A DIY craft inspired cake is a super fun way to celebrate a loved one’s birthday.
Cake decorating has a wonderful ability to transform sweet delicious cake into beautiful pieces of work. Just like DIY craft projects, cake decorating is inspired by real life things.
For example, it the birthday girl likes to knit, make her a knitting basket or someone who likes to paint, make a cake that you can paint on for them! How cool is that?!
So it’s a perfect inspiration for making beautiful cakes. Making elegant but fun cakes are a lot easier than you might think!
For newbie bakers cake decorating can be overwhelming. Many beautiful cakes start with a simple design, a solid background, pops of color and a fun topper to bring everything together.
To help beginner bakers, here is a list of cake decorating tools that every baker must have to help create these beautiful cakes!
Now it’s your turn to get inspired and create your own craft cake for your family and friends. Here are 16 craft inspired cakes that are (almost) too good to eat! I did say almost 😉
Let’s Start Decorating!
Knitting Basket Cake
Fund from Cake Journal
How fun is this cake! It really imagines knitting in a new way. Certainly if you don’t know how to knit you will enjoy making tis knitting cake! How real does that look?!
Art n Crafts Cake
Found from Shamima Desai
Here is a true art n craft cake. I love the little hand painted easel on the cake. Use food coloring to make your own painting. If you want more of watercolor effects add a little bit of a clear alcohol like vodka to loosen the food color.
Found from Cake Central
The fondant buttons are really easy! Use a small round cutter and then one that is slightly smaller than the first. The bigger circle is for cutting all the way and the slightly smaller one is for pressing lightly to create an indent. Use a small pipping tip for the middle holes. Now you have edible crafts!
Vintage Sewing Machine Cake
Found from Small Things Iced
The craftsmanship of the sewing machine is just incredible but my favorite detail is the pincushion cupcakes and the little thimbles. A lot of cakes succeed because of the small perfect details.
Sewing Dress Cake
Found from Callicious Cakes
This cake is simple and incredibly beautiful. I love that you can create your own dress on this cake. The buttons and thread down the side remind me of a scene from Cinderella!
Nail Polish Drip Birthday Cake
Found from FabriCake
Here is a cake that any girl would love! Nail art is a beautiful craft so having a nail polish drip cake is a no brainer. The drip is a fun technique. Use this royal icing recipe to make the different “polish” color drips!
Bunting Flag Cake
Found from Celebration Cakes
A trendy craft project is making your own banner flags. This cake is a beautiful celebration cake and the little scissors are a perfect detail!
Dream Catcher Cake
Found from Stylishly Sweet
As a child I remember making a dream catcher in Girl Scouts. Making an edible dream catcher is awesome. Not only will it take away your bad dreams but fill them with sweet cake memories!
Knitting Birthday Cake
Found from Cake Central
This cake is brilliant and so realistic. The pattern of the blanket is just incredible. Simply take two ropes of fondant and braid them together, then do it again with another two ropes. Next combine the 2 separate braided ropes together for the knitting pattern on the front of the cake. Might take some practice but once mastered it is a brilliant technique!
Stain Glass Cake
Found from Oh My Fiesta
Here is another simply beautiful cake. Start with an airbrushed or food colored painted background on the cake. Create hand painted images like a flower or animal then with black royal icing create the lines of the stain glass pattern. Once the black lines are on there be careful not to get the cake wet or else the black will bleed.
Amazing Crafty Cake
Found from Makezine
My favorite thing about cake decorating is making something that looks so real people have to do a double take because it doesn’t look like a cake. That’s the best kind of cake and why I love cake decorating!
Found from Southern Blue Celebrations
Here is a funky art birthday cake! This cake has everything including paint splats, paint color bottles, paint brushes, an easel and a paint palette.
Found from Delana’s Cakes
This cake is for the DIY construction folks. It’s so cool to see a saw cutting through a cake. The sawdust is chocolate pieces how genius is that!
Everything Crafty Cake
Found from Together with Bianca
This cake is just too beautiful not to included it has everything a crafty person can need. This cake won first at a cake competition and I can see why! The details of the vintage sewing machine, the sewing kit and the paint can on top are so realistic!
Sewing Thread Quilt Cake
Found from Cake Central
Here is a creative cake that screams crafty! The top tier is a giant spindle, it almost looks like a fantasy cake that Dr. Seuss would have!
Crewel Work Cake
Found from Kakes by Karen
This embroidery cake is a beautiful realistic but edible cake. The thread lines on the cake look so real! I love the mixing of the colors. For someone that loves embroidery work this is a cake for them!
Now that you have seen 16 beautiful craft cakes it’s time to make your own DIY project cake! What’s your favorite?
I am just obsessed with the Everything Crafty Cake. I can look at it for hours and find something new each time! Let me know!
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