Pink Ombre Swirl Cake

I’ve recently been fixated on the beauty of graduated layers of color, also called ombre.  From ribbon, to curtains, fashion, and of course cakes I’ve been seeing gorgeous ombre colors all over the place!  Several months ago I saw a beautiful cake from Call Me Cupcake, and shortly after saw a gorgeous ruffled cake by Fondant Flinger.  I wanted to merge the ideas a bit, and wanted a way to include some great texture on the outside of the cake, without creating time consuming fondant ruffles.  I remembered I am baker’s gorgeous rose cake, and thought a smaller version of the rose-like swirls could be the perfect finishing touch!

Here is my pretty, pink, swirly cake!

Directions ~

For the cake, I doubled my Perfect Vanilla Cupcake recipe.
The cake above is a 6″ cake,  and I reserved a little batter for a few vanilla cupcakes.  You could certainly do this cake as an 8″ cake.  For an 8″ cake I would suggest multiplying the recipe by 3 (if using my recipe linked above) if you want a nice tall cake.  Of course you are welcome to use any other vanilla cake recipe, or a box mix.

I divided the batter as evenly as possible between 5 bowls, coloring the darkest layer first, and working from that color as a guide.  I used Americolor gels in soft pink, electric pink, and a bit of electric purple (in just the darkest layer).  Add the batter to prepared cake pans (greased and floured, and lined on the bottom with parchment paper).  Also, you probably don’t have 5 matching cake pans (nor do I), so you’ll have to bake the layers separately (hopefully you have at least 2 matching pans).  Bake and fully cool the cakes.

Prepare a batch of American Buttercream Frosting.  Again, I made a 6″ cake, so for an 8″ cake, I would suggest multiplying the recipe by 1.5.  I divided the frosting between four bowls, one bowl with a bit more than the others (the one that will be the lightest color, because it’s used for the top as well as one row of swirls).  I colored the frosting with Americolor soft pink and a little electric pink (for just the darkest color). Also, reserve a small amount of frosting (maybe 1 cup) in the mixing bowl, to use between the layers, and to very thinly frost the outside (crumb coat).

Assembly ~
Layer the cakes, darkest on the bottom, frost with a very thin layer of icing between each layer.  Because I didn’t want too much frosting between the layers (to detract from the colors of the cake), I brushed each layer of cake with warmed cherry jam (most any flavor you like could be used).  You could also use a simple syrup, orange juice, or omit this step.  Frost the outside of the cake with a thin layer of frosting.  Smooth as well as you can (I use an offset spatula), but it doesn’t need to be perfect.  Place the entire cake in the freezer about 10 minutes for the icing to set, and the whole cake will firm up (making it much easier to decorate).

Prepare a piping bag with a #21 Wilton tip (a moderate sized open star).  This is the tip I used, but other open star tips could also work.  Fill piping bag with the darkest color icing.  Remove cake from freezer, and start along the bottom of the cake, creating rows of swirls.  For each swirl, start in the center of the ”rose” shape and pipe in a spiral around the center, about 1 1/2 rotations.  Continue along the bottom of the cake, creating rose-like swirls.  Repeat with remaining colors of icing.  You may find that there will be some areas in each row that don’t get fully covered, to fill in the little empty spaces just squeeze in some icing, in a curved shape (like a ”C”) to mimic the rest of the swirls a bit.  For the top of the cake (shown below) I used a combination of swirls and some “C” curves for a looser, wavy effect.

Once fully frosted, store the in the refrigerator until ready to serve.  Serve with milk, or coffee to accompany the pure sweetness of this cake.

I would love to see some of you try this in other colors… yellows to orange, shades of lavender, or light turquoise to teal… oh I made need to make another one soon!  What colors will you try?

Happy baking!

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265 Responses to “Pink Ombre Swirl Cake”

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    Jennifer — August 28, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    This cake is absolutely gorgeous! Your talent is truly amazing! Love watching your blog and the amazing cakes you post… -Jennifer

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    Lora — August 28, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    omg. Stunning delicious pinkness.

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    Lark (SparkyLarky)@ Lark's Country Heart — August 28, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I love this! It is so DIVINE!!! You did an amazing job!

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    Denise — August 28, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! I'd love to see some instruction on how you actually make the swirls!

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    Carolyn Woods — August 28, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Beautiful! Love the colors! Frosting and cake, too cool!

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    Southern Pink Lemonade — August 28, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    What a beautiful cake! I absolutely love how the light to dark frosting matches the light to dark cake once you cut into it.

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    Glory/ Glorious Treats — August 28, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    @Denise- I explained how to make the swirls as best I could in the post.. make a swirl starting in the center, and circle around the center point about 1 1/2 times. It's the same general concept as the 'rose' cupcake I frosted in the video in this post, http://glorioustreats.blogspot.com/2011/08/cupcake-basics-how-to-frost-cupcakes.html
    Hope that helps!

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    Sue — August 28, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    This IS GLORIOUS! I'm pinning it!

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    Shabby Life — August 28, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    This is so gorgeous, I could cry! I really want a piece (or two!) right now!! I pinned these already lol…YUM!

    Lauralee

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    Joy Adams — August 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I love it. It is absolutely beautiful. It is the most girly cake ever. Love it, love it.

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    manda — August 28, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    This cake is very pretty, and I love pink! I love this cake.

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    Kristan — August 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Beautiful, Glory!!

    You know, I am LOVING the pink!! (is this cake for ME?!)

