How to Draw Wedding Cakes

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How to Draw Wedding Cakes
Sketching your wedding cake helps your vision become reality. (unique wedding cake image by Paul Retherford from

Drawing your own wedding cake can help convey exactly what you would like to see on your special day. When you draw the idea of your wedding cake, you can take it to a bakery and have the chef replicate your design. Providing your baker with a sketch can save her the time of trying to figure out what you want your cake to look like. Even if you are not a skilled artist, you can create a rough sketch of the main elements you would like to see on your cake and have the baker clean up the design for you.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Sketch pad
  • Coloured pencils
  • Eraser
  • Wedding magazines

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  1. 1

    Decide what type of cake you would like for your wedding. You do not have to stick with the classic round or square tiers stacked three or four layers tall.

  2. 2

    Sketch the rough outline of the cake using your pencil and sketch pad. Include the number of tiers you want, as well as their shape and placement. The number of tiers should be determined by the number of guests who will be attending your reception.

  3. 3

    Sketch the cake design details with your coloured pencils. Choose similar colours to the colours you want to be used in the final cake. Start by sketching the larger elements, such as flowers, ribbons and the cake topper, then move to the smaller, more intricate details. If you want piping done on your cake, sketch the piping once you have finished with the larger items.

  4. 4

    Label all of the details clearly. Make notes in the margins of the paper, and point to the area you are referencing. Label information about the type of cake you want, the flavours of fillings and the type of icing. This information is vital to the baker and will not be apparent by looking at your design.

  5. 5

    Label colour choices; types of details, such as flowers or ribbons, you want to be used or have created from sugar; and information about the piping details. If you are using support pieces or fountains between your tiers, make sure you also note this in your labels.

Tips and warnings

  • Visit bakeries or look at wedding magazines and websites for cake inspiration. If you find elements you like, you can trace the different elements and create the cake you want from numerous images. This can be especially useful if you are not confident in your sketching abilities.
  • A general rule when determining how large of a cake you need, is the larger the guest count, the higher the cake.
  • Do not go overboard with the design. If you add too much to your sketch, it will look muddled, and your idea may not be clear to everyone else. Keep your sketch clean, and avoid using more than three colours (excluding your grey pencil).
  • Most wedding cakes are assembled from round or square cake tiers. Different shapes of tiers can be harder to ice, harder to cover with fondant or may not offer enough support. However, this should not deter you if you are set on a certain shape; just be sure that if you are making the cake yourself, you know before you begin if you will need extra supports.

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