Jiji The Cat Cake For Totoro Week!

Jiji the cat cake cococakeland

Jiji The Cat cake red bowtie

It’s #TOTOROWEEK – also known as the week leading up to Halloween, as created by my blog bestie Steph of I Am A Food Blog! For the past several years, we’ve been making Totoro themed food and cakes just for the Totoro heck of it. Phewf, I got in just under the wire with this kawaii Jiji The Cat furry buttercream cake! I’ve been wanting to make a black cat cake ever since we got our sweet beloved kitty, Rex. Rex is five years old, and he’s from the local SPCA. He was a mangy skinny thing when we first met him – and he was ravaged with fleas and patches of missing fur all over him. Now he’s a slightly plump, sleek little panther who is almost brutally loving. Like he sleeps on my neck, or on the top of my head like a hat, or on top of my legs like a leg prison, and he’s always purring. You can scoop him up like a rag doll and he never complains! He is a sweetheart. Teddy made him a perch out of cardboard boxes and a glue gun – Rex loves it, though I am scared that it may not be the sturdiest, lol… Jiji the cat is not from Totoro, but Jiji is from Kiki’s Delivery Service, another Miyazaki film – so I gave myself some creative license! :P (I could also have made this into a soot sprite!)

black cat cake halloween

black cat cake halloween

Have you ever made black buttercream? The secret is to use black cocoa powder. It has a slightly bitter and licorice-y taste in my opinion – so make sure to counter it with either melted, cooled chocolate and enough sugar. I also used maybe half a teaspoon of black gel colour – way less than I would normally have to use if I didn’t do the black cocoa powder! Another tip for getting your buttercream black is to let it sit for an hour or so to darken, even overnight. When I started piping Jiji he was a dark greyish shade, but he was a pleasant shiny black by the time I was finished photographing him! I didn’t really have a total plan for this Jiji the cat cake – the face I kind of made up on the fly, and I gave him DILATED PUPILS simply because I was worried you wouldn’t be able to see the black fondant eyes on top of the black buttercream! The bowtie was my albatross – I made it a few different times out of fondant, but then I thought it looked weird just perched on Jiji’s chin, like a red beard-bow goatee mashup:

Jiji the cat cake

I dunno, what do you think?? So I ditched the fondant attempts… I thought about making a fondant topper to insert into the cake, but the size of the bow would’ve been too heavy and wouldn’t have anchored into the cake very well. CRAFT PAPER TO THE RESCUE!

red bow tie cake topper

I cut out a long strip of paper, folded both sides to meet in the center, used scotch tape to adhere and punched out a little red circle using my trusty craft circle punch for the center. I taped it onto a thin straw (I will never buy plastic straws again in my life – GO GREEN – but I had these leftover from my wedding from 2007!)

inserting the red bow tie topper

I inserted the red bow topper into the front of my kitty cake.

Jiji The Cat cake red bowtie

rex the cat with black cat cake

SUPER CUTE! I love how this furry Jiji the cat cake turned out! And LONG LIVE TOTORO WEEK!!!! (click on the “totoro week” tag below to see all the past Totoro week cakes!) xo Lyndsay 

Teddy’s Buried Treasure Cake With Kiddoz Cookbook!

buried treasure cake

kiddoz cookbook cake

kiddoz cookbook chefclub

Have you ever baked with your child? AKA, have you ever BLOWN YOUR TOP in the kitchen because of the flour and sugar sandstorm, the cracked eggs all over the counter, the spilled milk… hehe. Ahhh but thank goodness for this awesome Kickstarter project: the cutest new cookbook for kids – KIDDOZ! It’s an interactive cookbook and colourful measuring cup set, featuring hilarious cartoon characters and illustrated step-by-step instructions, just for kids! Teddy and I had a blast making a buried treasure cake from the book.

baking with kids

kiddoz cookbook measuring cups

The book’s instructions are all adorable step-by-step illustrations, using the faces of the characters as the measurements – so for example, Carlton the cat = 1/3 cup of sugar – but Teddy would read it as “one Carlton of sugar, mom!!” There’s also QR codes (I had to google what those were called, it’s that black and white square thingie that you point your phone at “for more information”, haha) on each page so you can watch VIDEOS of each project being made! Interactive, indeed!

buried treasure cake

I winced in a little bit of mental pain as Teddy cracked the eggs for this (DELICIOUS!!) cake – lots of eggshell bits, but we fished them all out –  the buried treasure cake itself is a very simple recipe, and it bakes up like an angel food cake. Our cake rose up beautifully in the oven but then slumped as it cooled – I think we should’ve baked it for longer, which we will do next time – but it gave us some creative problem solving to do!!

