Ombre cake

Ombre cake

Bring out the piping bag – and bring on the smiles – with this showstopper of a cake

, 03 May 2020

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Ombre cake
  • Cook: 1 Hour
    plus cooling

  • Serves: 20

Nutritional Info
Each 108g serving contains
  • Energy

    1848KJ

    442KCAL

    22%
  • Fat

    22.5g

    high

    32%
  • Saturates

    6.2g

    high

    31%
  • Sugars

    44.3g

    high

    49%
  • Salt

    0.63g

    med

    11%
of your reference intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 1711kJ/409kcal.
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CAKE
  • 5 medium eggs
  • 300g Stork
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 15ml tube Dr. Oetker Extra Strong Pink Food Colour Gel
  • TO DECORATE
  • 150g seedless raspberry jam
  • 300g Stork
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla bean paste, optional
  • YOU WILL ALSO NEED
  • 4 disposable piping bags and 4 medium star nozzles
Method
  • Preheat the oven to 170C/150C Fan/Gas 3. Grease and line 4 x 18cm sandwich tins.

  • Put the eggs, Stork spread, sugar and flour in a bowl and beat until smooth using a hand-held mixer (or a stand mixer, if you have one).

  • Divide the batter evenly between 4 bowls, then colour each batter with the pink food gel to get 4 different shades of pink by stirring 2 drops into the first bowl, 4 drops into the second, 6 drops into the third and 8 drops in the fourth. Spoon each different shade of batter into each of the four tins and bake them for 27-30 minutes, until the tops spring back when lightly pressed with a finger.

  • Cool in the tins for 5 minutes, then turn out onto wire racks, before removing the baking paper; leave to cool completely.

  • If necessary, trim the raised tops of the sponges with a sharp knife to flatten them. Place the darkest pink sponge onto a cake stand first, then spread with 1/3 of the jam. Top with the next darkest sponge and spread with more jam; repeat with the rest of the sponges.

  • For the buttercream, beat together the Stork spread, icing sugar and vanilla paste (if using), until the mix is light and fluffy.

  • Use about 1/3 of the icing to spread all over the cake to form a crumb coat, then chill the cake for 20 minutes to firm.

  • Meanwhile, to make the different shades of icing, divide the remaining buttercream between 4 bowls. Set aside one bowl of white buttercream, then colour the 3 remaining icings with the pink food gel: stir 2 drops into one bowl; 4 drops into the second bowl and 6 drops into the third bowl. Put the 4 icings into 4 separate piping bags with medium star nozzles.

  • Take the cake out of the fridge and, starting with the darkest shade of pink buttercream, pipe roses around the base of the cake. Use the second darkest buttercream to pipe another ring of roses, then repeat with the final shade of lighter buttercream. Finally, use the reserved white icing to pipe roses all over the top of the cake.

  • Store in the fridge, and an hour before serving, take the cake out to warm to room temperature.