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Stunning pink ombre layer cake even amateur bakers can make

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Pink ombre and chevron fondant make this cake look like it came from a bakery

Cake-decorating scares the bejesus out of me. When I stumble around on Pinterest and see all the insanely beautiful six-layer creations with perfect fondant cutouts and bright layers, I start to sweat. As a novice cake maker and even more of a novice cake decorator, I'm here to share a foolproof, Pinterest-worthy cake anyone can make.

Trust me, when I say anyone, I mean anyone. No degree from CIA or Martha Stewart required. All you need is some time (try a rainy afternoon) and lots of friends who can ooh and aah over it when it's done. Because you'll have a lot of oohing and aahing.

Pink ombre and chevron fondant make this cake look like it came from a bakery

To begin, grab 2 boxes of your favorite white cake mix, and mix it all up with the necessary ingredients. If you have kids, then have them do this part while you sip some wine. You know, to save your creative juices for the decorating.

Pink ombre and chevron fondant make this cake look like it came from a bakery

Once you've mixed, then you play! Separate the white mix into 4 bowls, and then tint each one a different shade of red. Or blue, or green or purple. Whatever color you feel like using. I was feeling very feminine, so I picked pink.

Pink ombre and chevron fondant make this cake look like it came from a bakery

Once the batters are dyed (and your fingers are too), pour them into 4 greased round cake pans, and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middles comes out clean. Then you let these babies cool. Here's where you can have another glass of wine to reignite your creative juices.

Pink ombre and chevron fondant make this cake look like it came from a bakery

Once the cakes are baked, it's frosting time! Add big globs of your favorite store-bought white frosting to the tops of the layers, and stack them up. I went light to dark, but you can do the opposite. Whatever tickles your fancy.

Pink ombre and chevron fondant make this cake look like it came from a bakery

Pink ombre and chevron fondant make this cake look like it came from a bakery

Then you use the rest of your frosting to cover the sides and the top layer. Next comes the slightly trickier part. Now you have to roll out your white fondant into a big enough circle so it completely covers the entire cake. You'll probably have to pinch the fondant in the back so it's smooth and tight on the frosting.

Pink ombre and chevron fondant make this cake look like it came from a bakery

Here's where those creative juices really flow. Now you want to make a chevron pattern to trace onto your favorite color of fondant. (I used bright pink to keep with the whole feminine theme.) I traced and cut out a large enough chevron pattern to cover the circumference of the cake. Add a dab of frosting to the back of the chevron, and carefully "paste" it onto the white fondant.

Pink ombre and chevron fondant make this cake look like it came from a bakery

For some added flair, I decorated the cake with fake flowers (in lieu of candles) and added some colored dots.

Pink ombre and chevron fondant make this cake look like it came from a bakery

Once the cake is decorated, then comes the best part — the eating. Slice that baby up, and impress all your friends with your Cake Boss abilities.

Pink ombre and chevron fondant make this cake look like it came from a bakery

Pink ombre layer cake with chevron fondant decoration recipe

Serves 8

Ingredients: 

  • 2 boxes white cake mix
  • 6 egg whites
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • Red food dye
  • 3 canisters white frosting
  • White rolled fondant
  • Pink rolled fondant

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 4 dark, round, nonstick, 8 x 8-inch cake pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, egg whites, canola oil and water. Stir until no clumps remain. Separate the batter into 4 bowls. Tint each bowl with drops of red food coloring, aiming to get 4 distinctly different shades of pink. Pour the batters into the 4 prepared pans, and bake for about 18 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middles comes out clean.
  3. Let the cakes cool completely. Once cooled, frost the top of each cake, layering them on top of one another as you go. Once layered, frost the sides and the top cake layer until completely coated.
  4. Roll out the white fondant into a large circle or rectangle (until it's large enough to completely cover the frosting on the cake). Carefully cut off the remaining fondant, and tighten the sheet around the cake until smooth.
  5. Using a printed-out chevron cutout, trace the pattern onto a sheet of rolled-out pink (or other color) fondant. Using a sharp knife, cut out the chevron pattern. Add frosting to the back of the patterned fondant, and carefully place it along the side of the white cake until it wraps fully around.
  6. Add some flowers to the top of the cake, and then slice and serve.

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