kiddoz cookbook chefclub

chocolate gold coins treasure

I helped Teddy cut away the centre of the cake to make room for the $38 worth of chocolate gold coins I bought for this project, ha… (more on this later…!) He had a blast dumping the coins in and packing the top pieces of cake back onto it.

kiddoz cookbook chefclub

The chocolate mascarpone frosting was SCRUMPDIDDLYUMPTIOUS – I helped Teddy smooth out the frosting a bit, as the cake was somewhat fragile and we worried it would tear a little. (It didn’t!)

Teddy decorating his cake

Teddy had a blast dumping (literally) the Oreo crumbs onto the cake for dirt! He chose two Playmobil characters as “diggers” and then added a big old pile of sprinkles, and sticks of Pocky. I had to restrain myself from doing any of the cake decorating – but I also loved seeing Teddy’s very liberated “freedom of decoration” mindset!! I am jealous of his ease in the casual dumping of Oreo crumbs and random placement of sprinkle piles and Pocky sticks…

happy baker

Proud of his cake!!!

playmobil topped cake

buried treasure cake

And the final product! It was so much fun cutting into this cake and seeing the sparkly gold coins inside!

buried treasure cake

playmobil cake

We brought the cake to my sister’s for her birthday, and Teddy’s cousins went wild over the cake, and the Kiddoz cookbook! The amount of coins we used ended up being a little bit of overkill, I think bought seventy or so in the bulk bins at a grocery store – BUTTTTT, I brought the leftover cake and any untouched coins home, carefully wiped each gold coin free of cake debris, and have set them aside for use for another cake! SMART MOVE, ME!!

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The KIDDOZ cookbook not only has a whole sweets section, but also a savoury section too! We’ve got PIZZA CAT, the ladybug quiche, magic butterfly cake, and the waffle castle on our to-do list! I was kind of cutely amazed how excited Teddy was about his new set, and he was chuckling his way through the cookbook at all of the little cartoon antics on each page, and marvelling at all the recipes he wanted to make.

kiddoz measuring cups cookbook

Thank you so much KIDDOZ for sending Teddy and I this awesome set! He loved it, and we can’t wait to make more of the recipes! You can learn all about the KIDDOZ interactive cookbook and measuring cups set Kickstarter campaign here! Purchase it now for the Kickstarter price of 32 euros (about $25 USD). Happy baking with kids, my friends! xo Lyndsay This post was sponsored by Kiddoz, but all enthusiastic opinions are all my own! 

Abstract Buttercream Painted Cake

abstract painted buttercream cake

painted cake cococakeland

Some days I feel so STUCK in my own aesthetic. While I love creating animal cakes and piping buttercream and coming up with super duper kawaii faced creature cakes, I also long to bust outta my cake box. This is what I love about Instagram – coming across new cake decorating techniques and being awe-inspired by fellow cake designers! When I first came across Amanda’s cakes, I fell in loooove with her clean, vibrant and artful style, and immediately hit the Follow button. Then when I saw her recent online Abstract Buttercream Painting Course I bought it IMMEDIATELY. (I also happened to catch it at 50% off – she often has discount sales so follow her for announcements!) This was perfect timing, as I was doing a sponsored Insta post with iDeal of Sweden (a cool phone accessories company!) and wanted to try and make one of their phone case designs into an abstract buttercream painted cake.

cake canvas

cake drawing inspiration

The abstract-y painterly phone case I chose, and the quick drawing I made!

SMBC colours

Mixing swiss meringue buttercream colours!

SMBC colours

This really felt like painting – I used a plastic easy-to-clean placemat for my palette. For tools, I used my offset spatula, palette knives in a few sizes and paintbrushes designated only for cakes.

hand painted cake by coco cake land

abstract buttercream painted cake

The phone case, and the finished product! Fluffy vanilla cake layers and vanilla swiss meringue buttercream. I don’t want to give away all of Amanda’s lovely secrets from her class, so I recommend taking it and supporting her with your dollars if you can – but I will say, as I tell my son Teddy, making art or drawing things or creating is always a work in progress. It’s never too late to learn new things! So, initially when you add the first stroke of colour you might think you’re making a big old mess. But hang in there, keep painting and being thoughtful with your buttercream painting placement – and I think it’s helpful to start with a drawing, too!

