Pastel Swirl Cake {Video Tutorial}

Pastel Swirl Cake via Sweetapolita

It seems that I’m on a layer-cake-making frenzy lately, and you know, it kind of feels like home. So here’s what else: I’m excited to share my first cake tutorial video, as I mentioned I was working on in my “hello” video yesterday. Just a note that it’s not fancy, and it turns out I’m no cinematographer, but it was kind of fun talking to you for a change.

Back in September, I shared this cake to celebrate my blog’s 1st anniversary, and since then I’ve received several requests to explain how to achieve this sort of watercolour, pastel swirly effect, so here we are!

I came across this technique a few years ago from Serious Cakes, and it remains one of my favourite ways to whip up a super-pretty cake, and quickly. I’ve added my own twist, and what I love most about this effect is that no two cakes are the same, making it even more artful.

Pastel Swirl Cake via Sweetapolita

As I mention in the video, it really doesn’t need sprinkles, but I like to add some metallic and shimmer bits on top when I make this cake. The pastel swirling feels beachy to me, and these little decorations somehow fit (in my mind, anyway). Even sans sprinkles, the way the colours blend and change before your eyes while frosting is reason enough to give this a try. I tinted three small bowls of frosting for this version, but you can add as many colours as you wish–you honestly can’t go wrong.

Pastel Swirl Cake via Sweetapolita

This time I opted for dark chocolate cake, because I love the contrast of the pastel whipped vanilla frosting and the dark cake, but vanilla, or any flavour you can dream up, would likely be a delight. Taking cues from the cake layers for colour choices, or the other way around, works well too–a strawberry layer cake would be charming with blended shades of pink, white, red and even a hint of mint green. I personally love when a cake’s design, colours and flavours all make sense. You know?

Pastel Swirl Cake via Sweetapolita

When I look at this cake I suddenly feel an unrelenting need for a beach house, cotton candy, saltwater taffy and possibly a canvas and paint brush. Oh, and a slice of dreamy swirly pastel cake.

Pastel Swirl Cake via Sweetapolita

So, here’s the how-to video (a tad longer than the others will be) on how I frost this style cake, or how my hands do–I kept it zoomed in so you could really see what I was doing. Hopefully it helps you along!

Sweetapolita’s Notes:

Good luck & enjoy!


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  1. Nourhan K. says

    Hi, Rosie! I think you have to change your Youtube settings–it says that the video is set to private… can’t wait to see the video you made of this gorgeous cake! :)

  2. Angela says

    Hi, I love this cake, the colors are beautiful! I clicked on the video to watch it, but it says that the video is private and wont let me see it…:(
    I’m looking forward to seeing it and learn to do it! :)

  3. Lisa says

    I ran into the same problem of video being set to private. I really do look forward to watching this tutorial of the dreamy looking cake!

  4. says


    I absolutely love the video, and you are a natural! You did an excellent job, and I love this technique. Can’t wait for more!

  5. says

    Congrats on your first video tutorail ! That’s such a nice technique, perfect for the summer ! I think I’ll try it in red, pink and white, with a red velvet cake for example. Thanks !!!

  6. Holly says

    Hi Rosie! wow I LOVE your blog I stumbled onto it last year and I am addicted! I live in Brisbane and when I found SMB I was like what?? no one here that I have asked knows what it is ! I’m so happy to have learned more about cakes than I knew before! you are so amazing I love your recipes and blog you are awesome, thank you for sharing! you have made my love for cakes and all things sugar much more stronger!

  7. Kimberly says

    Love this Rosie!
    I think I’ll use this technique for my daughter’s upcoming birthday party!
    Hey…..I must know…..where can I get those colored mixing bowls you’re using?!?!
    Thanks for sharing more wonderful baking tips

    • Vanessa says

      TOTALLY agree with everyone’s positive comments and LOVE “hearing” your love and passion for what you do shine through as you talk whilst decorating too! Also, thanks so much for your incredible effort and time in sharing all these and other tips with us as I recall being one of the ppl asking you about this technique a while back.

