Ombre Cake

My daughter just recently celebrated her 8th birthday with this Ombre Cake.  One thing I have always tried to do to make my kids birthdays special is to bake them their very own birthday cake.  Now, this has not always happened.  Sometimes they are happy with a store bought cake…and that is okay.  But when I can, I always prefer to make them a good old fashioned homemade cake just like my mom did for us on our birthdays.


I am always on the search for the perfect birthday cake.  So with the recent popularity of Ombre and my new found love of Rosette Cakes, I decided to make her an Ombre cake.  And since my daughter loves the color pink…the choice was simple.

Cake Flags 2

The cake is actually pretty easy to make in comparison to a lot of other cakes I have attempted.  And the frosting rosettes are not too difficult if you have the right frosting tip and buttercream frosting recipe.

Ombre-Cake 1

I used our favorite White Cake Recipe and separated the batter into three mixing bowls.  I added one red of red food coloring to make the lightest pink cake layer and then added a couple more to the other layers to get the medium pink color and the dark pink color.  Then I baked the pink batter in three different 8-inch, round baking pans by following the directions on the recipe.

Ombre-Cake 3

To see how I made the frosting rosettes you can find that information on my Neapolitan Rosette Cake post.  For the Buttercream Frosting I used you can find that link to I am Baker where I got the recipe, on the same Rosette Cake post.

Rosette Cake

And since I know many of you will ask…the milk bottle is simply a Starbucks bottle.  I used some to make these Labeled Bath Jars and saved a couple for fun drink bottles.

Rosette Layer Cake

The cake tastes pretty darn good.  Who doesn’t love a good birthday cake?  What do you do at your house to make the birthday girl/boy feel special?


  1. says

    Holy gorgeous! It’s just so beautiful. I try to make my children’s birthday cakes memorable as well. Sometimes they are memorable because they don’t look so fantastic, but they’re memorable.

    • says

      Yes you can.You can use baking spray to coat pan but old faihnosed crisco and flour work the same.You may also use some of the dry cake mix to dust your pan and you will not have that white on your cake. It has been my experience to lower the baking degrees by 25 so that the cake does not burn on sides.

  2. kathieh9 says

    i’d like the recipe please!, also i notice the texture of the cake layers are somewhat coarser, just wondering why?..looks delish!!

  3. says

    What a beautiful cake! My MIL also makes each of us the cake of our choice and I always like to come up with new recipes she’s never made. She and I both enjoy it. I will definitely have to remember this one.

  4. Lisa says

    So pretty! I searched your website for the Rosette Cake post, but didn’t find one with instructions for making the rosettes. Could you add a link, please? Thanks!

      • says

        Yeah. Sorry Lisa. I copied I am Baker’s rosette tutorial to make them. She did a great job explaining so I sent everyone to her site for the instructions!

  5. Meghan says

    Hi there!! This cake looks wonderful! I’m going to make it for my next child’s birthday party!! I wanted to see if you could possibly direct me to the buttercream frosting recipe? The link did not work and lead me to a page that said not found/no longer available?? I appreciate it :)

  6. says

    I cant seem to get the link for the buttercream frosting to work. My daughter’s birthday is coming up and I would LOVE to make this cake for her! She’ll be surprised! I was thinking of using the frosting from the rainbow cake, but I don’t believe that it will hold up the rosette shape. Please Help!! :) Thank you! I love your web cite. I’ve been following it for almost four years now! Thank you for all of your fun ideas.

  7. AMANDA says

    i love, love, love the fact that you are the only other person online that has made their ombre cake with the darkest color on top!!! i kept looking at all these cakes and thinking “doesn’t it make more sense for the darker color to be on top?” or am i wrong?? lol…anyway i’m making a yellow one for my grandmother’s bday next week and had already planned to put the darkest color on the top! THANKS!

    • says

      You can NOT bake in just any glass tray. Make sure it’s oven (heat) proof glass. Fire King, Anchor Hocking and Pyrex all make heat proof glass cooking and bwarkaee.If you use a glass tray that’s not oven proof, you’ll have a huge mess in your oven when it breaks. My neighbor found out the hard way when she put a pretty glass tray of cookies in her oven to keep them warm. She had the temperature set real low, but the tray shattered after a few minutes.Not all glass is heat proof!

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