Friday, July 20, 2012

purple ombre roses cake


My friend H introduced me to her friend S a few years ago, the day that the three of us stood in line at Macy's for hours to meet Sarah Jessica Parker at a perfume signing event.  It was so much fun!


After that day, I've bumped into S here and there, and we eventually discovered that we share a love for food and food photography.  Then one day recently, she asked me to make a cake for her birthday.  She specifically requested the rose cake (that I love to make), which uses the rose cake method from I Am Baker.  And since she requested either purple or white, I decided to make it a purple ombre rose cake, similar to my purple ombre petal cake, which would start with purple at the bottom and gradually grow lighter until it became white on the top.

For the cake layers I made my favorite - a dark chocolate cake (recipe from Ina Garten).  I only used half the recipe, which filled two 6-inch cake pans.  Then I filled the layers with chocolate mousse (recipe from the Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake from America's Test Kitchen).


Then I whipped up a batch of cream cheese buttercream, and did a quick crumb coat over the entire cake.


And then came the fun part - the piping of the roses.  I divided the rest of the frosting into three parts - I left the first portion white, then the next portion I colored a light purple, and the third portion I colored a darker purple.


Then using a Wilton 1M tip and I Am Baker's rose cake method, I covered the top of my cake with white roses.


Next came the lighter purple roses, and finally the darker purple roses on the bottom.


Isn't it pretty? :)


Happy belated birthday, S!  Hope you enjoyed the cake!

43 comments:

  1. This is quite the beauty!

    www.eatblogpray.blogspot.com
    xo

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  2. Wow! Another beautifully done cake! I really would like to try making a rose cake, there just so beautiful! ^_^

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    1. @Elizabeth King - thank you! you should definitely try making it, it's actually easier than it looks! :)

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  3. There is always a mysterious quality about ombre that makes the cake all the more adorable. Rose cakes are so intricate and lovely! I would have wanted one for my birthday but I know I will only end up with a whole mess than a rose. LOL!

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    1. @Yumgoggle - yes i do love ombre as well! and regarding your new site - how exciting! i will definitely sign up and check it out :)

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  4. This is not only gorgeous. It's talent speaking for itself! Beautiful!

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    1. @Ellen B Cookery - awww, thanks for such a sweet comment! :)

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  5. My gosh, this is just stunning! I'm certain S was thrilled!!!

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  6. Wow, you're super talented. The rose cake is beautiful! Great privilege to be your friend. ;)

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    1. @Lindy Stamper - aww, thank you! :)

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    1. thanks @todaysspecialthoughts ! :)

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  8. What a stunning cake. The colors are absolutely gorgeous.

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    1. @Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious - thank you!!!

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  9. simply gorgeous! your roses are very skillfully piped!

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    1. @NEL, the batter baker - thanks for the sweet comment! :)

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  10. Can you please share the recipe or link to recipe for the butter cream frosting! I'd really like to try this cake. Thx!

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    1. @Yansy - sure! my frosting recipe is:

      2 sticks butter
      1 stick cream cheese
      4 cups confectioner's sugar
      1-2 tsp vanilla extract
      pinch of salt

      let me know how it turns out for you!

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    2. I know this is wayyy late, so hopefully you still see it! I am giving this icing a shot to do these roses, but have never worked with an icing (homemade anyway) that has cream cheese in it. Should this be refrigerated or is it ok in a container on the counter? And how long do you think it might be good for? I made a batch today to practice the roses but won't need all of it for practice. The party I'm using it for is 8 days out and I'm stingy and hate to throw things away!! And will the cake be ok at room temp once iced like this or should I refrigerate? I'm terrified that these pretty little roses will slide into not so pretty little waves! Thanks so much!!!

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    3. @csbtgtm - you'll need to refrigerate the icing if you don't use it right after mixing. after refrigerating, just re-whip before using. it should be good for maybe 4-5 days. i'm not sure about 8 days out though, i know sometimes if i leave frosting in the fridge too long it forms little hard bits in it, which lead to non-smooth icing.

      hope that helps! let me know how it turns out! :)

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  11. awesome thank you! I'll be sure to send you an update on the finished product! so glad I found this on pinterest! Loving your blog :)

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  12. .thanks for sharing

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  13. This. cake. looks. AMAZING. You've inspired me to attempt a cake like this sometime soon. Incredible!! :)

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    1. @Stephanie @ Life Tastes Like Food - thank you!!! you're too sweet. i'm so happy to have inspired you! :)

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  14. This is absolutely gorgeous! And looks delicious too. :-)

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    1. @Sarah Bower - thanks for the lovely comment! :)

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  15. Love your blog! Thanks for sharing =)
    Christine from Singapore

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  16. My baking is usually more rustic - country bumpkin style- but I tried this design and it was easy to get such an amazing effect, on even the most rustic of cakes, and I used it for a charity bake sale on a selection of cakes! Thank you so much the cakes were a real hit!

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    1. @Antonia Pirrie - i'm so glad it was a hit! can't wait to see the pictures! :)

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  17. The cake looks so yummy <3 I've read almost all of your postings. And yes, you're such a great baker :))

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  18. @Anonymous - thank you! and, i can't believe you've read almost all the postings! thanks for reading!!! :)

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  19. I was so excited to see this cake. I found it through Pinterest one day. This was after I had offered to make a wedding cake for my sister in law. Wasn't quite sure what I was thinking after I made this offer. I knew even if I didn't know what I was doing my sister would help me figure it out.
    WE DID IT! Thanks to your great directions and picture.
    Hope you don't mind but I did a blog post on this. We got so many compliments on this cake and it was all your idea. You're welcome to check out the post. I hope you will approve of it. Can't Be Me and here is the link http://cantbeme.com/?p=2856.
    Thank you,
    Debbie Iverson

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    1. @Help With Midlife - hi debbie! i'm so glad my blog post was helpful! i actually got the idea from I Am Baker, but i'm so glad you linked to my post and i'm super happy that everyone loved your cake! it looks beautiful! good job! :)

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  20. This is so amazing! I will have to try it.. Maybe for my birthday!
    Liz
    http://liz-makes.blogspot.com/

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  21. Your cake looks lovely. I also found it through pintrest! Thank you for the inspiration -I have done a post on a similiar one I did-please do take a look! http://the-zen-baker.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/pink-ombre-rose-cake.html. Also I really like your blog-very inspiring ! Best,Zeinab

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