Creating The Perfect Birthday Cake for An Artist

The perfect cake for the artist..

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4.6 stars from 11 ratings of Artist Palette Birthday Cake

Birthdays come but once a year....

Birthdays only come around once a year. So, why not make it extra special for that special person in your life. They will appreciate the extra effort you put in and afterwards, you will be proud of the work you did on your own.

When it comes to deciding what kind of birthday cake to make, it is important to look at the person's interests. By doing this kind of brainstorming, you should be able to find someway that you can decorate or design the cake without necessarily having a baker's degree. In fact, all it takes is a little bit of creativity.

Recently, it was my daughter's birthday. One of her biggest interests is art. She loves to draw, to paint, and to do a variety of crafts. So, I couldn't have thought of a better theme than a cake perfect for my little artist - an artist palette!

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 2 hours 35 min
Yields: About 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Box cake mix, flavor of choice, additional ingredients
  • 2- 9 inch round cake pans
  • 1 lb (1 box usually) powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter
  • 6 tubes Decorating gel, variety of colors

Level off the cake

Use a very sharp knife to cut the very top off of the cake. This step is optional but having a level cake will make your cake look more professional and easier to decorate. It is also a good excuse to sample the cake before serving!
Use a very sharp knife to cut the very top off of the cake. This step is optional but having a level cake will make your cake look more professional and easier to decorate. It is also a good excuse to sample the cake before serving! | Source

Template

A template will ensure you have the cake looking the way you want.
A template will ensure you have the cake looking the way you want. | Source

Preparing to decorate...

Position the cake for presentation. Once you start frosting, you will not want to move them.
Position the cake for presentation. Once you start frosting, you will not want to move them. | Source

Frosting the cake...

When frosting the cake, make sure to cover the sides and the top.
When frosting the cake, make sure to cover the sides and the top. | Source

Putting on the edible paint

Use the decorator's gel to fill in the circles to make paint on the artist palette.
Use the decorator's gel to fill in the circles to make paint on the artist palette. | Source

Let's get started...

  1. First get out the ingredients to make your cake. My daughter wanted chocolate cake, and because I was on a time crunch, I just picked up a box mix, and prepared according to the directions on the box. Feel free to make any kind of cake you please, just make sure to cook them in 2 - 9 inch round cake pans. (Or just 1 - 9 inch round cake pan if you are only interested in doing one artist palette. Be warned that one box of cake is enough for two palettes and if it isn't separated, it might be too tall and look funny!)
  2. Once the cakes come out of the oven, cool on wire racks.
  3. Once the cakes are cool enough, level them off by cutting off the tops. Use a very sharp knife. I recommend the Forever Sharp knife. It easily glided across the whole top and made a very clean cut. Dull knives will tear and not cut.
  4. Create a template in the shape of an artist palette with a piece of paper. This step is optional, however, it will be beneficial so you don't cut the cake and make a mistake. Better to redo a piece of paper than to remake the cake.
  5. Cut the cake following the template guideline. Remember to use a sharp knife so the cake will cut and not tear.
  6. Get your presentation surface ready. I usually use a cake sheet covered in tin foil. Another option is to use a piece of cardboard covered in tin foil or buy a platter that will fit the cakes.
  7. Flip the cakes over so the part you cut is on the bottom. (While you don't have to do this, I learned this is beneficial when it comes to frosting the cake. Otherwise, the cake will be crumbly and the frosting won't spread smoothly! I learned the hard way!)
  8. Bring out the ingredients to make the Buttercream frosting. While this frosting is homemade, you may also use store bought frosting to save on time or if you have a flavor preference.
  9. Put the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and salted butter in a large bowl. The butter should have been set out prior to soften. This will make it easier to mix.
  10. Using a mixer, beat the ingredients until well mixed.
  11. Frost both cakes.
  12. Make sure when frosting the cakes that you frost the sides and in the palette hole. All visible parts of the cake should be covered with frosting. If you notice the cake is crumbling and mixing with the frosting, add a light layer of frosting and then refrigerate for about an hour and finish frosting.
  13. If you would like to make chocolate frosting to make the palettes look wooden, add cocoa to the frosting while mixing.
  14. Using a small circular cup (I used one off a cough medicine bottle) make marks in the frosting to guide you wear to put the decorator's gel for the paint circles.
  15. Arrange the decorator's gel around the palette. Feel free to use one cake to write a birthday message to the recipient.
  16. Add some paint brushes to put on the final touches.
  17. Present cake and enjoy the compliments!

