How to Frost an Ombré Cake

How to Frost an Ombré Cake

A homemade cake looks better than ever with this easy tutorial for ombré frosting! Add our printable cake topper elephant to complete the look.

Tools & Materials:

  • Buttercream frosting or packaged frosting
  • Unfrosted cake (taller cakes work better for an ombré look)
  • Food coloring (your choice of color)
  • Offset spatula

Step-By-Step Instructions:

  1. Prepare your frosting and divide it evenly into three bowls.
  2. Use food coloring to make one of the bowls of frosting your darkest shade. Then, in another bowl, make a medium shade. Leave the frosting in the last bowl white.
  3. For best results, use a chilled or frozen cake. This will help avoid excess crumbs from getting mixed into your frosting.
  4. Begin using your white frosting to make a crumb coat, which is a thin coat of frosting that helps seal in the crumbs so they don't come loose as you frost your cake. A thin layer is fine, and it doesn't have to be perfectly covered.
  5. Using your offset spatula, apply the darkest color shade to the bottom of your cake. It doesn't have to be perfectly smooth.
  6. Repeat using the middle shade of color to the middle part of the cake.
  7. Finish off the top of the cake using your white frosting. Use your offset spatula to gently smooth between the shades of frosting.