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

tattoo mom cake

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

  • Red, white and green fondant (buy it or make your own)
  • Tylose powder (optional)
  • Wooden skewer
  • X-Acto knife
  • Fondant rolling pin
  • Water or edible glue
  • Black, red and white gel food coloring
  • Vodka
  • Heart, flowers and leaf cutters
  • Food-safe brushes, one super thin and one wide
  • For the Drip

  • 2 egg whites
  • 2-2½ cups powdered sugar
  • Gel food coloring in orange, red, and black
  • Instructions

    1. Prep the Cake

    frosted white 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

    heart cake 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.

    making heart cake topper

    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

    making fondant flowers

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

    layering fondant flowers

    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.

    finished fondant flowers

    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

    decorating heart cake topper

    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.

    adding banner to heart cake topper

    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.

    cutting banner

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

    finished heart topper

    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

    mixing cake 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.

    cake with colorful drip

    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.

    decorating drip

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

    6. Bring It All Together

    adding flowers to cake

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

    finished mom tattoo cake

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

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