Watercolor cakes have been popping up on The Cake Blog since 2012 and we love seeing this trend continue to grow and evolve. Today we’re crushing on a fresh batch of designs, each created with the soft swirls and mixed shades of watercolor. From hand-painted florals to structured patterns, tranquil colors to layers of vibrant hues — this collection of cake inspiration has a little something for everyone. Along the way, we’ll welcome back some of our favorite cake artists while also introducing you to six new designers making their first appearance here on the blog. Hooray for all of these talented ladies — we can’t get enough of your gorgeous cake creations (#cakeloveonthecakeblog)! Oh, and you definitely don’t want to miss the two watercolor tutorials at the very end. Let’s take a look at these 10 Watercolor Cakes…
Inspired by the pattern on an Anthropologie plate, this beautifully bold design by Kristina Serfass, co-owner of Baked Custom Cakes, features hand-painted florals in gorgeously vibrant tones. (Photography by Angela and Evan, Styling by Chesney Schmidt)
Brilliant blue gradually fades as it swirls around this dreamy design by Shannon Star, owner of Layered Bake Shop. Opposing gold dipped tiers, accented with just a touch of greenery and a single bloom, complete the polished look. (Photography by Charla Storey, Styling by Birds Of A Feather)
This utterly lovely floral design, hand-painted by the talented team at The SweetSide, uses layers of color and a modern monogram to recreate the flirty look of a wedding invitation suite by Rifle Paper Co. (Photography by Katie Parra)
Created for an ethereal meets industrial photo shoot, this serene design by Kimberly Coryea, owner of Hummingbird Bake Shop, features muted grey and gold tones, gently swirled to resemble the city on a misty day. (Photography by Lauren Gabrielle Photography, Styling by A Charming Fete)
Hand-painted with shades of pinks and purples, this tranquil design by Anna Craig, owner of Sweet On You, is accessorized with a large wafer paper flower and petite pearl border. The natural surroundings of Okanagan Lake add to the watercolor vibe. (Photography by Rebecca Siewert, Styling by Created Lovely Events)
Gold and silver tones are gently swirled and then given structure with a repeated pattern in this elegant design by Allison Kelleher, owner of AK Cake Design. It’s the first watercolor cake we ever featured and definitely worth another look HERE. (Photography by Lara Ferroni)
Inspired by the colors of summer, this striking watercolor cake by Debbi Ucar, owner of Studio Cake, features shades of tangerine with fuchsia hibiscus blooms and a touch of gold. And we can’t help but mention those adorable flamingo cookies spotted lower right! (Photography by Urban Safari)
Illustrations by Lovely Paper Things inspired this gorgeous grey floral design by Lindsey Stone, owner of S’more Sweets Bakery. Wafer paper printed with delicate foliage and blooms in shades of purple and plum wraps around the middle tier and perfectly offsets the tiers of grey. (Photography by Ryan Johnson Photography)
Soft pink transitions to light, highlighting delicate brush strokes in this romantic dress-inspired design by Kerry Tang, owner of Cuppy & Cake. Hand-painted florals in pink, yellow and purple create a bottom border while reflecting the sugar flowers above.
Shades of deep plum are mixed with soft greys and sage green in this vintage design by Paloma Efron, owner of Coco Paloma Desserts. Ranunculus and anemone blooms complement the romantic hand-painted florals. See a coordinating cake and more of this entire photo shoot HERE. (Photography by Kristen Kilpatrick, Styling by Bird Dog Wedding)
Now that you’re in the watercolor mood, learn how to make a watercolor cake of your own with this tutorial by Allison Kelleher, owner of AK Cake Design. Allison shares her inspiration and insight right HERE.
You’ll also love this all-buttercream approach to a watercolor cake by Miso of Miso Bakes. Find the full tutorial for this inventive way to paint a cake with layers of tinted buttecream frosting right HERE.