How to Make a Paint Palette Cake

how to make a "paint palette" cake

I have a fun tutorial for you today, as I continue to work with Betty Crocker, sharing kids birthday party ideas. When we chatted about 5 basics for planning your child’s birthday party, I mentioned that cake is at the top of the list. And since the list is pretty short, you can take the time to put extra effort into those things. With that in mind, I’ve created a cake that’s perfect for the little artist in your life.

Art parties have been increasingly popular in the past couple of years, and I found this particular cake in an old cake decorating book I have. The cake is cut and decorated to look like an artist’s paint palette, and it’s quite easy to make!

I started by baking a cake using Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake mix in Party Rainbow Chip flavor. Just follow the directions for making two – 9 inch rounds.

You can make two decorated cakes or just save the other round for later. Follow the steps below for one paint palette cake.

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How to Make a “Paint Palette” Cake

  • 1 prepared 9-inch round cake
  • 1 container Betty Crocker rich & creamy vanilla frosting
  • Assorted colors of “writing icing”
  • food coloring

For easier decorating, bake the cake and refrigerate over night so it can firm up.

Trim the ‘mound’ off the top of the cake so it is level. Turn cake over to decorate {you’re essentially using the bottom of the cake, as the top}.

Cut out an indention at the edge of the cake, and a circle near it for the palette “handle.”

Using the food coloring, tint your vanilla frosting a light tan color using 5 drops red, 5 drops green, 3 drops yellow. Mix well.

Frost the cake, covering all the sides and inside the circle cutout.

Using the colors of gel, pipe “paint” spots around the outer edge of the cake.

Complete the presentation by filling small glasses or jars with water tinted with food coloring. Use a new, clean paint brush for effect.

TIP: To keep your cake plate or surface clean while frosting, tuck small sheets of wax paper underneath the cake around the edges. Pull gently to remove when done.

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What I like about using the Party Rainbow Chip cake is that when you cut into it, it has flecks of color throughout, similar to flecks of paint!

See more fantastic cakes, plus other planning ideas at the Betty Crocker Birthday planning site.

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