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    • Green Ombre Cake

      filed under: Surprise Inside Cakes on March 12, 2014

      Back in 2010, I made a green ombre cake (although I called it a graduated layer cake because I didn’t know the word ‘ombre’ existed and it was before the trend started). I happen to think this version is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or for anyone who loves the color green!

      Ombre Cake

      Ombre Cake

      Wouldn’t you know, it’s one of my post popular posts to this day.  So today I am offering up a new and improved model.  The same general idea, but slightly better photography.

      I also switched things up and used McCormick Green Food Coloring.

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      Ombre Layer Cake

      How to Make a Green Ombre Cake

      I made one white cake recipe (you can certainly use a box mix here!) and divided it into six bowls.

      The first bowl I left plain, the second I used 2-3 drops, the third was 4-5 drops, the fourth was 1/4 teaspoon, the fifth was 1/2 teaspoon, and the sixth was about 1 teaspoon. (I just poured out the rest of the bottle.)  However, McCormick has this amazing Green Tinting Guide that is the perfect way to know exactly what colors you are making!

      McCormick Green Tinting Guide

      I love this great chart!  You really can’t go wrong when it’s laid out so simply and beautifully.

      How to Make an Ombre Cake

       

      It should look roughly like this after you have added food coloring and thoroughly mixed the coloring into the cake batter.

      I then poured the batter into prepared 6-inch round cake pans.  I only have three, so I baked the cakes three at a time for about 18 minutes at 350°F.  Be sure to start checking your cakes at 15 minutes and remove when an inserted toothpick is removed mostly clean.

      Naked Ombre Cake

       

      After the cakes have cooked and cooled, I stack them on my cake stand.  Start with the darkest layer, and cover it in about 1/4 cup of white frosting. (This buttercream recipe works well because it is so white)

      Place the next darkest layer on top and add more frosting.  Repeat until you have stacked every layer and be sure to end with the white layer on top.

      Cover the cake in a crumb coat of buttercream, chill for about 30 minutes in the fridge, and then cover in a final smooth coat of buttercream.

      Ombre Cake with Sprinkles

       

      For the outside decoration, I pressed three different color green sprinkles into the upper edge of the cake.  I tried to get the darkest color at the very edge, then the medium green in the middle, then a lightest green trickling down a bit.

      A nod to the ombre interior.

      Ombre Cake Recipe

      PRO TIP:

      Do you ever want to get really clean cuts when presenting a cake?  Here is my trick.

      VERY chilled cake.  VERY hot knife.

      I will freeze my cake for at least 2 hours before serving.  I will then place a very sharp knife into a glass of boiling water.  Remove the knife, wipe dry and make your first cut, then dip back into the boiling water to clean and re-heat.

      Green Ombre Cake

      When the cake is kept chilled it also decreases the chances of color bleeding.

      Don’t you love fun tips that make our lives easier???

      Green Ombre Layer Cake

      This cake is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.  Wouldn’t it be fun covered in rainbow sprinkles??

      It was an absolute delight to create this Green Ombre Cake with McCormick. Thank you so, so much for supporting the brands that support this blog. I only work with the best, and am thankful that McCormick is willing to partner with me! <3

       

      Green Ombre Cake!

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    • If I were to used boxed cake mix (I’m pretty lazy), how many boxes do you think I would need to use to make this cake? Thanks!

        In the directions it says this:

        I made one white cake recipe (you can certainly use a box mix here!) and divided it into six bowls.

        The first bowl I left plain, the second I used 2-3 drops, the third was 4-5 drops, the fourth was 1/4 teaspoon, the fifth was 1/2 teaspoon, and the sixth was about 1 teaspoon. (I just poured out the rest of the bottle.) However, McCormick has this amazing Green Tinting Guide that is the perfect way to know exactly what colors you are making!

    • Take note, they are 6 inch layers!! I ran to the store in the middle of mixing and could not find them, If making regular 9 inch layers you are going to need a lot more cake mix.

    • Hello
      I would like to know what brand and colors you used for the sprinkles ?
      Thanks

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    • A question about freezing/cutting: do you freeze it, cut it, put it on plates and thaw to have the plates ready for people to eat later? We are having people over for dinner, so I am wondering about the logistics of when to freeze, cut, etc to avoid a frozen cake. Serving on plates ahead of time seems funny though.
      Looks delicious and beautiful though!

    • Thank you so much for this wonderful idea. It was perfect for the Baby Shower /SPD party we are having tomorrow!!

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