Learn how to make easy shirt cake, homemade with simple ingredients and supplies. This round cake is decorated in fondant. Perfect for Father's day or Dad's birthdays.
Most shirt cakes I have seen are rectangular in shape and they are very difficult to cover in fondant smoothly, especially the sides. It definitely requires a lot of practice and patience. Round cakes, on the other hand, are much easier to decorate. This Tie Dye Shirt Cake and these Shirt Cupcakes are another spin on today's design.
How to make easy shirt cake?
- Bake cakes- A chocolate Oreo cake was the perfect choice.
- Let them cool- Until room temperature.
- Make icing- Chocolate cream cheese frosting paired perfectly with the cake flavor.
- Assemble– Place one cake on cake board, ice the top, then, place the other cake on top and then, ice the whole cake.
- Spread white fondant- On top of the cake.
- Cut off excess fondant- Along the base of cake.
- Add details– Such as collar, pockets and buttons, using black and white fondant and water.
Variations for round shirt cake design
Try other colors- I made a classic black and white shirt but feel free to get creative with different colors and different patterns.
Make a larger cake- A 10 inch or 12 inch cake would feed more people. The same instructions would apply to those sizes too.
Tips and Techniques
Don’t frost or decorate warm cakes- Because the warmth will cause the icing and fondant to melt and make a sticky mess.
Fondant vs. Gum paste- For this cake, fondant must be used. Gum paste dries hard and is typically used for small decorations and cake/ cupcake toppers.
Homemade marshmallow fondant vs. Store-bought fondant. Either can be used. I prefer homemade fondant because it tastes and smells really good.
Buy black fondant- It is really hard to make truly dark and perfect black colored fondant at home. You have to use a lot of gel coloring. It's messy and I highly recommend just buying it.
Use very little water to stick pieces- I highly recommend using a paintbrush, dipping it in water and tapping it on the side of a bowl or cup to get rid of excess water. Using too much water makes fondant sticky and messy.
Room temperature- Decorated cake can be left at room temperature for 24 hours as long as there is no perishable fruit filling that requires refrigeration.
Refrigerate- Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. However the fondant decorations will become slightly sticky and tacky from the moisture in the fridge.
Freeze- Unfrosted cake and frosting can be stored separately in a sealed container for up to 1 month. When you are ready to enjoy it, let it thaw in the fridge overnight and then, decorate as per instructions below.
Make ahead instructions- This cake can be baked and decorated 1 day in advance and stored at room temperature until you are ready to serve.
More Father's Day Cake Ideas or Dad's Birthday Cake Ideas
- Father's Day Cake (Tool Box Cake)
- Easy Pokemon Cake (Poke Ball Cake)
- Easy Sushi Cake
- Easy Star Wars Cake (Death Star Cake)
- Easy Galaxy Cake
- Pull Apart Football Cupcake Cake
Easy Shirt Cake
- Bake the cakes and and let it cool completely.
- Place one cake on a cake board and use a spatula to spread icing on top.
- Place the other cake on top of the frosting and press gently until secure.
- Ice the entire cake smoothly in frosting.
- Roll out white fondant.
- Spread it over the frosted cake smoothly.
- Cut off excess around the base of the cake with a pizza cutter.
- Cut a white fondant strip which is 2 inches wide and about 20 inches long.
- Fold one side of the strip slightly inward. This will be the shirt’s collar.
- Using some water and a paintbrush, stick this strip around the top of the cake, where you want the collar to be positioned.
- Get some gift wrapping tissue paper and crumple it up. Place these in the middle and along the sides of the collar so that it doesn’t lose its shape.
- Cut another white strip which is also 2 inches wide and about inches 20 long.
- Stick this piece below the collar, along the center with some water. This will be the button line.
- Cut off excess fondant on the top and bottom of this strip with a knife.
- Cut a rectangular piece of white fondant (mine was roughly 3 by 2 inches). This will be the shirt’s pocket.
- Use water to stick this piece on the side of the cake or wherever you want this pocket to be positioned.
- Use Wilton’s cutter/embosser tool to make stitch marks around the collar, the button line and even the pocket.
- For the buttons, cut out a few circles using a small cookie cutter.
- Use a toothpick to make 4 tiny holes in these buttons
- Use some water to stick these along the button line and collar and you are done. Enjoy!
- Read all my tips above.
- Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days but the fondant decorations will become slightly sticky.