Baked Goods & Sweet Treats Recipes

Ombre “Tea Party” Cakes

Sometimes I don’t bake because I want a delicious sugary treat. Sometimes I bake for the sheer enjoyment of it. That’s what I did when I made these. I was feeling quite whimsical and channeled by inner- Mad Hatter and baked cakes that my 11 year old self would have killed to have at a tea party.

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What You’ll Need:
Cake batter
Frosting
Food Colouring
3 bowls
3 cake pans
cookie cutter

It was way more simple than you would ever think to make these tiny cakes. First I started with my standard vanilla batter.  And then to create the ombre cake layers, I split my batter into three different bowls. (Or however many colours you want in your cakes.) For the darkest layer I added 5 drops of Dr Oetker red gel and 2 of hot pink. For the middle layer, 3 of hot pink. And for the top layer, just one drop.

I then very lightly greased the cake pans and poured the various batters into each. After baking, I set the cakes on a wire rack to cool. While the cakes were cooling I made my buttercream. Then I took a shot glass (I only have silly shaped cookie cutters, no round ones so that’s the best I could do) and cut out individual circles from the cake. (Lining one cut up against the other so as to not waste cake.)

Then I set the the darkest layers on a tray, generously spooned buttercream on them and topped with the medium layers. Then repeat the process for the last layer. Then dollop with an extra generous amount of frosting.

A word of advice- if you are making ombre mini cakes like these, they don’t support height well, so I wouldn’t go beyond 3 layers!

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What do you think? Enjoy them now or at the age of 11, am I right?

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  • These are so cute! And totally appropriate – even for us old people!

  • Claudz

    Those are adorable! and perfect at any age!

  • Not only are these so cute looking but they look delicious! Adding to never ending list of things I want you to make me one day :P.

  • I really really wish I could eat one of these!

  • these are as cute as a button!

  • These are super cute! I now want to host a tea party just so I can serve these! Oh also I am loving your new blog design! I realise it’s been like this for a while now but I have only just seen it as I haven’t been checking bloglovin recently.

  • AHHH. When I saw these on bloglovin’ I literally immediately thought OMG these would be perfect at an Alice in Wonderland tea party! They are SO fun.

    • Thank you! I told Sam that I could totally see myself as an eccentric old lady who lives in a higgledy- piggledy house by herself and gives piano lessons to neighbourhood kids and always has cake on hand. x

  • So deliciously adorable. I think I’ve gotta do this… maybe spiced pumpkin flavor in the autumn! I think using a shallow muffin/cupcake tray would work well also, what do you think?

    • Ooohh that’d be delicious! I think a muffin pan would totally work- you’d have little crusty edges unlike the cakey edges in the photos, but I think it’d be a nice rustic look that would go especially well with fall flavours! x

  • Those are adorable!

  • Those cupcakes are so adorable!! Cupcakes are my favorite dessert <3

  • Heather G

    These look so good! Definitely a must for a bridal party! I could eat one right now – even at 11:30 in the morning.

  • TheJessaOlsonBlog

    my co workers are loving these..

  • Oh those are too cute!

  • yes. yes. yes. i think i can smell how delicious these are. pinning now..

    • Excellent! *Rubs hands together with an evil taking over the world grin*. But seriously, thank you! x

  • these are so cute and looks delicious! I must do this on my next party πŸ™‚

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  • Those are adorable! My childhood self would have loved having those for a tea party too!

    • I mean, let me be honest, my childhood self would flip out, but I’m still twee as all get out. So I blatantly baked them because I still do. πŸ˜€ x

  • Your cakes are the cutest, yummiest looking things ever! I love that you bake for enjoyment too!
    Claire xx

  • These look scrummy, and perfect for a Mad Hatters Tea Party (Ps. there are just too many yummy things on your blog…!)

    • I take that as an excellent compliment! You’ll have to come over one day for cake. (And I shall attempt some gluten free ones in your honor!) x

  • I think I’ll do this for my next book club meeting!

    • Hurray! What are you all reading, by the way? x

      • Right now the Time Travelers Wife, which is turning out to be substantially better than the movie!

        • I really liked the book, so I didn’t see the movie – I was afraid it would be awful πŸ™ xx

  • These are a really cute idea! I sometimes bake just because I feel like baking too, and then give away whatever I make. Therapeutic I tell you!

    • It really is! I identified with that scene in “Bridesmaids” so much. (And also I wish Kristen Wiig could be my bff.) x

  • So funny! I saw the picture on my Bloglovin feed and instantly thought; mad hatter!! Love those.. they’re great..!

  • I have something similar to these pinned on pinterest! Love how they turned out- so cute πŸ™‚

    • It’s totally a smash up of all my favourite popular (maybe over done pinterest trends): little cakes, sprinkles, ombre. x