Pastel Watercolor Cake

Pastel Watercolor Cake

Perfect for birthdays, showers or spring holidays, this Pastel Watercolor Cake is a lovely way to sweeten your celebration. Decorated with various shades of pastel buttercream, then topped with a fun spiral border, this lovely cake is almost too pretty to eat! Top it with candles, a fun cake banner or a customized message. Easy enough for beginning decorators, this watercolor cake is a fun and creative way to play with color.
  • Prep1 hr 45 min
  • Total Time3 hr 30 min
  • Skill LevelIntermediate


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  1. Bake cake. Prepare cake mix following recipe instructions. Bake and cool two cake layers. Level both layers to 2-1/2 in. high. Fill and stack for 5 in. high cake.
  2. Tint icing. Using color combinations provided, tint 1 cup icing each light yellow, light green, light purple, light orange and light pink. Combine Lemon Yellow and Golden Yellow food coloring to get light yellow color shown. Combine Kelly Green and Royal Blue food coloring to get light green color shown. Combine Violet and Rose food coloring to get light purple color shown. Combine Orange and Red-Red food coloring to get light orange color shown. Combine Rose and Royal Blue food coloring to get light pink color shown.

    Using Royal Blue food coloring, tint 1 cup icing light blue.

  3. Decorate cake. Prepare decorating bag with tip 1M. Stripe bag with all 6 colors. Set aside.

    Place cake on cake board, if using. Using spatula, swipe remaining icing around sides and on top of cake, alternating colors. Be sure to clean spatula between swipes.

    Smooth icing using icing smoother.

    Using prepared decorating bag, pipe spiral border around top of cake.


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