a very pink cake

So a little while ago I made this pink rose ombre cake for my mother's birthday. It was almost as fun to make as it was to eat, so why not have a go?
The cake was made of 4 separate layers of vanilla sponge (each one consisted of 1 cup butter, 1 cup caster sugar, 3 eggs, 1 cup flour, 1tsp vanilla extract), and before baking, each layer had slightly more pink colouring added to it than the one before.

A word of warning: The colours will get more intense after baking, so try not to use too much colouring, as long as they look gradually different from one another, it doesn't matter how vibrant they are yet! After baking them individually in round tins, I stacked them with plum jam holding them together. The colours are a bit pale here, but fear not, all the wonderful pink-ness is on the inside!
The next step was to roughly ice the whole thing. I chose light pink as a base to pipe swirly roses onto.

I then mixed up 3 different shades of pink buttercream frosting (icing sugar, milk, butter) and piped in thick overlapping swirls from top to bottom, in light pink to a bright, hot pink.

Et Voila! The finished product! Tastes good too.. check out the inside!

The cake was a hit, and fed so many people due to the sheer size of the thing! Have you guys had a go at the ombre cake? I'd love to see some pictures!

Happy Baking!

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