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How to Draw a Slice of Cake (Kawaii Style)

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Learn how to draw a slice of cake with this easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide.

Learn how to draw a slice of cake with this easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide.

Cake Drawing

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!

How to draw cake: step 1

How to draw cake: step 1

1. Basic Cake Slice Shape

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.

Step 2

Step 2

2. Add Frosting

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!

Step 3

Step 3

3. Add Icing

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!

Step 4

Step 4

4. Top With a Cherry

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.

Step 5

Step 5

5. Clean Up the Edges

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!

Step 6

Step 6

6. Add a Happy Face

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.

Step 7

Step 7

7. Color the Lines

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.

Step 8

Step 8

8. Fill It In

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

Step 9

Step 9

9. Shade the Cake Slice

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.

Step 10

Step 10

10. Add Final Details

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 give it some friends? There's no end to the combinations of flavors, frostings, and toppings you can use to decorate your cakes.

The Icing on the Cake...

Silas on November 12, 2019:

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

Jaden on November 29, 2018:

Make more vibbs

Janet on March 25, 2018:

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

VICTORIA on February 23, 2018:

so cute I tried to draw it.

Sophie on June 06, 2017:

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

anonymous on July 05, 2013:

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

anonymous on January 13, 2013:

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

anonymous on January 13, 2013:

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!

anonymous on January 13, 2013:

Awww so cute

pokeyoat on December 18, 2012:

Very cute tutorial! :)

inspirationz on April 14, 2012:

you are a very talented artist :)

Gigglish on April 01, 2012:

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

Gigglish on April 01, 2012:

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

anonymous on March 25, 2012:

Cute as can be! :)

seashell2 on March 19, 2012:

Great example, very cute too!

Jules Corriere from Jonesborough TN on March 12, 2012:

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

Elyn MacInnis from Shanghai, China on March 10, 2012:

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

Itaya Lightbourne from Topeka, KS on March 09, 2012:

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

Ann Hinds from So Cal on March 08, 2012:

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

iWriteaLot on March 06, 2012:

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

Brandi from Maryland on March 06, 2012:

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

Harriet from Indiana on March 05, 2012:

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.

teristazko on March 05, 2012:

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

Einar A on March 05, 2012:

Interesting tutorial.

Sara Duggan from California on March 05, 2012:

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.

fullofshoes on March 05, 2012:

adorable!! nice job on this lens!

Country Sunshine from Texas on March 05, 2012:

Great idea! Very creative!

GoodGirlSEO on March 05, 2012:


flicker lm on March 05, 2012:

Nicely done! I really enjoyed this tutorial.

RedHillGeneralS on March 05, 2012:

Awesome tutorial and so adorable!

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on March 05, 2012:

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

Billie Keeslar from Mississippi on March 05, 2012:

Love this lens, very creative!!

Beverly Rodriguez from Albany New York on March 05, 2012:

I love cake! And your drawing is adorable.

bdkz on March 05, 2012:

Very cute!

anonymous on March 05, 2012:

So cute! I love eating kawaii cake!

Drake McSherry from Milwaukee, WI on March 05, 2012:

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

BuckHawkcenter on March 05, 2012:

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

Scriber1 LM on March 05, 2012:

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