  8. says

    How lovely!! Just found you on Twitter through Mr Messy-Brian up there ;) Such a cute and informative video.
    Love the pastel cakes, perfect for a relaxed tea-party :D

  9. Isa says

    Hi! I can only say THANKS! this video is soo helpful :-) and looks soo pretty! :-) Can’t wait to try it! I’ll be waiting for the next videos ^_^

  10. Stephanie says

    What a wonderful video! I love reading your blog, but seeing it “in person” is extra-fantastic. I can see making this for my sister-in-laws baby shower this summer in shades of pink, yellow, and pale green. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Michaela says

    Thank you so much for the instructions, very helpful actually being able to see the technique via video. Please keep the video tutorials coming!

  12. says

    Rosie.. your video was so fun to watch.. and so helpful to learn this new technique! I’ve visited Design Seeds too and can’t wait to try making this cake for my friend’s birthday at the end of the month.. I’ve tried your ruffle cake and malted cakes.. this one will be so pretty, I can’t wait!

  13. Erin says

    Oh my god, that cake is so beautiful. It totally reminds me of the sea. I think I’m going to try replicating this for my birthday cake!

  14. Laura B. says

    Rosie…so pretty!!!! I’m doing a Buzz Lightyear party for my son in a few weeks and I had visions of doing a darker blue on the bottom and then going to lime green on the top. Hmm…I think I just might do that! Your tutorial was fantastic. I look forward to more. :-)

  15. Dena says

    Very nice video. I attempted to copy your first cake like this in March for my daughter’s birthday. It didn’t turn out too bad. Now with real directions I’ll have to try it again! Love your turntable…. did you make it yourself? Some that you can buy seem to be so cheaply made and others are so expensive. Thanks!

  16. Ali says

    Great video!! I can’t wait to make this cake!! I love this technique!! Also, made your favorite birthday cake from you blog post last week and it was SOOOO good!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

  17. says

    Great video, Rosie! You make it looks so easy! It really is helpful to see you actually decorating the cake. There are just some things that can’t be explained in words and it makes it so much clearer to see the process.

  18. Ela says

    Hi Rosie, thanks for the video. It’s a beautiful cake and I would like to do it myself. Do you mind posting the exact recipe/ingredients you used for this cake? Thanks.

  19. Toya says

    Rosie great tutorial! I’m stuck at home today recovering and this video cheered me up. The only thing I’m bummed out about is that we are not allowed to use silver dragees in California :O( So will find another way to make it sparkle legally

    Hope you keep the tutorials coming!

  20. says

    THANK YOU Rosie! Your video is perfect, really helpful! It seems easy for you, but I’m sure it is not so easy for us :-) I should have a try with a next layer cake…

  21. says

    I have been wanting to try that technique from the first moment I saw it on your blog! It’s so simple, but yet so much fun. I have to make a cake for my son’s birthday next week, but after that, I’m trying this just for fun!

    Love the videos! Thank you so much for sharing.

  22. Laura D says

    Thank you so much for this! I have learned so much from you over the past year, Rosie…your style is feminine and soft, your ideas are inspiring, and your willingness to share and teach is incredible. Your passion and creativity show in everything you do, and I’m grateful for your blog. And now that I’ve admitted to my girl crush…just want to let you know I love the video, and I just may see a swirly pastely cake in my near future. You rock!

  23. Shannon says

    Thank you so much for the cake tutorial! I absolutely love your blog and attribute all my cake baking skills to you!

  24. says

    This was amazing, I’m not a cake decorater by any stretch of the imagination but as always it’s a lovely thing to see someone else work their craft. I also noticed that you had a coordinating pinny! This is beautiful but I wondered too what you do with the excess icing. :)

  25. Jayne says

    So nice to see you in action……….would love to see you work with fondant which has been a big challenge for me. Such a pretty cake!!

  26. Anita Barker says

    Hi Rosie, You did a great job on your first video. Congratulations!!!! I’m looking forward to more tutorials. Thank you.

