making a camouflage birthday cake {tutorial}

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The cake I made for Anton’s Bootcamp {Army} Birthday Party was definitely an experiment.


I’m THRILLED that it turned out though, and thought I’d share with you how I did it.



Because I happen to like the taste of boxed cakes more than homemade {ghasp!} and because I didn’t want to spend all evening in the kitchen, I started with these two cake mixes.

I chose Dark Chocolate Fudge because I wanted the darkest brown possible.


After preparing the 2 mixes according to the directions, I split them into several bowls.

I added white to one of the dark chocolate bowls, making a lighter brown {next time I’d make it WAY lighter because once cooked, it was difficult to see the difference in color}.

I also separated more of the white into 2 other bowls, dying them different shades of green.


I typically mix my own dye colors {a leftover love from my college days taking color theory & painting classes} but because I began this project around 10pm, I decided to take the easy route and use a pre-made hue.


I really wanted a contrast between the colors and remembered reading somewhere that if you add blue dye to dark chocolate, it turns it nearly black.

It turned out great.


Ben and I worked together, taking turns plopping big dollops of color into the prepared cake pans {first spraying a healthy coat of Pam, then dusting it with flour}.


I wanted to make Anton a big cake to blow out candles from, but decided I also wanted cupcakes…lets be honest, they’re just easier for birthday parties.

Especially parties at the park.


This time I used piping bags, each with a separate color {learn to make your own here}.

Bake according to instructions on the box.


Again, because I didn’t want to be up all night, I used pre-made vanilla frosting. I added more of the avocado green dye but wanted more of an army green so I simply mixed in a little chocolate icing that I had left over from Ezekiel’s birthday party last week.

After mixing it together with my Kitchen Aid, it became exactly the color I was hoping for. Not too dark, not too bright.


Rather than frosting the entire top of the cupcakes and cover up the camouflage cake entirely, I decided to grab my piping bags again and make a little multi-color swirl on top.

I did this by putting 2 separate frosting colors in 2 separate piping bags {without tips on them}. Then, placing both bags together into yet another bag {with a tip this time}, they come out together, giving a multi color effect.


Just like wanting more contrast in the 2 brown colors in the cake, next time I’d like more contrast in the greens I used on top of the cupcakes. They ended up being very subtle.


All in all, my camo experiment was a success & was fun that every slice of cake was different.


I love how it turned out…more importantly, the Birthday Boy loved it.


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By the way, do you adore my “Anton” bunting? Me too!

Learn how to make cake bunting here.



These beautiful chalkboard bunting letters are courtesy of the ever-creative Kristin over at Yellow Bliss Road {get ’em here}.

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Hope this inspires you to get creative on your next birthday cake!

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7 Responses to making a camouflage birthday cake {tutorial}

  1. Amy Oct 21st, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    Hi! I love your cake! Just a quick question…did it all still taste good with the combinations of cake mixes and frosting, etc? Wanting to try this out but hoping to not sacrifice on taste. Thanks!

    • hugs & punches Oct 22nd, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

      hi Amy! Great question! It tasted absolutely fantastic and you didn’t even notice it was both vanilla & chocolate cake mixed together {the green coloring had no flavoring in it}. Let me know what you think if you end up trying it!!

  2. Alyssa Nov 13th, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    I was just wondering if you’ve got any tips for me. Im trying to do a 6′ topper cake for a wedding I’m doing but they want the cake cammo. Ive done cupcakes and they’ve turned out great but a 6′ topper is a lot deeper and was just wondering how I would get all the batter in without the colours bleeding

    • hugs & punches Nov 13th, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

      Hi Alyssa! Oh wow…a camp wedding cake?! How fun! Gosh, I’m certainly not one to ask on a 6′ topper though {wish I were!}. Have you tried your local bakery or maybe even a favorite baking blog?

  3. Shi Feb 12th, 2014 at 7:38 am #

    I also prefer the boxed cakes. Maybe homemade from scratch is better, but I only have so much time. What I can say is that people always comment that my cakes taste better than the prepared store bought ones.

    • hugs & punches Feb 13th, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

      That’s so funny, Shi. I always get compliments on my {boxed} cakes too. And oh how much easier they are to make!!


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