An Ombre Cake is perfect when you want a showstopping dessert. Cut into this beautiful cake to discover a gradient of colorful blue sheet cake layers frosted with an irresistible buttercream. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or other special occasion, this ombre cake is an utterly delicious way to feed a crowd.
When your guests want dessert, this cake delivers. The recipe is super-sized to feed a crowd. It calls for 3 boxes of vanilla cake mix, and we’ve added in a few extra ingredients to make it even better. Don’t be surprised by the amount of buttermilk and eggs in the recipe—it’s the moistest, fluffiest cake you’ll ever sink your fork into.
The Perfect Ombre Layers
Combine all the ingredients in a GoodCook 7 Qt Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl, large enough to handle a recipe of this big. After mixing up the batter, divide it equally among three mixing bowls. We use GoodCook Touch 5 Qt Mixing Bowls with a non-slip base and spout for pouring.
This recipe calls for gel food coloring to tint the batter. It’s more concentrated than liquid food coloring, so take care not to add too much. One bowl of batter will need to be tinted the deepest shade of blue. Add two drops of blue gel coloring. The second bowl of batter will need to be tinted a medium shade of blue. Add just one drop of gel coloring. The third bowl of batter is the lightest shade of blue. Dip the tip of a toothpick in the food coloring gel and use a small amount to tint the batter a very light shade of blue.
The cakes bake up one at a time in a Sweet Creations Textured Nonstick Oblong 18-inch Cake Pan. This is a fairly deep pan, so the batter will appear to be spread thin. Don’t worry—it bakes up fluffy and rises perfectly. Start by baking up the darkest blue cake first. Set the baked cake on a GoodCook Cooling Rack and bake the medium blue bake batter in the Sweet Creations Textured Nonstick Oblong 18-inch Cake Pan. Repeat with the lightest blue batter.
As the cakes are cooling, prepare the frosting. Whip softened butter with electric beaters or in a stand-up mixer, adding vanilla in at the end. Start adding in powdered sugar one cup at a time. Adjust the sweetness to your liking, adding more powdered sugar by the cup if it’s not sweet enough. For a silky smooth texture, add milk, one teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
Use a GoodCook Touch Spatula Spreader to spread an even layer of frosting on top of the deepest blue cake layer. This will be the bottom layer. Carefully place the medium blue colored cake on top of the frosted layer. Spread buttercream on top of this layer. Repeat with the lightest blue shade cake layer, which is the top-most layer, then frost the sides of the cake.
We added swirls of frosting around the top of the cake for a professional look. Scoop frosting into an OodleTip Decorating Bag with a star tip. Snip the top with scissors, leaving a medium-sized opening, and pipe decorative swirls. Dispose of the bag when finished—there’s no mess and no fuss with the OodleTip Decorating Bag. Add your favorite sprinkles for festive color and get ready to celebrate!
Get the Tools
With the GoodCook line of bakeware, this gorgeous ombre cake will be the star of the party. Grab a GoodCook 7 Qt Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl, a GoodCook Touch 5 Qt Mixing Bowl and a GoodCook Mixing Spoon to get started. This sheet cake bakes up perfectly in the Sweet Creations Textured Nonstick Oblong 18-inch Cake Pan and is frosted with a GoodCook Touch Spatula Spreader. Are you ready for a gorgeous party cake?
Bake & Share
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Ombre Layer Cake
- 3 box cake mix (white)
- 1 cup oil
- 12 eggs
- 3 cup buttermilk
- 3 tbsp vanilla extract
- Gel food coloring (1 color)
- 8 sticks salted butter
- 4 tbsp vanilla extract
- 8 cups powdered sugar
- 1-1 1/3 cup of milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl combine cake mix, oil, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Divide into three portions and add a toothpick sized amount of food coloring to the first portion. In the second portion, add one small drop of food coloring. In the third, two drops. Stir well and adjust the color as desired. Separately bake each batch of batter in a Sweet Creations Textured Nonstick Oblong 18-inch Cake Pan for 10-12 minutes. Before baking, batter will appear spread thin in cake pan, but will rise.
Prepare the cake:
Stack each layer with a thin coat of frosting, starting with the darkest colored layer. Frost with buttercream, and add swirls of frosting around cake with a medium-large sized star tip. Decorate with sprinkles, and add a message in the center if desired.
For the frosting:
For the frosting, place butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer and beat until creamy. Beat in vanilla and milk. Sprinkle in powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well and scraping sides of bowl often. Continue to add powdered sugar until desired texture and sweetness is reached.