Purple Ombre Layer Cake

Blogger Bree Hester of Baked Bree makes us a gorgeous monochromatic layer cake great for any occasion. Learn to make this recipe with our how-to article.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 0 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

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

Frosting

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
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Generously spray four 8- or 9-inch round cake pans with baking spray with flour.
  • 2 Make cake batter as directed on boxes. Divide batter equally among 4 bowls. Add food color to make 4 different shades of the same color. Pour batter into pans. Bake and cool as directed on box for 8- or 9-inch rounds.
  • 3 In 2-quart saucepan, heat sugar and water to boiling. Cook to 245°F on candy thermometer.
  • 4 Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat eggs whites, cream of tartar and salt with electric mixer on high speed until peaks form.
  • 5 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. Beat in vanilla.
  • 6 Spread 1 tablespoon frosting on cake plate to act as glue. Place 1 cake layer on plate. Spread with thin layer of frosting. Repeat to use all layers. Frost cake completely with remaining frosting.

Expert Tips

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

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