Sweet Art: How to Draw Adorable Illustrated Pastries

When it comes to subject matter for your drawing, it doesn’t get much more fun than creating sweet pastries. Learning how to draw pastries is actually quite easy. If you know how to draw circles, rectangles and triangles, you’ve actually mastered the hardest part of the pastry-drawing process.

Use circles to draw cupcakes

In this tutorial, we’ll teach you how to easily transform primary shapes into delectable (but not edible) pastry art which can be used to create illustrations or just provide fun sketching material. They’re sure to fuel your creative hunger, but they might also make your stomach rumble, so it might not be a bad idea to have an actual snack on hand to fuel this artistic adventure.

Getting started

If you can draw these simple shapes:

Shapes lead to pastries

Well then, you have already mastered the basic forms needed to draw adorable pastries (faces optional).

You can draw pastries!


Let’s explore how to draw pastries from simple shapes.

How to draw a doughnut

Basically, all you need to know to draw a doughnut is how to draw a circle. From there it’s a piece of cake (or doughnut, that is). Circles aren’t just for doughnuts, though: this simple shape is a gateway to pastry-drawing bliss. You can use them to create cookies, cakes as seen from above, pancakes, waffles and more.

In this simple tutorial, we’ll show you how to easily doughnut-ify a circle. Here’s a step-by-step infographic, followed by the individual steps.

Drawing doughnuts is easy

Step 1:

Start by drawing a circle. Simple as that.

Step 2:

Draw a circle within that circle to represent the doughnut hole.

Step 3:

Add a wavy line inside of the bigger circle — this is the icing. It is optional, but it’s a sure-fire way to differentiate this doughnut from, say, a bagel (which, by the way, you also know how to draw now).

Step 4:

Color in. This is your opportunity to choose flavorings, which you reflect in your color choice. Here, for instance, pink icing and multicolored dots form a classic Homer Simpson doughnut.

Note: Now that you’ve mastered the doughnut, you can easily use the shape to draw cookies or other circular treats. You can also get more complicated with your use of circles. For instance, use a circle as a guide to create a hemisphere cupcake top, as in this photo illustration:

Use circles to draw cupcakes

How to draw a slice of cake

Drawing a slice of cake is a piece of cake when you start with a simple triangle. Come to think of it, many slices are now within your reach, including cheesecake, pie, flan and just about anything you can slice into a wedge.

Cake slices

Step 1:

Draw a triangle. I like to make it a slightly oblong triangle.

Step 2:

Draw lines straight down from the sides on the bottom of the triangle.

Step 3:

Draw a line echoing the bottom of the triangle at the base of these lines. Suddenly, you have a cake shape!

Step 4:

If you want a layered cake with icing, draw a sort of backward block letter “F” shape inside of the cake slice.

Step 5:

Color in the cake however you’d like. This slice is colored in to resemble a slice of red velvet cake.

Note: Once you’ve mastered the cake slice technique, you can also draw pie. Instead of drawing the icing inside, simply draw a wavy top for a crust, and continue it as a backward block letter “L” sort of shape along the side of the triangle slice.

Drawing a pie slice

How to draw square or rectangular pastries

So many pretty cakes are square or rectangular, from Opera cake to Napoleons to Nanaimo bars or petits-fours. Here is an easy tutorial on how to make them come to life. Once again, we’ll start with an infographic and then list the individual steps.

How to draw rectangular pastries

Step 1:

Draw a square or rectangle. Easy!

Step 2:

In pencil, draw a similarly-sized square or rectangle slightly diagonally behind the first one.

Step 3:

Follow the guide of this ghost image to give your primary square or rectangle dimension.

Step 4:

You have the shape now! You can color it or add different layers to create the pastry of your dreams. The face is optional, of course.

Here’s an example of how you could create a multilayered treat in this method:

Petit four

What type of pastry do you find most fun to draw?

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