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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Blue Ombre Cake

On Friday, I made a Blue Ombre cake for book club.  I had made it once before for a baby shower, but it didn't turn out as well.  I found by frosting each layer with A LOT of lemon curd and adding a little lemon zest, and spraying each cake pan with TONS of cooking spray, the cake turned out a lot better.

 Here are a few reasons why I LOVE this cake.  First of all, the colors are awesome! Secondly, it has a slight mix of lemon and vanilla flavors that bland very nicely.  Thirdly, it is SO moist.  If you are looking for an attractive crowd pleasing dessert, this is the recipe for you!

Blue Ombre Cake
 (With a hint of lemon & vanilla)
Adapted from: Sockerrus

***Note you will need a cooking scale for this recipe.
I tried to translate into cups, but it just wasn't exact.

Ingredients
*9 large egg whites
*480 grams of milk
*3 teaspoons of Vanilla
*600 grams of flour
*600 grams of sugar
*2 2/3 teaspoons baking powder
*Zest of one lemon
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*340 grams soft butter
*Blue Icing (I used Wilton Sky Blue, Aqua & Royal Blue)
*2 jars of lemon curd
*1-2 Flats of Blueberries

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a medium bowl whisk together egg whites, milk, vanilla, and lemon zest.
3. In a larger bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and butter.
4. Pour one third of milk mix into flour mix and blend together with mixer on low speed until smooth. Repeat 2 more times.
5.  Divide cake batter into 4 bowls.  Leave the first bowl white. In the second bowl add the sky blue food coloring, the third bowl add the aqua food coloring, the fourth bowl add the royal blue food coloring. Stir each bowl very well, to insure that food coloring is well blended and evenly distributed.
6.  You can either use four or two 9 inch round cake pans.  Spray each cake pan VERY well with cooking spray.  If you are using four pans, pour each color into a pan. If you are using two, pour the 2 of the colors into the pans. 
7. Bake 2 pans at a time for 20 minutes. When done, make sure that a cake tester comes out clean, but make sure the edges are not browning too much. 
8. Let cakes cool in pan for 10 minutes.  Once semi cool, place on cooling racks. Allow to cool completely.
9. If using 4 pans, go ahead and put in the sky blue and white. Bake 20 minutes. If using two, let the cakes cool, and then wash pans, so that you can re-use the pans. Pour sky blue and white into pans and bake for another 20 minutes.  Repeat process for first two cakes.
10.  Once cakes are completely cool, place the royal blue cake on a cake stand or plate, and frost with a generous layer of lemon curd.  Repeat the process for each cake in this order: aqua, sky blue & white.  Frost the top white layer with a generous layer of lemon curd and top with blueberries.  
11. Enjoy! 


After making this cake, all I wanted to do was admire it.  Actually, it is Sunday, and I can't get myself to part with the rest of it:


Maybe I'll have one more piece and toss it tomorrow :)

Happy Sunday!

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