After finishing just one cake in my first cake decorating class, my grandma asked me to make her a birthday cake for her 75th, not knowing that we were throwing her a surprise party. I decided to try making an Artist Palette Birthday Cake, as I thought it would not be too difficult to do with my beginner skills.

I frosted a 10″ cake in light brown icing, then used a large round tip and dark brown icing to pipe the shape of the palette. I then filled in the small circle and covered the rest of the cake with small white stars, and made a simple white shell border around the bottom. I made several bright colors of icing and piped them on with the large round tip to create the paint colors.

My husband suggested that we use a basting brush to create brush strokes in some of the colors, and even mix two together to make the cake look more interesting. We then placed a yellow paintbrush across the cake to finish it off. My grandma loved her cake, and so did all of her “art” friends!