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    Giselle — August 28, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Beautiful cake….I'll have to try this.

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    A Blissful Nest — August 28, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Just had my little ones party last weekend that was based on the ombre theme. Your cake is stunning and would have been a perfect compliment!

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    So Domesticated — August 28, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Absolutely beautiful… love the gradations of color!

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    Vicki V @ blestnest.blogspot.com — August 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    You are amazing!

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    StardustStephanie — August 28, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    This cake is beautiful!!!

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — August 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    oh so pretty in pink!!! love it :)

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    Farmgirl Gourmet — August 28, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Holy Moly that is one awesome cake. Seriously…I am absolutely in L-O-V-E! Wonderful!

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    DreamgirlLisa — August 28, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    So pretty Glory! My favorite color too, just lovely :)

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    ButterYum — August 28, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    It's so perfect, it almost looks photoshopped. Stunning!

    :)
    ButterYum

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    Pat O'Donnell Kuhn — August 28, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    This is so pretty. I would like to try the lavender shades, I think that would be pretty also. I just don't know if I can get it looking anything like yours.

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    precious pie cookies — August 28, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Amazing!!!

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    Cecilia — August 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Gorgeous! I think this is my favorite thing you've created! Amazing! Put a piece in the freezer for me! Love you!
    ~Cecilia

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    Natasha — August 28, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    This cake is gorgeous……. and so pink!!!!!!
    I love – love – love it!!!!!1
    Natasha.

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    Shabby Life — August 28, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    May I share this on my blog? Please let me know either way :)

    Thanks!
    Lauralee
    http://shabbylife-shabbylife.blogspot.com/

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    Fifecat75 — August 28, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Well that takes the cake :)

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    Marcela — August 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    How beautiful! I did an ombré look in lavender, but only for the inside layers of the cake, and I left the outside in a pale shade of lavender. You can see it here: http://thecelebrationgirl.com/2011/06/22/lavender-ombre-cake/
    I will definitely try the ombré roses the next time!

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    Lisa Smiley — August 28, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    soo soo pretty inside and out! i want it! now! lovely, glory!

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    A To Zebra Celebrations — August 28, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Absolutely stunning!! LOVE!

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    Glory/ Glorious Treats — August 28, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Thank you so much for each sweet comment!!

    @Shabby Life- You are welcome to post one photo, as long as you include a link back to my site directly below the photo. Thanks!

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    What's for dessert? — August 28, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I have just one word – WOW!

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    Jeanette — August 28, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Glory, words cannot describe how AMAZING you are!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Cathe — August 28, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    You are very talented…I may try to attempt this, but I am not sure. You make it look easy.

    Cathe

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    Marianne & Clayton — August 29, 2011 at 1:04 am

    What a beautiful cake! I love how pretty it is on the inside too. I did this with a purple palette on a wedding cake last month, outside only though. (Sadly, it looks blue in my pictures.)

    http://auntannie.blogspot.com/2011/08/cakity-cake-cake-cake.html

    Also- I'm just blog for family, so please excuse the bad photography!

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    Bronnie — August 29, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Wow, wow and WOW!!!!!! Looks so beautiful. Can't wait to have a go!!!!

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    By Evy Photography — August 29, 2011 at 2:07 am

    This is fantastic – love it. Will have to try and re-create this. Got a smash the cake photoshoot for a little boy next week so might use that as my try.

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    Jordan - Polkadot Prints — August 29, 2011 at 2:33 am

    So pretty Glory! I can so see this is many colours!

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    Christine — August 29, 2011 at 2:38 am

    What an amazing cake! I love pink.

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    Lisa Lou — August 29, 2011 at 3:04 am

    This is STUNNING!!!! Truly a work of art!

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    Jeniffer Paxton — August 29, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Wow, this cake falls into the too, too gorgeous category!! Love it :)

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    Jennifer (Delicieux) — August 29, 2011 at 3:46 am

    Your cake truly is a work of art!! I love all the shades of pink both of the the cake and the frosting. You can see so much work has gone into this!!! It's so beautiful.

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    Andie @ Starts with Cupcakes — August 29, 2011 at 4:04 am

    I can't even imagine the time it must have taken you to make this cake – it's truely a work of art! And I bet it tasted amazing too. Totally envious of your talent. xx

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    Renata — August 29, 2011 at 4:26 am

    Oh WOW! That's what I call a beautiful cake! Love the soft colors and different shades of pink. Amazing!

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    Ronna — August 29, 2011 at 4:39 am

    This cake is just fabulous. Fantastic idea! I've got to try it myself now. Very inspiring blog…

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    Mrs A in the Cove — August 29, 2011 at 5:03 am

    Oh my Glory – you have outdone yourself here! Totally beautiful! You are so very very clever. Leanne xx

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    Maria — August 29, 2011 at 5:45 am

    What a beauty!! I'm speechless..!

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    Lulu London — August 29, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Gorgeous, Glory!!

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    Miss Tori — August 29, 2011 at 6:03 am

    I am definitely adding this to my list of cakes to try. Thank you for being such a great inspiration to many bakers/decorators!

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    Anonymous — August 29, 2011 at 6:18 am

    That cake is the most gorgeous I have ever seen. You are amazing.

