The eye-catching trend of ombre has spread from fashion to desserts. In this
ombre cake, the cake layers as well as the frosting are tinted in gradations of
orange. It's a perfect cake for all sorts of celebrations.
1 (2-layer size) box white cake mix
2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Orange Extract
McCormick® Yellow Food Color
McCormick® Red Food Color
2 cups (4 sticks) butter, softened
1 tablespoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
2 (16 ounce) boxes confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons milk
Cake: Prepare cake mix as directed on package, using whole eggs. Stir in extracts.
Divide batter evenly into 3 medium bowls.
Stir 24 drops (about 1/4 teaspoon) yellow food color and 12 drops red food
color into first bowl, tinting batter dark orange.
Stir 10 drops yellow food color and 4 drops red food color into second bowl,
tinting batter medium orange.
Stir 5 drops yellow food color and 1 drop red food color into third bowl,
tinting batter light orange.
Pour each bowl of batter into separate greased and floured 8-inch round
Bake as directed on package.
Cool cakes on wire rack.
Frosting: Beat butter and vanilla in large bowl until light and
fluffy. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating well after each addition
and scraping sides and bottom of bowl frequently. Add milk; beat until light
Place dark orange cake layer on serving plate. Spread with 1/3 cup of frosting.
Top with medium orange cake layer. Spread with 1/3 cup of frosting. Top with
light orange cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake with a thin layer of frosting.
Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, divide remaining frosting into 3 small bowls. Stir 12 drops yellow
food color and 6 drops red food color into first bowl, tinting frosting dark
orange. Stir 6 drops yellow food color and 3 drops red food color into second
bowl, tinting frosting medium orange. Stir 3 drops yellow food color and 1 drop
red food color into third bowl, tinting frosting light orange.
Frost bottom third of cake with dark orange frosting. Frost middle third
of cake with medium orange frosting. Frost top third and top of cake with light
Serves: 16 | 45 min Prep time | 35 min Cook time
For easier measurement, 1/4 teaspoon Food Color = 20 to 25 drops
Nutrition information (Amount per serving) Calories: 590Cholesterol: 95mg
Sodium: 429mgProtein: 2g Total Fat: 30gFiber: 1g Carbohydrate: 78g
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