Stained Glass Cake




Introduction: Stained Glass Cake

This is one of my all time favorite cake designs! It's very customizable so it really works for any occasion. It's kind of like a giant coloring book for cake decorators!

This tutorial is going to focus a little more on the decorating than the actual construction of the cake, but I will still give you my tips and tricks on stacking and covering cakes. Let's get started!

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Supplies

Two 10" round cakes

Two 8" round cakes

Two 6" round cakes (or your chosen cake sizes)

6 cups buttercream

5 lbs fondant (I used satin ice, but any brand will work, or even homemade)


Powdered sugar/cornstarch

Fondant smoother

Fondant roller

Serrated knife

Pastry wheel/fondant cutter

Offset spatulas

Food colors in whatever color scheme you are going with for your flowers

Vodka (for mixing paints)

Black food writer

Paint brushes (regular paint brushes are fine but just make sure you designate them for food only)

Paint pallet

Piping bags

Royal icing

#1 or #2 tip

Hollow plastic dowels

1 wooden dowel

14" sturdy round cake board

10", 8", 6" round cake boards

For this cake an airbrush is completely optional, I just used it to add a little bit of shine, but if you don't have one it will still turn out just as great

Step 2: Reference Pictures and Sketch

For all of my cakes I like to start with some reference photos to pull inspiration from as well as a sketch of my design.

For this cake I wanted to keep it simple with roses, tulips, peonies, and anemones, but you can use any flowers, in any combination, the possibilities are endless. For my background color I decided I wanted to do a blue and yellow ombré because my flowers were pinks and purples.

Step 3: Assembling the Cakes

I decided not to go too in depth on assembling the cakes because I know everyone has their own methods, and there isn't any one way to assemble cakes.

I always start by leveling off the tops of my cakes so I can have the most even surface to work with. When I'm covering cakes in fondant I usually just use a thin layer of frosting to prevent air bubbles. I roll my fondant out to about 1/8" thickness and use the rolling pin to help me get it on the cake. Next I take a fondant smoother and slowly work my way around the cake until it's smooth all the way around.

For support I use cardboard under each cake and hollow plastic dowels, such as a Wilton brand. I usually use four per cake layer, and one sharpened wooden dowel through the whole cake once it's assembled. The last step before moving on is to take some white royal icing and pipe a pearl boarder around each layer. This step is optional but I think it just helps to make the cake come together and look a little more finished.

Step 4: Drawing the Flowers

Now comes the fun part! I used an edible marker, americolor to be exact, but you could also use black food color and a thin paint brush if you'd prefer. There really is no right or wrong way to do this which is what makes it so fun, but I just started with the bottom tier and worked my way up drawing the flowers first and adding the stems and leafs after.

Step 5: Painting the Flowers and Background

This is where it starts to feel like a giant coloring book. To make the paints I use a mix of food coloring and vodka, I also use white food color to lighten the colors.

You'll want to start with the flowers, I just started with one color for each flower and then lightened it as I went so I had several different shades. The background took a little trail and error, but if your doing a solid color background it's a little easier. I basically just decided what shade of blue I wanted to start with and what shade of yellow I wanted to end with and then painted in sections adding a little white each time and eventually adding some yellow to transition it seamlessly. If it doesn't look perfect of your colors don't blend together perfectly it's okay because once you add the lines for the glass it will look a lot better.

Step 6: Outline the Flowers and Glass

The last step to this cake is taking black royal icing and outlining all the flowers with a #1 or #2 tip. This is a pretty long process so just remember to take your time and it will look amazing. In between the flowers you'll want to add lines and random shapes for the stained glass effect and once everything is outlined you are done!

I really hope you liked this tutorial or found it helpful in one way or another. Enjoy!

Cake Decorating Contest

Participated in the
Cake Decorating Contest

Be the First to Share


    • Tiny Speed Challenge

      Tiny Speed Challenge
    • Spring Cleaning Challenge

      Spring Cleaning Challenge
    • Trash to Treasure Contest

      Trash to Treasure Contest

    7 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Gorgeous! A true work of art!


    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you!

    DIY Hacks and How Tos

    Wow. That looks amazing. How long does it take to decorate a cake like this?


    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you! I would say for a cake like this decorating and painting alone probably took close to six hours.


    3 years ago

    wow , it looks beautiful, I wouldn't be able to eat it, it's too fab looking



    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you so much! It was definetly hard to cut into!