Ombré cake

Ombré cake

17 ratings

Susanne, strategy consultant and weekend cook


„This cake is a wonderful choice for celebrations like birthday parties, baby or bridal showers, and bachelorette parties.“

Difficulty

Medium 👍
75
min.
Preparation
30
min.
Baking
0
min.
Resting

Ingredients

Servings:-12+
500 g
all-purpose flour
4 tsp
baking powder
1¼ tsp
salt (divided)
600 g
butter (divided)
4
eggs
500 g
sugar
4 tsp
vanilla extract (divided)
440 ml
whole milk (divided)
600 g
powdered sugar
¾ kg
fondant (dyed pink)
pink food coloring for dyeing
butter for greasing
flour for dusting
powdered sugar for dusting
Metric
Imperial
  • 500 g all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1¼ tsp salt (divided)
  • 600 g butter (divided)
  • 4  eggs
  • 500 g sugar
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract (divided)
  • 440 ml whole milk (divided)
  • 600 g powdered sugar
  • ¾ kg fondant (dyed pink)
  • pink food coloring for dyeing
  • butter for greasing
  • flour for dusting
  • powdered sugar for dusting

Utensils

  • bench scraper or fondant smoother
  • 4 cake pans (20-cm/8-inch)
  • offset spatula
  • paring knife
  • cooling rack
  • sewing needle or pin
  • mixing bowls
  • cake board (20-cm/8-inch)
  • whisk
  • parchment paper
  • rubber spatula
  • stand mixer or hand mixer with beaters
  • rolling pin

Enjoy with

Rooibos tea
A suitable tea for children that can be enjoyed hot or cold. Its flavors are often reminiscent of vanilla, so it harmonizes very well with the cake.

Nutrition per serving

Cal
1169
Protein
9g
Fat
45g
Carb
181g

Step 1/9

Set butter and eggs out to reach room temperature. Preheat oven to 175°C/350°F. Butter cake pans, line bottoms with parchment paper, and dust with flour, tapping out excess. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside. Cream some of the butter and sugar until smooth, then add eggs one at a time, beating well after each.
  • 500 all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 350 butter
  • 500 sugar
  • flour for dusting
  • butter for greasing
  • mixing bowl
  • 4 cake pans (20-cm/8-inch)
  • parchment paper
  • rubber spatula
  • stand mixer or hand mixer with beaters

Set butter and eggs out to reach room temperature. Preheat oven to 175°C/350°F. Butter cake pans, line bottoms with parchment paper, and dust with flour, tapping out excess. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside. Cream some of the butter and sugar until smooth, then add eggs one at a time, beating well after each.

Step 2/9

Stir in some of the vanilla and continue to beat for another couple of minutes until light and fluffy.
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract

Stir in some of the vanilla and continue to beat for another couple of minutes until light and fluffy.

Step 3/9

Add flour mixture to butter mixture in thirds, alternating with some of the milk, until all is combined.
  • 350 ml whole milk

Add flour mixture to butter mixture in thirds, alternating with some of the milk, until all is combined.

Step 4/9

To dye cake layers, divide batter evenly among four bowls. Tint each bowl a different hue by gradually increasing number of drop of food coloring you add to each bowl. Transfer batter to cake pans. Bake cakes for approx. 20 – 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of cakes comes out clean. Let cakes cool in pans for approx. 10 minutes before turning them out to cool completely on cooling rack.
  • pink food coloring for dyeing
  • cooling rack
  • 4 mixing bowls

To dye cake layers, divide batter evenly among four bowls. Tint each bowl a different hue by gradually increasing number of drop of food coloring you add to each bowl. Transfer batter to cake pans. Bake cakes for approx. 20 – 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of cakes comes out clean. Let cakes cool in pans for approx. 10 minutes before turning them out to cool completely on cooling rack.

Step 5/9

To make buttercream, beat sugar and butter on low speed until combined, then increase speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy. Add some of the milk, vanilla, and salt, and mix for another minute or two. If buttercream is too stiff, add a little milk; if it’s too loose, add a little more sugar. When cakes are cool, level them by slicing a thin, even layer of off of their tops. Dab some buttercream onto center of cake board and place darkest cake on top of it. Spread even layer of buttercream over the cake, then place next lightest cake on top. Continue this way until lightest cake is on top. Stick cake in refrigerator to chill for at least 15 minutes.
  • 250 butter
  • 600 powdered sugar
  • 90 ml whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • cake board (20-cm/8-inch)
  • serrated knife

To make buttercream, beat sugar and butter on low speed until combined, then increase speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy. Add some of the milk, vanilla, and salt, and mix for another minute or two. If buttercream is too stiff, add a little milk; if it’s too loose, add a little more sugar. When cakes are cool, level them by slicing a thin, even layer of off of their tops. Dab some buttercream onto center of cake board and place darkest cake on top of it. Spread even layer of buttercream over the cake, then place next lightest cake on top. Continue this way until lightest cake is on top. Stick cake in refrigerator to chill for at least 15 minutes.

Step 6/9

When cake is chilled, coat outside with remaining buttercream, reserving a small amount if you’d like to write on cake later. Refrigerate for approx. 15 minutes.
  • offset spatula

When cake is chilled, coat outside with remaining buttercream, reserving a small amount if you’d like to write on cake later. Refrigerate for approx. 15 minutes.

Step 7/9

Dust work surface and fondant with powdered sugar and knead until satiny and smooth, dusting more powdered sugar onto work surface as needed. Roll fondant evenly until it is at least the diameter of cake plus two times the height. Use a sewing needle or pin to deflate any air bubbles. Trim excess.
  • ¾ kg fondant (dyed pink)
  • powdered sugar
  • sewing needle or pin
  • rolling pin

Dust work surface and fondant with powdered sugar and knead until satiny and smooth, dusting more powdered sugar onto work surface as needed. Roll fondant evenly until it is at least the diameter of cake plus two times the height. Use a sewing needle or pin to deflate any air bubbles. Trim excess.

Step 8/9

Drape fondant over rolling pin and transfer it over cake, making sure it covers all sides with plenty of overhang. Remove pleats from fondant by lifting fondant up and smoothing it along sides of cake all the way around. Use a sharp paring knife to trim off excess fondant up to about 1.25-cm or ½-inch from bottom of the cake. Use a bench scraper, fondant smoother, or your hands to smooth fondant down toward bottom seam, gently pressing fondant down onto cake board. Trim fondant a bit closer to cake this time, but not all the way to the seam. Continue to smooth fondant down and remove any air bubbles. For final trim, cut the fondant at a 45-degree angle, pulling out any excess away from the board.
  • bench scraper or fondant smoother
  • paring knife or dough cutter

Drape fondant over rolling pin and transfer it over cake, making sure it covers all sides with plenty of overhang. Remove pleats from fondant by lifting fondant up and smoothing it along sides of cake all the way around. Use a sharp paring knife to trim off excess fondant up to about 1.25-cm or ½-inch from bottom of the cake. Use a bench scraper, fondant smoother, or your hands to smooth fondant down toward bottom seam, gently pressing fondant down onto cake board. Trim fondant a bit closer to cake this time, but not all the way to the seam. Continue to smooth fondant down and remove any air bubbles. For final trim, cut the fondant at a 45-degree angle, pulling out any excess away from the board.

Step 9/9

Transfer cake to serving plate, finish decorating it as you prefer, and enjoy!

Transfer cake to serving plate, finish decorating it as you prefer, and enjoy!