  27. odysseia says

    hi Rosie , thanks for inspiring me everyday, i have done a number of your recopies and they are always amazing. have watched the video and love it will be trying it out for my daughters this weekend. thanks for sharing your knowledge

  28. says

    Love the video! I couldn’t wait to see how you got that cake off the wax paper without the big thumbprints in the sides like I leave. ;) Great job and looks perfect!

  29. says

    This was such an awesome video. I feel like I can ice a cake now. I know that sounds really lame, but it’s true. I have no dace decorating skills, so this kind of taught me how, even if I don’t chose to do the tri-color frosting technique. Thanks :)

  30. says

    Wonderful video tutorial, look forward to more! I’m excited to try this on a cake soon. p.s. love that the bottom turquoise color layer kind of matched your apron :)

  31. Mossymag says

    Rosie… I have waited for any videos and girl… you are great!!!!! Go with me and I am sure you will have tons of followers saying the same thing…. Give us more!!!!!

    Sandy (Mossymas)

  32. Mossymag says

    Gosh that message did not read correctly!

    Message should have said:

    Rosie… I have waited for any videos and girl… you are great! Go with it and I am sure you will have tons of followers saying the same thing… Give us more!!!!
    Sandy (Mossymag)

  33. Jennifer says

    I really enjoyed watching this technique:) The frosting consistency was so perfect, I hope I can be successful at duplicating this! Thank you for the video, very helpful!

  34. Etty Barus says

    Congrats for the first tutorial video, great job Rosie. You r blessed to have talent in making cake n decoration… cake n cookies are art job…we love it..:)

    Etty Barus

  35. Cheryl says

    Thanks so much Rosie! I love it. I am going to try this technique with the vanilla frosting. I hope it works for me too! I am so excited that you are doing videos now! yay!!!!

  36. Jenny B Wilde says

    Yippee – you did it! It is so good to see the passion shining through. You are an inspiration for “Love what you live…live what you love”. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  37. Erica says

    Loved this video! It really demystifies the process when we can watch you do it. Thanks so much for the great new feature!

  38. Stephanie says

    what a beautiful cake! amazing job on your video tutorial. you make it look so easy :). can’t wait to watch more videos in the future!!

  39. Christie Ryan says

    This is such a gorgeous cake! And you are adorable! Thank you for sharing this technique! I LOVE your work, very inspiring!

  40. Jocelynn says

    Thank you for posting this video. A friend and I always wondered…”how?” ;) For this busy dental student with frequent cake requests to celebrate our monthly clinic birthdays, this festive & beautiful, yet quick and easy technique will come in handy! Love it! Thanks again.

    p.s. If you appear on Food Network sometime soon, I’m going to have re-install cable television…just saying.. :)

  41. says

    Rosie, love your site! As a Canadian living in the UK I miss the ability to get some of the ingredients I grew up with as a child, but its getting better! Love this cake, as does my daughter who turns 9 next month….so now I have to try and recreate it for her birthday! Wish me luck but your tutorial is great!

  42. says

    Hey Rosie :D:D Thank you so much, I’ve really enjoyed your video. I’ve learnt so much :D:D I have a dear friend who’s birthday it is very soon she would love a pretty cake like this I will give a try, thank you so much for sharing you are super kind :D:D

  43. Jenna says

    LOVE this tutorial!! That cake is a beautiful piece of art… what an inspiration. Makes me want to get up and bake right now! xoxo

  44. dorothy says

    Rosie! Great video – its inspiring the way you take your time to talk through the process – thank you! Hopefully there will be a video tutorial on the asparagus cake – got as far as the stems before giving up in exasperation…. great work!


  45. says

    such a fun and beautiful cake! I loved watching your techniques and look forward to many more video tutorials. Thanks for the inspiration as always :) xo

  46. Rebecca says

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU !
    Love the video !
    I can’t wait to see some more !
    I love your recipes, I’m actually going to do this cake in shades of pink for my daughter’s first birthday !


  47. Adrienne K says

    This was wonderful! Takes the fear (some!) out of it. I think I am ready to bake & frost my first layer cake now. Thank you!

