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Monday, November 28, 2011

Pretty in Pink Cake

Pink Ombre Cake

"If you give off signals that you don't want to belong, people will make sure that you don't." ~Pretty in Pink

(this was not my most fave John Hughes movie, 16 Candles was (long live Jake Ryan). in fact, i thought the pink polka dot shoulder-less dress molly ringwald designed was truly ugly.)

i sometimes go thru phases of not wanting this blog. it's hard work. so i disappear for a few weeks, until my journalism deadline oriented quark nags me and i bust out a post. i get tired of the Game ~ coming up with the most original material, taking pictures and then gawd help me, social media-ing it. i pretty much fail in that regard. that is, unless during the chore of said social media-ing, i come across a cake like this and damn being original, damn being better, i just want to make it. never mind that i'm not so big on plain white vanilla cake, or that food coloring freaks me out, that PINK is so NOT ME. because, sometimes it's not about me. it's about others. you know, readers. people who actually have to consume what i make. people, who for whatever reason, come to this space to look at my pictures, read my words. like i said, it's hard work, no one else is going to do it like i do.

Pink Ombre Cake

"This is a really volcanic ensemble you're wearing, it's really marvelous!" ~Pretty in Pink

Pink Swirl Ombre Cake ~ Lactose Free
8" pans ~ 4 layers

Cake: Perfect Vanilla ~ i quadrupled the recipe, 1 layer per recipe, baked at 27 minutes at 350F. i also used Organic Valley Lactose Free Milk

Icing: american buttercream frosting ~ i tripled the recipe, using soy margarine. crumb coat the cake with a thin layer of icing.

Swirls: #31 Wilton tip.

Colors: Rose & Rosa gel colors

i piped with the lightest shade first, then incrementally added a drop or two more for the subsequent darker layers. i didn't want four bowls of icing to play with and eventually wash. the layers were various shades of pink, too, but no photos available. the birthday girl loved it, it was perfect just for her.


  1. I was scrolling down to see a cut piece. Heh heh... love the piping work. I'm not sure I can handle that.

  2. What a spectacular cake Lan. With regards to the blog thing, find the balance that works for you.

    PS. Jake Ryan was HAWT but there was something utterly loveable about Ducky.

  3. Ugh, I so feel you -- sometimes it just seems like such a chore to cook specifically for blogging, to take photos of the food before chowing down, to try to convince people to read it... and then to struggle with that fear of, "Why do I do this? Nobody reads my blog anyway. I'm dumb."

    But I for one am glad your inner deadline-fearer kicks in, and that you do post -- regularly or not. I just think you're tops. You know, in that Internetty bloggy stranger way.

  4. I really love this cake. And after watching a long season of Project Runways and their stupid ombre commercials, I said "oohhh ombre!" as soon as I saw your cake. I want to get better at making and decorating cakes list this. I need to practice.

    I totally understand how you feel about the chore of blogging. It's why I walked away from it for around 6 months at the beginning of this year. I felt like my ideas weren't good enough and the effort was too much. And Twitter is a major chore to me.

    Doing a site redesign really invigorated me and and I felt like I had renewed purpose once everything seemed fresh and pretty. And I keep this insanely long list of ideas with me, as soon as I think of something I want to make. If I didn't keep lists I'd forget everything. In the end I stopped caring about what everyone else is making and just do what's interesting to me.

  5. This cake is so beautiful and I love the fact that the layering inside matched the shades of pink on the outside too. Very pretty! This is going into my books of must-try recipes!

  6. How smart of you to just add a drop of food coloring. Love the gradations of color.

    Unless you make a living blogging, and I think even then, writing every day can be tiring. Sometimes just editing down which photos to use and uploading them and all that seems too much too. I try not to make my blog a job, but to do it when I want to.

  7. Hey Lan! I completely know what you mean about blog deadlines...haha. Know you are completely creative and a breath of fresh air to visit!


  8. pickyin - i'm sorry. i made the cake the day before the party & it was late night before it got cut, no natural lighting.

    elizabeth - thank you.

    wendi - so far doing once a week is balancing out well for me! :) (i will always <3 jake ryan)

    meister - when a hobby becomes too much like work then it's no longer a hobby. you are too sweet.

    jen - i think taking breaks is so important, i just wish i could take a break longer than just a few weeks! a site redesign, yes, i need one, badly.

    cathy - thanks!

    beetle buggy - it really is super easy, enjoy.

    chi wc - it was actually my 2nd choice to approach the cake... i almost did the four different bowls of icing route.. thankfully i didn't!

    casie - as always, you are too kind.

  9. Looks delicious. Would love for you to share this with us over at