Mini Ombré Valentines Day Cake for Two

When I told my husband I was going to make an Ombré Valentines Day Cake he asked if it was some sort of Mexican cake.

I giggled, because he speaks Spanish, and he thought I meant hombre. No honey, I am not making a Mexican Man Cake.

A 4 layer ombre cake with white frosting on a plate and a slice removed from it

Ombré actually means to take one color and show it in different shades from light to darker.

It’s purrdy.

A slice of 4 layer ombre cake with white frosting on a plate

I wanted to make something sweet, delicate, and somewhat fancy for that special Valentines Day dessert. But of course it had to be simple and easy.

I took just one box of white cake mix and played around with red dye.

A bowl of white frosting with red dye being mixed into

By adding a little red dye to the white cake mix you create a pink cake batter. Add a little more and it gets darker and darker. One box of white cake mix can be equally divided into 4 (1 1/4 cup) parts.

My base is white, so I poured that right into the cake pan. Then I and played around with the rest until I got 3 different shades of pink.

Three bowls of frosting in varying colors of pink

I have two 8″ round cake pans and two 9″ round cake pans, so I used all of them. Looking back, I wish I would have just used the 8″ pans and had the layers more uniform in size. Because there isn’t too much batter in each pan, they bake really fast.

Close up of 4 layers of cake on a cooling rack

In order to make this cake more romantic I used a round cookie cutter to cut out a small circle from each cake. Then I layered them with a simple whip cream.

Four layers of cake pre-frosted on a plate with a pile of frosting on the top

Then I just placed more whip cream around the outside of the cake and topped it with some pretty heart sprinkles.

It’s so purrdy.

A white frosted cake on a plate with pink, red and white heart shaped sprinkles on top

You can make 2 or 3 of these mini cakes out of just the one cake mix. So if you’re having a group over for Valentines Day you can give each couple their own cake to share.

Although when my husband and I shared this cake last night he asked if we could split it and put it on two separate plates, because he doesn’t trust my “sharing” capabilities. HA! You better eat fast buddy! 

A white cake on a plate with a slice removed and next to it a second plate with the removed slice.

This cake is sweet, pretty, and the perfect romantic dessert for your Valentines Day with your loved one.

A slice of four layer cake on a plate next to the full cake it was removed from

Even if you have to share.

A 4 layer ombre cake with white frosting on a plate and a slice removed from it
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Mini Ombré Valentines Day Cake for Two

This cake is sweet, pretty, and the perfect romantic dessert for your Valentines Day with your loved one.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 mini cakes
Calories: 1220 kcal
Author: Shawn

Ingredients

  • 1 box White Cake Mix , plus ingredients required to prepare it (egg whites, water, oil)
  • food coloring, red
  • 2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • sprinkles, pink

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Prepare white cake batter according to box instructions, then scoop out 1 1/4 cup of batter and place it into a lightly greased 8" round cake pan. Divide the remaining batter among three small clean bowls (1 1/4 cups of batter per bowl).
  • In the first bowl blend in two drops of red dye until the batter is an even shade of light pink. Pour into a lightly greased 8" round cake pan. Bake the white layer and light pink layer for 8-10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool on wire racks.
  • With the remaining batter add 4 drops of red dye to one bowl and mix till a darker shade of pink is made. Pour into prepared 8" round cake pan. With the last bowl of batter add 12 drops of red dye and mix until a dark pink color is made. Pour into prepared 8" round cake pan. Bake both cakes for 8-10 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool on wire racks.
  • For frosting: Beat heavy cream in bowl of a stand mixer on high until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar and continue beating on high until stiff peaks form. Keep cool until ready to frost.
  • Use a 3" round cookie cutter to cut out cake from each cake. Layer white cake first, then whip cream frosting, light pink cake, frosting, pink cake, frosting, dark pink cake, then frosting on top and around sides. Top with sprinkles. Keep in fridge until ready to serve.
  • Enjoy!
Notes
Tools requires: 3" round cookie cutter.

Nutrition

Serving: 1mini cake | Calories: 1220kcal | Carbohydrates: 153g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 65g | Saturated Fat: 40g | Cholesterol: 217mg | Sodium: 1255mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 81g | Vitamin A: 2332IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 481mg | Iron: 3mg
Keywords: cake, powdered sugar, Valentines, whipping cream, white cake mix
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.


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Shawn Syphus

Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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