This showstopper Handpainted Layer Cake tastes just as delightful as it looks. With four layers of moist vanilla cake rounds paired with silky smooth vanilla buttercream, it’s an irresistible party treat. The lofty height and beautiful pastel stripe make this lovely painted cake worthy of a special occasion.
Four fluffy layers of cake are stacked and frosted, ready to serve to your party guests. The recipe starts with two boxes of vanilla cake mix, with buttermilk and extra eggs added in for a super moist crumb. We love that it all comes together in one bowl, and the GoodCook 7 Qt Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl is large enough to handle this recipe. After mixing up the batter, divide it equally among four mixing bowls. We use GoodCook Touch 5 Qt Mixing Bowls, with a non-slip base and spout for pouring.
Getting the Handprinted Look
This recipe calls for gel food coloring to tint the batter. It’s more concentrated than liquid food coloring, so take care not to add too much. Dip the tip of a toothpick in the food coloring gel and use a small amount to tint the batter in each bowl. Add more gel food coloring until the desired color is reached. Pour the tinted batter in four Sweet Creations Textured Nonstick Round 9-inch Cake Pans.
When the cakes come out of the oven, set them on a GoodCook Cooling Rack to cool while preparing the frosting.
To make the frosting, whip softened butter with electric beaters or in a stand-up mixer, adding vanilla in at the end. Start adding in powdered sugar one cup at a time. Adjust the sweetness to your liking, adding more powdered sugar by the cup if it’s not sweet enough. For a silky smooth texture, add milk, one teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
Step To Decorate:
- Transfer half of the white frosting to a separate bowl. Cover with a damp towel to prevent the frosting from drying out.
- Separate the remaining frosting into four bowls. Tint the remaining frosting with the same colors of gel food coloring that were used for the batter. Add a little at a time until you reach the desired color intensity. Each color of frosting is scooped into an Oodle Tip Piping Bag. When ready to frost, snip off the tips, enough for a fairly large ribbon of frosting. You should have ½” round openings at the tip of each bag.
- Transfer half of the reserved white frosting to an OodleTip Decorating Bag. This will be the last fat stripe that you apply when adding the piped frosting to the cake. When ready to frost, snip off the tip, enough for a fairly large ribbon of frosting. As with the colored frosting bags, you should have a ½” round opening.
- Choose the colored cake layer you want for the bottom layer of your cake. Place this layer on a cake turntable. Spread some white frosting on top, repeating with each layer of cake. Apply a thin crumb coat with white frosting to the outside of the cake. Place the cake in the refrigerator to chill until the frosting is firm, about 30 minutes.
- When the crumb coat layer is chilled, apply the tinted frosting around the sides of the cake with the OodleTip Decorating Bags. Decide the order that the colored frosting will appear as “stripes” on your cake. That will be the order in which you pipe colored lines of frosting with the OodleTip Decorating Bags. Make the lines fat and even. For this cake, we started with a purple stripe on the bottom, followed by a dark coral stripe, followed by a light coral stripe, followed by a white stripe.
- Place the flat side of a GoodCook Touch Spatula Spreader on the side of the frosted cake and smooth the frosting while slowly spinning the cake on the cake turntable. You may need to do this several times to get a smooth finish. Wipe frosting off the spatula after each use. Apply the white frosting to the top of the cake, making it as level as possible. Transfer the cake to the refrigerator to chill.
That’s it! You now have a beautiful cake for your celebration!
Get the Tools
With the GoodCook line of bakeware, your cake will be the star of the party. Grab a GoodCook 7 Qt Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl and a GoodCook Touch 5 Qt Mixing Bowl to get started. This cake bakes up perfectly in four Sweet Creations Textured Nonstick Round 9-inch Cake Pans and is frosted with the help of OodleTip Decorating Bags and a GoodCook Touch Spatula Spreader. Gather your ingredients for this beautiful party cake!
Bake & Share
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Handpainted Layer Cake
For the Cake
- 2 box white cake mix
- 2/3 cup oil
- 8 eggs
- 2 cup buttermilk
- 2 tbsp vanilla extract
- Gel food coloring (4 color choices)
- 4 sticks salted butter
- 2 tbsp vanilla extract
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4-1/3 cup of milk
- Gel food coloring (same 4 colors as cake)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl combine cake mix, oil, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Divide into four portions and add a toothpick sized amount of food coloring to each portion, adjust as desired. Bake in Sweet Creations Textured Nonstick Round 9-inch Cake Pans for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick can be inserted into the center and come out clean.
For the frosting:
For the frosting, place butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer and beat until creamy. Beat in vanilla and sugar. Sprinkle in powdered sugar , one half cup at a time, beating well and scraping sides of bowl often. Slowly add milk until desired consistency is reached. Divide frosting into five portions, and use the same food coloring you used for the cake on each portion. Leave one portion uncolored.
Once cake layers have cooled, stack using a thin layer of white frosting. Crumb coat cake to leave a flat even surface to work on. Using a piping bag and a large piping tip, pipe on 2-3 stripes of each color of frosting around cake. While rotating cake, use the tip of an offset spatula to gently move up the cake, blending colors and adding texture. After blending two colors, wash offset spatula in hot water and continue to blend up the cake. Top with remaining white frosting and smooth.