  48. says

    It’s the most beautiful cake I’ve ever seen, I mean chocolate cake, watercolor frosting, and a bit of sparkle, I love it!

    Thank you so much for sharing, and adding a great video tutorial. Have a great day!

  49. Chelsy says

    Thank you so much for this video, Rosie! I about died when I saw your blogaversary cake, and of course tried to make one like it. Mine had turned out fine, pretty, but it didn’t look like yours! I’m going to try again now. Thank you!

  50. says

    So last night, I was watching this video and was completely entranced. My husband was trying to get my attention so that we could put our kids to bed, and I just kept saying: In a minute!
    Then he came to see what I was watching, and he couldn’t believe I was putting off bedtime for a video about how to frost a cake.
    Then I told him: But it’s so purdy!!
    He just rolled his eyes at me.
    I now need a cake-turn table. Pretty sure my parents’ old record player won’t work…lol

  51. June g. says

    I can’t wait to try this! Perfect for the beachy area I live in. And for more videos! Where do you purchase your sprinkles by the way?

  52. says

    Rosie, I believe this could be my first time commenting. Guilty, as I have been always a silent reader mesmerized by your baked goods. This is just so pretty and I wish I could have this cake as my Birthday cake, Might make this for myself this year. The video really helps me a lot, since I am pretty much self taught when comes to baking. Sure would love to improve.. Have a good weekend!! Cheers, Jo

  53. says

    Hi Rosie,

    You just taught me the most imp thing, I always crumb coated my cake with the tinted icing that I was going to frost the cake. So when i try to frost it the 2nd time the cool icing already on is of a darker colour and I could never understand why but I now know. Thank you.

    You are so good at what you do, LOVE YR WORK.

  54. says

    I finally had time to watch this video. Loved it and I’m looking forward to seeing many more video tutorials from you. One day I just might try this frosting technique but first I have to get my frosting as beautiful and as smooth as yours. By the way, your cake turntable looks like it was custom made. Did your husband make it for you?

  55. says

    I fell in love this technique on your Instagram feed, and now I have the tutorial (much needed!)….you make it look easy Rosie! Will try this next time I am making a cake, thanks so much for sharing!! Would love to see some videos on working with fondant… clue and there are none out there that I am aware of… Imen x

    • Lauren says

      Hey there are tones of videos on fondant on youtube. I know your comment was from a long time ago but still just thought id help in case you didn’t check there.

  56. Judy says

    This great think I will try it for my niece’s birthday on the 23rd June. Where did you buy your scraper

  57. Kristen says

    I LOVE this video!! What a great idea, thanks so much for doing this for us! I can’t wait to try it out myself : )

  58. Erin says

    Hi Rosie

    I’m not sure why but I can’t see the video – it seems to be missing. I did a search via youtube and had the same problem. It’s just blank – looking forward to watching this!


  59. Beryl T says

    Hi Rosie,

    I found my baby shower cake! thank you so much! the colors are perfect since I am having (another) boy!! :) sorry for the exclamation points, I am so excited, it looks easy and soooo pretty… :) I have a question though, How far ahead can I make this cake..? can I make it a day in advance and let it sit in the counter or does it need to be refrigerated..?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Lotsa love,

  60. says

    Thank you for a great video. I am going to definitely try this technique. Cake decorating is so intimidating but I like your video because it shows the steps. I think I can do it!

  61. Josalyn says

    Loved it! Thanks for taking the time to make the video. Now I have something yummy to watch while I knit. Sweetapolita TV! I’m looking forward to many more, please keep them coming. But don’t kill yourself, we (your fans) understand you need some “me” time too. Your video was just the right amount of me time I’m allow with a 3yr old. ;)

  62. says

    I am a TOTAL junkie for your blog – I think I’ve read every recipe twice :)
    I’m delighted that you’ve added videos and I can’t wait to see more!
    This cake looks super fab, and you really do make it look super easy (lots of practice I’m sure). You converted me to SMBC… but I’m going to try this cake with your whipped vanilla frosting. Looks like it just melts in your mouth! Thanks so much for being a wonderful inspiration and being so willing to share.
    Pink-Puffy-Hearts! Dominique at Scents Love Rock N Roll

