Chocolate or vanilla? Don’t worry about picking just one with this Chocolate Ombre Cake!
As a kid, I remember ice cream flavors being fairly straightforward. We’d always have containers of butter pecan and vanilla ice cream in the freezer. Sometimes we’d get wild and toss a container of mint chocolate chip into the mix. But that was basically it. Now a trot down the ice cream aisle resembles a collision between an 18-wheeler carrying all sorts of candy bars and a freight train carrying chocolate and vanilla ice cream. (On a side note, how fun would it be to clean up after that collision!?) And here’s the thing…I love all of those seasonal flavors of ice cream! I love a good Samoa ice cream
in the spring all year long. I love maple ice cream. I love pumpkin ice cream. I even love a bowl of peppermint ice cream around the holidays.
But this post isn’t about ice cream. It’s about cake. (On a side note, cake and ice cream are best pals, so there’s that.) While I do enjoy baking up fun cake flavors (ahem, Maple Walnut Cake), I truthfully always go back to the classics. I always go back to chocolate and vanilla. As I was sitting there pondering the classic ‘chocolate vs. vanilla’ debate one afternoon recently, it hit me that I don’t have to actually decide. What if I created a cake with both chocolate and vanilla layers? I’ve seen some amazing rainbow ombre cakes, but what about an ombre cake with different flavors? I followed that rabbit hole into the kitchen, and *voila* the Chocolate Ombre Cake!
This Chocolate Ombre Cake features 3 layers of deliciousness: a chocolate layer, a vanilla layer and an “in-between” layer (basically a chocolate layer that isn’t as intensely flavored as the main chocolate layer). And since I really love to do dishes, I decided to create 3 different frostings, too. I mean if you’re going to make 3 different cake layers, you might as well go all in and make 3 different frostings, too. To be fair, I based both the cakes and the frostings off a single larger batch of each…so it’s not quite as difficult as it sounds! Plus, once this Chocolate Ombre Cake is all done, you get to eat cake. And eating cake makes you forget about doing all of those dishes.
I chose to go with a simple star-tip decoration for the outside of this cake. It’s a rather simple technique that produces a fun result. But feel free to get creative here! You could reverse this technique and fill the top of the cake with a bunch of little stars. Or you could just go rustic and use the back of a spoon to decorate the sides of the cake. At the end of the day, you get to eat a slice of Chocolate Ombre Cake. And eating cake makes everything better!
Valentine’s Day is sneaking up on us, and this Chocolate Ombre Cake would be a fun dessert to make for the holiday! Cheers, friends, and enjoy eating that cake!