Painted Portrait Cake Tutorial

Skill level: Intermediate

Learn to create a beautiful birthday cake with a hand-painted portrait using Karen Portaleo’s new Edible Artist oil paints. You will learn how to make this elaborate cake, with hand-painted golden details scrollwork flourishes and along with the gravity-defying flower hoop. This flower hoop is an awesome show-stopping piece that’s sure to please party goers.

There’s a lot to cover in this tutorial, so let’s get our tools together and let’s get started!

52:39 Minutes of Instruction

What You Will Learn

  • How to paint a portrait onto a cake using edible oil paints
  • Learn how to add scrollwork details to a cake
  • How to create a gravity-defying floral hoop and how to arrange flowers on it

Cake with a portrait painted on it with edible oil paints and floral hoop

Tutorial Chapters

  1. Overview of the structure 0:29
  2. Attaching board “feet” 4:39
  3. Attaching the hoop 9:34
  4. Stacking the cakes 17:12
  5. Adding the center circle 19:52
  6. The portrait outline 24:21
  7. Painting the portrait 28:58
  8. Making gold details 40:39
  9. Preparing the flowers 47:20
  10. Decorating the hoop 48:59