Dazzle your guests with colorful shades of frosting on the outside, then surprise them with colorful layers on the inside!
Orange Ombre Cake
4 boxes of white cake mix (we used Pillsbury)
Food color of your choice
Simple syrup *optional - keeps your colorful inside layers moist and uniform!
Frosting of your choice
Limited production Wild Inside Baking Set (Fat Daddio's PRD-103WI)
Cooling Rack (Fat Daddio's CR-1417)
Small mixing bowls
BAKE the 8 layer cake:
NOTE: To make the 8 layers, you will need to bake in each pan two times.
Lightly grease the large 10" cake pan in the Wild Inside Baking Set. Prepare the batter according to the directions on the box. Pour in 8 cups of prepared batter into the large 10" cake pan.
Bake the large cake at 335° (which is 15 degrees lower than what the cake mix recipe calls for) for approximately 25 minutes. Check doneness with a toothpick. Place on cooling rack and let cool for 30 minutes. When pan is cool, repeat process for other large layer.
While large cake layer is baking, prepare the inside ombre layers...or choose different colors for your theme.
Lightly grease the three small layer pans. In 6 small bowls, place 1/2 cup of prepared batter in each.
Add food coloring to each bowl. To achieve the ombre shades double the amount of color for every consecutive bowl. For example: 3 drops yellow, 1 drop red in bowl one. Bowl two gets 6 drops yellow and 2 drops red. Repeat.
Bake first three layers at 300° F for 5-10 minutes. Check doneness with a toothpick. Place on cooling rack and let cool for 30 minutes. Once pans are cool, repeat process for other three layers.
NOTE: For best results, freeze the layers overnight before assembling.
ASSEMBLE the 8 layer cake:
*Prepare a simple syrup to act as glue between layers. (1 part water to 1 part sugar, boiled until the sugar is dissolved, you can add flavorings like vanilla or almond if you want, but you don’t have to).
Place bottom layer on cake stand with indentation facing up. Arrange layers inside indentation, using your pastry brush to brush simple syrup between each layer. Be sure to align evenly.
Place large layer with indentation over the top of the small six layers.
Crumb coat and frost as normal.