  63. says

    As always,lovely creations from you! Imagine what it would like with other colors,of pinks and peaches,I’m sure its going to be stunning as well. I’d love to see how you bake your cakes,please do more videos on that,your cake is so addicting to look at. I read your blog almost everyday to get inspirations and just drool over,really. :)

  64. Karen says

    Love your blog, have been following since always! You should really do chocolatines! I’m certain they would be delightful. By the way, love the videos, they made me love you even more!

  65. Kendra says

    It’s beautiful! I am going to do this for our 4th of July celebration here in the good ol’ USA. Yeah red, white and blue. I will soften the colors and not make them a true primary red and blue.Thank you for your wonderful inspiration. Your blog is by far my favorite. I’m so happy to see and hear you now.I also enjoy your photography. I wish I had your talent!

  66. Laura says

    When I saw this, I thought it would be the perfect cake to make for my parents’ 35th anniversary party. Their colors were yellow and spring green and this would be a great way to blend them into two tiers. I just did a test run of the cake today and it came out beautifully. I used some other summer colors and I want to thank you for the video tutorial. This was the smoothest I’ve ever been able to get my buttercream on a cake. Thanks for a wonderful cake!

  67. Christiana says

    I’m relatively new to your blog, but let me say that I’m lovin’ it girl! I’ve scoured the site to see if you have a recommendation for a decorating turntable, but couldn’t find any posts. Any thoughts? What is the one you are using in the video? Also, as a side note, I made chocolate cupcakes w/ your whipped vanilla bean frosting the other day. My husband’s face pretty much said it all! It is hands down the BEST homemade frosting I’ve ever made (thanks to you)!

  68. says

    Ok, I’m not sure how this happened but I’ve finally found your blog. I feel like you’re my long lost twin that I’ve never met! haha I LOVE everything about your blog/style/baking/everything!!
    Amazing work.
    -Christa from

  69. Abby says

    Lovely cake you have there…i cant wait to try it. Possible to switch the frosting using swiss meringue buttercream instead of whipped cream?

    • says

      Thanks, Abby! Yes, you can most definitely use Swiss Meringue Buttercream. You can actually use any frosting you like, as long as you can achieve the colours you want for the finished look of the cake. The frosting I used was a whipped vanilla frosting, but again any type will work!

  70. kristina says

    I loved the video and the results are stunning! I was wondering, have you tried this with cream cheese icing? I wanted to try it the other day, but just didn’t have time to experiment. I’ve never actually colored cream cheese icing to know how it takes to color, but mostly I can’t smooth my cream cheese at all. Wasn’t sure if you had tried it before or not (this technique with cream cheese icing)

  71. Heena says

    Hi Rosie,

    I love your tutorials!
    Where did you get your cake decorating turntable? I like it much better than the newer ones out there. If you don’t mind,please share where you got your or if you recommend any other ones out there.

  72. Heena says

    Hi Rosie,

    I made this cake for my husband on his bay and he LOVED it! In fact it tasted even better the next day!
    I do have a question though: when I sliced my cake it was soon crumbly and messy. How do you slice your cakes soo smooth and clean? Any particular knife or technique?

  73. Barbara Laff says

    Dear Rosie,

    Thank you for your instructions, and your wonderful video. In a departure from your often-requested devil’s food cake, my daughter and I made a cake using this technique for her birthday. We frosted a lighter peach cake with cream cheese frosting, and she used a yellow/red/orange palette to frost it. Her guests called it Katniss Everdeen’s wedding cake (from “The Hunger Games”) because of the flame-like design. Here it is:

    Your Denver Fans,

    Barbara and Izzie

    • Izzie says

      As an addendum, I did a different smoothing technique than you did. Because your colors were lighter and dreamier the separate bands are more suited to them, but since I wanted something a little more fiery, I made small circles with the spatula to blend the lower two layers and then swept up a little so that the top of the cake was a blend rather than a solid color. We definitely could not have done any of this without your video. Super thanks!

