In just a few easy easy steps, learn how to frost an ombré cake with whipped cream or buttercream.
Being a baker, I love experimenting a lot in the kitchen. I love colourful frostings and even though decorating cakes is not my forte, I still love doing it. I feel like its almost therapeutic! One trend that I absolutely wanted to try out was this Ombre frosting. I love colour gradients and dreamy transitions and I love how the shades of colour merge into each other once they’re frosted onto the cake. And this trick, is also my favourite because its fairly simple to make!
To start, all you need is:
- A cake base of your choice (preferably 2-3 layers)
- Liquid/gel food color of your choice
- Frosting out your choice.
Step 1: Start by cutting your cake in 2-3 layers and then crumb coat it. Keep it in the refrigerator and let it cool. The cooling will help your crumb coat stay intact once you load it with more frosting. While this is sitting in the refrigerator, prep your frosting. I used whipped cream for this cake but buttercream goes really well on ombre cakes.
Step 2: Divide your frosting equally into 3 bowls. Choose your favourite colour and add it to each bowl. To create that graduation of color increase the amount added with each bowl. Bowl 1, has no color. Bowl 2, has three drops. Bowl 3, has Five-Six drops, of liquid food colour. Remember, gel food collars are a lot more concentrated so you won’t need as much. Mix the colours with the frosting.
Step 3: Transfer each color to the piping bags and refrigerate for a bit. To frost your cake and create an ombre effect start from the bottom by piping rings of the frosting around the cake. Start by piping the darkest colour on the bottom, lighter above it and the lightest colour on top. Once you’ve covered the cake with the colours, begin to smoothen it using an off-set spatula. Don’t forget to wipe-rinse and dry your spatula between the layers so that the frosting doesn’t mix together.
And there you have your pretty looking ombré cake ready. You now don’t need to sacrifice flavour for looks.