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How to Make a Flamingo Embroidery Cake

Learn to make this kitschy-cute cake for your next celebration.

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Flamingo Embroidery Cake

Everything old is new again. Take inspiration from grandma's embroidery to turn your cake into a canvas for this stitchy summer scene — complete with a wooden loom made out of fondant!

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What You'll Need

Food:

 • 2 x 8-inch cake rounds, cooled (choose any recipe you like)
 • Vanilla Buttercream frosting (use the large batch recipe included or 3 store-bought cans):
  ○ 6 cups (12 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  ○ 2 pounds (1 bag) confectioners' sugar
  ○ 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  ○ 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  ○ 1/2 teaspoon table salt
 • Food coloring: Brown, Green, Blue, Orange, Yellow, Light Pink, Dark Pink, Black
 • Fondant


Tools:

 • Offset spatula
 • Plastic piping bags (and rubber bands to close them)
 • Decorating tips (small round tips, #2 - 4 sizes are best)
 • Skewer + toothpicks
 • Fondant rolling pin

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Baking & Prep

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 8-inch cake pans with parchment paper and coat with cooking spray. Prepare your choice of cake mix as directed; divide the batter between the pans and bake 25 to 30 minutes. Allow the cakes to completely cool before you begin decorating.

While the cakes are baking, make one large batch of buttercream frosting. Beat the butter for a few minutes on medium speed, preferably using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. On slow speed, gradually add the confectioners' sugar 1 to 2 cups at a time, allowing each batch of sugar to incorporate with the butter before adding the next. Increase the speed to medium and add the vanilla, cream and salt. Beat for an additional 3 minutes. Cover until you’re ready to use.

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Frost the Cake

Working on a cake plate or board, stack the cake rounds, frosting between the two layers.

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