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Purple Ombre cake to celebrate one year of Table for Two



Today marks 1 year since I pressed “publish” on my first ever post. Funny how I started with a “take-out, fake-out” that has now grown into a category my readers love. It took me a while to find my voice. I knew I wanted this blog to be about all things food. I live and breathe on food. But then I also read style blogs and was going to do home decor posts and fashion posts..but then I realized quickly that is totally not my calling — have you seen my closet or my apartment? Yeah, I lack style in every department.

I started this blog with the sole intent of just sharing my love for food. Every crumb of it.

I honestly didn’t know what I was really getting into. Annie’s Eats was the first food blog I ever read and it inspired me to just give the food blog realm a whirl. I never knew it’d transpire into something so much more. There was no “goal” for me. I just wanted to write and photograph anything and everything food and share it.

This past year, I went to my first food blog conference where I met so many of my fellow food blog friends that I talked to all the time on Twitter, but since we all live so far apart, we have never gotten together until then. Never did I think that I’d be involved in such a great community. I love each and everyone of my blogger friends and the connection we all have. Everyone is so inspiring and so sweet.

In my opinion, no one will understand bloggers until they become one of their own. Never did I think I’d be talking about my food blog friends as if they’re my real life friends – I always catch myself saying things such as, “my friend Cassie…” or “oh, no, my food blog friend..you know the one who’s blog is…” Haha, it’s so funny. My parents don’t understand this at all, my friend think I’m crazy for spending my weekends developing and cooking recipes so I can have a “backlog,” and Jason has learned to not eat right away cause I have to style the table and have to snap thousands of pics, but he puts up with it and encourages me every day and I’m so thankful.

This blog has been life-changing. It’s helped evolve my cooking and improve my skills in the kitchen. I’m coming up with recipes from left and right and adapting several at the same time. The blog has helped me develop more photography skills. If you had told me the day I bought my first DSLR that I’d be shooting in manual mode and buying numerous lenses and switching them out throughout my food photoshoots, I probably would’ve said, “psh, why would I ever do that?” The blog has also helped me spend so much money on props and helped me grow out of my cabinets in my kitchen, haha

One final note, I’m thankful for my readers, my followers, my supporters, my cheerleaders, you. I’m so blessed to have had this blog grow to more than I ever imagined it would. I’ve been given so many opportunities that I never imagined I’d get. I’m working with companies, working with brands, working with so many amazing people in this community. I’ve been able to inspire people to get into the kitchen and get excited about all things food. That, at the very heart of it all, is what I’m most thrilled about. I just love that I’m able to impact someone else’s life through the kitchen, through my recipes, through my words. Thanks for spending time with me in the kitchen and I hope I can bring you many more years of great food, love, and friendship :)

And yes, I baked a cake for this celebration. It was one of my goals this year to bake a layered cake and frost it. And since ombre cakes are so popular right now, I decided to make a purple one since purple is my favorite color!

It was kind of a disaster, to say the least. I am proud of it though because despite most of the layers falling apart into an earthquake-like matter, it still stood up and held together. I’ll obviously be practicing more and hopefully not making a rustic frosting on the outside in the future. I hope to actually decorate it with piping on frosting with pretty tips.

Hehe, at least it looks pretty and believe me, it tasted amazing! I loved the strawberry preserves filling and the moistness of the cake. It was a white cake mix out of the box (I know, shoot me) but the frosting was white chocolate buttercream that Megan so kindly pointed me to. It is the best consistency of frosting I’ve ever used. You don’t need to do a crumb frosting layer if your frosting consistency is thin. This buttercream spread on so smoothly and no crumbs!

Purple Ombre Cake

Yield: 3 layer, 9 inch cake | Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 90 minutes

Ingredients:

For the cake:

3 boxes of white cake mix, one for each 9 inch pan

1 jar (12 oz) strawberry preserves (or whatever flavor jam/preserves you like)

Purple food coloring gel

For the white chocolate buttercream:

1 cup unsalted butter

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Pinch of salt

6 oz. good quality white chocolate (NOT white chocolate chips or candy melts)

