Baking | OMBRE … Almond Layered Cream Cake {for the teen who craved pink!}

“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward”
Kurt Vonnegut

Ombre ... Almond Layered Cream CakeHappy New Year with an Ombre Almond Layered Cream Cake. Sorry I haven’t made an appearance yet. The beginning of the year is always BUSY! Call it bad planning, but the elder teen was born on the 2nd of Jan 17 years ago. In this absolutely freezing cold, where the temperature dips and the power trips, I’ve been baking birthday cakes every 1st January for the past 16 years.

Ombre ... Almond Layered Cream Cake 2We’ve broken ‘cold‘ records for the past 45 years this January. With a country not planned with central heating, we are surviving in ice boxes at 0.7 C temperatures. Absolutely bone chilling here these days. It’s one thing to shiver; another to shiver and bake!! Must be a glutton for punishment as I shiver through the process every year. I made an ombre cake a while ago for a dear friends birthday. It was TALL with many shades of pink. How the daughter whined! “You never make tall cakes in shades of pink for me”, “Why have I never got one like this”, “I WANT pink for my birthday”.

Ombre ... Almond Layered Cream Cake 3Then I saw this beautiful piece of art at BS in the Kitchen. Stunning and inspiring. I set off to replicate it but this January has been tougher than ever. Bitterly cold, power cuts galore … and if I may be allowed some more whining, cream that refused to oblige! I got down to whipping the low fat cream thrice … every single time we had a power cut. It usually obliges. Not this time though. I almost wept.

Ombre ... Almond Layered Cream Cake I should have made a buttercream; really should have. We don’t particularly love buttercream at home, so I decided to innovate. Lesson learnt: roses are made from firmer stuff i.e. buttercream! In sheer desperation, I began piping my frosting which was good enough to pipe roses on top, but played slip sliding roses on the walls of the cake. Thank heavens for lace collars. When all else fails, it seems to salvage the situation somewhat.

Ombre ... Almond Layered Cream CakeThe cake tasted great and the birthday teen loved it to bits, pink and all. It got over really quick. In all the running around that day, I never did manage a proper picture before it was cut. It was worth the heartache though, well worth it!

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  1. <3 the cake and <3 the good mommy you are :). happy to 17 year old :)

  2. Seventeen, how time flies my friend. This is a cake perfect for any princess.

  3. A beautiful creation! I really love the white chocolate dicorations.



  4. So pretty! I love this…pink is my favorite color too! :)

  5. Deeba-your daugher is so lucky to have a wonderful mum like you!
    Wish her a belated birthday
    Well done -as always, it is a mastepiece!

  6. Suzanne says:

    Congratulations to your daughter on her 17th Birthday
    Im sure she had lots of fun with her friends.

    Congratulations to you too Deeba !… for your perseverance with this stunning ‘Ombre’ cake
    great job as usual.


  7. What lovely and beautiful cake, she is lovely and yes I think maybe she has 17 cause my twins have 18! send you hugss and happy belated birthday to her!!

  8. happy birthday to your daughter. this cake look heavenly… love the shades of pink.

  9. Simply gorgeous pinkness!

  10. looks gorgeous deeba. i made a two-layered cake for my friend yesterday and it took me three hours so I can imagine how long this would take, especially in the cold and with power failures.

  11. Happy Belated Birthday to your daughter, she is so lucky to have her own personal Pastry Chef ( If I may say so )
    A lovely cake with perfect shades of pink.

  12. Awesome looking cake…wonderful

  13. happy birthday to the wee one and what a stunning cake!

  14. yummy n tempting cake…..beautifully done

  15. many many happy returns to th elittle lady…
    and pretty cake…
    PS what is raw sugar???

  16. Ombre – you are so tempting me to bake one like this for my daughter’s birthday, she will LOVE pink! Belated birthday wishes to your daughter!

    Thank God, whipping cream isn’t one of my baking woes, thanks to non-dairy whipping cream…

  17. HAppy birthday to the young lady.:) The cake is fantastic. Love it. I wish I can make it somewheer close to the beauty.

  18. A very happy birthday to the very lucky lady whose mother is the worlds best cook :) Love the gorgeous cake Deeba, you always blow my mind. It is so hot here in Perth around 41 degrees from the past 1 week we are melting. I am not sure if it would be a good idea to make any cake with frosting.But would love to try this one day :)

  19. Such a beautiful cake, i am always in love with all your pink creations.

  20. You bake beautiful cakes! EVERY SINGLE TIME :)

  21. My my this is super stuff..wish I could make half as pretty cakes you make. Happy birthday to the young lady.

  22. One day.. some day.. I have to make an ombre cake.. despite the pink attack.. there is something so dainty and feminine about them!! U make these lace collars seem so easy.. and lets not even get into the utter futility of whipping low-fat cream!! :)

  23. Kalyani says:

    Your cake looks AMAZING!. Can you please let me know if I need to double the quantities mentioned to make the 4 layers.

  24. What a beautiful and feminine cake just gorgeous! Wishing your daughter a happy belated birthday.

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