Is the cloud cake the next ruffle cake?  I think it might just be.  From the time not long ago I first saw one until Caroline’s party, I’ve seen them popping up all over the place.  I’m not surprised, of course, since they are super cute and also super easy.  Don’t believe it?  See for yourself.  I honestly couldn’t believe how quick and simple this was.

First, frost your cake with a crumb coat (a thin layer of frosting not meant to look pretty, just to keep all the crumbs from messing up the final product.)  Let it chill at least 20-30 minutes before moving on.  (I didn’t take a photo of the crumb coat alone but you get the idea.)  Then, add the frosting of your choice to a pastry bag fitted with a plain round tip.  You can use any size you like depending on the look you are going for – bigger dots, smaller dots, whatever you prefer.  I went with Ateco #809 here.  Pipe a line of equal sized dots vertically down the side of the cake.  Use the back of a spoon to spread each dot sideways.  Repeat with another line of dots overlapping the previous smeared edge.  Smear, dot, repeat, until you’ve covered the sides of the cake completely.

See?  Easy!  You can make your cake look very neat and uniform or more fluffy and whimsical depending on what you are going for.
There are many ways you could choose to cover the top.  I used the same technique to create a sort of spiral from the center outward.  You could also do the same thing in the reverse direction (from the outside inward), or do more of a wheel spoke pattern.  Whatever you like – your call.  That’s it!  You’re done!  Now go enjoy some lemonade in a mason jar to toast your success.

*The cake decorating stand seen here is an Ateco model.  I am very much in love with mine.

  • Stunning, Annie! I would be the happiest gal in town with this cake at my birthday party :)

  • The Hungry housewife

    Love it ! very “fluffy” reminds me of my petal cake I just posted.

  • This is so timely! I’ve been planning to do my mother’s birthday cake just like your beauty! But I didn’t have a name… Fluffy Cloud Cake! Epic. Thanks for confirming I’ve made the right choice…

  • johanna.jork

    I just wanted to say hi and that I truly truly love your blog! It’s an inspiration for me not just in the kitchen but also in my attitude toward life.
    Thank you so much :)
    Greetings Jo

  • This cake is so pretty! I haven’t seen frosting done like this before. No decorations are needed.

  • sweetsugarbelle

    I’ve seen a ton of these too, but something about it in all white changes it!!! Ps, forgot to mention on the last post, I LOVE THE MASON JARS!!!

  • SO BEAUTIFUL. oh wow! i want to eat that cake now… :)

  • That’s so cute- and it looks pretty easy too!

  • The second picture does not show up for me. I’ll check back again today to see how this technique is done :)

  • Paige

    I’ve been waiting for this post! I always love to see how your parties turn out :)

  • annieseats

    Aw, thank you so much!

  • annieseats

    Should be fixed now.

  • Thekitchwitch

    My girls would give their left arms for one of these. Wow.

  • Ramela Jimenez

    You make it look so easy. You’re cake looks pretty. What kind of buttercream did you use? Do you have the recipe somewhere in your blog? Thanks.

  • holy cow! I just fell in love with ruffle cakes but this it too cute!!! It WILL be my daughter’s birthday cake this summer! Thanks a bunch!

  • So happy you shared this tutorial so soon after showing us Caroline’s birthday party! This cake is incredible! Love the tutorial :)

  • Jesica Edisanto

    I need to make this ONE DAY!

  • Kat

    Hey Annie,

    How do you do the last row!? I’m guessing you can’t ‘lift up’ the first row of dots and tuck the smear underneath….

  • Kristina

    Hey this is great. Will definitely try this one day.
    I gave you an award on my blog

  • annieseats

    Put it in the back :)

  • annieseats

    You can use any kind you like, or others besides buttercream. I used the frosting recipe linked in the party post (with the lemon layer cake).

  • What a great tutorial! I think the best part of frosting a cake this way, however, is that you get extra big globs of frosting on each slice–yum :D

  • Denise Wesely

    That looks so yummy! Wish I could stick a fork into the monitor and get a great big bite of it!

  • Vicki Bensinger

    Wow I love this cake. It’s so fun and really does look easy just time consuming. Thank you for the links too. I’m going to have to try this for my next cake.

    Vicki Bensinger

  • That cake looks so beautiful and pristine. Your instructions are so simple its hard to believe thats the end product!! Will have to try this.

  • RikiTikiTembo

    Ahh LOVE it! I can’t wait to try this. Who would have thought something so effective was so simple. Thanks for the fab tutorial:)

  • That looks truly lickable. I would eat just that frosting – it looks so pretty.

  • MommaMary

    That was also my concern. It could look pretty ugly if not done correctly.

  • I love your version of this cake. It completely changes the look of it and it totally looks like a cloud! Happy birthday to your sweet Caroline! Enjoy this new chapter as the two littles bring troublemaking to a whole new level together. :D

  • annieseats

    It’s really not that big of a deal. Just pipe a row of dots on and put it in the back. There has to be a seam somewhere.

  • sara thom

    what recipe did you use for the frosting?

  • annieseats

    Please see the earlier comments. Thanks!

  • I love the look of this cake! Have to try it one day!

  • Pinned!! I love how it looks! Very cool!

  • I love this Idea!
    GB2 God Bless, Go Bake!!!

  • That looks so nice. Great idea!

  • Wow, that cloud cake looks so fluffy and nice – I’d love to lie in it :-)

  • Themessybakerblog

    Wow, this cake is stunning. I love the fluffy clouds, and you make it sound so easy to do.

  • Lindaal281

    when you get all around the cake how do u finish off the roll with a dot of icing ? cause you can,t pull the frosting under the first one you did?

  • annieseats

    Just put a line of dots and put that side in the back when serving.

  • Annie, you did such a great job with Caroline’s party; I especially love the theme, and this cake is so cute! I can’t believe it’s been a year, either! I remember your post when she was born–such a happy, sweet time!

  • Katey Baldassano

    Made this yesterday-so very easy and beautiful. My daughter wanted a pink fluffy cloud and so it was. I am planning to make this in white for my almost 1 year old’s party and had a question. I made a 6 inch cake and used your frosting recipe and didn’t have nearly enough recipe. then i had to make another batch and try to match pinks, you get the picture. Were you able to frost an 8 inch layer cake w/ just 1 batch of that frosting? Suggestions?

  • annieseats

    Mine was a 6 inch cake as well, and I had enough frosting. You can just make more frosting if you need it. Good luck!

  • emilialeslie

    I just used this technique for a cake I did last night. It was a Beach Theme Birthday Cake and I used the cloud technique in blue for water and then on the top used light brown sugar for the sand with a gumpaste/fondant blend hot pink name plate in the center top and tiny drink umbrellas to line the top. Super cute. Thank you for the tutorial. :)

  • I know you posted this a while ago, Annie, but I’m so glad I remembered it to come back and get the fine details. Such a cute cake! I’m making a cake for a sweet lady’s 80th (!) birthday at church this weekend and can’t wait to use this technique. Thanks!

  • annieseats

    Aw, that’s so sweet of you! I’m sure she will love it.