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (or whatever your cake mix says). Grease three 9 inch round pans well. Set aside.
  2. In three separate bowls, put each box mix in each bowl and mix it with ingredients on box. Then color each bowl a different shade, going from light to dark. I started with 2 drops for the lightest then incremented it.
  3. Pour the shaded batters into their respective pans and bake until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  4. When cakes are done, let sit in pans for 15 minutes then remove and let cool on wire racks to cool completely.
  5. While the cakes are cooling, make your buttercream.
  6. Put the chopped white chocolates in a bowl and microwave it in increments of 30 seconds, stir after each 30 seconds until all are melted and smooth. Set aside to cool completely.
  7. Once chocolate has cooled, in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, powdered sugar, and salt until light and fluffy.
  8. In a measuring cup, measure out the whipping cream and mix in the vanilla. With the mixer on low, slowly pour the cream mixture in. Once everything is incorporated, gently fold in the white chocolate mixture with a spatula. Beat frosting with stand mixer for an additional 3 minutes on medium-high for a light and fluffy consistency.
  9. To assemble your cake, take the darkest layer and level it by cutting off the poofed top. Pipe a small barrier around the outer edge of the layer so your filling doesn’t go gushing out of the sides. Take the darkest layer, set it on a cake stand, and add 1/3 of the filling and smooth it out with an angled spatula. Repeat with the other layers until you’re on your final layer!
  10. Take the buttercream frosting and lather it all over the cake with your angled spatula. You can choose to use that as the base frosting before you use tips to pipe on a nice design or you can keep it rustic like me ;)
  11. Cut into the cake and stare at the beautiful ombre and enjoy!

Source: White chocolate buttercream recipe from Comfortably Domestic via Country Cleaver

44 COMMENTS

  1. 05/11/2012 at 8:36 am

    Happy blogiversary Julie! I’m thrilled to have ‘met’ you and happy to call you a friend :)

  2. 05/11/2012 at 8:41 am

    Hayy Blogiversary!!!

    I love your purple cake!

  3. 05/11/2012 at 8:57 am

    Happy blogaversary! This cake looks awesome, even the last picture with the crack – those colours are just so bright and enticing! Love the different coloured layers. Keep up the good work and here’s to birthday number two :-)

  4. 05/11/2012 at 9:00 am

    Yay, happy 1-year blogiversary!! It’s always a bright spot in my day to tweet back and forth with you, and I love reading the awesome recipe ideas you come up with. Here’s to another wonderful year and lots of learning ahead. :)

    P.S. I still think this cake is gorgeous.

  5. 05/11/2012 at 9:16 am

    Happy Blogiversary!! You’ve accomplished so much in one year, I’m blown away! Here’s to many more doll!!

    Which reminded me, I missed my 2 year blogiversary last week! What the hell kinda food blogger am I?

    PS – Blog friends are real friends. Just separated by miles and a computer screen. XO!

  6. 05/11/2012 at 9:24 am

    What a wonderful cake to celebrate, happy one year!

  7. 05/11/2012 at 9:27 am

    Aww, happy blogiversary Julie! :D I think the cake turned out great…you can’t even tell it cracked!!! :D

  8. 05/11/2012 at 9:29 am

    Happy 1 year Julie! You’re way more ambitious than me tackling an ombre cake! the thought of that literally makes me shake. ha.

  9. 05/11/2012 at 9:31 am

    Happy 1 year blogiversary, Julie!! Love your blog & can’t wait to see what’s to come!

  10. 05/11/2012 at 9:31 am

    Happy Blogaversary! Beautiful cake!

  11. 05/11/2012 at 9:51 am

    Congrats on the one year! So glad to have found you and followed you, and tweet with you! The cake is gorgeous!

  12. 05/11/2012 at 9:55 am

    Gorgeous cake!! Purple is my favorite color too, so I really love the colors in this. Happy Blogiversary!!

  13. 05/11/2012 at 9:55 am

    Happy Blogiversary! Bummer about the cake but it still looks beautiful and delicious. I’ve had more kitchen failures than ever before since starting a blog. I guess it pushes us outside our comfort zone, which is so good!

  14. 05/11/2012 at 9:55 am

    Happy anniversary!

    I can’t believe it’s only been one year – you are awesome!!! It will take me at least five years to get my blog to anything that even comes close to yours!

    On a side note (this is bizarre) but Annie’s Eats was the blog that inspired me to start a food blog as well – crazy coincidence! :)

  15. 05/11/2012 at 9:56 am

    Happy Blogiversary Julie! I can’t believe it’s only been 1 year, it seems like you’ve been doing it forever :) Glad to have met you!

    Oh, and the cake is gorgeous. You disguised the crack so well I’d never have guessed!

  16. 05/11/2012 at 10:11 am

    Happy 1st Blog Birthday! I can’t believe you have only been blogging for a year, great job. I love all of your photos :)

  17. 05/11/2012 at 10:17 am

    Happy one year!! I have been having disaster after disaster with cakes lately – I think I am destined to be a cupcake girl! :)

  18. 05/11/2012 at 10:23 am

    happy blogiversary! it’s been great getting to know you both online AND in real life over the last year. xo!

