When one of our MoM team was in a bit of a flap about making a birthday cake for her kids the awesome internet came to her rescue.

Lisa shared, “This is the cake I am going to *attempt* to make for my kid’s birthday party. I’ve watched some youtube videos but feel completely overwhelmed by the challenge. Have you ever made anything like this? Please share your cakes and your tips (fails are good too – they may make me feel better)”

Tips to create the perfect drip cake

Julie was great saying, “These drip cakes aren’t hard but are time consuming. Make sure you have the cake once covered in buttercream COLD before attempting the drips ”

Heather told us, “Be careful with the ganache it will keep dripping. A little goes a long way.”

Rosalie said, “Use lollies or prepaid decorations rather than piping anything and the hardest part will be getting the icing right. If you are using food colouring get the gel food colouring so much better and brighter! And if you can freeze the cake first it helps reduce the crumbs a bit.”

Kendall shared, “My tip is to go to Spotlight and find the neon pink and blue icing colouring. Normal food colouring will not give you the vibrant colours.” She also added, “Also I didn’t use ganache for the drips. I used icing sugar, a tiny bit of butter and milk to make it a thin consistency. Put it straight into the fridge once you finish doing the drips.”

Kalene shared, “Drip cakes are a fun cake to create, but you have to have the ratio of cream to chocolate correct. Too much cream means it will drip to the cake board and pool add too much chocolate and the drip will be too thick. Make sure your final buttercream layer is super cold as this will help set your drips! And dont forget a crumb layer!”

Danielle suggested, “Tip use equal weights of cream and chocolate to make your ganache for the drip. Buy a plastic sauce bottle from Kmart to actually drip it not a piping bag. Wait until it cools a bit too or the icing underneath melt!”

Check out some of the amazing creations below

The first pic is of Lisa’s creation thanks to the help of the internet. Mind you the kids preferred the rushed job that was sent to school a few days later. Typical!

Share your tips below

Main image by MoM member Leanne Baker


  • I made all my kids birthday cakes, without the Internet, just a book of party cakes. Some I created myself, I had an image in my mind, and the cake rarely matched the image. But they were ok and the kids loved them. My most ambitious I think was a treasure chest full of treasure for my daughters 12th birthday party. I think parents try too hard to impress these days, and it’s not necessary as kids aren’t hard to impress


  • There is so much pressure on parents these days to make sure their child has the best looking cake at their childs party. Argggg I am dreading my childs first school party.


  • SOME not looking cakes right here


  • Wow, all those cakes look great!


  • I love decorating cakes. I am no good at it but I think a home made and/or decorated cake is amazing. It is such a lovely feeling when someone goes to the trouble of decorating a cake for you.


  • Wow there are some very talented people out there and now I feel like cake.


  • Wow these cakes are amazing.
    It’s so lovely to see mums/women supporting and helping other mums/women


  • What wonderful tips every one made.


  • Iv never attempted a drip cake. thanks for the tips, maybe this weekend I may give it a go!


  • What great advice. I going to attempt a Transformers cake in a few weeks for my sons birthday. Wish me luck. Cake decorating people are amazing


  • I have just moved away from may cake baker extraordinaire friend who made all my cakes for me – she is the bomb – I will definitely be ringing, texting, video chatting with her when i make my girls birthday cakes – any advice is always helpful when your a complete novice cake maker!


  • The drop cakes are amazing..I’m in the same boat, I would love to do one but wouldnt know how. Last few years I have gotten into make cakes..
    One of my main tips.
    Is to take you time when decorating, that is the most important part. Think on how you want you cake to be like. If you need to make a cheap cake and practice on it first before you do the real cake. Practice always make perfect.


  • These are all pretty fantastic! I often leave it to someone else to bake my cakes…..or have a pav lol.


  • OMG. I thought I did a pretty good job of making a ghetto blaster for one sons’ birthday and a football boot for another. These ones definitely have the WOW factor.


  • Wow, there are so many amazing creations. I prefer to buy a cake that someone else has made!! I appreciate the time and effort and creativity that goes into it.


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