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Eating birthday cake, or any kind of a cake, is a pleasure. Drawing a cake isn’t difficult either. In this guide we will draw a cake in thirteen simple steps.
As usual, we will sketch simple geometric shapes first. These shapes will help us to create a beautiful, symmetrical cake drawing. Sketch with a light hand. These early shapes will be erased later.
We will first draw the bottom layers of the cake and, as the cake is going to be quite big, please remember to leave enough space for the whole drawing on your paper.
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In the tutorial below, each step is highlighted in a light blue color.
You don’t need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, ruler, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cake
To begin, draw two rectangles. The one in the bottom will be a bit wider than the one on the top.
Draw two more layers of the cake.
Sketch curvy lines on top of each rectangle. These lines will give some depth to the drawing.
Now, draw another set of short curving lines above and on both sides of each rectangle.
Erase extra lines. The cake is beginning to take its shape.
Let’s add some icing and whipped cream; draw irregular curvy lines on each cake layer.
Next, we’ll add some cherries; draw small circles on top of each layer.
Sketch some narrow rectangles for candles.
Add short lines for candle wicks and cherry stems. The stems curve more than the wicks.
Draw raindrop shapes for the candle light and for a big scoop of whipped cream.
Draw a large oval at the bottom of the birthday cake for the dish.
Add a of couple cherries to the dish.
Erase any stray lines, trace your amazing cake with a heavy black line, and color it.
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