Easy Valentine’s Day Ombre Cake

I’ve always loved the look of ombre cakes but the lazy cook inside of me wrote off making one because I always assumed the were super complicated. Turns out, I was wrong.

This Valentine’s Day ombre cake is easy to make and looks so pretty – it’s the perfect little Valentine’s day cake!

Valentines Day Ombre Cake

Valentine’s Day has been strange for me since moving to the United States. In Australia (where I’m from,) Valentine’s Day isn’t huge, and when it is celebrated, it’s in a romantic way, i.e. between a couple.

When I moved to the United States, I started to notice that people celebrated Valentine’s Day by giving a card or gift to the child as well as their partner, and kids would exchange gifts with each other.

At first I found it strange, but now I think it’s just a sweet way to spread some love to your friends and family. And with the way the world is right now, we all need a bit of extra love, right?

This sweet little Valentine’s Day ombre cake is the perfect, creative way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. And one of my favorite features of this cake is the surprise that occurs when people think it’s just a normal cake and then cut a slice and realize it’s a beautiful ombre cake!

How to Make a Valentine’s Day Ombre Cake

Valentine's Day Ombre Cake


  • Boxed Yellow Cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
  • Ingredients for the cake mix (Duncan Hines is: 3 eggs, 1/3 C oil, 1 C water)
  • Red food coloring
  • Pink food coloring
  • Round cookie cutter
  • 2 sheet pans/cookie sheets
  • Parchment paper
  • Cooking spray
  • Vanilla buttercream frosting (ingredients below)


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Line pans with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.

Prepare cake mix according to box.

Evenly divide into 4 bowls. (3 bowls plus the one you mixed in is fine.)

Ombre Cake Process 1

Leave one the way it is, and color the remaining 3 different tints of pink and red.

Ombre Cake Process 2

Pour one color onto one half of a pan.

Pour another onto the other half. Spread until they meet at the middle.

Repeat with the remaining two colors in the remaining pan.

Ombre Cake Process 3

Bake for 10-12 minutes until cooked through and cake starts to pull away from edges.

Allow them to cool completely.

Use a cookie cutter to cut circles out of each color.

*Amount of cakes you will get depends on the size of the pan and the size of the cookie cutter you use.

Ombre Cake Process 5


2 sticks butter, softened

4 C powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbs milk

Red food coloring

Pink food coloring


In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment (or using a hand mixer), whip butter for 2 minutes.

Frosting Process 1

Add vanilla, sugar and milk.

Frosting Process 2

Whip for another 2 minutes.

Separate into different bowl and color each with different tints of pink and red.

Frosting Process 3

How to assemble mini ombre cakes:

Place the darkest color down on a plate and evenly spread a little frosting.

How to Assemble an Ombre Cake

Repeat, using the next 3 cakes in color order from darkest to lightest.

How to Assemble an Ombre Cake

Crumb coat the cake (use a little icing over the whole cake) and place in the freezer for a few minutes.

How to Assemble an Ombre Cake

Add your frosting and decorate!

Ombre Valentine's Day Cake

Valentine's Day Pink Ombre Cake


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Hi I'm Ashli. I'm work-at-home mom of one who loves being outdoors, reading, running, exploring Japan (where I currently live) and teaching other moms how to make money online.

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