How to Create Effects With Cake Batter

Fondant shouldn’t have all the fun!

There are so many things that you can do to the inside of a cake to make it just as fun and festive as the outside of the cake. I’ve found some really great tutorials on creating some really fun effects with cake batter.

How to Make a Checkered Cake

The first is one that’s an oldie but a goodie. Megan at shares how to make a checkered cake.

There are kits out there that supposedly make the process of making a checkered cake easier. I have never tried them since they look gimmicky and are limited to certain sizes. This tutorial shows how to make a checkered cake with basic materials that can be done in all sizes of cakes.

How to Make a Zebra Striped Cake

The next tutorial by Melissa at is how to make a zebra striped cake batter.

I love this method. It is a great way to do a marble cake and make it look cool too. I’ve seen this cake made with a zebra design to match on the outside and it was spectacular!

This would be a great fit with a cake design of animal print of any kind. Or you could do layers of multiple colors and make it a great children’s birthday cake.

How to Make a Layered Rainbow Cake

Next is a layered rainbow cake. This is almost a no-fail way to make a really cool effect that everyone will love.

Who doesn’t want to eat a rainbow?

If you want to upscale the effect, try doing different shades of the same color. The ombre effect of progressing from dark to light in a monochromatic color is very trendy and will make you the fashionista cake designer. Check out Melinda’s tutorial at

How to Make a Polka-Dot Cake

And the last tutorial that I have for you is by Fairly Odd Mother at This is one that is new to me.

Cake balls are a big hit right now and there are a bunch of products out there that will bake cake into a ball shape. They are meant to make it easy but from my experience, they can be more hassle than they are worth. Whether you love them or not, you probably have a cake ball pan or two. Well here is a great use for those little cake balls! Bake them into a cake and have a polka dot cake.

So go check out these great tutorials and try some. Once you figure out the basic idea behind them, the options are endless. Do you know of a great way to play with the inside of your cakes? If so, please share!


I just found another really cool technique that I just HAD to post.


How to Make a Leopard Print Cake

Deborah Stauch who created the polka-dot cake tutorial brought to my attention another cake done by Melissa at

It’s a leopard print cake!

How cool is that? I feel I should mention that you must be a member to view the video tutorial and that it will be released in a week. But it is such a cool effect, it would be worth the membership just to see this one tutorial. Pure genius!

28 Responses to How to Create Effects With Cake Batter

  1. Thanks for the shout out! These cakes are all fabulous. Another fun way to use rainbow colors in your cake is with a cupcake! Similar process to my rainbow cake but a totally different look.

  2. Another great idea! Thanks for sharing Melinda.

  3. Thanks for the post Amelia! Can’t wait to check out these other great ideas!

  4. Trudy Medeiros says:

    Lovely ideas!!! I want to try them.

  5. Trudy Medeiros says:

    These cakes look wonderful. I would love to try them!

  6. Amber says:

    That leopard cake looks wonderful. Have you seen I am baker site? she does a flag and candle and that heart inside a cake. it is

    • That is cool Amber! That would be perfect for a Valentine’s cake or the top tier of a wedding cake. Couldn’t you just see a couple cut into their top tier on their first anniversary and see that? They’d be customers for life!

  7. AL says:

    I have personally used the checkered cake pan set. It is sooo worth the money. I have my grandma’s old one but lost it so I bought a new one on Amazon for about $10 or less. I ended up finding my grandma’s so now I have two; both of them work great.

  8. Kerry McIlwaine says:

    I have paid to join ‘My cake school’ and I note that the money has already left my account to join but I haven’t received the password which you should have sent.

    • Kerry,
      I’m sorry you are having trouble. I want to make sure you are aware that CakeFu is not affiliated with ‘My Cake School’. We saw their cake batter tutorial and shared a link to it on our website. We have no control over the management of their site.
      They do seem like a legitimate company. I would suggest that you contact ‘My Cake School’ directly. I hope you can have your problem resolved quickly.

  9. Muna says:

    Very informative

  10. […] Cake batter effects.  Leopard, polka dot, checkered and more!  I think I want to try these for no special occasion, other than a happy belly. […]

  11. Angela says:

    I found a the free tutorial for the leopard cake!

  12. calli says:

    Note + that link to the leopard tutorial on cake central may not necessarily be how mycakeschool does theirs,this is some ones own interpretation.

  13. After watching both leopard print tutorials, I can tell you for sure that they are completely different. Mycakeschool classes may not be free but $30 for an entire year of all the videos is a rare bargain. Melissa does a great job and explains things very well. Can’t help but like watching her, no matter what method she’s teaching. (Unsolicited and uncompensated opinion and completely my own.) Keep those leopard print methods coming!

  14. Deborah says:

    Thought you might want to peek at some butterflies and stars hidden inside cakes in the two latest posts at Tutorial included. Happy Caking!

  15. Alisha says:

    I made a camouflage cake, batter and buttercream icing was camo.

  16. […] This tutorial is done by Melissa at She is the same talented decorator who teaches the leopard and zebra print cake batter tutorials in one of our previous posts. […]

  17. Jared says:

    So amazed at these effects. It’s awesome what you can achieve with cakes, both inside an out.

  18. Hannah says:

    Here is another free tutorial.

    It is in Spanish, but by watching what they are doing you get the idea…

  19. Silvia says:

    Thank you for the generosity of sharing those beautiful recipes!

  20. Christy says:

    Try tinting batter orange and making a tiger stripe cake instead of zebra stripes

  21. adebisi says:

    this is quite interesting,i wouldnt want to miss any.

  22. […] of cake-baked-inside cakes which was fun to see since we have talked a bit about them here in our How to Create Effects With Cake Batter […]

  23. Stephanie says:

    I found the Leopard tutorial on you tube.

  24. Gertrude low says:

    Leopard print effect looks great. Wld luv to view d technique

  25. anyela says:

    muy interesante y nuevas ideas

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