’t have a boxed mix you like to use you can use our go to recipe for vanilla cake which is:
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1.5 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
Begin by mixing your flour, baking powder, soda, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together well to make sure that everything is combined.
In a small saucepan over medium heat combine your water and sugar until the sugar dissolves. It should take around 1 minute. After taking your pan off the heat add in the butter until it has melted. Let it cool in the fridge for about 20 minutes and then add your vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and eggs one at a time making sure to whisk them well. Now comes the fun part!
Divide your batter into three different bowls. Each bowl represents a shade in the ombre cake. Use a food coloring in the color of your choice (we recommend red for a pastel pink cake!). In your first bowl add in 2 – 3 drops of food coloring. In the second add in 1 drop, and in the third bowl add in a half drop of coloring.
Now mix the coloring well to get the shade desired in each bowl. Feel free to add more or less food coloring depending on your color preference. Now transport each bowl of batter to a greased baking pan. If you don’t have three different (equal sized) pans then you will have to make your cake in batches.
Bake the cake for 25 – 30 minutes and then let it cool completely on a cooling rack.
Once all three of your cakes have been cooked and cooled shave off the tops to ensure that they are completely flat. Spread a layer of frosting between each layer of cake and stack on top of one another.
Frost the outside and serve on a cake platter. Get ready for a look of awe and amazement on the face of your guests when you cut into this masterpiece!