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Purple Ombre Layer Cake

A gorgeous monochromatic layer cake great for any occasion.

Purple Ombre Layer Cake



  • 2 boxes Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix boxes
  • Betty Crocker® purple neon gel food color


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously spray four 8- or 9-inch round cake pans with baking spray with flour.
  2. Cake: Make cake batter as directed on boxes.
  3. Divide batter equally among 4 bowls. Add food color to make 4 different shades of the same color.
  4. Pour batter into pans.
  5. Bake and cool as directed on box for 8- or 9-inch rounds.
  6. In 2-quart saucepan, heat sugar and water to boiling. Cook to 245 degrees F on candy thermometer.
  7. Frosting: n large bowl, beat eggs whites, cream of tartar and salt with electric mixer on high speed until peaks form.
  8. Reduce speed to low; slowly pour sugar syrup into egg whites. Increase speed to high; beat about 7 minutes or until sides of bowl are cool to the touch.
  9. Beat in vanilla extract.
  10. Spread 1 tablespoon frosting on cake plate to act as glue.
  11. Place 1 cake layer on plate. Spread with thin layer of frosting.
  12. Repeat to use all layers.
  13. Frost cake completely with remaining frosting.

Prep Time 30 min | Servings 8

Feel free to use any color that you desire. The possibilities are endless.

This cake is best eaten the same day it is made.

Recipe: Blogger Bree Hester of Baked Bree

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): Betty Crocker