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Pink Ombre Cake


The prettiest cake that would be perfect at a tea party or for celebrating spring! Cakes taste better in shades of pink.



  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup + 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pink food coloring
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups confectioner's sugar
  • Pink sprinkles

Let's get Cooking...

  1. Beat the egg yolks, vanilla extract and 3/4 cup sugar with an electric mixer on high speed until thick and pale. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites and salt with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form. Slowly add the remaining 6 tablespoons sugar and beat until stiff, glossy peaks form.
  3. Gently fold the egg white mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Combine the flour and cornstarch in a small bowl, then add to the egg mixture in 3 additions.
  4. Divide the mixture into 4 bowls and dye each bowl of batter a different shade of pink, to create an ombre effect. Be sure to gently fold the food coloring in - you want to keep the batter as airy as possible.
  5. Pour the batter into four greased and flour 9-inch round cake pans. Bake at 350F for about 10 minutes, until the cakes are fully cooked. Transfer the cakes to a wire rack and allow them to fully cool.
  6. Make the buttercream: Place the butter in a bowl and whip with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy.
  7. Add the vanilla extract and mix to combine. Add the confectioner's sugar one cup at a time, mixing well
  8. With each addition. Then whip for 3-5 minutes, until fluffy.
  9. Place the darkest layer of cake on a serving platter of your choice and spread 1/4 of the buttercream evenly onto the surface. Place the next darkest layer of cake on top and top with another 1/4 of the buttercream. Repeat to create an ombre effect with the cake layers. Top the cake with the remaining buttercream and sprinkle some pink sprinkles in the center.