So I am the oldest of 3 kids, my brother, Caleb, is 6 years my junior. When he was born my grandmother came to stay with me. When he came home he cried so much (we shared a room for a while), I asked when we could send him back. My mother reminded me that wasn’t an option. Obviously, because here I am, almost 30 years later making his wedding cake. His chosen bride, Brianna, wanted a purple cake with a faded color effect. I didn’t know it even had a name until I googled it. “Ombre” is apparently a trend, not only with cakes but hair and nails and all sorts of things. I learned something new! Yay!
So. This is how I made my brothers wedding cake, Ombre style!
First, you need to have everything ready. The right tools and prep make ALL the difference. So, if you don’t own a cake turntable, off-set cake spatula or large and small spackling tool (from the hardware store) get them before you attempt a cake like this. Or any buttercream cake for that matter. I’ve tried it a lot of ways. This works, cross my heart. 🙂
First, the bride wanted Italian Cream Cake, so I made cream cheese frosting for the layers and buttercream for the outside colors.
And if you have a hole like this…
As you can see from the cake in the background, I did each layer separately. This was a bit of a challenge but since I had the layers frozen ahead of time it was fairly simple to transfer them to the cake from the turntable using a spatula.
Next I put on a row of pearl and purple beads…
There are always a lot of dirty bowls are a job like this….
And I got heaps of compliments from people I don’t know on how great it tasted and my Aunt Mel, one of the best cooks I know, had seconds.
My gawd, though, I’m glad its over!