Does anyone have any idea how the ombre cakes are done that you can see on the My Sweet & Saucy blog?? Do you think it's piped on with wide flat tip and then smoothed out with a scraper? So dying to figure this out and try it.. I love how it looks
Yes, I would like to know the same thing, those are beautiful, and very popular cakes now days. I hope someone with experience can tell lus.
It looks to me like a thin layer of very soft buttercream on a regular wide icing spatula, added while you are rotating the cake on a turntable.
Light shade at top is of course the base icing. I would hold the spatula upright for the middle shade. Then another layer at the bottom using the spatula sideways to control the width of that shade. The a last pass with the spatula to smooth it all out.
Your shading buttercream has to be perfectly smooth and a little soft. If you have to, thin your buttercream with a tiny bit of corn syrup to make it spread easily. And I think that using a petal tip would add too much thickness.
Halfway down the page--the orange cake with yarn balls
Thanks BakingIrene... wasnt sure if I should/could add the link in my original post... I know you are very talented FromScratchSF... cant wait to see what you think....
Here is a link to their FB site as well.. if you click on the wall photos you can see several examples of the ombre work... might be easier to find
Thanks for everyone's feedback!
Yeah it's piped in 3 shades then smoothed with a bench scraper, the technique is very easy and exactly as bakingirene described, but that is totally SMBC or IMBC. I've done it with pink and white stripes on a cake. I love that orange though! I hate using that much coloring as a general rule but I love that look and might have to start using it more.
On those wafer thin layers of icing, the darkest shade is one drop of Americolor get in a half cup of icing. The middle shade is the dark shade diluted by half.
I don't think of this as very much colour. I would make the base shade with orange juice concentrate or orange curd.
Thanks ladies, that was my suspicion as to how it was done...I just love the simple elegance of it... just going to have to try it soon,.
Here is a video on a similar technique:
AThanks megpi! That's it!!