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    Lisa Gundersen — August 29, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Pink Confection Perfection

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    janefilieo — August 29, 2011 at 6:52 am

    I landed on your blog through Facebook and MyCakeSchool and I am so glad I did. The cake is absolutely gorgeous and I will definitley try the vanilla cupcakes, but I was most impressed with your writing. The blog was well done, usually I get bored and drop off before the end. I was completely engaged and entertained. Loved the journey through pictures. Thank you

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    Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets — August 29, 2011 at 7:09 am

    This is soooo pretty! I love it =D

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    Nike@ChooseToThrive — August 29, 2011 at 7:30 am

    I saw this on TT&J;'s FB page and gasped out loud. This is so beautifully done! Your pictures rock and the styling is straight out of a magazine. Bravo, girl. Bravo.

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    Mona — August 29, 2011 at 7:58 am

    WOW!!!! All the words I am thinking of are taken in other comments LOL. WOW!!!

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    Jessica Farruggio — August 29, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Wow! It makes me so happy :) Beautiful cake!

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    Karyl — August 29, 2011 at 8:11 am

    gorgeous darling!

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    Linda — August 29, 2011 at 8:58 am

    This is SOO amazing! WOW! You left me speechless! Thanks for the mention btw :-)

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    Mrs. Mck's Cookie Co. — August 29, 2011 at 9:07 am

    The most prettiest cake I've ever seen. I wouldn't let anyone eat it, I would just sit and stare at it.

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    Marianne Glinvad Sørensen — August 29, 2011 at 9:12 am

    You are amazing! It's the most delicious cake I have ever seen.

    But I have one question, in how many days ahead can I make this cake? Is one day ok?

    Thanks for giving me so much inspiration.

    Marianne from Denmark

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    Karen — August 29, 2011 at 9:20 am

    This cake is beautiful! My daughter is having a birthday soon and this is the cake for her. Thanks!

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    Naia — August 29, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Glory YOU ARE SO TALENTED and inspiring! Always looking forward to checking your blog and there's always a cute lil surprise.

    Naia

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    Alison — August 29, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Absolutely beautiful! So glad I found your blog!

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    Chele — August 29, 2011 at 9:54 am

    That is one stunning cake. Love the colours, so much time and effort to get it right! Excellent job, as always ;0)

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    Andrea {From the Bookshelf} — August 29, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I think I cannot muster uch mre that WOWEEEEE! That is fabulous!

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    Kate — August 29, 2011 at 11:12 am

    i can't believe how adorable this is! love the swirls! you truly have talent!

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    Kelly — August 29, 2011 at 11:22 am

    This is just stunning. Really beautiful – I HAD to pin it. (The word "ombre" sort of makes me want to punch someone in the face (NOT YOU) because it's EVERYWHERE and kind of annoying, like the use of "bespoke" – there's just something about it.) But THIS?! I don't care what you call it, just call me over for a slice, 'cause it's GORGEOUS.

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    Gypsy Heart — August 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    You are incredibly talented! This cake is gorgeous. I "might" get enough nerve to try it one day. :-)

    Pat

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    Maegan — August 29, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Lovely!!

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    Denise — August 29, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Glory, thanks for responding so graciously to my stupid request for how to make the swirls. I was originally reading this post in my email which didn't show your entire post. I should have known you wouldn't leave us hanging like that! Denise

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    Laura — August 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    It's the perfect cake. Fabulous!!!

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    Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. — August 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Absolutely stunning! What a gorgeous cake! Love the ombre look!

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    ana {bluebirdkisses} — August 29, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    This cake looks amazing!

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    Joan — August 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Fall is my favorite time of year so my cake would be shades of oranges, reds! Oh and a Halloween cake too!!!!

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    K — August 29, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    this cake is sooo beautiful!!! I would hate to cut it : )

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    Rochie — August 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Great cake, I love it! Would have to make it blue or something but I do like the idea that someone said of a halloween cake.
    How do you make the thinner cakes flat? Do
    you cut the top off as my cake always have the bulge in them.

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    www.http://bakingjourneys.blogspot.com/ — August 29, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I ABSOLUTELY think this is one of the most beautiful cakes I've seen and certainly one for me mark as fav and for inspiration!

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    Brenda — August 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Such an inspiration! This is a MUST try! one day….

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    The Cookie Basket — August 29, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Wonder how this would do with a swiss meringue buttercream???? It wouldn't crust, but would be less sweet…

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — August 29, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!

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    Marianne — August 29, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Beautiful! Can't wait to try it!!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations.

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    Cecilie G — August 30, 2011 at 12:52 am

    It is so beautiful : ) I am defintily trying to make this cake for my daughter birthday.
    Thank you for all your beautful inspiration. I go to your blog every singel day : )

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    Monica — August 30, 2011 at 2:53 am

    This cake is just SOOOO pretty in pink!! I love how the colours graduate and I can't wait to try it out! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    Cristin (Pinkie) — August 30, 2011 at 9:18 am

    This cake is SO beautiful Glory and you know what's funny? I pinned this cake on my Pinterest board before I even knew that it was YOU that made it!!! LOVE it!

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    Michelle — August 30, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Stunning!!!!! This cake is the prettiest cake I have seen in awhile! Love the ombre look so much! I have to make this cake for my daughter's birthday in September! Thanks for sharing!

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    NanaBread — August 30, 2011 at 10:35 am

    That's easily the prettiest cake I've ever seen. Congrats, Glory. It's a masterpiece!

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    Pear Tree Greetings — August 30, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    What a beautiful and fun cake! I can envision so many gorgeous versions and color schemes for this. -Steph

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    Affection for Detail — August 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    You are a genius ;) I just did a post about ombre ruffle cakes. What a fabulous alternative to the fondant ruffles. Pretty sure this will be my daughter's 1st birthday cake!

