Bake Mom This Tattoo-Inspired Cake to Show How Much She Rocks

One thing's for sure: You've never seen a Mother's Day cake quite like this. But when you’ve got a cool mom, she deserves an equally cool cake. Bring on the fiery drip details and vintage tattoo-inspired topper — this Mother's Day rocks.

Mother’s Day Heart Tattoo Cake

Level: Intermediate

What You Need

For the Cake

  • Your mom’s favorite two-tiered cake, baked
  • White and black buttercream ( Swiss meringue or American work great)

For the Heart Topper and Flowers

For the Drip


1. Prep the Cake

Bake your mom’s favorite cake, stack the layers and add a crumb coat . Let set in the fridge, then frost with white buttercream .

Use black buttercream to pipe a border on the bottom of the cake. Put it back in the fridge to set.

2. Cut Out the Topper

Mix Tylose powder into your red fondant, using about ½ teaspoon per 4 ounces of fondant. Roll the fondant out to approximately ½" and cut out a large heart with a cutter. Dip one end of a wooden skewer in water or edible glue and insert it about halfway inside the heart. Let dry.

Once your topper has dried out a bit, roll out green fondant to about ¼" and cut out leaves. Make enough for both the topper and the flowers at the bottom.

Trim the leaves with a knife to adjust the size, if needed. Attach leaves to the heart using edible glue.

3. Make the Flowers

Roll out the remaining red fondant to about ¼" and cut flowers in 2-3 different sizes.

Flatten the petals a bit with your fingertips, then stack up your shapes to create layered blooms. You should end up with two bigger flowers and a smaller one.

Place each flower in the bottom of a small bowl so it sets in a slightly curved shape, then leave to dry.

4. Paint on More Details

Since we're going for a vintage look, outlining is key! Outline the heart and leaves using a thin brush and black gel color diluted with a little vodka.

Pro Tip

Before outlining, you can tone down the heart and create shadows for a more realistic vintage look. Just use a wider brush and black gel color heavily diluted with vodka.

Roll out white fondant and cut a wide strip. Attach on top of the heart with a little water or edible glue. Tuck in the ribbon under the edges of the heart to create a 3D effect.

Use an X-Acto knife to cut the edges of the ribbon in a classic banner shape.

Using your black gel color, outline the ribbon and write “MOM” in the middle. Let your topper dry, preferably overnight.

While you wait, outline the edges of every flower layer. Add a little white food coloring for highlights, then your retro roses are ready!

5. Drip, Drip, Drip

Mix together your egg whites and powdered sugar to prepare a thick but still fluid royal icing. (You can also use candy melts to make the drip , if you prefer.)

Color your royal icing with orange food gel and add a drop of red to create a marbled effect.

Put half of the mixture in a piping bag and create drips all around the cake edge. Pour the rest of the glaze on top of the cake and smooth it out. Place the cake back in the fridge to set for about an hour.

Once set, outline the drips in black gel using a paint brush.

6. Bring It All Together

Once the flowers are set, cluster them at the bottom of the cake. Tuck in some leaves as well.

Place the topper in the middle of your cake and — voilà! — the coolest Mother’s Day cake is ready for prime time.

Find Your Next Project

Go ahead and make mom more Mother's Day desserts. She deserves it.

It's pretty. It's fun. Best of all, you can eat it. These are just three reasons to make a cupcake bouquet for Mother's Day, a bridal shower, even a birthday bash. Just make sure you have buttercream to match the party's color scheme and you're good to go.
Erin Gardner
You don't need any fancy cake decorating skills to make your mom these awww-dorable cupcakes. The secret is all in the cutters and molds you can use to make your job oh-so-simple. Whip 'em up to celebrate Mother's Day and get ready for all the heart-eye emojis coming your way.
Lynlee North Beckett
You don't need an excuse to make these pretty cake pops, but Mother's Day sure is a good one. Show your momma how much you care with these bite-sized treats — you could even pair 'em with an actual bottle of her favorite scent for an extra-sweet touch.
Kris Galicia Brown

April 09, 2019
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