ombre valentines cake

well, to start the morning off, i have some exciting news!! over the weekend, shopruche featured me as their “february ruchette of the month!” what an honor, really. it’s been so fun to have been featured on their blog a few times, and now, as the ruchette of the month. how exciting!

with that said, be sure to hop over to their store and shop the new spring pastels. if you live here in texas, i know that you could be wearing them right now! it’s been so unseasonably warm here…and i’m not complaining at this point! for some reason, when christmas ends, i’m so ready for the warm spring air to blow in. for flowers to start opening up, and most importantly for spring clothing! i love adding a little color back into my wardrobe. and ruche has some lovely new spring dresses and tops to help you do just that! {swoon}

onto what i am really excited about this morning. chad and i had lots of fun coming up with this little project and watching it come to fruition on saturday. since it’s chads job to create videos for our company, he thought that adding videos to the blog would be a great idea. and i am in complete agreance. there is something about moving pictures that is much more exciting than the everyday outfit post.

so i hope you enjoy this little “baking” video we put together. this ombre cake was pretty easy to make, and would be a fun idea to cook up for a loved one this valentines day!! {hint, hint} i have the biggest sweet tooth around, and so i might have done a little too much finger licking, while chad was working hard behind the camera. {you don’t have to bake all 4 layers, by the way. trust me, we have cake for days around here} anyway, i have to give all of the credit to my hubs. he is amazing at setting up creative shots and editing the hours of footage together to make such a fun, aesthetically pleasing video. basically, he just rocks at what he does.

so, i hope you enjoy! and be sure to scroll down for the recipe!

**this makes 1 9×9 round pan**

1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk


  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). grease and flour a 9×9 inch pan or line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. in a large mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. at this point, you will add the desired amount of red food coloring for your first pink color. pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan. repeat this step for desired amount of cake layers! you can go crazy and make 4 like we did, or just keep it simple at 2 or 3!
  3. bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. cake is done when it springs back to the touch.

now the fun part! time to frost this baby! i used a simple buttercream frosting, but you can use any frosting you want!


3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream


  1. in a standing mixer fitted with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter. mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.
  2. add vanilla and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream if needed for spreading consistency.

 the beauty of making your own cake is that you can add any type of topping you want. i found these fun little decorations at target. they have such a great selection!

hope you have as much fun as we did making this!


{ps, you can pin the picture below and it links to the recipe if you want to save it for later!}



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