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    kamoul — August 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    This is beautiful. You definitely Inspire me to bake more.

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    Joanna @ Southern Daisy — August 30, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    This looks amazingly beautiful! I'm definitely going to have to try this. I've never made an ombre cake before, but I think it's now a must!

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    The Procrastobaker — August 31, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Oh goodness, you are seriously skilled! This is just perffectttt. Seriously beautiful :)

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    Tummy Delites — August 31, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Hi Glory, U just make awesome cakes. I love the colours and the way u present them…They r simple and yet breath taking…. The shades of pink with rosetes is looking marvellous…

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    Lizzy — August 31, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Just stunning!!!

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    Ira — August 31, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Oh my god!! You are a baking goddess! Your baked goodies are indeed glorious!!! I have suddenly felt the urge of eating some – forgetting the cake was inside an lcd screen.

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    melanie savoca — August 31, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    This is the most gorgeous cake I've ever seen! This is my next baking mission. My last mission was making your vanilla cupcakes & cream cheese buttercream icing. They were the best cupcakes I've ever made!!! I am so glad I found your blog. You are my new "go-to" for amazing recipes. Thank you thank you thank you!

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    Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza) — September 1, 2011 at 5:19 am

    Breathtaking!!! Fabulous work!

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    Kim — September 1, 2011 at 5:40 am

    This is AMAZING! How long can you keep it in the fridge? I am going to attempt to make this as my daughter's smash cake for her 1st birthday and was wondering if I made it the day before if it would be ok in the fridge for a day?

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    Anonymous — September 1, 2011 at 6:03 am

    oh my goodness! beautiful. This is perfect for a little girl baby shower! Or dessert on a Thursday :)

    ~Shannon

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    Chic Homeschool Mama — September 1, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Oh that looks positively divine!!

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    Christine — September 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    CUTE!!

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    SweetSugarBelle — September 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I just have to tell you again…you are amazing. I cannot wrap my head around how you can take something and make it so beautiful! Excellent work. EXCELLENT. I cannot wait to see many many more!

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    tay and rara — September 2, 2011 at 3:37 am

    im making this cake for my daddy for fathers da but using blues instead of pinks and alsso doing strips instead of swirls (:

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    judith — September 2, 2011 at 5:08 am

    i'm a spanish girl. I love your work. Absolutely beautifil. Follow you.
    My blog is http://midulcemartina.blogspot.com/

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    Ana — September 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    One word: gorgeous.

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    Karen Tripp — September 2, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Once again AMAZING. Love how the pinks get darker:)

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    american girl in italy — September 3, 2011 at 9:47 am

    i am so in love with this cake! gorgeous!

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    Stacey Hall — September 3, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Absolute adoration. I had a little crush on this cake when I saw the picture on foodgawker but then I came to the post and fell in love when I saw the inside matched the out! Beautiful work.

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    Shannon — September 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    This is really lovely; well done.

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    Sandy@divaeatsworld.com — September 3, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Love this cake. It's so girly.

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    Peredita — September 4, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Beautiful cake! Makes me want to make one.

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    Manderley — September 5, 2011 at 9:04 am

    It's perfect. I dreams with to do this cake.

    Wonderful

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    Peggysuez — September 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    This is gorgeous! Found your site through a post on facebook and its funny, this is the best kind of 'eye candy' for me since I have to eat gluten free and cannot eat the real thing! But I still like to look!!!

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    Krissy's Creations — September 5, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Absolutely Beautiful!!!

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    Terry — September 6, 2011 at 3:57 am

    I love this cake and all the swirls…and the different colors…now I'm wondering if I have my cake pans or if I got rid of them. How fun to make one…wonderful directions and so pretty pictures….love your blog!

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    Ansley — September 6, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Truly amazing! Just beautiful… and inspiring!

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    Kim — September 7, 2011 at 11:15 am

    You have to checknout mynsisters blue ombre cake. It's has that beautiful Tiffany blue in it!!! It turned out great. http://ohidid.blogspot.com/2011/09/blue-ombre-cake.html

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    Danielle — September 8, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    This cake is beautiful!!!

    Consumed: My Culinary Adventure

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    eatmoresmores — September 9, 2011 at 8:27 am

    This is awesome! I hope I can recreate this for my daughter's birthday next year. She would love it.

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    Bluebell Woods — September 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    OMG that is one awesome cake. Its a work of art must have taken ages. How can you eat it. I bet that frosting is good.
    Janice

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    Debbie — September 11, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I made a less fabulous, but still pretty pinkalicious version of this cake this weekend. It was a huge hit. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Michelle — September 11, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Glory – it's beautiful!!!
    Michelle

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    Michelle — September 11, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Glory – it's beautiful!!!
    Michelle

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    Candace@craftysisters-nc — September 11, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    You are amazing! I love everything you do, the swirl cake is superb!

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    Lúlla — September 13, 2011 at 2:23 am

    This cake is breathtaking. I cant stop looking at it so I´m planing to make a yellow version of it for my daughters 1st birthday. But since it is a time consuming cake I want to make it a head of time and freeze it. Have you tried freezing this recipe?

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    Jen N. — September 13, 2011 at 8:23 am

    that? is AMAZING. am literally salivating. need cake now.

