Purple Ombre Layer Cake Recipe

Dive into the delightful world of ombre baking with this stunning Purple Ombre Layer Cake. Perfect for any celebration, this cake features a light and fluffy coconut cake base paired with a vibrant maqui berry ombre frosting that transitions beautifully from deep purple to snowy white. This visually striking cake not only tastes divine but also serves as a show-stopping centerpiece for any dessert table.


Coconut Cake Base:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 1/3 cups coconut milk
  • 2 tsp coconut extract

Maqui Berry Ombre Frosting:

  • 4 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 5 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tsp coconut extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tbsp coconut cream
  • Purple maqui berry powder or gel paste food coloring


  1. Prepare the Coconut Cake Base:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line your cake pans with non-stick spray and parchment paper.
    • Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
    • Gradually beat in egg whites and coconut extract. Alternately add dry ingredients and coconut milk, starting and ending with flour.
  2. Tint the Batter:
    • Divide the batter, keeping one plain. Gradually add food coloring to create shades of purple.
  3. Bake the Layers:
    • Pour colored batters into cake pans. Bake 15-18 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.
  4. Make the Frosting:
    • Beat butter until creamy. Gradually mix in sugar, coconut extract, salt, and coconut cream. Tint with food coloring.
  5. Assemble the Cake:
    • Start with the darkest layer and apply frosting. Stack layers by color intensity. Chill briefly after a crumb coat.
  6. Decorative Finishes:
    • Apply the final coat of frosting to blend shades. Decorate with white frosting swirls on top.


  • Infuse coconut milk with vanilla for an aromatic touch.
  • Ensure the top layer remains as white as possible.
  • Keep the cake refrigerated until 30 minutes before serving for best frosting structure.


  • Can I use regular milk instead of coconut milk? Yes, but coconut milk adds a unique flavor and richness ideal for this recipe.
  • What can I use if I don’t have maqui berry powder? Regular food coloring can work, but adjust the quantity as it might be stronger.
  • How long can this cake be stored? Properly covered, it can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.

Prep Time

  • 30 minutes

Cook Time

  • 18 minutes per layer

Total Time

  • About 2 hours, including decoration


  • Serves 12


  • Dessert


  • Baking


  • American


  • Vegetarian


The Purple Ombre Layer Cake is not just a treat for the taste buds but also a feast for the eyes. Its ethereal gradient of purples crowned with a luscious coconut flavor makes it an unforgettable dessert that promises to impress at any gathering. Whether for a birthday, anniversary, or just a special treat, this cake delivers both beauty and taste in each slice.

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