Chocolate Caramel Ombre Cake
Chocolate Caramel Ombre Cake

Chocolate Caramel Ombre Cake

I am starting to notice a theme in my desserts.  The dominant flavour is the chocolate and caramel combination.

SABH Ombre Theme

SABH Ombre Theme

So when the Sweet Adventures Blog Hop announced the theme as Ombre, I knew I wanted to make and ombre cake using these flavours.

5 Layer Ombre Cake

5 Layer Ombre Cake

What is ombre? It the effect you get when you create a graduated colour change from light to dark. The SABH challenged us to produce a dessert which highlights the ombre effect.

I mentally played with a few ombre recipe ideas but because it’s the love of my life’s birthday, I settled on making an ombre cake.

Chocolate Ombre Cake

Chocolate Ombre Cake

Not content with ombre just as a colour sequence I started to explore flavour profiles that would work together. As a child when I would see colour variations in a marble cake. I really wanted each colour to equal a unique flavour. Disappointingly the marble cake would taste the same whether you tried a pink, white or chocolate crumb.

5 Layer Chocolate and Caramel Ombre Cake

5 Layer Chocolate and Caramel Ombre Cake

This five layers cake has a different flavour for each colour but still uses just one batter.

Ombre Birthday Cake

Ombre Birthday Cake

My base batter was a simple melt and mix white chocolate mud cake. The bottom layer remains just white chocolate mud.  The next layer up is flavoured with a small amount of caramel flavouring. The intensity of caramel is increased on the third layer as is the colour with a little extra caramel. The fourth layer is a marbling of chocolate and caramel and the final layer is chocolate.

Layer Birthday Cake

Layer Birthday Cake

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Chocolate Caramel Ombre Cake
Recipe type: Dessert, cake
Cuisine: Modern Australian
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A spectacular 5 Layer Ombre Cake in flavours of chocolate, caramel and white chocolate.
  • 250gm butter
  • 150gm white chocolate
  • 2 cups caster sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 ½ cups plain flour
  • ½ cup SR flour
  • 1 t/s vanilla Essence
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2TBS Dutch process chocolate
  • 6 drops caramel essence
Caramel Butter Cream Frosting
  • 4½ cups icing sugar
  • 375gm butter
  • 2 drops caramel essence
  1. Oil the Wilton 5 tin cake set well.
  2. In a large saucepan combine butter, chocolate and sugar over the heat until melted and combined.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat.
  4. Add the milk, stir and allow to cool for 15mins.
  5. Preheat the oven to 155 degrees.
  6. Stir through the flours, add the eggs and vanilla essence. Mix until combined.
  7. Use 5 small bowls to divided the mixture evenly. 1 cup of batter for each bowl.
  8. Allow one container of batter to remain plain white chocolate.
  9. Pour this layer into the Wilton tin and bake.
  10. Add 2 drops of caramel essence to one bowl of batter. Mix until combined and pour into another Wilton layer tin. Bake
  11. Add 4 drops of caramel essence to another bowl of batter. Mix until combined and pour the batter into the third Wilton layer tin.
  12. Take ½ the batter from the fourth bowl and add it to the 5th bowl.
  13. Add 2Tbs of Dutch process cocoa to the bowl with the most batter in it.
  14. Pour ⅔ of the chocolate batter into the Wilton tin and bake.
  15. The remaining white chocolate and dark chocolate batter gets swirled into the 5th cake tin.
  16. Place the tin in the oven.
  17. Cakes are cooked when they are springy and a skewer comes out clean.
  18. Leave the cakes to cool for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.
Caramel Butter Cream Frosting
  1. Once the cakes have cooled.
  2. Beat the butter until light and pale.
  3. Add icing sugar and continue to mix until light, fluffy and combined.
  4. Add the caramel essence.
  5. Smooth the caramel frosting between each of the cake layers starting at the lightest layer and working up to the chocolate layer.
  6. Place the cake in the fridge for 30 minutes so the frosting becomes hard and the layers are stable.
  7. Continue to frost the sides and top of the cake as desired.
  8. I have piped swirls on the top of the cake and added white chocolate Raffaellos to the top.

It was a spectacular birthday cake to present, but very simple to make using the Wilton pans.  The Wilton cake tin set requires just one standard cake batter to make this towering dessert.

5 LayerBirthday Cake

5 Layer Birthday Cake

So Happy Birthday my honey. I hope you had a great day xx.

As I said at the start of the story, this Ombre Layer Cake is my contribution to the Sweet Adventures Blog Hop for the month of July. The bloghop is hosted by JJ of 84th &3rd and the theme is Ombre.

Please check out the other ombre creations at the bottom of this story.


