Anime Cocoa Butter Portrait Cake Tutorial

Skill level: Intermediate

I got the opportunity to create a beautiful birthday cake for a girl who is really into Anime, specifically Sword Art Online. I knew this would be the perfect time to try out cocoa butter for painting portraits, and the results were amazing!

Cocoa butter painting creates beautiful, oil painting-like finishes on cakes. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to prep your cocoa butter for painting, what brands work best, how to paint portraits and realistic clouds.

54:17 Minutes of Instruction

What You Will Learn

  • How to hand-paint character portraits in manga/anime style using cocoa butter
  • Learn how to create and attach wafer paper flowers
  • How to paint clouds and airbrush a seamless color gradient

Stacked cake with airbrushed color, cocoa butter painted clouds and a portrait of anime characters painted on the side

Tutorial Chapters

  1. Covering the cakes in fondant 0:36
  2. Stacking the cakes 10:09
  3. Wafer paper flowers 13:43
  4. Making the portrait stencil 16:17
  5. Airbrushing the cake 18:58
  6. Painting the faces 22:49
  7. Painting the hair 40:03
  8. Painting the clothes 46:59
  9. Painting clouds 48:55
  10. Adding the flowers 53:07