abstract buttercream painted cake

abstract buttercream painted cake

I added tiny sprinkles to the cake too, to emulate the splatter marks of the phone case.

abstract buttercream painted cake

slice of cake

painted cake cococakeland

I cannot wait to try more buttercream painted cakes! Other techniques I’d love to try but haven’t – chocolate spheres, gold leaf, GALAXY CAKE, watercolour cake, Katherine Sabbath classic ice cream dripping cake, Katherine’s rainbow marshmallow blob covered cake… ! I’d also love to learn about chocolate making, French pastries, bread making… I better get started. Life is flying by! xo Lyndsay 

Kawaii Ghost Graveyard Cake!

kawaii ghost cookie cake

kawai ghost cookies

It’s HALLOWEEEEEEEEN month!! Hooray! To celebrate, I made this kawaii ghost graveyard cake to get everyone in the Halloween mood, hehe.

wilton halloween cookie cutters

Wilton Halloween is chock full of awesome cake and cookie decorating supplies to help you get your trick-or-treat on! As soon as I saw the ghost cookie cutter set and the tombstone cookie cutter set, a lightbulb went off – I wanted to make an extra cute ghost graveyard cake with floating ghostie sugar cookies! PLUS… I added Halloween coloured stripes, and used a grass piping tip to make the grassy green ground of a graveyard! I know Halloween cakes are often black, with blood ‘n stuff. But I wanted to keep it Rated G cuteness with this cake! Hey, it still has the goth factor though – little ghosties mixing and mingling above their gravestones.

kawaii ghost graveyard cake

ghost sugar cookies

I also used Wilton lollipop sticks to make cookie lollipops in order to anchor the cookies into the cake! Once you cut out the cookie dough into your desired shape, gently press the stick down into the cookie and bake as normal. You can also “glue” the cookie stick on once the cookies are baked and cooled using royal icing! To ice the cookies, I used Wilton meringue powder to make a very easy and quick royal icing – here’s a good Wilton video showing you how to do it! I always eyeball the consistency – you will want to have two different icing consistencies, one stiffer consistency for outlining the cookie, and one looser consistency for flooding the cookie. All you do is add tiny amounts of water until a looser consistency is achieved. TINY is the operative word here!

kawaii ghost cookie cake

kawaii ghost cake cococakeland

I baked my favourite chocolate cake recipe into four 7 x 2 inch round cake layers, then filled the cake with orange, grey and white vanilla buttercream to match the exterior of the cake. I used Wilton’s Color Right system to colour my buttercream!

halloween cake slice

TIPS FOR YOUR SUGAR COOKIES: 

1. Your sugar cookie dough should always be cold – most recipes call for it to be refrigerated at least a few hours before using. After you cut out your shapes, freeze the shapes on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet to firm up again for about 15-20 minutes before popping in the oven. This step will help the cookies keep their shape!

2. Royal icing dries out quickly! Always cover royal icing bowls and piping bags filed with royal icing with damp paper towels to keep it moist when you’re working! For piping outlines and for the ghost faces and tombstone lettering, I used a very small open circle tip – Wilton #2. To flood the icing, I used a spoon to dollop the looser icing into the centers of the cookies and I used a toothpick to spread the icing to the edges!

3. Once the cookies are iced, sometimes you want to POWER DRY them! I found that my oven was still somewhat warm (but cool enough that I could touch the racks) so I placed the cookies in the barely-warm oven to dry up a little quicker. I also put the oven light on too to try and dry them.

ghost graveyard cake

TIPS FOR BUTTERCREAM STRIPES:

1. After you’ve crumb-coated your cake, make sure you add a lot of buttercream to the second layer! You will be pulling away much of the buttercream with your striped cake comb, but if you don’t have a thick enough layer on there, you won’t achieve smooth stripe lines. Once you’ve scraped the striped comb around your cake a few times, freeze your cake for 15 minutes to set.

2. Use piping bags fitted with small open circle tips to fill the coloured stripes. Scrape with a cake bench scraper, and then HEAT UP your bench scraper (place under hot water then dry it) and scrape a few mores times for a very smooth layer. Be careful not to scrape TOO deeply and too much, as you will eventually hit the crumb coat (this has happened to me MANY times!).

