Cake and Cupcake Watercolor Painting Ideas

Indulge in the world of sweet treats with these cake and cupcake watercolor painting ideas. From birthday cakes to cupcakes, and so much more, there’s something for everyone to have fun recreating.

A cake is a sweet baked dessert often served as a celebratory dish on special occasions. Cupcakes are small individual-sized cakes that are often decorated with frosting and sprinkles.

Painting these desserts can be great fun for artists, especially when you have beautiful references to guide you along the way!

Cupcake Topped with Cherries

Cupcake Topped with Cherries Drawing

This cupcake is topped with vibrant cherry frosting, which adds a pop of color against the buttercream base. The cherries are plump and glossy.

Slice of Strawberry Cake

Slice of Strawberry Cake Drawing

Another fun idea is to draw a slice of strawberry cake. To add a special touch, you can also include a few blueberries on top or even a mint spring.

Strawberry Birthday Cake

Strawberry Birthday Cake
iStock/Ekaterina Kudriavtseva

This stunning watercolor painting of a strawberry birthday cake is a great idea for anyone celebrating a birthday. It would look perfect on a handmade card.

Tiramisu Painting

Tiramisu Drawing

Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts, and because of that, I love it when I come across drawings or paintings of this sweet treat. If you too love this dessert, try recreating it in your sketchbook.

Elegant Wedding Cake with Flowers

Elegant Wedding Cake with Flowers Drawing
iStock/Victoria Pakhunova

Wedding cakes are often decorated with beautiful flowers. The fun part about painting one will be deciding what flowers you want to add to your cake.

Layered Vanilla and Blueberry Cake

Layered Vanilla and Blueberry Cake Drawing
iStock/Tatyana Davydova

If you’re looking for something different, try layering a vanilla cake and topping it with blueberries. The contrast between the two colors will make your painting look amazing.

Chocolate Cake Topped with Fruit

Chocolate Cake Topped with Fruit

For a classic look, top your chocolate cake with strawberries, cherries, or blueberries. Don’t forget to give your chocolate ganache a lovely drizzle effect.

Chocolate Cake Topped with a Raspberry

Chocolate Cake Topped with a Raspberry Drawing

Topping a chocolate cake with red fruit is a great way to make your cake stand out. That’s because the bright red color stands out against the dark chocolate color in a beautiful way.

Vanilla and Chocolate Cupcake


This watercolor painting features two different cupcake flavors. On the left is a beautiful vanilla cupcake topped with a strawberry and a wafer. On the right is a chocolate cupcake topped with a raspberry and mint sprig.

Cake Topped with Blueberries and Flowers

Cake Topped with Blueberries and Flowers Drawing

If you love rustic-style drawings, let this cake painting inspire you. How the frosting is spread on the cake, and the addition of the fruit and flowers give this cake a beautiful rustic appearance.

Biscuit Cake with Strawberries

Biscuit Cake with Strawberries

If you’re feeling creative, try using a biscuit base for your cake. A biscuit cake is a type of no-bake cake that’s similar to the American icebox cake. You can draw a chocolate biscuit cake too.

Pink Sandwich Cake

Pink Sandwich Cake

This pink sandwich cake is stunning. It has the most creative and beautifully drawn layers, and the addition of pink and orange roses complements that chocolate cake perfectly.

Chocolate Puff Cake

Chocolate Puff Cake Drawing

For an impressive painting, try making a chocolate puff cake. This one is topped with chocolate ganache and bold flowers. The center layers are filled with cherries.

Cake with Strawberries and Candles

Cake with Strawberries and Candles

For a cherry look, top your cake with fresh strawberries and add coordinating candles to the top of the cake. You’ll love how the colors come together to create an eye-catching design.

Tall Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Tall Cake with Chocolate Ganache Drawing
iStock/Elnara Gimaletdinova

If you’re looking for a show-stopping cake painting idea, try creating an extra tall cake topped with chocolate ganache, strawberries, and blueberries.

Simple Birthday Cake

Simple Birthday Cake Drawing
iStock/Julia Ustugova

This simple birthday cake features a vanilla cake with strawberry frosting layers. The top of the cake has a strawberry frosting and a single blue candle.

Chocolate Cupcake with a Strawberry

Chocolate Cupcake with a Strawberry
iStock/Ekaterina Kudriavtseva

A chocolate cupcake with a strawberry on top is a dessert painting you’ll love creating. This art piece was created using watercolor paint, but pencils would work well too.

Chocolate Cake with Blueberries

Chocolate Cake with Blueberries

This chocolate cake with blueberries painting idea is perfect for those who wish to practice rendering different textures and contrasts. It’s a celebration of all things sweet and indulgent, sure to make anyone’s mouth water just by looking at it.

Strawberry Cake Painting

Strawberry Cake Drawing
iStock/Elena Maltseva

Create a delicious strawberry cake painting that looks good enough to eat. If you’ve been drawing for a while, this reference is a great painting challenge.

No matter what type of cake you’re painting, these ideas are sure to help you create something special. From sweet strawberry cupcakes to fancy layered cakes, let your imagination help you create something beautiful.

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