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How to Draw Hot Cross Buns

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"Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns! One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns!" - "Hot Cross Buns," English nursery rhyme

Hot cross buns are a "spiced English confection" similar to a donut. In many countries, they are traditionally eaten on Good Friday following Lent.

In fact, the above song was originally a street cry used to advertise the sale of the buns. You can cook up your own batch when you learn how to draw hot cross buns.

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The pastries are made with fruit and marked with a cross pattern on the top. According to some, the cross represents the death of Jesus, and the spices indicate those used to prepare his body for burial.

Did you know? The custom of eating hot cross buns actually predates Jesus. According to The Encyclopedia Britannica, the ancient Greeks and Romans sold bread marked with a cross at their temples.

Similar customs existed in the Americas. Ancient Germanic peoples ate cross-bread in honor of Easter, a goddess of light. "The custom, in fact, was practically universal, and the early Church adroitly adopted the practice, grafting it on to the Eucharist and so giving us the hot crossbun.”⁠

Are you hungry for some hot cross buns? You can learn to draw them today.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Donut, Pretzel, and Cherry Pie.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns drawing - step 1
How to Draw Hot Cross Buns Step 01

1. Begin by drawing a long curved line. It should circle around and nearly enclose an irregular rounded shape. This outlines the first of the buns.

Hot Cross Buns drawing - step 2
How to Draw Hot Cross Buns Step 02

2. Draw an inverted "U" shaped line across the bun. Then, use wavy curved lines to enclose the four arms of the "X" or cross shape.

Hot Cross Buns drawing - step 3
How to Draw Hot Cross Buns Step 03

3. Draw a curved line between two arms of the "X," enclosing the fourth quadrant of the bun. Then, draw several irregular shapes to add texture to the surface of the pastry.

Hot Cross Buns drawing - step 4
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4. Use curved lines to draw the incomplete round shape of the second hot cross bun.

Hot Cross Buns drawing - step 5
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5. Use curved and wavy lines to complete the "X" or cross shape on the top of the second bun.

Hot Cross Buns drawing - step 6
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6. Draw the fourth quadrant of the second bun using a curved line. Then, texture the surface with several small irregular shapes.

Hot Cross Buns drawing - step 7
How to Draw Hot Cross Buns Step 07

7. Outline the third hot cross bun, then use wavy lines to complete the "X" or cross shape on the top.

Hot Cross Buns drawing - step 8
How to Draw Hot Cross Buns Step 08

8. Complete the third bun with a curved line, and texture its surface with a few irregular shapes. Then, use curved lines to sketch the sides of the fourth and final hot cross bun.

Hot Cross Buns drawing - step 9
How to Draw Hot Cross Buns Step 09

9. Use curved lines to draw the "X" or cross shape on the top of the fourth bun. Complete the fourth section with a curved line, and texture the bun with small shapes.

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How to Draw Hot Cross Buns Step 01

Color your cartoon hot cross buns. They are usually brown in color, with a lighter color for the cross.

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