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  1. Oh my gosh this cake is gorgeous!! I love the different flavors!
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  2. Wow! What an amazing birthday dessert! Incredibly impressive! I mean … FIVE layers?!?! And each of them a different flavor, but still from just one batter (could five layers be easier than that?!??)! This is truly a masterpiece!
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  3. Such a gorgeous looking cake! Makes such a change from the usual pastel colours you see too.
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  4. What a gorgeous cake! It’ll be nice for celebrations. Love the different layers inside.
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  5. Gorgeous cake, Julie! Chocolate and caramel is a fantabulous combo. Your husband is indeed very lucky!

  6. Julie, what a work of art! Incredible xx
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  7. 5 layers! Wow…this is such a beautiful ombre cake, Julie! Happy Birthday to your husband! You’re an amazing baker and he’s so lucky! <3

  8. Your cake is absolutely stunning, the best recipe I have seen in a while for an ombre cake 😀

    Choc Chip Uru
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  9. I’ve never tried an ombré cake ever, nor heard of those pans so very glad you mentioned them. This looks good, too good. Could you please get back to recipes of the slimming variety!! I’m drooling too much!!
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  10. Absolutely stunning!!Love the omber flavor and colors and I’m drooling just looking at it :) I could never ever create anything like this :) Happy Birthday to Mr GG!
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  11. I love the ombre idea! And chocolate and caramel tend to emcompass most of my recipes too!
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  12. Brilliant job Julie! The cake looks out of the world. Chocolate and caramel together in a cake..oh my God! What a beautiful birthday present.

  13. So pretty indeed Julie! I always feel ripped off if all the colours taste the same too, so how nice to have each layer with its own flavour. I’m sure your cake helped your hubby have a very happy birthday indeed! X
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  14. Happy Birthday to your hubby! What a spectacular cake! You outdid yourself. Wonderful recipe — thanks.
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  15. A very happy birthday to your husband. You have really outdone yourself with this 5 layered cake. Love the effect of the change in color and flavors. Just brilliant. Just shared!
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  16. Holy moly…..I am in cake hell right now, I have NOTHING SWEETin my bare cupboards and I have to look at this??!! What are you doing to me!! This is amazing beyond words. I am not good at baking, I am a savoury cooking gal so it always blows my mind when I see amazing creations like this. You’re so talented!!

    PS Are you based in Australia?? I get the sense that you are but it doesn’t say in your About Me. I’m an Aussie blogger (well Australian-Japanese), I live in the northern beaches in Sydney. New to blogging! :)
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    • Oh wow Nagi!!! That is such a huge compliment. I think of myself more as a savoury girl too but this cake just had to be attempted.

      Thanks for stopping by… oh and yes I am NSW based :) Will check you out :)

  17. Hi Julie, this is gorgeous, very impressive. Happy Birthday to your husband!
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  18. ooh pretty! i love how youve deviated from the pastel colours!

  19. This is absolutely divine!! What’s better than a chocolate cake?? A Chocolate, Caramel Ombre Cake quite clearly!! Just stunning!!! xxx
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  20. I’m a sucker for anything chocolate and caramel, too! Your towering ombre cake is incredible!!!! How I wish I could have a slice!
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  21. This looks very impressive! I wish I had your talent in the kitchen!!!
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  22. Gorgeous cake Julie! And a chocolate and caramel theme to your desserts can only be a good thing no? 😀
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  23. Absolutely perfect Julie! What a brilliant birthday cake. I can almost taste all the wonderful flavours.
    Have a beautiful week.
    :-) mandy xo
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  24. If you are going to have a dominant dessert theme, chocolate and caramel is a good one to have picked! This looks divine :)
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  25. If you are going to have a dominant dessert theme, chocolate and caramel is a good one to have picked! This looks divine.
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  26. It looks spectacular! You did a fantastic job, Julie.
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  27. Looks spectacular and what could be better than caramel
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  28. You have done a brilliant job with your chocolate and caramel ombre cake. It’s just beautiful! Perfect for a birthday cake. :)
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  29. The ombre cake took my breath away! Beautiful!
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  30. Amazing!
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  31. So beautiful! Love these cake Julie! It must be so tasting….I wish I could try it !

  32. This is pure torture….

  33. Absolutely incredible Julie! How did you cut it so perfectly? That’s a skill in its own right :)
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  34. I love that you made different flavours as well as colours. Birthday blessings for your hubby :)
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  35. Love that you made it ombre in flavour as well as colour! The little tins are a perfect way to make a towering layer cake without gallons of batter, thanks for joining 😀
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  36. What a beautiful and I’m sure tasty cake! I love that you used ombre flavours too :)
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  37. Absolutely stunning!! What an inspired creation. :-) I’ll bet you made your honey’s day. :-)
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  38. I can’t believe I missed out on this one! It looks divine!

  39. Lovely looking ombre cake!
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  40. Alesah Villalon :

    Pretty!!! Love it, Julie :). Happy birthday to Mr GG!

  41. Wow!

  42. That is amazing!! I am drooling just looking at the photo, not sure I could make it myself but would be happy to eat it!!
    Yummy city!!
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