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Cheetah Cake

Cheetah prints are so fun! I’ve been wanting to make one for awhile now but there are so many ideas to choose from. One would think that it would be easier to decorate a cake when the sky is the limit, but that’s just the thing — the sky is very big! It doesn’t help that I change my mind a million times before I actually complete a project.  When my kids have outrageous ideas as to what they would like on their own cakes, I at least have a clear direction. Not that clear direction always helps either.

Cheetah Cake Finished

When I made this cake I debated over several things: colors, type of flower and do I make it a two tier or just one tier cake. I kind of just made decisions as I went along and that sometimes works for me.

A Cheetah Cake is actually a pretty easy cake to make. After the cake is covered in fondant color of your choice, paint on the design randomly.

Cheetah Cake

First you have to make the paint by using a small amount of gel food coloring plus a little bit of vodka to make a painting consistency (the alcohol is so that it evaporates quickly). I used yellow and a small amount of brown for the centers with vanilla extract (I don’t have vodka in the house and my vanilla extract is made with bourbon). You probably could use a small amount of water but it will take much longer to dry. At this point you randomly paint spots all over with a paint brush. Don’t worry about perfection since you want it to look natural.

Cheetah Cake 2

When the centers are complete, go back around the cake with “black paint” and paint around them. Again, don’t be too picky. Don’t forget to paint plain black dots to fill in the empty spots.

Cheetah Cake 3

The last step is to add the extras. I used black ribbon for the border and an orange flower made out of fondant.

Cheetah Cake 4

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Erna is a happily married stay-at-home mom to three beautiful children. She fell in love with decorating cake after taking some local decorating courses. She is a hobby baker and decorates her creations  for her family and friends. Erna continues to do what she loves by working a few hours at a local bakery.


  1. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    so nice

  2. What a gorgeous cake. Well done!

  3. Valerie Crawford says:

    This is so adorable!

  4. Erika Birrell says:

    That is super cute!!

  5. Heidi C. says:

    Such a talent! Love that flower!

  6. francine says:

    what a great looking cake and great idea for the food paint. my husband does the cooking/baking/decorating… we have boys so he does things like spider man, ninja turtles, cars… he can do some amazing things with cake and fondant. (he buys a big tub of white fondant and adds the gel food coloring himself by hand to get the perfect colors and in the right amounts.) he has made sculpted cakes before but my favorite was a cappuccino cake he made me one year. he put it on a plate and it looked like a real cup of coffee.

  7. Nena Sinclair says:

    I love this, it’s so adorable! I wish I was so creative!

  8. Shannon Gnocato says:

    Now that’s cute! Very creative and fun – I love all the unique designs people are doing with cakes these days.


    This looks great, and not to hard for a beginner, like me, to make. I’ll be trying this one.

  10. Anne Taylor says:

    I have a daughter that would love to have this cake for her birthday!

  11. well done. OMG if I ever got a cake like this I would be so overjoyed

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