How to do camouflage icing on a cake

Updated November 21, 2016

Whether creating a cake for a soldier's birthday or celebrating the homecoming of military personnel from active duty, a camouflage-iced cake is a festive option. Use your favourite cake recipe or buy a box of cake mix as the basis for the cake. The cake can be tiered, layered or a tray cake. The star of the cake is the icing and its army clothing theme.

Mix and bake a shop-bought cake mix according to package directions in a baking tray. Allow the cake to cool for one hour before removing it on to a cooling rack for complete cooling.

Ice the top and sides of the cake with cream-coloured buttercream icing using an icing spatula. Ensure the icing is smooth and level.

Spray brown colouring on to the icing, making squiggle-lined spots on the cake. Allow some of the brown outlined spots to bend on to the cake edges. The spots form the camouflage pattern on the cake. Use a photo of camouflage as a reference, if needed.

Lightly spray the inside of each spot to gain a tan colour to the icing and respray the outline to make the squiggly lines a dark brown colour. Do not position the spray colour nozzle too close to the cake as it may result in the spray colour dripping down the cake, just as spray paint does.

Spray green icing colour in all areas between the spots to complete the camouflage pattern.


Instead of spraying the cake with colour, roll and shape the camouflage pattern from brown, tan and green fondant or use marzipan. Icing, coloured before it is applied to the cake, in brown, tan and green and spread in squiggly spots is another method of recreating camouflage patterns.

Things You'll Need

  • Cake mix
  • Baking tray
  • Cooling rack
  • Cream-coloured buttercream icing
  • Icing spatula
  • Brown spray food colouring
  • Green spray food colouring
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