  74. Katie says

    yay! I have been wanting to know how to do this since your 1st blogiversary post with that unbelievably pretty cake I have since called the mermaid cake!

  75. says

    Absolutely fabulous. Made my first cake in pink, pale pink and light orange. The best cake I’ve ever done. My mother is going to think I bought it. Love your blog. Greetings from Sweden.

  76. says

    Hi Sweetapolita! This my first comment on your website and I just wanted to say I think it is fntastic. Having seen your pastel swirl tutorial I tried it on two cakes I took to my Mum and Dads for a BBQ this weekend. They looked great, thank you so much for the idea. I also tried your Orange, Giner Carrot cake with white chocolate buttercream and it was delicious :-)

    I have mentioned you in a post on my website and linked to your blog. I hope that is okay. I just wanted to share your fabulous work!

    Take care


  77. Esha baker says

    Hi Rosie,

    I made this frosting and like you said, it sits beautifully and is a joy to work with. I simply loved it. My cake turned out so beautiful i wanted to weep. The only problem with the recipe is that there was so much excess frosting. So in future if i need to lessen it by 1/3, how should i go about doing it?

    Now that you are making videos please please please could you do one for meringue. I have tried a few times but when i put the piped meringue into the oven it becomes flat and crunchy and hard. I baked it at 100c for 1 hr, however i live in Nepal, which falls in the 4600ft altitude. Is that the problem? Should i be increasing the oven temp and baking for shorter time? Please help me i really want to conquer meringue making. Its been an ongoing saga for months.

    I look forward to more of your videos and your future book. I love you more now that you are doing videos as i learn more quickly with visual aid. So from the bottom of my heart thank you so much for this blog and all the effort and love you put into it.

  78. April says

    Hi Rosie, absolutely love the cake! I love that you don’t have to mess w/ the icing bags! How do you get the technique in the picture where it isn’t so smooth, but there’s that nice texture around the edge? It’s a little different from the video.

  79. danielle says

    could you post a regualar non-tutorial for me? this looks awesome and i love this kind of pastel color on a cake :) thanks

  80. Susan says

    Thanks for this video! I’m going to attempt an ocean themed cake for my daughter’s birthday party this week, and I’m going to try this technique. It’s just beautiful!

  81. Francesca says

    I’m keen to make this but the video just says “This video is currently unavailable” – any ideas why? x

  82. Karla says

    Love Love Love this cake! I wanted to know if the Whipped Vanilla Recipe you used is enough to crumb coat the cake AND do the ombre effect? Or should I make two batches of frosting?

  83. Sandy says

    I’m new to your blog, but I love it already! I’m also relatively new to caking, but it’s also something I have become passionate about rather quickly. It all started when a friend asked me to make her wedding cake. ;)

    Anyway, my silly question, is how do you cut such a lovely slice of cake? Is there a special trick?

  84. kati says

    Do you think it’s possible to frost a cake with the same technique, using swiss meringue buttercream instead? thank you, Kati

  85. says

    Hi Rosie!
    Thank you SO much for fantastic tutorials! I’m really learning a lot from them, it’s really inspiring!
    I read a bit of what you wrote about yourself and that a macro lens was high up on your list but just thought I’d recommend a Macro filter, they’re great and inexpensive.
    Have a great weekend!

  86. says

    This was so fantastic, I had to try it out for a baby gender reveal cake I made for a friend (along with an 3-layer ombre cake inside based on your strawberry layer cake):

    Mom-and-Dad-to be loved it, and it was delicious too!

    Your recipes and tutorials are so lovely, I know I can never go wrong when I try them out myself.

