How to make cake swirls?

Cake swirls, or buttercream swirled cakes, are a fun way to decorate cakes and cupcakes.

It’s important to use the right type of icing because it will be used as “glue” to hold the cake together.

The final result is a beautiful cake that looks professional but takes very little time and effort!

How To Make Cake Swirls?

Step 1: Draw your design with a toothpick & icing.

Step 2: Paint the cake with white gel so it doesn’t get stained. This is also a way to use up leftover cake/icing.

Step 3: Use a piping bag, fitted with a small round tip, to pipe the ‘glue’ on top of the swirl pattern.

Step 4: Let the glaze harden.

Step 5: Pipe more icing in the space between the swirls to make them more visible.

Step 6: Add more icing in the center of the cake and draw lines with a toothpick that match up to your swirls.

Step 7: Paint white gel all around your cake. Let it dry and break off any excess icing using a knife or spatula. 

Step 8: Pull your original swirly design line with icing to make a clean line.

Step 9: Use a toothpick to draw new lines and make a new swirl. 

Step 10: Use a toothpick to make a small swirl in the center of the cake.

Step 11: Finish off your cake by adding another layer of icing and decorations. You can choose to pipe more swirls or leave it as it is!

cake swirls
cake swirls

What Is A Swirl Shape?

A swirl is a complete rotation of your cake in a circular pattern. If you draw a circle and then make a complete revolution, it will look like an. Another way to say this is that the cake turns clockwise on itself.

Why Does The Swirl Look Good?

The shell shape that is created by the swirl makes a beautiful shape, which is especially great for food decorators because it evokes an ocean and combines the elements of cake and sculpture.

What Do You Need For Making Cake Swirls?

You will need for cake you can use any type of chocolate or buttercream flavored cake. An easy way to save time is to bake several smaller cakes and make swirly roses or swirly patterns with them.

How Do You Design Swirls?

1. Choosing a design: The first thing you need to do is choose a design. There are many ways to make cake swirls, and here are some examples:

This swirly rose is made by drawing different sized circles on the cake (the bigger the circle, the larger the swirl). You can use any number of circles.

2. Choosing a board: Next you will need the cake board. There are many different shapes and sizes of boards that you can choose from, but be careful, because if the cake swirl is too large for the board, it might break!

Design Swirls
Design Swirls

A good rule of thumb is to use a round cake board with at least 2-3 inches of extra space for your design.

3. Drawing the swirled design: You need to draw the swirls first. This will help you keep them all in the right place.

4. Painting a tip: The next step is to paint a thin layer of icing, called “glue”, onto your cake. This will help your design hold up for the whole time it is baking and also act as waterproofing for your design.

5. Painting transfer paper: For the design to be successful, you will need a good amount of icing on top.

To do this, you can either paint a thin layer of white frosting onto the cake, or use icing as a super glue to place an image onto the cake.

6. Painting the design: The final step is to paint the design on your cake. Be careful not to move the design or the icing will stick to your fingers.

What Can I Make With Cake Swirls?

1. Cake swirls on a cupcake: Cupcakes are fun because you can make them in any shape or size. You can make mini swirl roses, just like the big ones!

2. Swirls for a friend: It’s fun to write a message on your cake and then make it swirly!

3. Swirls for an occasion: You can also do this with images! This is great to do with your favorite sports team logo or holiday party theme.

4. Swirly patterns: Another way to make a swirl is with a pattern. Here are some ideas:

5. Swirling to the top: It’s possible to make more than one swirl on a cake! It’s especially fun when you have different colors in each layer of icing.

How To Store Cake Swirls?

If you want to keep your cake for a long time, make sure it is completely cooled and then wrap it in foil.

If you want to store cupcakes, make sure they are completely cooled, cover them with a plastic cupcake bag and put them in the fridge or freezer.


Make your own birthday cake swirly by decorating it in a creative way. Add a name and date, or draw a gift card to create a fun dessert for your friends and family.

Place the cake in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to cool it down, and then enjoy!