In My Kitchen: Ombre Cake

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In my kitchen.

I would like to talk about something that has become increasingly more popular in our kitchen, ombre designs.

In the past it was a generally standard idea that a cake would be simply covered in plain white icing or fondant and the design placed on top. But now the idea of adding ombre colouring to the base has changed everything entirely.

For this example I will be describing how to create an ombre effect on your cake using buttercream.


For this I will be describing the techniques we use for decorating a standard round cake, these same techniques can be used for square and slab cakes as well with only minor adjustments.

Now lets have some fun!

First take your standard white buttercream and divide into two or more portions and place those in a bowl. Be sure to leave aside some white buttercream, as you will need that later on. Next pick out the colours you would like to use and set them aside. I recommend using pastels and softer colours for this technique as I find that they garner the best results.
Next add a small amount of your colouring in to the bowl and begin mixing. Start by creating your darkest colour first. Once you have your base colours set, you can begin to create varying shades just by adding a large spoonful of white icing to your mix. My preference is to mix all of my colours by hand, but depending on the size of your cake you may want to use a stand mixer instead.

Begin by filling your piping bags with the colours that you will be using, I suggest using a standard round coupler inside with no tip.
To decorate the cake, start by icing a very thin layer of your white buttercream over top of the entire cake. This is generally referred to as a ‘crumb coat’ and you should be able to faintly see the cake through the icing. Next you want to start with your darkest layer, using your piping bag circle the base of your cake twice making 2 even passes around your cake. Repeat that same step with the second, lighter icing layer and again once more with the lightest colour of buttercream.
To finish spread the remaining vanilla buttercream across the top of the cake, not worrying too much about making it perfectly smooth.
Using a spatula or metal bench scraper to gently smooth your icing, gently place it against the icing and rotate the cake on your turntable. This will leave a nice gradient effect along the side of your cake. Repeat the same technique on the top and you are ready to serve.

Heres your chance to get creative! Try decorating with ruffles, rosettes, swirls, or anything else you can imagine.

Fresh is our best flavour

Blog1Sugar Chalet always aim to have the freshest and most creative products you can find anywhere.

We have always put our quality and value at the forefront of our business, having a ‘bake and decorate’ same day approach. We will always guarantee that your cake will be as moist and delicious as it is beautiful. Our commitment to our customers is that we will exceed expectations, and work with each and every individual to ensure complete satisfaction.

We offer a variety of dietary options available for you including; Dairy free, Vegan, Gluten free, and Diabetic options, and of course all of our desserts are guaranteed 100% nut free!

For our vegan and celiac customers we have incorporated a practice where we have designated specialized working spaces and ingredients for use, and their own baking pans and tools to ensure that these cakes are guaranteed to meet all of your dietary requirements.

We will continue to innovate and create new designs and flavour combinations for everybody, such as our fruit burst lemon, orange & raspberry cake, or our immensely popular Triple Chocolate cake. Our vision is to create unique flavour and design combinations that will entice even the pickiest of eaters to enjoy our treats. Using our in-house made semi sweet buttercream icing, we have created a unique, flavourful taste for our cakes and desserts that everyone from the biggest sweet tooth, to the person who rarely eats desserts will enjoy.

We work daily to bring out fresh cakes and cupcakes that are available to order, or to walk-in customers. Our storefront display is packed every morning with fresh cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more.



“Sugar Chalet has the best cakes in Ontario!”

As one of Ontario’s premier cake boutiques, Sugar Chalet specializes in custom designed cakes for weddings and all special occasions. We work personally with each client to design a cake for their celebration, taking the time and ensuring that the final result is no less than a masterpiece! Please give us a call at 905-434-5777 to book a consultation with one of our cake decorators.

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