3. Practice! My first striped cake was a total fail, and I questioned my whole profession, haha. But, like any new technique, you gotta practice. So don’t be too hard on yourself. Watch VIDEOS of how to do it – here’s a good one, How To Create A Buttercream Striped Cake by Whitney of Sugar + Sparrow Cakes! 

ghost sugar cookie cake toppers

Thank you Wilton Cakes for sponsoring this post! Although I’ve been compensated, all opinions are my own, and those who know and love Coco Cake Land know how much I love to use Wilton products in my cake decorating! Happy Halloween cake decorating, my friends! xo Lyndsay 

Happy 10th Birthday Collage Collage!

rainbow striped buttercream piped birthday cake

Happy tenth birthday Collage Collage!!!!! A.K.A. one of the greatest shops in all of Vancouver, where you can find the most adorably and thoughtfully curated children’s books, art supplies, ceramics, children’s and adult art classes, MY BOOK, and so much more. This whole brilliant idea belongs to my dear friend Erin Boniferro, one of Vancouver’s sparkling lights.

rainbow buttercream piping cococakeland

rainbow buttercream piping cococakeland

collage collage cake toppers

I frigging love a handmade cake topper. You know I do. So, it seemed to make absolute sense to craft one up to celebrate the cutest and craftiest store around. You need sharp-ass scissors for something like this – no clunky, dull scissors. I free-handed the letters (and used my mini circle punch to punch out a perfect “O”).

handmade craft paper birthday cake toppers

I frigging love a stripe. And I frigging love a vibrant colour. Oh, and cake. And I frigging love piping bags piping their cute little drop stars and blobettes all over everything. (On your own blog, you can DO BAD GRAMMARY things like start sentences with And!) Jimmy-jam that all together and you get this colour blast of a celebration cake x 2 – two bright and beautiful cakes to celebrate the bright and beautiful Collage Collage! 

striped and piped cakes

Little horses! An ode to the shop, which sells tiny cute fancy animals. I *almost* plopped the horses into the cake but then thought “overkill.”

handmade 10 craft paper cake topper

10!!!!!!!

happy birthday collage collage!

10 AGAIN!!! If it’s your own blog, you get to post two almost identical pictures in a row!! NEAT!

happy birthday collage collage!

I mean, wouldn’t this duo (or a trio of something similar) be so cute for a wedding?? And now, here are some beautiful party pics by my other super talented friend Lori Kiessling! 

happy birthday collage collage!

collage collage birthday cake

Erin wears amazing rainbow stripes! The cake is rainbow stripes! MIND SYNERGY!!!

saya lyndsay crafting

Birthday party day! Collage Collage is notorious for their very fun crafts inspired by artists and illustrators. It was so much fun hanging out with Saya and adding to this Bruno Munari-inspired mobile collaboration.

saya crafting

teddy crafting

Me trying to get Teddy all stoked on THIS FUN PROJECT! But to be perfectly honest, he was on the train to Grump Town and spent most of the party playing video games on Rich’s phone… aiyahh.

collage collage exterior

And here, for your viewing pleasure, is Collage Collage x Coco Cake Land YEAR ONE back on my ancient blog. Love ya forever, Collage Collage – the hugest congrats to Erin and her amazing staff for powering through to ten amazing years. CC everything for life! xo Lyndsay 

Apple Crumble Oatmeal Cookie Crust Pie!

apple pie oatmeal cookie crust

I was asked by Carusele to be a part of this fun Fall holiday baking campaign, sponsored by Splenda Stevia Canada. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own!

kitchen wallpaper

FALL BAKING IS HERE! Which also means Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Time to get cozy and light some candles and rustle up some casseroles and … make this apple crumble oatmeal cookie crust pie! Perfect for the holiday table, in my humble crumble opinion… hehe.

apple crumble pie

Warm crumbly streusel on top of thinly sliced sweet apples with cinnamon and lemon, with my favourite oatmeal cookie crust. It’s pretty much Fall in a pie pan. And… it’s also made without sugar! How, you say? Splenda® Stevia No Calorie Sweetener, I say! It baked up just like my usual pie, nicely sweetened and perfect for those who can’t have a lot of extra sugar in their diet. I also swapped out the butter for vegan butter to give it a try -and it turned out great! Also, stevia factoid for you: Splenda® Stevia gets its sweetness from the stevia leaf and is sourced from the sweeter, cleaner-tasting part of thestevia leaf—so no bitter aftertaste! Noice.

apple pie prep

I went for organic gala apples for my pie – but you can choose any firm apple, and Fall is obviously the perfect time to find many local apple gems at farmer’s markets and grocery stores.

sliced thin apples for pie

I like to thinly slice my apples, I think it looks prettier than chopped apples – I also leave the skin on for colour and fiber!

