As Mother’s Day is fast approaching I thought I would try my hand at a pink ombre cake. I bought some vintage 7″ baking pans recently and I’ve been anxious to try them out. A cake for Mother’s Day seemed the perfect excuse to get baking.
I must confess for this recipe I used two butter cake packet mixes. Sometimes when you are time poor it is the only way. And plus I always know they cook perfectly. If I’m making a cake for a special occasion they are always a safe bet because I usually don’t have enough time to do another one so it saves me the stress but just use whatever cake mix you like.
I combined the two mixes in a mixing bowl and separated them into three pans. The vintage ones I bought are 7″ but you could use 6″ or 8″ pans too. Mine took about 25 mins to cook through.
They rose a little high so I cut of the tops off to even them out.
I made a double batch of Buttercream Frosting and stacked them together using a little of the frosting between each layer. Then with some more frosting I covered the entire cake (or crumb coated). Then put the cake in the fridge or freezer until it has firmed up.
I then tinted about a cup full of frosting dark pink and spread some around the bottom of the cake.
With the left over dark pink frosting I added some of the white frosting so it was a bit lighter. I then spread some of this lighter colour around the cake on top of the dark colour.
With the left over lighter pink frosting I added some more white frosting to make it even lighter. I then spread some of this lighter colour around the cake.
Again with the left over lightest pink frosting I added some more white frosting until it was just tinted pink and spread it all over the top of the cake.
Using an offset spatula or ruler I evened out the frosting until it was smooth and the colours had just blended together.
To decorate I piped some buttercream flowers and put them on top with some edible pearls in the centre. (I will do a post on piping flowers another time) Might be a bit long to put it all on the one post.
Hope you like this little cake. I think it would be perfect for Mother’s Day, a birthday or baby shower.