Cupcake or cake? Ooof, that’s a hard question. Thankfully unlike our health, we don’t have to choose here. Check here if you want to draw a slice of cake, then head back here if you want to draw a bright pink cartoon cupcake with a cherry on top. Cupcakes are pretty easy to draw which is great for young kids to practice. There’s a logical structure to them and a lot of them have a strong, simple base shape which makes them a great starter subject for kids to draw. The icing and flavors allow kids to be creative so after a few practice rounds, challenge your kids to put on different toppings, different icings, and flavors!

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How To Draw a DESSERT CUPCAKE Step by Step for Beginners and Kids | Easy and Simple | Printable Drawing Worksheet


  • How-To-Draw Template – International (A4) or U.S. Size (8.5×11 in)
  • Sketching Pencil
  • Polymer Eraser
  • Outline Marker
  • Coloring Tools

🎨 Parents: The only tools you need for these how-to-draw tutorials are: eraser, pencil, and a piece of paper. But – if you have them around – a sketching pencil makes for fainter and softer lines that help kids build fine motor accuracy. I also recommend going over the sketch pencil with a black outline marker when you’re done for a neater finish. Lastly, erase the pencil marks before adding color.

Step-by-Step Guide: Draw a Cartoon Cupcake

  1. Cupcakes can have any topping shape, some are round or pointed. The icing and cherry on top of it here add a different shape. So let’s start with a small cherry, then on its lower left connect an oval-like shape that ends on its opposite side. It looks like a ring, but it is actually icing with a cherry on top. 
  2. Pink icing cannot stand without the cupcake itself. Repeat the step you have done in the icing but this time, do it in the lower-left of the icing to form a bigger one. Now, you have the top of the hot pink cake.
  3. For your cupcakes to form, you need baker liners. Beneath the cake, draw two vertical lines on opposite sides parallel to each other. Then, connect them by drawing a horizontal line on both ends. 
  4. Add more vertical lines in the baker liner, with minimal spaces in between.
  5. To finally complete the details, add a slanted stem line on the cherry’s top.
  6. Now, we have a delicious cupcake with a cherry on top! Coloring it pink will make you a strawberry-flavored cupcake, with a red cherry on top and a brown baker liner. You can color it differently depending on your favorite flavor! 

(Note: I went top-down but some people draw cupcakes from the bottom-up and then finally decide on what kind of icing and topping they want. It’s totally up to you!)

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  • Fits both A4 sizes and fits US standard letter sizes but preview your specs just in case.
  • Want to save a file for later? Just hit the print button and choose instead of printing, select Save As “PDF” in the drop-down selection, and done! (Your screen and selection might look a little different.)


Interesting Facts About Cupcakes!

  • The people of England tend to use another name to call cupcakes: fairy cakes! They assume that for a party of fairies to feast on, it is the right size.
  • It is estimated that an average adult living in the United States eats at least one cupcake a day.
  • As television shows began showing them, Cupcake stores became very popular in New York. Thanks to shows like Sugar Rush, Nailed It, and all those pro baking shows, home baking has taken new life in American kitchens.
  • The first bakery ever specifically for cupcakes was launched by Sprinkles Cupcakes in 2005.
  • A new trend at weddings, the Brides love cupcakes so instead of the traditional classic wedding cake, cupcake towers are becoming very popular.
  • Cupcake got its name from the fact that it is actually baked in a cup.
  • There is a record for eating the most cupcakes in 30 seconds. For each cupcake, that is around one second.
  • In the year 2009, the largest cupcake was made. It had two million calories, a height of four feet, a weight of 1224 pounds, and a ten-foot breath.
  • 770,000,000 cupcakes were eaten in the US in a year.
  • 15th of December is national cupcake day, while 18th of October is national chocolate cupcake day, and 9th of November is vanilla cupcake day.

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