Vanilla Ombre Rosette Cake Recipe




A couple of years ago, my friend Katie from Resting Dough took on the amazing task of creating an ombre rosette cake for my birthday. This was her first time tackling such a design (can you believe that!) and it turned out so beautifully. With Thanksgiving and holiday festivities coming up, I thought it would be fitting to share this recipe. The colors can even be adapted to fit the current season. For example using the colors red, orange and white for Thanksgiving or blue and white for a frosted Christmas. 

Vanilla Ombre Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream
Adapted from addapinch.com and restingdough.com
The recipe was doubled to make a thicker 3 layer cake. 
1 1/2 cup of butter
3 cups of sugar
5 room temperature eggs
3 cups of flour
2 tsp of baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup of heavy cream
2 tsp of vanilla
Food coloring of your choice. (I used Wilton’s rose gel food coloring)
1. Set oven to 350 degrees.
2. Prepare 3 9 inch cake pans by buttering and flouring or line with parchment paper.
3. Cream butter and sugar together. When fluffy, light and pale, beat one egg at a time to ensure it is thoroughly mixed.
4. Combine milk, cream, vanilla together. Pour half the liquid with the butter mixture and then mix with half the dry ingredients. Continue with this pattern and end with adding the dry mixture last.
5. Stir the batter until well combined.
6. Divide the batter into how many layers you need it to be and add the color you like. (Gel food coloring is very very potent. Use wisely.)
7. The original directions said to bake for about 25 – 30 minutes. Since the recipe was doubled it baked for 45-50 minutes.
8. Check with a toothpick/skewer/cake tester. When it comes out clean, allow to cool on a rack.
9. Using a cake leveler, cut off the excess cake dome. 
10. When the cake layers cool and are all the same level and height, apply a layer of buttercream between each layer and a scratch layer all around the cake. The scratch layer is a thin, smooth-ish layer of icing so the decoration will have a surface to stick on. After each row of roses, stick the entire cake in the freezer or fridge to keep the rosettes from melting. 
White Chocolate Buttercream
Adapted from Food and Wine
1 cup of butter
4 cups of white chocolate chips
2 cups of icing sugar
2 tsp of vanilla
1. In a large bowl, melt the white chocolate and beat it with the butter, icing sugar and vanilla. Beat until fluffy.
2.Make a few batches as needed for the rosette design
I hope to share more recipes on the blog as Christmas nears. Is this something you would like to see more of? Let me know in the comments below =)

A huge thank you to Katie, for this cake and recipe. I hope to be in the kitchen a lot more with her in the near future! And a special thanks to Alanna Milaney for the professional photos.

92 comments

  1. Oh wow ! Gorgeous cake! Looks so delicious.
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    Marie

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  2. This cake looks so tasty :-) I must to make it :-)

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  3. I almost can’t believe it was her first time! It looks amazing & so delicious! I really want to try this now!

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  4. Hola muy buenos días Rina.
    Tiene un pinta deliciosa, gracias por la receta. Un besazo.

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  5. That cake looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)
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  6. Hello,

    Wow, so beautiful ! :D

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  7. What a yummy and fab cake, I love it!


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  8. Que delicia amei lindo bolo, obrigado pela visita.
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  9. Woooow such a beautiful cake!!!! Yummy!!
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    1. Thanks beauty, Katie did such a good job!

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  10. Oh my goodness this is stunning! I want it so bad.

    Olive Needs Popeye

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    1. You should try it babe! It was so good!

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  11. I adore the colour, you know I love pink hehe sounds so yummy babe! Hope you having a good Tuesday xxx

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    1. I love pink too! Happy almost weekend!

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  12. Wow, it looks absolutely yum and gorgeous at the same time. Don't know if I could pull it off but looks like fun to make. :)

    XoXo Noma

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    1. It was soo good! You can do anything you put your mind to babe =)

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  13. I've always thought ombre cakes are so pretty! This is no exception!

    Amy Ann
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  14. wonderful cake!
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  15. OMG! This looks so amazing.

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  16. OMG! this looks too good to be eaten. Gorgeous!!!!!
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    Lenya
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  17. OMG! This is soo beautiful. I have been wanting to make a cake like this for ever. Thank you so much for the recipe!
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    1. It really was. Let me know if you do try it out!

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  18. Oh my!!!! This cake is literally goals! I need it in my life! To bad I'm not that talented cook but I will FOR SURE try to make this! Thank you for amazing recipe *-*!!

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    1. You havve to babe! I bet you'll do an awesome job with it!

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  19. This is so gorgeous- and I bet it's yummy!

    -Ashley
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  20. I'm sure it's delicious, but it's also so pretty!
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    1. It was! I Wish I had more to eat right now.. #midnightsnackcravings

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  21. I can't believe you made this yourself! It looks like a professional wedding cake. It's amazing. I bet it tastes great, too :)

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    1. I didn't babe but my girlfriend did for my birthday ! She is so talented

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  22. Such a lush, yummy and good looking cake. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Oh it really is! You're welcome babe!

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  23. This looks amazing! Would make the perfect cake for a wedding.

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    1. It totally would! Or anniversary party, birthday, basically any occasional party!

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  24. Your friend made such a beautiful cake ! The ombre look outside and inside most have taken a long time to make !

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    1. She is so talented! I Think she just took her time adding the color so she didn't go too dark to fast and could get a range of pinks for the inside =)

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  25. Oh my gosh, this cake is GORGEOUS! Seriously, unbelievably gorgeous! I'd love to see recipes on your blog in the coming year, looking forward to it!

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    1. Thanks Kasie! Good to know you would like to see more of this, I'll definitely keep that in mind!

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  26. That cake looks incredible. I can't believe your friend made it for the first time. It looks perfect.

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    1. I know, she is a talented baking genius!

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  27. Oh my god *_*

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  28. Ooh wow it looks too pretty to eat! :D

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    1. I had no problem doing the eating lol

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  29. First time!!! Goodness, she is a pro. It looks lovely. Certainly a recipe I'd love to try.
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  30. Wonderful!

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  31. Wow! It looks like a cake for a princess, amazing!:)

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  32. This cake is beyond beautiful! I love the colors. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!
    ~Samantha
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  33. I NEED that cake, just now *_*
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    1. Oh it tastes soo amazing, even if you don't make the rosettes you can always just do the cake and icing simply =) and its soo tasty!

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  34. This cake is absolutely gorgeous! Cannot believe this was her first attempt at it - very impressive! xx

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  35. Ahhh this is such a stunning cake! I wish my baking skills were a little better then I might attempt it myself!!
    x Emily
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    1. You can always just bake the cake and put the icing on one layer without the rosettes =) Then at least you can taste the amazingness =) lol

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  36. This cake looks so beautiful, it's my instagram dream!

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  37. Terrific!! =❤❤❤
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  38. Terrific!! =❤❤❤
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    1. This is so beautiful! I promised to make a cake for my best friend's birthday coming up this weekend and I think this is the one I will make! Thanks so much for the inspiration :)

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