When our ombre red velvet wedding cake appeared in the March 2012 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, we got a lot of attention. Ombre was hot hot hot and here was a lovely cake with an ombre surprise inside. (For those not in the know... ombre is when color graduates in shade from light to dark.) Bakers from out-of-state would call to see how they could create the look for their clients.
Ombre continues to be in vogue, and this summer I've seen a lot of a related trend: dip-dye. Walking through the neighborhoods around our two shops, I've encountered dip-dye dresses at Bird and Teddy and dip-dye linens at West Elm.
I tend to think of dip-dye as being ombre's more organic cousin. With ombre fabric, the change in color is woven in or printed on and creates a very polished look. Similarly, each layer of our red velvet ombre cake is a different shade creating a very finished look. With dip-dye things get a little messier but the results are still gorgeous.
This little "Ombre Buttercream" 2-tier cake (4"-6", 14 slices) was created for a lovely couple from Texas who was making the trip to NYC to get married. When they emailed, I had just started pondering how we could create a new Joyful Cake design with a "dip-dye" ombre buttercream finish. Their ocean-inspired palette and cake inspiration photos full of color and "rustic" texture sold me on the idea. I love the finished product and can't wait for more opportunities use this cake design with different palettes and more tiers!