Ombré Smash Cake

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January 23, 2015

cake with candleFor my son's first birthday, I made him a blue ombre smash cake. It was a bit challenging to make, but well worth the time.



  • buttercream frosting (divided into 4 bowls)
  • gel food coloring
  • spatulas
  • prepared layer cake
  • decorating turn table


  1. Prepare buttercream frosting. (I use Wilton's recipe for medium consistency.) Divide the icing in half. Set aside 1/2 for filling and crumb coating the cake. Divide the other 1/2 equally into 4 small bowls. Leave 1 bowl white, then use blue gel icing colors to color the other 3 bowls light, medium, and dark blue.
  2. 4 icing colors
  3. Place the cake on the turn table. Crumb coat the cake with white icing.
  4. fill and layer cake
    crumb coat cake
  5. Apply the darkest blue icing to the lower 1/3 of the cake. Use the narrow end of the spatula to keep the icing just in that section. (I applied the icing fairly thick at first to give me enough to blend the colors.)
  6. apply dark blue icing

  7. Apply the medium blue icing just above the dark.
  8. apply medium blue icing
  9. Follow by adding the light blue icing.
  10. apply light blue icing
  11. Finally apply the white icing to the top.
  12. apply white icing
  13. Now use the full length of the spatula to smooth the icings together. This will blend the colors together where they meet, creating the ombré effect.
  14. smooth icing for ombre
    finished ombre effect

  15. This tiny cake is perfect for using as a smash cake or use this technique on a larger cake for any occasion.
  16. baby smashing cake
    smashed cake
  17. NOTE: I didn't have a small round cake pan so I had to use a small oval. I then used a plastic lid as a template to cut my layers into circles using a sharp bread knife.
  18. cut cake in half
    cut cake into circle
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February 16, 2016

Here is the perfect smash cake for a first birthday, in a beautiful ombré design. Learn how to make it in this short video.

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