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Violet Ombre Cake | URBAN BAKES

Violet Ombre Frosted Chocolate Cake

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  • Author: Connie Chong
  • Total Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Yield: 3 layered 9-inch cake 1x


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Chocolate Cake

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup water

Buttercream Frosting

  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons milk
  • Wilton’s Violet icing gel color


Chocolate Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C).  Grease and flour two 9-inch round pans.
  2. In a large bowl, combine and mix all dry ingredients (sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt).
  3. In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix eggs, milk, oil, vanilla extract, and water for approximately 2 mins.
  4. Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly for approximately 5 – 7 mins until all large bumps are gone. *Note: Small bumps of flour/cocoa may remain present.  Fill each pan 2″ deep with batter.
  5. Bake on top rack for 30 – 35 mins until a wooden pick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.  Cool completely before cutting the cake in half horizontally.

Buttercream Frosting

  1. Mix sugar and margarine together until the mixture’s consistency is of a softened paste.
  2. Mix in vanilla and 6 tablespoons of milk.  For thinner buttercream icing, add in 2 tablespoons milk, one tablespoon at a time.
  3. Using a clean butter knife add in 1/2″ ribbon of gel icing color and stir well.  Add more color if desired and frost the top layer of cake and set aside when finished.
  4. Repeat the addition of icing gel color by increasing another 1/2″ ribbon at a time until desired color appears.  Remember to not go too dark on the second layer of cake so you can have darkest shade for the third layer.


  • If buttercream becomes too thin, add 1/4 cup powdered sugar at a time until desired thickness results.
  • Use approximately 2 cups buttercream for each layer of cake.
  • When using icing colors, always achieve the lightest shade first then, go darker.  Never dark to light as you may not have enough buttercream to lighten the dark shade.
  • Recipe may be cut in half for less frosting.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Cuisine: American

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