It’s baby season! Well, technically, I guess it’s always baby season but it sure seems there are more babies born during late spring through summer. That means more baby showers are on the calendar, too. I have a great cake recipe if you need a dessert table centerpiece for a shower or sprinkle or even if you want to surprise a mom-to-be. It looks impressive and it’s simpler to do than you might think.
Turquoise is one of my favorite colors and it looks especially good in ombre. It just looks fresh and happy, which makes it a great choice for the frosting on this celebratory cake.
Must be I’m not the only one who likes that hue. Target is promoting the Oh Joy! collection for Johnson’s® Head-to-Toe® and Bedtime® products and it’s included on each of the bottle designs. Have you seen them yet? They’re so much fun! I’m loving the pert color combos and fun graphics. I love it when a favorite product looks good too.
Johnson’s® products are wonderful for baby’s delicate skin and Mom’s appreciative nose! Its clinically proven mildness formula is great for newborns—the No More Tears® formula is gentle as water for baby’s sensitive eyes. And if baby needs an extra nudge to sleep better, Johnson’s® 3-Step Bedtime Routine (Bedtime® Bath, soothing massage with Bedtime® Lotion and a few minutes of quiet time) has also been clinically proven to help baby sleep up to an hour longer. More sleep for baby would be a great gift for mom, too!
I always like to make the packaging of a gift as part of the surprise. A cute tote or basket can be reused in lots of ways. Pair Johnson’s® products with a hooded towel set, jammies and a receiving blanket for a themed presentation and really wow a new mom.
The new Johnson’s® Oh Joy! collection will only be available until July 22 so be sure to pick some up before they’re sold out.
Mint Ombre Cake
- MINT OMBRE CAKE
- 2 boxes of chocolate cake mix
- 2 cups of water
- 1 cup of oil
- 6 eggs
- WHIPPED VANILLA BEAN FROSTING
- 6 sticks of butter
- 4 cups of powdered sugar
- 1 vanilla bean
- turquoise food coloring
- In a large bowl, mix cake mix, water, oil and eggs until well combined. (Note: instead of combining all ingredients, I actually made the cake two separate times. In this case, it’s one box with one cup of water, ½ cup of oil and 3 eggs.)
- Line an 8-inch round cake pan with parchment paper and evenly pour batter into cake pans.
- Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and let cool completely before frosting.
- Once the cakes have cooled, use a cake leveler to gently cut off the rounded part of each cake, making a flat surface.
- Line a cake stand with parchment paper. Place the bottom layer on top of an 8-inch cake board and spread ½ cup of frosting to the edges using an offset spatula. Place the second layer on top and spread another ½ cup of frosting. Repeat with each of the layers. Top the cake with a thin layer of frosting. Divide the remaining frosting into 3 bowls. Add 1 drop of turquoise food coloring to one of the bowls and stir well, making sure all the frosting has been colored. To the second bowl, add 2-3 drops of food coloring and stir well. Leave the third bowl white.
- On the bottom of the cake, add the darker turquoise color and spread evenly around the bottom of the cake. Then use a frosting spatula to make the frosting smooth.
- Around the middle of the cake, just above the darker layer, add the lighter color. Clean the frosting spatula and use it to evenly spread the frosting around the cake.
- Spread the white frosting around the remaining top portion of the cake. Clean the frosting spatula and use it to evenly spread the white frosting around the cake.
FOR THE FROSTING
- Place butter in the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Cut a slit down the middle of the vanilla bean and scrape out the beans with a paring knife. Add to butter. Add powdered sugar and mix on low until well combined. Then turn on high for 2-3 minutes.
- CAKE TOPPER
- Paper (colors vary depending on project)
- 1 ¾ inch round hole punch
- white thread (about 14 inches in length)
- 2 bamboo skewers
- Use the hole punch to make circles.
- Space the circles ½ inch apart and tape the string to the top part of each circle. (You can also use glue dots and double the circles if you need the topper to look finished from any angle.)
- Tie the string around the top ends of the skewer. There should be about 2 inches of string between the top of the skewer and where the first circle starts. Tape down the string to the skewer after you have tied it.
- If the garland hangs too much, you can turn the skewer, wrapping the string around it to make the garland hang higher.
- Stick the skewers into the middle outside edges of the cake.