  87. Venice Joco says

    Now I know how you do those pretty cakes!!!! Thanks for the tips!The cake looks so pretty, so pleasing to the eyes! and mouth! :D And oh, I can’t help but notice your turntable! Is it DIY turntable? It seems to work really well. I’m thinking of making my own DIY turntable. :)

  88. aaishah says

    Hi Aunty Rosie i have to say this is one of thee prettiest cakes i have ever seen and its so divine! I tried it and have never been so happy with a recipe until this one..struggling to choose what next to try , they all just so amazing:)Thank you for sharing, totally lovin’it…

  89. says

    Hello Rosie,

    I’m french and I find your blog on
    Thank you so much for your tutorial!
    Since I was young, I was in love with wedding cakes and all those marvellous cakes with beautiful colors!
    I hope I can do one day one of these beautiful cakes…
    I’ll try with my daughter in these next days!!
    Thanks so much to give us pleasure and beauty…
    Best wishes
    Gabrielle from France

  90. says

    Thanks from New Zealand :)
    I’m going to create a pink toned version of this for my mothers high tea on Sunday. Thanks for sharing. I want to make it today but thats like 6 days in advance and i’m concerned it will dry out!

  91. Francesca says

    I just made this for my sister’s birthday, and it was wonderful! It was the most beautiful cake I have ever made. Instead of the chocolate, I used the “Classic Vanilla Butter Birthday Cake” recipe.

  92. Carly says

    Hi Rosie,
    Your cakes are always so beautiful! And they are always on gorgeous cake stands!
    I am also from Toronto, and just wondered where you find them. I have only been able to find clear glass ones, but I love the pastel and white ones you use. Please help!
    Thanks, and keep up the fantastic work you do! I always enjoy checking out your work!


  93. says

    I just want to say thank you very much for your wonderful tutorial and video. I’ve never made a cake that I’ve had to ice before – I always just leave them as plain cakes and maybe smear a little cream cheese frosting on top – but for some reason I volunteered to do my friends 30th birthday cake. How quickly did the panic set in you ask? Oh about 1 millisecond. But thanks to your tutorial and recipes, I was able to pull off a half decent cake. I made two separate cakes and frosted them both in this pastel frosting. They both had your whipped strawberry frosting on the inside and was just delicious. Thank you again, I couldn’t have done it without you. Now I’m sifting through, trying to decide what to make next :)

    If you’re interested in seeing how they turned out, I put a couple of photos up on Flickr:

  94. Helen Jones says

    Dear Rosie,

    I have just made this cake (as a try out) for my daughters second birthday. The cake itsself came out really really yummy but I disliked the frosting so much, it tasted very plain and almost like I was eating plain butter yuck, I did put the pure vanilla in it and used all the measurements you suggested but I thought that was a massive let down. Do you have any frosting that will fit with this cake as well?

    Thank yo so much in advance,

    Kind regards,

    • says

      Kim, just a note that 1.5 times 2 eggs is 3 eggs, but when in a situation when you need a half egg, I simply gently mix an egg in a small bowl with a fork and then use half of it for the recipe. Hope that helps!

  95. says

    Thanks so much for an awesome video tutorial! I can’t wait to try this technique for my daughter’s birthday cake this year. I also wanted to say that your blog is one of my favorites and I aspire to one day make cakes and cupcakes as pretty as yours! Thanks again :)

  96. Rachel says

    Hi Rosie,
    I just made this with your vanilla funfetti cake batter, it was a great success and I am so proud of myself! :-) I love the unfinished look, it was best for me since I struggle with getting fondant perfect!

    Just wondering if you can keep the frosting and what is the best way to store it? I just have a bit left over and was going to use it for some cheeky cupcakes!

    Australian baking smiles :)


  97. Micaela says

    beautiful cake! I love the tutorial, my daughters bday is coming and now I think I can tackle this myself!!

  98. Danielle says

    Can I ask Rosie, about colouring your whipped frosting. I always have trouble getting a blue colour when using your recipe? I always end up with a green look.

    Do you use a particularly pale butter? or is Americolour colours better? I have been using Wilton colours.

    Thanks so much !

  99. Norma says

    Hi Rosie,

    I just love this cake!! Here in holland the people are not that fond of icing, but i am certainly going to make this cake… if i have to eat it myself!