sliced thin apples for pie

The filling is very simple: sliced apples, lemon juice, Splenda Stevia, cinnamon, cornstarch and a pinch of salt!

pouring apples into pie

Pour the filling into the baked oatmeal cookie crust.

mixing streusel for apple pie

Streusel time! I love the soft tactile feeling of making streusel, hehe.

pouring apples into pie

Spoon on ye old streusel!

apple crumble pie

I use a large spoon to help place the streusel onto the sides.

apple crumble pie

Streusel and apple dome! I try to pile it up nice and high as the apples will reduce in size when baked.

apple pie oatmeal cookie crust

I am very proud of my fanning-of-apples technique for decorating! Make sure you brush lemon juice onto the decorative apple slices to keep them from going brown.

apple crumble pie with ice cream

Yum! I also found sugar-free vanilla ice cream to top the pie! It’s fun to know that there’s options out there for all dessert lovers -even those who can’t have a lot of sugar in their diets!

Apple Crumble Oatmeal Cookie Crust Pie

12-16 slices

For The Oatmeal Cookie Crust

  • 6 tablespoons Splenda Stevia
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) vegan butter (such as Earth Balance) cut into 1/2 inch cubes, at room temperature

For The Apple Filling

  • Six medium apples, cored and sliced thinly
  • juice of half of one medium lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup Splenda Stevia
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • pinch of salt

For The Streusel

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons Splenda Stevia
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons vegan butter (such as Earth Balance) cut into 1/2 inch cubes, at room temperature

Make The Crust

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

  1. Stir together all the ingredients except the vegan butter in a large bowl.
  2. Sprinkle in the vegan butter pieces and toss to coat.
  3. Rub the vegan butter into the dry ingredients with your fingertips until incorporated and the mixture is chunky but not homogenous.
  4. Press evenly into the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 9-inch pie pan.
  5. Bake in the middle oven rack for 18-20 minutes.
  6. If the crust slumps a little, use a small spatula to pat it back into place. Let stand for 15 minutes to cool. Keep the oven on!

Make The Filling

  1. Wash and thinly slice the apples. Place in a large bowl.
  2. Add the lemon juice, Splenda Stevia, cinnamon, cornstarch and salt and toss to coat the apples evenly.
  3. Pile the apple mixture into the slightly cooled oatmeal cookie crust and set aside.

Make The Streusel

  1. Stir together the flour, Splenda Stevia and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Sprinkle in the vegan butter pieces and toss to coat.
  3. Using your hands, rub the butter into the dry ingredients with your fingertips until the butter is incorporated and the mixture is chunky but not homogenous.
  4. Using a large spoon, carefully sprinkle streusel mixture onto the top of the pie. Using the spoon, press the mixture onto the sides of the pie, using your hands to press in if needed.
  5. Place the pie on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes, until the filling is soft and bubbly and the topping has browned. You can very carefully brown the top of the pie for a minute or two on the Broil setting, but be very careful your pie doesn’t burn!
  6. Let pie cool to room temperature. Serve with your favourite sugar free ice cream or 0% greek yogurt, or enjoy on its own!

apple crumble pie slice

lyndsay eating pie

And here’s me chowing down on a slice of apple crumble oatmeal cookie crust pie in my favourite Fall comfort zone denim jumpsuit! Happy baking, my friends! xo Lyndsay 

Kawaii Harry Potter Cake!

kawaii harry potter cake

kawaii harry potter cake

hedwig the owl cake topper

It’s my kawaii Harry Potter cake!!! I made this kawaii Harry Potter cake for my dear friend Mia’s son Theo’s seventh birthday. My journey to being a Potterhead has been, ahem, decades long. Almost twenty years ago my then-boyfriend Rich was plowing through the series (which, when I look back, was rather adorable) and he encouraged me to read them, insisting I would love it. I’ve always had an issue with crappy design. I LOATHED the very first book covers of Harry Potter – HP was too cartoony, the colours were heinous and too geared towards kids (I know it’s a kids book, lol). But, I started it anyway… and never got beyond maybe the first two chapters and just said FUGGEDABOUTIT Harry. Fast forward to 2018 – my mom had just finished the entire series and gifted a whole set of them to Rich and I for our wedding anniversary! I decided to give it another go. Even still, it took until Book 3 to really get into it for me – I would start and finish other books in between like a jerk. But I finally fell in love.