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    Glory/ Glorious Treats — September 13, 2011 at 9:40 am

    @Lulla- Yes, in fact the cake you see here was frozen, before I frosted it. I wrapped the individual layers in platic wrap, then a layer of foil, and froze them about 2 weeks before I had time to frost them. The cake was still delicious!

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    Sweetie Darling — September 14, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    I am going to try this cake for an order for a 60th birthday. Thank you so much for your post. I love love love your blog, especially your cream cheese frosting. Thanks so much. Please visit our new blog http://www.sweetiedarlingcakes.blogspot.com if you have time. We would love for you to stop by. :-)

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    Lúlla — September 15, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Thanks Glory :)

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    Labgoddess — September 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    What a beautiful cake! It's more like a piece of art than anything you'd eat. Lovely!

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    Renée — September 23, 2011 at 11:53 am

    LOVE this cake..
    just a comment to anyone wanting to make it larger than 6" tho.. I *doubled* the cupcake recipe and evenly divided it between five 8" pans.. and it is not going to be nearly tall enough.. :( I don't have time to redo it all so I will try to build it up with layers of buttercream, but each cake only baked to about just shy of 1/2 inch. :( Maybe I did something wrong.. Tho I'm pretty sure not.
    PS. grading the colors is also alot trickier than I expected! :) But hopefully it comes out…

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    Trish — September 29, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Wow! This is absolutely beautiful. Well done.

    Trish x

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    Tricia @ SweeterThanSweets — September 29, 2011 at 10:39 am

    This is beautiful! I found it on Pinterest and featured it today on my blog post about the ombre trend. Please stop by when you have a chance and feel free to grab a "featured on" button!

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    Anna — October 1, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Had the same problem as Reneé – even though I followed the recipe, it didn't get nearly tall enough. Either its picture illusions or the recipe doesn't match…

    But reaaally pretty though

    /Anna
    mysweetlittlebakingaddiction.blogspot.com

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    Glory/ Glorious Treats — October 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Cake size- The cake pictured is a 6" cake, if you want to make an 8" cake, I would suggest tripling the vanilla cupcake recipe if you want a five layer cake. I appologize, I am usually very clear with my directions, but for the life of me I can't remember if I doubled the recipe for this 6 inch cake. I may have, and then used some extra batter for a few cupcakes. I'll go adjust the directions now.

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    Kelly Marie McKee — October 6, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Unbelievably gorgeous cake!

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    Lee Ann — October 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Oh my, what a beautiful cake!!! :) :)
    Lee Ann
    Crochet…Gotta Love It!

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    DinosaurHiccup — October 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I tried my hand at this cake but a chocolate version. No where near as perfect as yours though :D

    http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn1/THEALMIGHTYTREE/chocolatecake.jpg

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    Anonymous — October 31, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Your cake is far more beautiful than either of the two places where you got your inspiration from. Stunning! And I am not even a fan of pink.

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    Sarah — November 17, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Making this in lavendar for my daughter's 2nd birthday on Sunday. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Ingrid — November 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    i just made a cupcake size one! did three different shade of pink cupcakes, sliced them, staked them and iced it like a cake and then topped with a butterfly – THANK YOU for inspiration

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    holly n — November 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    This is awesome..for my son's bday I am making him a cake with a whale on top. i think in blue this would kind of look like the sea.. I'm going to have to make a practice cake to see.

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    Laura Roth — December 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Made this in shades of blue for my son's birthday. Thank you so much for your inspiration and tips…love visiting your site weekly for great ideas! I linked your post/directions on my blog….hope that is okay?

    Laura R.
    http://roth-family.blogspot.com/2011/11/andrews-3rd-birthday-cake.html

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    theposhpaintbrush — December 12, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I made a yellow ombre cake just like this for my friend's shower! It was so fun! I saw this on pinterest and had to give it a shot. Thank you so much for the great idea!

    http://theposhpaintbrush.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/oh-baby-shower/

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    Paula Hardesty — January 1, 2012 at 10:21 am

    GORGEOUS!!!!

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    EricaJune — January 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    made the cake part in pink but i tried a ruffle frosting technique i had seen on another blog! https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/382927_2413133055118_1455030034_31949998_53080800_n.jpg

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    Texanerin — January 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I can't believe I just found you! All of your creations are works of art.

    Like everyone else has said, this cake is insanely beautiful. Even the way you cut the cake… wow.

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    Anonymous — January 18, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Wow this is just pefect… stunning really..
    I'll try to make it!!

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    Jennifer G — January 19, 2012 at 11:04 am

    You're so unbelievably good at making the prettiest things!!!!!

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    Julie 49er Fritz — January 22, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I am making this (attempting) right now! I keep looking at your creation, and keep shaking my head…If mine can only look half as good as yours! Here's to piping a beautiful cake! Thank you for being such an inspiration…

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    Jennifer — January 22, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    What a truly divine cake! I was going to do a ruffle cake for the daughter's 5th birthday party in 2 weeks, but after setting eyes on this delightful cake, I am absolutely inspired!

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    Ashley — January 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    This cake is beautiful!

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    Jill @ A Mom With A Lesson Plan — February 1, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    So, so very pretty!

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    Cami — February 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Classy! Am planning to attempt this for an upcoming birthday. Unless I missed it somewhere in the directions or comments, did you mention how long to bake the cakes at 350*F?

    The link to your perfect vanilla cupcake mentions baking them for 12-14 minutes, but that's for the cupcake version of your recipe.

    Sorry if I totally missed it! How many MINUTES at 350*F for the ombre swirl cake? Thank you!!