The Finished Product

After all the hardwork, this is what the ending result was.
After all the hardwork, this is what the ending result was. | Source

Other Cake Recipes to Make!

Make your child's birthday special - How to make a race car track cake - Every kid has their favorite characters. This cake will help you incorporate the characters that young boys love!

Rum Cake Recipe - Looking for a cake sure to please the adults, check out this recipe. Sure to please.

Hedgehog Cake - A Chocolate Cake - Looking for a cute cake to make that the kids are sure to love, give this one a try!

Making and Decorating a Cake Train - Whether your looking for a theme for a kid's birthday party, or just want to have a fun time, check out this tuturial on how to make a cake train.

For just one day...

Birthday's come but once a year, and that means it is a special day to celebrate. Making a cake for your child is a great way to celebrate their birthday. Not only can it be more cost effective, but it also allows you to be more picky about the ingredients that go in.

I will admit, when I was a teenager, I didn't always appreciate the homemade cakes. (Then again, those were the ones in a regular cake pan and frosting and didn't look anything like a birthday cake.) But, with a little bit of creativity, making a cake can not only be a special treat for that special someone, but it can actually be fun and fairly easy. The best part is, it even tastes better than a cake from the store. After all, who knows how long it has been sitting there unless you ordered it especially for the occasion.

These cakes will definitely be the hit of the party, and even with your child. It is especially special because your child's cake will be unique and chance are good they won't be available in stores. Yet, most importantly, it allows you to add an ingredient only available at home - Love!

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Melovy profile image

Melovy 4 years ago from UK

Oh, what a cool cake. Never mind the kids, I’m an artist, so next time it’s my birthday I want one!

Thanks for the link. I’ll add you to mine.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Abby's cake looks great! I love creative ideas like this. Great job!


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BRIAN SLATER 4 years ago from Nottingham Uk

Great idea for a cake, and I love your easy to follow instructions. Voted up.:)


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida

I think this is awesome as well and I specialize in birthday cakes. This is fabulous.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

This is very creative and meaningful because she will always remember that you made it just for her. It does not look hard to do but the end result is awesome.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Melovy - So - who are you going to pass this on to to be sure you get this cake for your birthday? Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for linking up! :) Always appreciated!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Just Ask Susan - Thanks so much - I was surprised at how easy it really was to do this. Originally my husband wanted me to make her a piano! Yeah - this was much better!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Brian - I am glad you enjoyed this! Thanks for stopping by! :)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

That is so awesome! That is terrific that you did all that work for the love of Abby:) you are good! I would have so messed that up! Lol. Abby looks beautiful too - I hooe she had a great birthday!

Up and sharing and everything!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

These are beautiful - what a clever idea! They look like pacman until they are frosted. A belated happy birthday to your daughter!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@JT Walters - Thanks so much - that means a lot for someone who specializes in birthday cakes. You just put a huge smile on this girls face! :D


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Hyphenbird - Sometimes it is the easiest of things that sometimes turn out the best! :) Thanks for the compliment - she sure loved it!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I cheated on most of this recipe by using a boxed cake mix... it is seriously so easy... I bet Abby could have made her own cake! ;) Abby did have a great birthday though! She got very spoiled. It is hard to believe she is getting so old already!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Millionaire Tips - It is funny that you say that because that is the same thing my 7 year old daughter said. She actually thought I was making pac man cakes. I told her I could do that, but one would have to be Mrs. Pacman! :)


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

What an idea, BBG :)

Loved it!

Very creative indeed!!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Ruchira - Thanks so much. It was pretty easy to do... and I am proud because I have always been really big into just purchasing the store boughten cakes!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Wow, this is gorgeous! One of my nieces is a great artist and I am going to show this to my sister for this year. Nice hub, and I have shared it!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

This is a clever cake for a beautiful artist, Stacy. Abby must have been thrilled. And your instructions are so easy even I could follow them. :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@prairieprincess - Oh I am so glad to hear that... I hope that your sister can use it. I bet your niece will love it! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@drbj - Abby was absolutley thrilled when she saw the cake, especially because she spent the night with her grandma shopping for her birthday - so this one was a complete surprise! Glad you liked it... and glad I made it super easy to follow so anybody can do it! :)


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

Although I had read this a few days ago I did not have time to comment. I must say that cake was perfect for Abby! I bet she really loved it! The artistic nature of the cake was just wonderful and your creativity was inspiring!


