Red, White & Oooh!Ombre Cake

Standing tall at 11inches, this multicolored confection is the party centerpiece - and it's easier to make than it looks. Take the speedy route by using a cake mix. "I also like to frost three layers at a time, then refrigerate them for 30 minutes before doing the next three," says the treat's creator, Sarah Jones, of the lifestyle site Brit.co. "That way the layers stay condensed and won't wobble." Gel food coloring, as opposed to the liquid coloring found in supermarkets, will deliver the richest hues (red and royal blue gel pastes, Americolor, $2 each; nycake.com) [July 2013]
Photo by Tiffany A.
Adapted from instyle.com

PREP TIME

110

minutes

TOTAL TIME

290

minutes

SERVINGS

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cake

PREP TIME

110

minutes

TOTAL TIME

290

minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Adapted from instyle.com

Ingredients

  • 3

    boxes white cake mix

  • 6

    egg whites

  • 4.5

    c Sprite

  • Blue gel food coloring

  • Red gel food coloring

  • 5

    12oz tubes of whipped vanilla frosting

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350F. 2. Mix one box of cake mix w/2 egg whites & 1.5c Sprite; divide evenly among 3 bowls. 3. Create three shades of blue: Add 2 drops of coloring to one bowl, 4 to the second, and 8 to the third. 4. Coat three 9" cake pans w/cooking spray; line bottoms with parchment paper cut to size. Pour each batter into its own pan. 5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let layers cool; remove from pans. If needed, use a serrated knife to trim tops so they are level. 6. Place darkest blue layer on a plate; cover with a thin layer of frosting. Repeat with remaining layers, from darkest to lightest. Chill cake in fridge. 7. Repeat step 2. 8. Add one drop of blue coloring to one bowl and one drop of red to another. Do not tint last bowl. 9. Repeat steps 4 and 5. 10. Keep building cake with blue, then white, then red layers, frosting after each. Chill cake in fridge. 11. Repeat steps 2-5 using red coloring instead of blue. 12. Keep building cake with red layers, going from lightest to darkest, frosting after each. 13. Coat outside of cake with a thin layer of frosting. Chill for 15 minutes. 14. Use remaining frosting to generously coat outside of cake. Chill for at lest one hour before cutting.

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