How to Draw a Kawaii (Cute) Cake Slice

Updated on February 1, 2018

Drawing Cute Cake

No matter how you slice it, cute foods with faces are adorable! You can use these step-by-step instructions to get started with a sweet slice of cake. These characters are so addicting and fast to make that you may decide to make a whole cake's worth. Play with expressions, colors, and toppings to make a sweet cake character that is uniquely yours, and never forget to have fun!

1. Basic Cake Slice Shape

How to Draw Cake Step One
How to Draw Cake Step One

The key to drawing is starting with the large simple shapes. Draw a basic pie-slice shape (or cake slice, in this case!). Remember that the back should be curved; most cakes are round, after all! In fact, don't worry about making super-straight lines in general. It adds more character to have those curves. We will build on this simple shape.

2. Add Frosting

How to Draw Cake Step Two
How to Draw Cake Step Two

Drawing a line just below the top of the cake makes it look like there is a layer of frosting. Make it turn the corner just before the edge of the cake to make a layer of frosting on the outside of the cake as well. I put in a middle layer of frosting because I think layer cakes are inherently cuter. You can add as many layers as you like!

3. Add Icing

How to Draw Cake Step Three
How to Draw Cake Step Three

Little piping details are a simple and very cute way to dress up your cake. Sketch little ellipses along the back edge and don't worry about making them identical; having them roughly the same size is good enough. Personally, I wouldn't spend longer drawing them evenly than I would spend piping them on a real cake!

4. Top With a Cherry

How to Draw Cake Step Four
How to Draw Cake Step Four

A maraschino cherry adds a fun touch! Draw a circle with a stem. I put a little knobby thing on the top of my stem.

5. Clean Up the Edges

How to Draw Cake Step Five
How to Draw Cake Step Five

The best thing about drawing cake is that it's a lot less messy than baking a real one. All the same, it's time to clean up the sketch lines behind the piping and the cherry.

You can see it starting to come together!

6. Add a Happy Face

How to Draw Cake Step Six
How to Draw Cake Step Six

It's time to draw the face! I chose a very happy face. A cake slice like this would probably have a 24/7 sugar high, so I wanted to draw a very ecstatic expression.

7. Color the Lines

How to Draw Cake Step Seven
How to Draw Cake Step Seven

I decided I wanted colored lines, so I chose the colors I wanted and did so. You might also notice that I changed the lines a little bit. I made the layers look more separate by making them curve in toward the frosting and generally softened a few of the corners to make it look more like cake and less like a block of wood.

8. Fill It In

How to Draw Cake Step Eight
How to Draw Cake Step Eight

This step is pretty simple: Choose a lighter shade of the lines and fill in the cake slice!

9. Shade the Cake Slice

How to Draw Cake Step Nine
How to Draw Cake Step Nine

Add just enough shading to give the picture a little depth. The simpler the shading, the cuter the character. I put a dot of reflected light on the bottom of the cherry just to make it look shinier.

10. Add Final Details

How to Draw Cake Step Ten
How to Draw Cake Step Ten

I made a few tweaks to the cake to bring it to life!

  • Blush for the cake slice
  • Bright yellow shine to the cherry
  • Speck of light in the eyes
  • Dots on the cake for texture and liveliness
  • Highlight around the mouth

It's little details that really make a big difference. Congratulations, you've finished your cute cake character! Now that you know the process, why not draw it some friends? There's no end to the combinations of flavors, frostings, and toppings you can use to decorate your cake.

The Icing on the Cake...

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      7 months ago

      Ho wow! This turned out great for my drawing! Thx!

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      19 months ago

      Make more vibbs

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      2 years ago

      Wow! This is amazing help! I used it for an art project. Thank you!

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      2 years ago

      so cute I tried to draw it.

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      3 years ago

      Thank you so much for this super cute article. I love all things kawaii.

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      7 years ago

      super cute!! i like that it's simple yet affective :) thanks!

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      7 years ago

      I just finished it! I think it looks good! Thank you SO much! ð

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      7 years ago

      I love the way you explained it, I've gotten interested in kawaii, but I just can't seem to get the hang of it. Thank you! My sister says that it looks really easy to draw and she might try it out too! Again, thank you!

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      7 years ago

      Awww so cute

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      7 years ago

      Very cute tutorial! :)

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      8 years ago

      you are a very talented artist :)

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      8 years ago

      So cute! And explained very well too. Thank you so very much for the tutorial! I'll put it to very good use. :)

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      8 years ago

      So cute! And explained very well too. Thank you so very much for the tutorial! I'll put it to very good use. :)

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      8 years ago

      Cute as can be! :)

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      8 years ago

      Great example, very cute too!

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      Jules Corriere 

      8 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      I've just had my first lesson in illustration! Terrific lens! Blessed!

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      Elyn MacInnis 

      8 years ago from Shanghai, China

      You have such clear instructions here - thank you. I like food with faces - it's out of the box and happy.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      8 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Excellent article! Please share with us that are bursting with curiosity what drawing tool you used!! Very well done. :)

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      Ann Hinds 

      8 years ago from So Cal

      I have Corel but am not creative when it comes to actually drawing. This is a great tutorial.

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      8 years ago

      Bravo! Love this lens. You make it look so easy. I like that you included all the steps

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      8 years ago from Maryland

      What a cute drawing tutorial! I never thought I could draw anything, but you have me thinking I could probably handle this! :)

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      8 years ago from Indiana

      Wow, that is so simple to follow and I really can't draw very well. Maybe this will help me draw my jewelry sketches. Thanks.

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      8 years ago

      You make it look so easy. I will have to try drawing it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Einar A 

      8 years ago

      Interesting tutorial.

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      Sara Duggan 

      8 years ago from California

      What a fantastic tutorial. Now, I'm interested in the drawing tool you used to make this tutorial. I love kawaii food - I crochet my cute food.

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      8 years ago

      adorable!! nice job on this lens!

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      Country Sunshine 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Great idea! Very creative!

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      flicker lm 

      8 years ago

      Nicely done! I really enjoyed this tutorial.

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      8 years ago

      Awesome tutorial and so adorable!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Excellent...I am ready to try my hand at this. You make it look easy!

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      Billie Keeslar 

      8 years ago from Mississippi

      Love this lens, very creative!!

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      8 years ago from Albany New York

      I love cake! And your drawing is adorable.

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      8 years ago

      Very cute!

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      8 years ago

      So cute! I love eating kawaii cake!

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      Drake McSherry 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      That was very cute and enjoyable-I like it! :)

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      8 years ago

      Oh, delicious and cute, what a combination! Loved it!

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      Scriber1 LM 

      8 years ago

      Adorable and very practical drawing advice at the same time. Great job.


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