This whimsical cake is cute and so very festive. The playful stripes are taken to new heights when covered in sprinkles. Decorate your favorite layer cake recipe with this easy design, and turn any day into a celebration. For even more impact, make an extra-tall cake! Use red and blue sprinkles for a patriotic look, or try a rainbow of colors for any occasion.

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What You'll Need:

  • 1 layer cake from your favorite recipe
  • Butter Cream Frosting recipe
  • Offset spatula
  • Icing smoother
  • Cornstarch
  • Plain white fondant
  • Blue and red sprinkles
  • Small rolling pin
  • Sharp paring knife or clean crafts knife
  • Straightedge
  • Clean paintbrush
  • Gum glue, piping gel, or diluted light corn syrup


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Bake the cake according to your recipe directions. Torte and fill the layer cake. Make the Buttercream Frosting, and ice the layer cake as smooth and clean as possible. Measure the height of the cake and write it down. Chill the cake in the refrigerator while working on the decorations.

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Lightly dust a clean work surface with cornstarch and roll the plain white fondant out to a 1/4-inch-thick sheet. Use a sharp paring knife and a straightedge to trim the fondant to the length of the measurement you recorded earlier (the height of the cake).

Using the straightedge, carefully cut even strips of fondant 1/2-inch wide and the same height as the cake (pictured, about 6 to 7 inches). You'll get about 14 to 16 strips total. Let the strips dry for 10 to 15 minutes.

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While you're waiting for the fondant strips to dry, pour blue sprinkles onto a clean plate. Once the strips are slightly dry, use a paintbrush to lightly paint the top of each strip with gum glue or piping gel.

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Place each strip, painted side down, onto the plate of sprinkles. Carefully press down so the sprinkles adhere to the fondant. Flip over and set aside to dry. Make half of the strips blue, then repeat the process for the other half of the strips using the red sprinkles.

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Once the fondant strips are done, bring the cake back to the table. Alternating between red and blue, evenly place the strips directly onto the surface of the cake using gum glue or piping gel to adhere.

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Tip: For even placement, start by placing the first strip on the front of the cake. Add the second strip directly across from the first on the backside of the cake. Place the third strip between the first two strips and continue in this manner for adding the remaining strips. If you're using this method, consider what color strip you're using when you place them -- you'll want them to alternate colors.

If your stripes end up being too tall, you can trim them with a sharp paring knife before adding them to the cake.

Style Sweet CA Tessa Huff

Tessa Huff is a specialty chef and food stylist/photographer. She practices both classic and contemporary pastry techniques in Vancouver, where she lives with her husband and French bulldog. In addition to writing for her own website, Huff is a freelance recipe developer and photographer. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, dancing, and running on the seawall.

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