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    moviegirlinpasadena — February 7, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    absolutely cute!!

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    Glory/ Glorious Treats — February 7, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    @Cami- The baking time will depend greatly on what size pans you use and how much batter is in each pan. For 6 inch pans I would suggest 18-25 minutes. For 8 inch pans 20-30. Check for doneness with a toothpick.

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    Anonymous — February 10, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Such a beautiful, unique cake! Love your labor of love. I've been inspired to try to make this cake.
    ~Celle

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    Brandi — February 12, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    I've had this pinned for a week or so and finally got around to making a cake inspired by yours, I used colors almost exactly like yours, the only differences were my cake was heart shaped and I used a different icing tip to make the swirls look like roses. Thank you for such beautiful inspiration!

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    decocinasytacones — February 14, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I´m without words!!
    Love from the north of Spain
    Marialuisa

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    Anonymous — February 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    You said for an 8 inch cake, the recipe has to be tripled; what if I am using a 7 inch cake?

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    Laura D — February 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Hi Glory, this cake is absolutely gorgeous! I used your ideas to make a Rainbow Swirl Cake for my daughter's 5th birthday on the weekend. I used your Perfect Vanilla Cupcake recipe and Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting recipe. We had 50 guests so I made double batches of the cupcake recipe and baked 2 cakes at a time in 12 inch pans (pizza trays!) – 6 cakes in total coloured with food colour gel in different candy rainbow colours. I used 3 batches of the frosting recipe. It was a big hit, and easier than I thought it would be. Thanks for your fabulous inspiration. I hope these links work for you to see pics.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/21164052@N04/6906231337/in/photostream

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/21164052@N04/6906245581/in/photostream/

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    Anonymous — February 24, 2012 at 4:54 am

    I love this cake I'm using it for my b-day party but in teals. LOVE IT!!!

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    epicurean mommy — February 27, 2012 at 4:06 am

    As in WOW!! I love the aesthetics of this cake. looks delicious to! I would love to try this in other color spectrum. Good Job! =) love your site.

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    tammy — February 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I just made this in blue (more aqua, actually) for my daughter's 17th birthday party. It was a huge hit! Thanks for sharing.

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    Anonymous — February 28, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    What a wonderful cake. I'd like to do an 8 inch cake with 4 layers. What would you advise the temperature to be and for how long? Your feedback is greatly appreciated. I'd like to make the cake this Friday. :-)

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    BigLittle — March 5, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing your photos and recipe for this beautiful cake. My honey made it last weekend for our daughters first birthday party picnic in the park. We had a lovely day and everyone just raved about the cake. Although ours turned out looking quite different to yours, the idea was there! You can see pics of our cake here:
    http://biglittletales.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/birthday-baking.html

    Thanks again, Lisa x

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    Anonymous — March 6, 2012 at 8:23 am

    kto mi to na polski przetłumaczy? :D please xD

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    Karola — March 6, 2012 at 8:26 am

    bardzo bardzo bardzo mi sie podoba ten tort, ale sama sobie nie umiem go przetlumaczyc

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    Jeanee — March 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Hello! I featured your cake in my ombre cake roundup today!

    http://blog.shopdirtylaundry.com/posts/2012/3/6/106-too-cute-tuesday.html

    ENJOY :)

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    Kim — March 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Hello! I made a quick attempt of this cake, I love it. My brother wondered where the bottle of milk and funky straws were in my version :) I linked to you, and here is the post. Thanks so much, adore the cake and can't wait to try it again.

    http://atonefourteen.blogspot.ca/2012/03/pink-swirl-cake.html

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    Anonymous — April 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I could dive into this cake and have a contentment rarely known. It is beautiful and I hope I can make mine look as good as yours. Thank you for sharing. Yummy!

    Ollie B

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    Adelyn — April 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Hi glory,

    My pink ombre swirl cake was a hit! My friends loved it.

    I do have a question. To make buttermilk, I added the vinegar into fresh milk. After a while, i noticed it cuddled a little. While waiting for the different layers to take turns to bake, the ones unbaked batter became bubbly and frothy. Is that normal? It sounds like a Red Velvet cake where there is also vinegar, which needs to be baked very quickly after the vinegar is put in.

    So if the Vanilla cupcake batter is left outside for a good 15 minutes before baking,would it affect the texture or taste?

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    Glory/ Glorious Treats — April 15, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Adelyn- Yes, after you add the vinegar to the milk, the milk will appear curdled… that is what you want.
    The batter will be fine while one batch is baking. Sometimes I stir the batter just a bit before I put it in the pan for the second batch (or second layer).

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    Mary Ellen — April 17, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Did you use the regular American Buttercream recipe or accompany it with the cream cheese per the notes in the original buttercream recipe? I was wondering if the swirls would be as prominent with cream cheese buttercream vs. regular buttercream. Thanks in advance!

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    Holly — April 24, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    This is the most fabulous ombre cake I have ever seen!! Please make & post more! :)

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    Momma of 7 — April 28, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I just saw this on pinterest last week, amazing. Can't wait to make a lime green cake with purple icing for my daughters sixth birthday party tomorrow. Her favorite colors of course!

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    Anonymous — May 2, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Just wondering, if you were to use a box mix how many boxes would you suggest using? I'm making this cake for Mother's Day, and I've never made a cake from scratch so I'm a little afraid to experiment. My guess is 3, but I'm not sure.

