How to Draw a Cake

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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.​

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Crown, Apple, and Sugar Skull.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cake

How to Draw Cake: Step 1

To begin, draw two rectangles. The one in the bottom will be a bit wider than the one on the top.

How to Draw Cake: Step 2

Draw two more layers of the cake.

How to Draw Cake: Step 3

Sketch curvy lines on top of each rectangle. These lines will give some depth to the drawing.

How to Draw Cake: Step 4

Now, draw another set of short curving lines above and on both sides of each rectangle.

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How to Draw Cake: Step 5

Erase extra lines. The cake is beginning to take its shape.

How to Draw Cake: Step 6

Let’s add some icing and whipped cream; draw irregular curvy lines on each cake layer.

How to Draw Cake: Step 7

Next, we’ll add some cherries; draw small circles on top of each layer.

How to Draw Cake: Step 8

Sketch some narrow rectangles for candles.

How to Draw Cake: Step 9

Add short lines for candle wicks and cherry stems. The stems curve more than the wicks.

How to Draw Cake: Step 10

Draw raindrop shapes for the candle light and for a big scoop of whipped cream.

How to Draw Cake: Step 11

Draw a large oval at the bottom of the birthday cake for the dish.

How to Draw Cake: Step 12

Add a of couple cherries to the dish.

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How to Draw Cake: Step 13

Erase any stray lines, trace your amazing cake with a heavy black line, and color it.

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