Sunday, June 17, 2012

Adventures in Cake Decorating: Green Ombre Cake

I took a Wilton basic decorating class a few months ago at Joanns and I really enjoyed it.  I may take more in the future, but for now I'll practice the basics until I get better.

If you have seen my 'cake inspiration' board on pinterest, you'll know I love ruffles, petals and ombre!  The latest pin is a Pastel Swirl Cake from Sweetapolita.  She has a great video tutorial on how to make this beautiful cake here.  I had the weekend off and decided to try and make this same cake but use an ombre effect.  It was perfect timing for father's day. My sister had to work, so I made a cake for her husband for her.

I started by baking a dark chocolate cake in two 8" rounds.  I used my favorite cake box mix.  While the cakes baked and cooled I made two batches of American Buttercream and split them into three batches.  I decided to go with the color green and used leaf green gel coloring to get the colors I wanted.


I did a quick crumb coat with the lightest color.  It looks like mint chip ice cream.  I let it sit in the fridge for about half an hour to set.  I love baking but I hate washing dishes, so during my "wait time" I'll wash dishes right after or I'll never get to them.

The cake cooled and I used the technique from the Sweetapolita video tutorial to start frosting the second layer.


I love the green pastel colors.  I did a quick thick coat and smoothed it out.  It looked great but I wanted it to have a bit more texture.  I have a cake comb and used it to add some texture to the cake.


I liked the added texture on the cake because it adds depth to the color.  My niece and I made a quick banner to put on top of the cake and she wanted to add blue sprinkles to make the green pop out.

I need to work a bit more on my frosting technique, but I'm happy with my first ombre cake!

Happy Father's Day!

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