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    The Cake Flake — June 10, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I really love this cake. I was taking a decorating class and burned out on endless borders and flowers. Seeing your cake reminded me why I wanted to take the class in the first place. And, yes, large rosettes are my absolute most favorite decoration.

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    Georgia Ivey — June 26, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Beautiful cake. I weigh unbaked layers on my postal scale so they come out the same size.

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    Caroline — July 9, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Hi. I love this cake but wanted to make it with cream cheese frosting. Do you think the swirls will stay “crisp” with cream cheese frosting? Thanks in advance. Oh, also, what color pink did you use? I see that wilton has two pinks.

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    Stephanie — July 16, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Your cake looks very pretty! I love pink!

    Your ombre cake inspired my mini pink ombre cake. I decided to make a 3-layer ombre cake instead of 5.

    Thank you for sharing the tutorial with us :)

    http://stephanie-sweetbites.blogspot.com/2012/07/mini-pink-ombre-cake.html

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    Jennifer — July 19, 2012 at 2:41 am

    I am just dying to try this for my 4 yr old daughters birthday this summer, thank you sooo much! Perfect for a princess but an easy enough feat for me to (hopefuylly ) accomplish! I will do a test drive asap. Thanks once again, your blog is stunningly beautiful!

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    Amanda — July 29, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Thank you for posting this! It’s just gorgeous and I made one for my daughter’s 5th birthday party. :) No pretty blog, but here are the shots of the cake. My daughter was thrilled, thanks for the tutorial! https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/311585_10151109207358352_1357328663_n.jpg https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/532647_10151110384098352_256394061_n.jpg

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    Eliana — August 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Hello! I found your blog via my son’s girlfriend, who saw a pic on Pinterest of your Banana Caramel Layered Dessert yesterday and send me the link. I started looking around and found that you were the one who originated this cake! A customer of mine found the pic of THIS on Pinterest as well (don’t you just LOVE Pinterest?!) and send it to me as one of the cake ideas she liked for her wedding cake. Needless to say, we ended up going with this cake but her wedding colors were yellow & white, so I created the cake in shades of yellow and it was beautiful! Everyone loved it! I would love to share a few pics of it with you, how do I do that? Please advise and i’ll send them your way! Thanks for inspiring fellow bakers! I, too, LOVE taking artful pictures of my creations!

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    Lisa — August 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Absolutely beautiful well done on this piece of art!!!

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    Rachel — August 29, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Bravo!!!! C’est magnifique ♥♥♥

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    Amy — August 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I’m looking for a butter cream icing that crust and smooths well. But, don’t use butter just the flavoring.

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    Rhonda — September 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Hi Glory~
    Long time no talk, I miss you! It looks like you have been very busy baking and creating amazing things. I am so proud of you! I started a new small blog and would love to feature you and this cake. Let me know~ I don’t have any followers but my friends and family do love visiting my blog.
    Rhonda (obsessedwithcupcakes)

    • Glory replied: — September 2nd, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

      Hi Rhonda, Great to hear from you! Yes, of course, feel free to share! Thanks!

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    Rhonda — September 2, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Thank you so much!! I am going to work on it now. You will be the first person I have featured on my blog. I am sure my readers will be amazed by your cake and website.
    Thanks again!
    Rhonda

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    Jazmine — September 12, 2012 at 3:16 am

    Singer Robbie Williams posted a picture of your cake on his website :)

    • Glory replied: — September 12th, 2012 @ 7:06 am

      Thanks for letting me know! It would have been awesome to have a link or any credit… but I’ll still take it as a compliment!

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    Erin — November 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Wow! This is absolutely stunning, and what a great blog you have! So detailed and fun to read. Gorgeous cake. I’m so happy I fell onto your website :)

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    Cheryl C — December 15, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Dear Glory,

    You are the best! I been trying to make cakes and cupcakes featured in your website :):)

    I had my wedding last Saturday and decide to make this beautiful pink swirly cake to cut…its a heart shape two tier cake…not as gorgeous as yours but I will try to make it to be perfect!!! I also can’t seem to make the perfect pink ombre like cake so I just go for the Plain vanilla butter layer cake :)

    Thank you so much and hugss!

    http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a2cc35b3127ccef189ed3e05ac00000030O08AcNGzls3btge3nwE/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

    http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a2cc35b3127ccef189d98a050200000030O08AcNGzls3btge3nwE/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

    http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a2cc35b3127ccef189142c455a00000030O08AcNGzls3btge3nwE/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

    http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a2cc35b3127ccef188e423e45100000030O08AcNGzls3btge3nwE/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

    • Glory replied: — December 31st, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing your cake! You did a beautiful job, and congratulations on your wedding!

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    linda — January 11, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Hi glory, I am planning to make this cake for my daughters bday
    party. Can I use cream cheeese frosting instead of buttercream? Will
    the swirls hold up like yours if I use cream cheese frosting?

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    dreamland — January 29, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Hi,

    I love your rose cake and i would like to ‘steal’ your ideal for my friend’s birthday!!
    I have one question, regarding the American buttercream frosting, will it last long? Because i would travel about 100+km to her place and our country was hot and humid (South East Asia).
    Kindly advice =)

    • Glory replied: — January 29th, 2013 @ 6:34 am

      Yes, please feel free to use this design for your cake. If you do post an image on-line (facebook, blog, etc.) please include a link back to my site for the idea. Traveling with cake is always tricky, but I think it could work. After you frost the cake, put the whole cake in the fridge, or freezer for the icing to really set up firm. If possible, you could put the cake in an ice chest. Also, when you arrive at the party, you may want to put the cake in the fridge to cool off a bit if it has gotten quite warm. Best of luck!

