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!

How to create this Pink Ombre Swirl Cake ~

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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281 comments

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

  2. omg. Stunning delicious pinkness.

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

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

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

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

  7. @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!

  8. This IS GLORIOUS! I'm pinning it!

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

    Lauralee

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

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

  12. Beautiful, Glory!!

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

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

  14. 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!

  15. Absolutely beautiful… love the gradations of color!

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

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

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

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

    :)
    ButterYum

  20. 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.

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

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

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

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

  24. Well that takes the cake :)

  25. 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!

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

  27. 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!

  28. I have just one word – WOW!

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

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

    Cathe

  31. 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!

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

  33. 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.

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

  35. What an amazing cake! I love pink.

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

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

  38. 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.

  39. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  46. Pink Confection Perfection

  47. 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

  48. This is soooo pretty! I love it =D

  49. 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.

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

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

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

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

  54. 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

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

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

    Naia

  57. Absolutely beautiful! So glad I found your blog!

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

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

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

  61. 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.

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

    Pat

  63. 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

  64. It's the perfect cake. Fabulous!!!

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

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

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

  68. 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.

  69. 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!

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

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

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

  73. 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 : )

  74. 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! :)

  75. 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!

  76. 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!

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

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

  79. 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!

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

  81. 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!

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

  83. 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…

  84. 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.

  85. 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!

  86. 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?

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

    ~Shannon

  88. Oh that looks positively divine!!

  89. 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!

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

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

  92. One word: gorgeous.

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

  94. i am so in love with this cake! gorgeous!

  95. 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.

  96. This is really lovely; well done.

  97. Love this cake. It's so girly.

  98. Beautiful cake! Makes me want to make one.

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

    Wonderful

  100. 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!!!

  101. 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!

  102. Truly amazing! Just beautiful… and inspiring!

  103. 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

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

  105. 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

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

  107. Glory – it's beautiful!!!
    Michelle

  108. Glory – it's beautiful!!!
    Michelle

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

  110. 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?

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

  112. @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!

  113. 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. :-)

  114. Thanks Glory :)

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

  116. 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…

  117. Wow! This is absolutely beautiful. Well done.

    Trish x

  118. 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!

  119. 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

  120. 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.

  121. Unbelievably gorgeous cake!

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

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

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

  124. 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.

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

  126. 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

  127. 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.

  128. 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

  129. 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/

  130. 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

  131. 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.

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

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

  134. 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…

  135. 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!

  136. This cake is beautiful!

  137. 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!!

  138. @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.

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

  140. 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!

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

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

  143. 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/

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

  145. 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.

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

  147. 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. :-)

  148. 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

  149. kto mi to na polski przetłumaczy? 😀 please xD

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

  151. 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

  152. 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

  153. 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?

  154. 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).

  155. 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!

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

  157. 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!

  158. 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.

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

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  163. 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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  165. 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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  167. 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!

  168. 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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  171. 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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  174. Absolutely beautiful well done on this piece of art!!!

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  177. Bravo!!!! C’est magnifique ♥♥♥

  178. 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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  181. 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)

  182. 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

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

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  191. 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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  193. 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/

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  195. 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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  198. 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 =)

    • 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!

  199. 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

  200. 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

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

  202. 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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  204. 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)

  205. 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?

  206. 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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  209. 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 :)

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

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  217. 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! :)

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

    • 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.

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

    • 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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  224. 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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  226. 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! 😀

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  232. 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

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

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

  241. This is such a beautiful cake! I made one for my son’s 1st birthday, except I only used two 9″ round layers and went from blue on the bottom to green on the top and it turned out to be so cute! I will be making the pink one for my sister-in-law’s baby shower and I’m so looking forward to it!

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  252. que posibilidad hay que me envíen las ricas recetas en español. Estaría tan agradecida

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  256. Thanks for suggesting how much frosting I would need for an 8″ cake.

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