    Love it!


  100. Judy says

    Hi Rosie… Love your blog. You list sky blue twice for the color (even for the sea foam)… Is this correct? Please confirm… Thanks!

  101. says

    You make art at kitche. I love the combination of colors that you choose. Lovely pattisserie! I’m following you at Pinterest.

  102. alice says

    Looks amazing!
    Just wondering how this cake would go decoraded and then frozen. I have a party to organise and cater and no time prior to make the cake. The ingredients appear to be fine but just thought I would check to see if you knew for sure. If not, can you suggest an alturnative cake and frosting recipe

  103. Chris says

    Hi Rosie, Your dark chocolate cake is really delicious and I have tried using Swiss meringue buttercream instead of buttercream frosting for above frosting method. As I find that the buttercream frosting is very sweet to my taste. However, I have some problem when adding the sky blue color to my SMB as the color is not turquoise, I’ve added from little to many drops of sky blue but the color still looks like dull blue color. Is this due to the different frosting method used as it used icing sugar? Pls advise. Thank you so much!

  104. Monique says

    I was watching your video and fell in love with your turn table. Could you tell me where to get it?
    Thanks in advance

  105. Monique says

    Hi, love this recipe! I’m going to bake it this week for a retirement cake for my office. Just wondering if I can make it the day before and how it is best to store it overnight??? As I’m on a tight time schedule a speedy reply would be soooo great!!! Thanks!! :-)

    • Dorothy says

      I baked the cake and froze it for several weeks. Took out of freezer on Sunday, made the frosting on Sunday and took it to work on Monday. It was great! Yes you can make it the day before. I stored it in one of those tupperware type cake caddies and put in fridge. Brought it to work and let come to room temp for about 90 minutes or so. Then left it out rest of the day. It was great.

  106. Lauren says

    Gorgeous cake! Would this work to if I wanted to torte the 2 cake layers to make them 4? If so, how much frosting would I need?

    Also, is this frosting very sweet? Can I use SMB be instead?

  107. Liberty says

    Hi there!!

    I made this cake for my family and turned out really well. Although the cake itself turned into pancakes when I took them out of the oven. It wasn’t what I was expecting but it gave us quite a laugh, and we rechristened it the pancake-cake.

    Thanks for a great recipe!

  108. Dorothy says

    I made this the other day and it turned out fabulous! The chocolate cake was awesome and the taste of the frosting was absolutely delicious. Like vanilla whipped cream but sweeter. I’ve made 75% of the cakes on this website and this one was at the top, if not top………. as was the blue-berry lemon, and some of the others. I loved the colors. I eased up on using too much food coloring– as it did not take much to make the pastel swirls. This was great!!!!! I’m eating it as we speak!

  109. Emily says

    So glad I found this video and your website! I’m going to give this technique a try with a candy corn cake I’m making for Halloween. Wish me luck!

  110. olivia says

    Hi, Do you have a youtube channel?? If not you should definitely start one. I love this and am going to try it. Thanks!

  111. Rachael says

    Hi rosie,

    Your website is so inviting and you make baking seem like sheer pleasure ;)… dream is to one day open a bakery!

    What lovely inspiration!

  112. says

    Hi this cake is so lovely! I am going to use your idea for a friend’s birthday cake, but I’m going to add some pastel colored balloons as well. This idea is perfect for her surprise ice cream party! Thank You!

    Kim :D

  113. Amanda says

    Thank you so much! I’ve never been good at decorating cakes but I used your tutorial to make a cake for my daughter’s mermaid party and it turned out beautifully! I added candy shells and edible sand to the bottom, then added shimmer to the whole thing and edible pearls to the top. I was asked by the other moms where I got the cake. I’d send you a pic if I could figure out how. It was definitely the prettiest cake I’ve ever made. Thanks again!

  114. Lynn says

    Hihi! Your cake is so beautiful! Love thr color tones! I have a question, how much frosting did u allocate for each color?
    I don’t want to make the mistake of having too little of eg. Light blue and too much of the purple.

    Thank you!



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