Easy Frosted Ombre Rose Cake

Easy Frosted Ombre Rose Cake A while back I saw the perfect idea for a cake to do for my sister over by Amanda at I Am Baker, one of the blogs I stalk. So I decided I would add my own little twist with the actual cake because an all pink center just seemed to fit my sister, also known as Aunt Rose to my boys, perfectly. She was the youngest and the girly girl in the family.
For the actual cake I used a plain old white cake mix to keep things simple but I switched out applesauce for oil and egg whites for eggs, probably just to make me feel a little less guilty for all that rich vanilla buttercream frosting. Mmmm. (Note sometimes I just replace HALF of the oil for applesauce but it just depends on what it is!)

I ended up using three boxes of cake mix. At the beginning I started with white batter, then added a bit of wilton pink gel food coloring. Then for the next layer a little more pink and then more. On the last two I even added some red to make it extra dark. After they were cooked and cooled I shaved off the rounded tops and begin to layer putting a bit of frosting in between each layer. (my favorite handmade buttercream recipe can be found here) Once they are all stacked and layered put a light layer of frosting and put in the fridge.


Butter Cream Frosting


  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream


In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.

Add vanilla and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream if needed for spreading consistency. If you don’t have cream I use homogonized milk if I have it or regular milk. I just don’t carry cream on a normal day!


After the the frosting has been chilled a little it is time to make the flowers! People kept oohhhing and ahhing like it was hard. It wasn’t. All it is is a good frosting tip and making a bunch of circles. It was EXTREMELY easy. I used a large 1M star tip and make swirls. Looks way more complicated than it is. Just circles.
Happy Birthday Aunt Rose!


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  1. BEAUTIFUL cake Kendra! I love the inside! I might steal your idea. You amaze me.

  2. Gorgeous. The pink adds so much to the rosiness.

  3. Oooooh that turned out beautiful! I blogged about one that I made with the same rose bud inspiration. Mine was much less elegant than yours but it was still fun!

    My Less Elegant Rose Cake

  4. K.Marrott says:

    Your cake is so beautiful! I will have to try making one myself. Hope it turns out as nice as yours!

  5. PS I'd love if you would link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday! I think my readers would love it too 🙂

  6. GAWWWRGOUS! Love this cake! pinning it right now 🙂

  7. Gorgeous. I want to put a fork right through my monitor. :0
    Pam @ BeColorful

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