A week after making Lincoln's superhero cake, I decided to make a stacked 4-layer ombre birthday cake for my sister-in-law's and my birthdays (I'm 1 day older). I went with my usual boxed cake, but I tried a modification I saw on Pinterest to make a boxed cake taste like a bakery cake. It said to add an extra egg, substitute melted butter for the oil (and double it), and use milk instead of water. Which I did, except for the egg; I thought 3 per box was plenty. I even used whole milk since I had it. I decided to go all in for my birthday.
I made 2 layers at a time. I divided one batch of batter into 2 bowls and then pretty much just eye-balled the coloring. And since I was stacking 4 layers and had just eaten 2 cake tops from Lincoln's cake the previous week, I wanted to minimize the damage to my waistline by minimizing the amount of leveling my layers would need. To do that, I pulled out my trusty cake strips that I made when I took a Wilton cake decorating class a few years ago. Mine are literally strips of old towel sewn together. I get them sopping wet and then pin them to the outside of the cake pan. And look at how even those cake tops are! I didn't even have to level them.
Once I had my 4 layers baked, I let them cool and then stacked and applied a crumb cake using a new frosting “recipe.” I mixed a can of the Wilton premade buttercream with a can of cream cheese frosting. It gives a delicious taste and great consistency. It's not cost-effective if you make cakes a lot, but it was well worth it for my purposes. Those 2 cans were enough for the stacking, crumb coat, and the final layer.
And then I waited with breathless anticipation until I got to cut the cake.
And it turned out perfectly! I could not have been more pleased. Not only did the ombre coloring turn out perfectly, but it tasted incredible. Basically, this cake was oh-so-decadent. I highly recommend the cake mix modification.
AND I get to cross off one of my 32 by Thirty-Two goals!