Blue Ombre Elephant Cake

Blue Ombre Elephant Cake

This Blue Ombre Elephant Cake is ready for a party! Whether you're celebrating a birthday, a new baby or just an elephantastic day, this cake is sure to bring a smile to your face. Use our free elephant template to make this imprinted design, then decorate the sides of your cake with graduating shades of blue icing (or pick your favorite color to feature). Finally, top your cake with some nonpareils and sugar pearls for a cake no elephant lover will ever forget!
  • Skill LevelIntermediate


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  1. Bake cake. Prepare cake mix following recipe instructions. Bake and cool two cake layers.

    Prepare buttercream following recipe instructions. Level, fill and stack layers for 4 in. high cake.

  2. Tint icing. Using Royal Blue icing color, tint 1 cup icing each graduating shades of blue (light-light, light, medium, dark and dark-dark). Reserve remaining icing white.
  3. Prepare template. Using FoodWriter marker, trace printable elephant template onto parchment paper. Cut out template, making sure to cut center of ear as well.
  4. Prep top of cake. Using darkest blue icing, ice top center of cake, only slightly larger than where elephant will be placed. Set aside to crust, about 20 minutes. Reserve remaining dark-dark blue icing.
  5. Ice sides of cake. Prepare five decorating bags separately with shades of blue icing. Cut ½ off tip of each bag.
  6. Ice sides of cake. Prepare five decorating bags separately with shades of blue icing. Cut ½ off tip of each bag.

    Place cake on turntable. Starting at bottom with dark-dark blue icing, pipe line around bottom of cake. Repeat with dark, medium, light and light-light blue icing, working towards top of cake. Using icing smoother, smooth icing.

  7. Ice top of cake. Using finger, rub small amount of vegetable shortening on back of elephant template. Lightly press template onto blue icing, making sure all edges are adhered to blue icing.

    Using white icing, lightly ice top of cake, keeping in mind where template is on cake.

    Using tip of knife, lift pattern straight up and away from cake.

  8. Decorate cake. Prepare decorating bag with tip 2 and white icing. Pipe elephant eye.

    Helpful Hint: You can also use a Sugar Pearl for the eye.

    Add white nonpareils and sugar pearls to top of cake, starting at elephant trunk and following around top edge of cake.


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