Ombre Baby Shower Cake

This cake was made for a friend’s baby shower.  She is expecting a boy, so the theme was cars and trucks with blue everywhere!   Since the car theme prevailed in the decorations, I decided to make the cake an elegant statement piece.

Sometimes it is fun to step away from the extravagant fondant cakes and make a simple buttercream cake.  This cake is simple on the outside, but absolutely stunning once it’s cut.  Though I made this cake for a baby shower, it would be lovely for any occasion from bridal showers to birthdays.

Ombre Baby Shower Cake

Food coloring (blue or the color of your choice)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and spray 6 inch pans with cooking spray (I used two pans, but use as many as you have)

Mix up the cake batter according to these instructions.  Separate the cake batter equally into 6 bowls (there will approximately 1 cup of batter per bowl).  Set one bowl aside, as 1 layer will remain white. 

In each of the remaining 5 bowls, add some food coloring, just a drop to the first bowl; using more food coloring with each subsequent bowl until you have the desired colors. 

Remember, you can always go darker, but you can’t go lighter!  I recommend using varying amounts of a single food color, rather than switching to a different (darker) blue as you go so as to keep a more natural continuity of color.

Pour the batter into prepared cake pans and bake for 15 minutes, check with a toothpick, baking and checking at 5 minute increments until the toothpick comes out clean.  Move to wire racks and cool for 10 minutes, turn the cake out and cool completely.  Wash pans and repeat with remaining batter (unless of course, you own 6 cake pans and are already finished).

To assemble the cake, make a batch of plain white buttercream frosting.  Starting with the darkest layer at the bottom; stack the cakes, darkest to lightest, with a thin layer of buttercream in between each layer.  Frost the outside of the cake with the remaining buttercream and finish with sprinkles.

Makes 1 cake



  1. This is such a cool looking cake! What a wonderful thing to bring to the baby shower, I am sure everyone was ooing and ahing at it ;)! I love a simple vanilla buttercream as well, it reminds me of childhood!

  2. This cake looks perfect for the blue baby shower! I just love "surprise" cakes like this =)

  3. Beautiful cake I love the Ombre theme. You did an excellent job Amy.

  4. Wow, so beautiful! I've seen these in rainbow colors, but what a great idea to do shades of blue for a baby shower! So cute. :)

  5. Love the cake! Inspires me to make a pink one for my daughter.


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