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Troyangeluk 4 years ago from UK

this is brilliant :) planning on using this haha many thanks, keep up the good work


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Awesome! Very creative! I´ll try this recipe as I have an artist in the family. Voted up and useful. Thanks for sharing.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - Thanks so much - Abby absolutely adored the cake and surprisingly, this one was so much easier to make than the one I did for Max! And it was mighty tasty too! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Troyangeluk - Your very welcome. Glad it could come of use to you! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Thelma - Thanks so much - I am glad that you enjoyed this. I hope the artist in your family enjoys this as much as the artist in mine!


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CookwareBliss 4 years ago from Winneconne, WI

I love the art pallet cake, very cool!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@CookwareBliss - Thank you so much... I am not much of a cook (hence the boxed cake) so I bet you could do wonders with this idea! :)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Love this idea for an artist themed cake. Looks simple to do but very clever and colorful. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Voted up across the board except for funny.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Such a cute cake you've got here. This is a great recipe tutorial and your daughter's sweet smile says, "Thanks Mom!"


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Happyboomernurse - Glad you loved the idea. I think the colorfulness of the cake is what really appealed to me.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@RTalloni - Thank you... when my daughter first saw the cake she was pretty excited. Even a month after her birthday, she is still talking about it! :)


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

That's pretty cool! There's one bad thing about this hub. It has made me hungry for birthday cake and my B-day has already passed 2 months ago.

Thanks a lot BBG. :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Daffy Duck - I am sorry... I would send you some but I am afraid we ate it all! :(


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

Yeah. And you probably worked it off while earning a free shirt, discounts, and chances to win money. You're the only person I know that's been able to actually do it.

Have your cake and eat it too. :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Daffy Duck - Damn straight... I found the secret to improving your metabolism... fidget a lot. Did you ever notice that coffee addicts aren't usually heavy... but they do twitch. Now, if you eat enough sugar - the same effect happens! But next time.... I will save you a piece before it is gone! I promise, that one I might even make from scratch! :)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Cakes are too complex for me to bake but the artist theme is beautiful. Voting this Up and Useful.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@alocsin - I used to be intimidated with cakes too... but found box mixes taste just as good! Glad you enjoyed it even if you won't bake one... but maybe you can pass it on to someone else! :)


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Making a cake is a great idea, and probably quite fun (nice design by the way). I think that anyone receiving a cake, even if not so good looking, will appreciate the effort gone into making it for them. Add to that the healthier/tastier ingredients ... it should be a winning plan.

Shared, up and useful.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Brett - This one was actually pretty fun to make and my daughter loved it. But she is pretty sweet so even if she didn't she probably wouldn't have said anything! Glad you enjoyed it!


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

This is really a smart & creative idea! You are right about homemade cakes better than shop-cakes as they not only tasted so good but also made straight from the heart! Your instructions and photos are helpful! Your cake looked very amazing and undoubtedly, your daughter was thrilled with her birthday cake and had a wonderful time! Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & socially shared


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@ishwaryaa22 - I really have a lot of fun baking and creating. I just wish I could do it and not be so tempted by the delicious stuff I make. This is a great cake for the artist. I am super glad with the way it turned out! :)


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sweetie1 4 years ago from India

Very Creative idea and the way you demonstrated it point by point and with pictures, you made it look so easy and I really loved the finished product. Voted it up and useful.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@sweetie1 - Thank you so very much. My daughter really enjoyed this cake. And the best part was it was super easy to do! :)


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Life of an Artist 3 years ago from Huntsville, AL

I would have loved to receive a cake like this for my birthday or an opening reception! Will definitely keep this in mind - might just have to make it for myself haha!


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barbergirl28 3 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Life of an Artist - My daughter absolutely loved this.... as any artist would. I bet this would be a great cake for any artist in any situation. Hope you get a chance to have one made for you!


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Life of an Artist 3 years ago from Huntsville, AL

@barbergirl28 - even if I have to make it myself, it WILL happen lol ;)


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barbergirl28 3 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Life of an Artist - You go for it!! :)


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fillyourheart 3 years ago from USA

Absolutely adorable! My niece would love to make that cake. Thanks for sharing!

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