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Test your baking skills by making an ombre cake! This About.com video walks you through baking the layered treat.See Transcript

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Transcript:Ombre Layered Cake

Hi, I'm Mikah Sargent for About.com, and I'm going to show you how to use the popular color trend ombre, when baking a sweet treat for any occasion.

Ombre coloring is popular in everything from clothing to hair color and now this color trend has moved into the food world. Today I'm going to show you how to create a pretty and pink ombre cake.

To make an ombre cake, you'll need the following items:

Tools for Making Ombre Layered Cake

  • One mixing bowl

  • Frosting spatula

  • Whisk or electric mixer

  • 3 9-inch cake pans

  • A serrated knife

  • A spatula

  • Parchment Paper

  • A pencil

  • Scissors

  • A serrated knife

  • A spatula

Ingredients for Ombre Layered Cake

  • Two boxes of white cake mix

  • 6 eggs

  • 2 cups wate

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 stick of butter

  • 1 vial of red food coloring

  • Whipped frosting

Preparation for the Ombre Cake

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and eggs. Parchment paper can be used to keep your cake from sticking to the pan.Start by putting the pan on top of a piece of parchment paper and use a pencil to trace around the edges of a pan. Grab some scissors and cut just inside the line you traced. Now grease the cake pans and line the bottom of the pans with parchment paper. Don't forget to grease the top of the paper.

Use Parchment Paper to Prevent Sticking

Now separate the batter into your three pans.  Add the food coloring to each bowl gradually adding more to create the ombre effect. One drop of food coloring in the first bowl, three in the second, and six in the third, then gently mix until the color is dispersed. 

Bake the cakes for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the top comes out clean. Then let cool.

Putting It All Together

Once the cakes have cooled, remove them from their pans and trim any excess cake to make sure every layer is even and level. Add a thick layer of frosting on top of each layer of the cake, and stack the cakes on top of each other, making sure that the colors go from darkest to lightest. Then continue to frost the outside of the cake until it's completely covered. You can use your leftover frosting and food coloring to add some decoration to your cake.

This pink ombre cake makes a great dessert for a special occasion. If you're feeling creative, you can change the color, add layers, or even experiment with different kinds of cake to create a look and taste just for you.

Thanks for watching our guide to making an ombre chiffon cake, for more recipes be sure to check out About.com.

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