kawaii harry potter cake

Harry is truly a hero. He perseveres through so much and grows up for the first decade of his life without knowing love. TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET y’all. His first trepidatious forays into friendship – and becoming an honorary member of the Weasley family… then, finding out Siruis is his stepfather and finally feeling like he has a father figure in his life and then … JK ROWLING, ya KILL Sirius?? But Harry continues on. I lost it when in Book 7 he visits the graveyard where his parents are buried. Then, when Harry sees his mom for the first time after he’s “killed” and she tells him how brave he has been… just sobbing. I am now reading the illustrated version of Book 1 with Teddy and he is LOVING it.

harry potter fondant pieces

Fondant glasses, lightning bolt scar, smile! I ended up giving Harry one winking eye instead.

harry potter cake tutorial

I carefully pressed the fondant pieces into the buttercream, and made teensy fondant ears anchored by wooden skewers.

harry potter cake tutorial

Gryffindor scarf!!! My trusty furry favourite, Wilton tip #234 to the knitting rescue.

harry potter cake tutorial

BALD HARRY!

harry potter cake tutorial

Okay, this was the part I was STRESSED about. Piping his hair with chocolate buttercream!

harry potter cake tutorial

Finished!! Harry was a bit of a flat-head but he didn’t seem to mind.

hedwig the owl cake topper

Then of course we needed Harry Potter themed cake toppers! I drew a kawaii Hedwig and my attempt at Harry Potter font for “Theo” – hehe.

behind the scenes photoshoot

Behind the scenes of my “photo studio!” This is the closest I would let Teddy get to the cake, lol.

kawaii harry potter cake

HARRY POTTER CAKE!!!

half eaten harry potter cake

And… Harry post-surgery. It was a lot of fun coming up with this Harry Potter cake design, and my mom has already asked for it for her birthday too! Honestly I meant to post this in July but – SUMMER happened. However, back to school = back to Hogwarts – so this seems appropriate too… What’s your favourite book in the series? I think Book 7 was my favourite, though I also liked book 6 aka the Voldemort origin story. (Once again, Happy birthday Theo!!)  xo Lyndsay 

Hand Painted Tie Dye Cake!

hand painted tie dye cake

 tie dye cake tutorial

I finally tried edible paint! My dear niece Kensie turned ten years old (WAHHH) and I wanted to make her something special for her kids’ party. It ended up being a hand painted tie dye cake, as Kensie is super into tie-dye right now. It was so much fun and yes, it really is like painting. I think it turned out really cute, kind of 60s wallpaper loose Marimekko cookie canister or something… ! I did not practice beforehand, which might’ve been a wildcard move. I had never used edible paint before, nor was I sure it would even stick on or paint smoothly onto my buttercream “canvas”… but all went well!!! In fact, just before I made up the buttercream, I read the Sweet Sticks edible art paint FAQ and read that it only sticks to dry buttercream – I was about to make swiss meringue, but opted for my simple vanilla buttercream recipe instead! Yay for a tiny bit of forethought! :P

tie dye painted cake tutorial

tie dye cake batter

I used four 7 x 2 inch round cake pans, and divided my vanilla cake batter into four separate bowls, colouring each with a gel colour. Then, with the help of my friend Erin Bakes, I sort of just plopped each batter on top of each other! Then I lightly banged the pans to level out the batter.

tie dye cake batter

Using a toothpick, I made a few lines through the batter to create a “swirly” pattern.

tie dye cake batter

baked tie dye cake layers

The baked cake layers! They turned out pretty cute! You can see a cake video of me stacking, filling and frosting the cake here on my Coco Cake Land Instagram! 

hand painted tie dye cake

If it’s your first time painting a cake, make sure you use “crusting” dry buttercream so the paint absorbs. Start with a chilled cake, too! Chill occasionally if needed while working on the cake, because as the buttercream softens, the paintbrush can muck up the buttercream. After I finished painting, I used a large French open star tip to pipe big drop stars on the top of the cake for a border, and sprinkled it with my favourite Sweetapolita sprinkles!

tie dye cake cococakeland

The cake all ready for the birthday girl and her guests! :)

Kensie with birthday cake

Kensie with birthday cake

My adorable niece! I think this was when I told her there *might* be a surprise inside! :)

tie dye cake insides

Surprise! Tie dye!! Pretty on the inside!

tie dye cake insides

A nice slice of tie dye cakey fun!! I can’t wait to try more cake painting! I used Sweet Sticks edible art paint, and if you’re in Canada, Scoop n Save carries it! Happy cake painting, cake pals – and happy birthday Kensie!! xo Lyndsay