Pink Ombre Petal Effect Cake

My kids are still sick. Ugh. My son seems to be getting worse everyday. Luckily, I have an appointment this afternoon with his pediatrician. I called the nurse this morning and she thought it was best if I brought him in to see the doctor. Hopefully he doesn’t have anything too serious.

This was one of my favorite cakes to decorate.

January Cake

It is a strawberry and red velvet cake with buttercream frosting. I decorated the cake using the petal effect technique in a gradient,also called ombre, of pink. I used a Wilton tip 12 and Wilton color pink.

I set aside 4 containers of buttercream frosting and colored one container of frosting with pink. I made it a dark pink. I then added some of the dark pink frosting to the second container of white buttercream frosting until I reached the desired color. I did this to the remaining containers of frosting, each time adding a smaller amount of the pink frosting.

Before I decorated the sides of the cake, I crumb coated the entire cake and put a final white layer of frosting on top. I smoothed the top of the cake with a Viva paper towel once the buttercream frosting had crusted. I discuss how to create the petal effect in another post.

The ruffled flower on top is made from gum paste and the center piece is made of gum paste and pink sugar pearls. It is difficult to see, but I dusted edible glitter on top of the flower and cake. flower on cake

Birthday cake

Do you prefer to decorate with buttercream frosting or fondant?

-I used to prefer fondant, but I’m starting to really enjoy working with buttercream frosting.

15 comments:

  1. I prefer buttercream because it's tastier! Also because it's easy to make at home from everyday supplies. I find that people request fondant though... But most people who know how it tastes request not to have it.

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    1. Hey Abby, thanks for the comment. I agree buttercream does taste better. I like how quickly I can decorate a cake with buttercream frosting.

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  2. I am going to try a similar cake to this later in the week and I'll post it on my blog and give you a shoutout! I am going to do this in blue and continue the petals on the top with zebra cake inside. This is gorgeous! You are great at working with buttercream.

    I am also hoping to try a gumpaste flower similar to that for this cake I found on Pinterest: http://www.mycakeschool.com/blog/pretty-petal-effect/. I want to make this for us on our first anniversary because we didn't save our top tier.

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    1. Thank you. I really like this decorating technique. It is a quick and easy way to decorate a cake. Your cake sounds like it is going to be amazing. I'm excited to see it. We saved our top tier and it was disgusting. I think your way is much better.

      I love mycakeschool.com. I'm actually a member of the site. I have learned so much from watching her videos and having access to the forums and recipes.

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  3. Hi Shauna,

    Stopping by to say Hi and thank you (and the great tutorial!).. really appreciate it ^^

    ~ Ting

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    1. Ting, thanks for the comment and I'm glad you like the tutorial.

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  4. Absolutely love this!! You are very talented! What size cake is this and how many layers?

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    1. Thank you. This is a two layer cake that is 9" around and about 5" tall.

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  5. In this case do you do one layer of petals at a time ? Like you do all the petals for the darker shades first then the lighter and so on?

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    1. I worked on one row at a time, starting with the bottom row. I explain this process more in the post How to Create the Petal Effect Technique, http://tiny.cc/sfepjw, and in the comment section. My reasoning for working one row at a time, was to prevent mixing the colors when dragging the spatula over the petals. I wiped the spatula after every drag, but didn't always get all of the buttercream off the spatula. I hope this helps.

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  6. Question; do you do all the petals of the signals shade first? Then continue to the lighter shades and so one? Or do you do all the petals as you would if they were all they same color (as you normally would do) ?

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  7. Hello, just stumbled on this cake and would love to know which of the Wilton Pinks did you use? Did you use the Rose, the Pink or the Petal Pink (this colour comes in a kit). I can see I am 2 years behind, but this cake is beautiful and perfect for a cousin's first communion.

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  8. hey shauna its simply amazing. the colour and the finishIng neatness attracted me to this blog. Can u plz share what brand colour was it Wilton or Americolor. I am simply in love with the colur. I am maiing a cake for a friend and that too is a red velvet cake :) Awaiting ur reply , plz respond. Thanks Shauna :)

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    1. Thank you. I used Pink by Wilton.

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