  19. 05/11/2012 at 10:53 am

    Happy Blogiversary! I think the cake looks great!

  20. 05/11/2012 at 11:02 am

    Congrats on one year! Cake is pretty!

  21. 05/11/2012 at 11:11 am

    Julie! my dear sweet blogging buddy! Happy 1 year! I couldn’t be more thankful that you entered the blog world! I get so much inspiration from your recipes + photos. Your writing always makes me laugh, too! I am just be your #1 fan lol.

    PS: This cake looks like it should be in a magazine! I’d make mine pink. ;)

  22. 05/11/2012 at 11:27 am

    Congratulations on one year, Julie! Here’s to many, many more delicious recipes and beautiful photos from you! Thanks for sharing your talents and creativity!

  23. 05/11/2012 at 11:31 am

    Ha, my blog started out almost exactly the same as yours! I soon realised that I didn’t want to write about anything other than cake though ;)

    Here’s to many more years of happy blogging!

  24. 05/11/2012 at 11:33 am

    Such a sweet post. I love that you still posted about the cake, it’s such a pretty purple, even if it did crack a little. ;) Congrats on your 1 year!!!

  25. 05/11/2012 at 11:43 am

    HAPPY BLOG-ANNIVERSARY :) How 1 year flies!!!!

  26. 05/11/2012 at 11:44 am

    Happy Blogiversary! Love your purple ombre cake! ^_^

  27. 05/11/2012 at 12:39 pm

    Congrats on your 1 year Blogiversary! As the girl who’s about to launch her food blog on Monday it’s great to see newcomers with so much success! Gorgeous cake!

  28. 05/11/2012 at 12:43 pm

    Happy blogiversary! Love the purple!

  29. 05/11/2012 at 1:10 pm

    Happy blogiversary! The cake looks beautiful!

  30. 05/11/2012 at 3:14 pm

    I just tasted this cake. I have to say it feels like there are about 3 sticks of butter in it. The color is nice, I enjoyed eating lavender sweetness. It goes well with a glass of beer, if only I have one now at the office while inhaling perfection.

  31. 05/11/2012 at 3:25 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful post :) I’m glad I stumbled upon you in time for your one year! I love the ombre cake too!

  32. 05/11/2012 at 3:51 pm

    Eeee! I am so glad we “met”! And I do the same things when I refer to my blogging friends. Lovely post, congrats on 1 year, can’t wait to see what year 2 brings!! ;)

  33. 05/11/2012 at 4:17 pm

    Happy Blogoversary! I just celebrated my 2 year! I love your blog, and I love following you on Instagram and Twitter! This cake looks magnificent! Congrats!

  34. 05/11/2012 at 5:36 pm

    Congrats on your 1 year Blogiversary! Gorgeous cake! It’s so inspirational to see so much success a year later as someone starting my blog on Monday!

  35. 05/11/2012 at 6:31 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!!! Wow – so incredible what you have accomplished in a year. Cheers to many more to come! :)

  36. 05/11/2012 at 7:28 pm

    Awww, Julie! I’m so glad you started blogging because you’ve done some really amazing work here. And I’m also super happy that I met you on Twitter. Even though we’re across the country, I feel like I can talk to you at any time.

    Btw, awesome cake. And the cracks? It gives it more of a rustic look :)

  37. 05/11/2012 at 11:44 pm

    Happy one year! Love the cake, purple is my fav color too!

  38. 05/12/2012 at 12:31 am

    I never would have guessed that you’d only been blogging for a year! You rock at this!

  39. 05/12/2012 at 1:18 am

    Happy 1 Year my friend!! Love you and your blog!! Many more memories and fun to be had! xx

  40. 05/12/2012 at 4:18 am

    HAPPY ONE YEAR!! :) i`m very glad you started this food blog! i loved reading through it! When i first found your blog, i actually went through EVERY SINGLE page. ahah, crazy right? :) anyways, congrats again!! :D

  41. 05/12/2012 at 1:00 pm

    Happy one year!! I just had mine last month, amazing what a year will do for you, huh?! Love your blog, can’t wait to see what the future holds!

  42. Happy Blog Anniversary! The cake looks great, love the purple!
    Can’t wait to see what you have planned for the next years!

  43. 05/20/2012 at 12:10 am

    Congratulations on one year!! You do amazing work, and I love that you showed the cracked cake in all it’s glory :) Purple’s my favourite colour too…good choice :)

  44. 05/20/2012 at 3:19 pm

    Happy 1 year, Julie! My one year was today! I love how you mentioned not being totally sure what to call blogger friends. I do the same thing! And I also tell friends I have to spend my weekends cooking and photographing, lol. Here’s to another wonderful year!

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