Brushstroke Cake

Now this cake is as impressive as it is easy! Something to knock your friends socks off without spending hours and hours slaving away over the decoration!

I’ve seen this craze developing over the last few months on Instagram and it was something I was desperate to try! After much googling, I realised it was much easier than I had anticipated and so I gave it a go to gobble up during the The Great British Bake off first episode of 2017. The result was effective and delicious with my friends commenting on how cool it looked and that it could be mistaken for a piece of modern art! (Not sure thats a good thing or a bad thing but hey ho! I’m going to go with good!).

I really urge you all to give this one a go as you really won’t regret it! It would be perfect for a Birthday cake or any form of celebration (although I also believe it’s good for any time of the year too lol!).

Lily x


  • 1 6 inch, 3 layer cake (of any flavour – I chose Lemon because it’s mine and my mum’s favourite) with a layer of pink buttercream
  • 2 Tbsp of leftover pink buttercream
  • 1 Handful of White Candy Melts
  • 1 Handful of Dark Chocolate Candy Melts
  • 1 Handful of Pink Candy Melts


  1. Once you’ve slathered a layer of buttercream onto the outside of your 3 layer cake, you can begin decorating it with these fantastic brushstroke pieces!img_5558.jpg
  2. To begin with, melt the white candy melts in a microwave safe bowl (30 seconds at a time until melted) and prepare a sheet of greaseproof paper on your kitchen side.
  3. Once they are melted, dip a pastry brush into the candy melts to drag your brush along the greaseproof paper to form a shard shape (you may have to do this several times in order to get a thick enough shard). You will need to create about 5-10 shards for each colour (including some spares incase of breakages!). It’s important you make the shards all different lengths so that you can create the cool brushstroke effect when piecing the decoration together!
  4. Leave the shards to dry on the greaseproof paper and repeat steps 2 and 3 with the other two colours of candy melts.
  5. Once all of the brushstroke candy melts are dry, begin assembling the funky design. Start at the top and work downwards so that the larger brushstroke pieces are nearer the top and shorter pieces are nearer the bottom so you can see this layered pattern. Stick each piece down with a small amount of the left over buttercream in order to keep it really secure! (no-one wants saggy brushstrokes!).
  6. Once you’re happy with your positioning, use a teaspoon of leftover chocolate and white candy melts and splatter it across the top in order to add to this ‘abstract art’ design. It also makes the rest of the cake a little more impressive although the shards are the star of the showimg_5584.jpg
  7. Enjoy as part of a celebration with friends and family and watch them be amazed at your creation!


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