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    dreamland — February 9, 2013 at 3:36 am

    Hi.
    For the frosting, must it be that much icing sugar?
    Or i can substitute with other ingredient?
    My family doesn’t like the cake to be too sweet

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    dreamland — February 10, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Hi. Can i use 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup shortening for the frosting? So that it can hold up longer. And leave the rest ingredient unchange

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    Ariane — February 18, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I just loooove for work, and I am definitely trying this cake ! Good luck,keep on surprising us ! :)

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    jules purcell — February 21, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Hi.. I’m very excited that I’m going to make this cake for my daughter’s 1st birthday. Her name is Rose and I’m sure I cant bake anything better than this. It was love at first sight!! Please can you tell me if its possible to make this type of a cake to feed 35 guests. What’s the maximum number of layers I can try without making it difficult for cutting. This will be first attempt in making a party cake..hope it turns out well!!

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    carly Rothert — March 2, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    i made this cake today for my sisters birthday and my whole family loved it! the recipe is easy and the cake turns out beautiful (btw im only 12 years old)

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    Malherbe — March 10, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I am french thank you so much for the advices. Perfect look everybody loved it. I have made it in blue too but the ombre layered turned into green and not blue. Why?

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    Glenis Pearson — March 13, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    That cake is so beautiful and with your instructions, I feel like I could try it. Would you please share where you got the pedestal and plates shown in the photos? Thank you so much!

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    emily Kilmer — March 30, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I love,love, love this idea. I am doing rainbow colors in May for my daughters 2 birthday :) so excited, and it will be my first fondant cake also :)

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    Tamara — April 1, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    you are so amazing!!! i just found your page and i’m so stunning!!
    love your recipes very much!!! .. i really have to try them!!

    and your photos are also amazing!! :-)

    love the style of your website and everyhting !!

    YOU ARE AMAZING!! *g*

    love from germany

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    Sandra — April 19, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I’m making this right now!!! Hope it ends like yours

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    Stella — July 31, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I really admire you!! I am 16 and I love baking and decorating! I will try to make this cake tomorrow. The recipe seems easy! I hope it turns out good! Thank you for your recipes! :)

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    Natalie — August 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I’ve made this cake 2 times and am making my 3rd today. I’ve made purple and blue and this will be the first time I do pink! It’s for a baby shower and its going to be perfect!! I also use almond extract instead of vanilla. The second time I made the cake I was out of vanilla and did not have time to go to the store so I used almond. It was perfect! It gives it a different flavor and makes it unique!

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    Valerie — August 23, 2013 at 5:57 am

    Hi
    when you mentioned cake pan, it is non sitck ?

    • Glory replied: — August 24th, 2013 @ 4:19 am

      Hi Valerie, I do not use non-stick pans, but you may if you like. I prepare my pans by lightly coating the pan in butter or oil, then sprinkling a bit of flour in the pan, shake all around, and dump out any excess. I would also recommend lining the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.

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    valerie — August 28, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Is the top layer thicker than the rest of the layers? If so, did you add more to that cake pan?

    • Glory replied: — September 17th, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

      Hi Valerie,
      Yes, in this case the top layer is thicker, but that was an accident more than anything. Ideally, each layer should be very close to the same height.

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    Femke — September 5, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I just found out about this site,(via a Dutch site named beautygloss.nl) and I immediately loved it! And I’m sure I’m gonna try to bake this cake one day, thanks for the inspiration!

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    Brittney S. — October 5, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I am going to try this tonight for my mom’s bachelorette brunch party tomorrow – hopefully it will come out amazing, I’ll update ya and let you know! :D

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    Sandee Harris — February 4, 2014 at 7:51 am

    I love these recipes and the images of the cakes are beautiful. I wondered if I could post the picture of the pink cake on the sidebar of my blog, as long as there is a link connecting back to your site. My blogging identity is tied into cake and my blog site is pink, so I like to put images of pink frosted cake there. I will definitely try this recipe! Please let me know if this would be okay.

    Thanks and kind regards,
    Sandee Harris

    • Glory replied: — February 19th, 2014 @ 6:46 pm

      Hi Sandee, So glad you like my cake! Feel free to share one image as long as there is a link back to my post.

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    Jessica — February 22, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I LOVE this cake and I am trying to make it for my daughter’s first birthday but I cannot get the swirls to come out of the piping bag easily. Could the icing be too thick? I can hardly squeeze it out of the bag. I should also say I have never frosted a cake before :)

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    Anita — March 4, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    This cake is so pretty! It’ll be a show stopper at my tea party! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Paula — March 14, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I made the vanilla cake is amazing! I recreated the ombre cake for my daughter’s 7th birthday. I did modify it slightly by using half oil, half butter and I added slightly more vanilla extract and the cake came out moist and a very yummy vanilla taste.

    I will note that I am an American living in Italy and I have to note that the flours here are quite different from the flours in the US. Cake flour is difficult to find here but the regular flour is finer and has a lower protein content than regular all purpose flour in the States. I used tipo 0 (or you can use tipo 00) flour and used the cake four measurements you used and the cake came out beautifully.

    Thank you all the work you did on making such a yummy cake!

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    Jennifer — April 3, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    This cake is gorgeous. How many people will this size cake (pictured) serve? Thank you

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