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Cocomelon Cake

This adorable Cocomelon cake is made with soft, tender red velvet cake and homemade buttercream frosting!

image of a buttercream cocomelon cake made with red velvet cake layers

How to Make a Cocomelon Cake: Step-by-Step Tutorial

Let’s walk through each step of this buttercream Cocomelon cake together to make sure it turns out as amazing as possible.

Step 1: Bake the Red Velvet Cake Layers

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F / 175 degrees C. Grease three, 6-inch cake pans with homemade cake release or non-stick baking spray and parchment paper.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and bang the pans on your counter a few times to release any air bubbles that might be trapped in the batter.

image of red velvet cake batter being poured into a 6 inch cake pan

Bake for 30-33 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs. Remove the pans from the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes, then run a small offset spatula around the perimeter.

Carefully flip the layers out of their pans and place on a wire rack to finish cooling. Level 2 of the cake layers with a serrated knife once they’re fully cooled. Stack the three cake layers (without any frosting), making sure to have the untrimmed layer at the top.

Using a serrated knife, trim the bottom cake layer to give the cake a somewhat rounded shape (see pictures below).

image of 6 inch cake layers being trimmed to make a cocomelon cake

If you’re making the cake layers in advance, wrap and freeze them at this point.

Step 2: Make the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

While the cake layers bake and cool, make the vanilla buttercream frosting with either an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer.

If your frosting seems too thick after mixing your ingredients, add in additional cream (1 tablespoon at a time). Or if the frosting is too thin, add in more powdered sugar (quarter of a cup at a time).

image of vanilla buttercream being mixed in a kitchen aid mixer

If you’re unsure how thick your frosting should be, you can learn what consistency you’re looking for in my frosting consistency post.

Once the frosting reaches the desired consistency, place 1/3 cup of white frosting in a small piping bag fit with a small round tip, like a Wilton 12 and set aside.

Place 1/4 cup of frosting in a separate bowl and color black with black gel food coloring. Add this into a small piping bag fit with a small round tip, like a Wilton 12 and set aside.

Scoop 1/3 cup of frosting in a separate bowl and color red with red gel food coloring. Add into a small piping bag fit with a small round tip, like a Wilton 12 and set aside.

Place 3/4 cup of frosting in a separate bowl and color with a tiny drop of red and orange gel food coloring to make a salmon pink color. Add this into a small piping bag fit with a large round tip, like a Wilton 2A and set aside.

Scoop 3/4 cup of frosting in a separate bowl and color a light shade of green with electric green gel food coloring. Add to a small piping bag fit with a large round tip like a Wilton 2A and set aside.

Place 3/4 cup of frosting in a separate bowl and color a dark shade of green with leaf green gel food coloring and a tiny drop of black gel food coloring. Add to a small piping bag fit with a wide flat tip, like a Wilton 2B and set aside.

image of buttercream frosting that's been colored and placed in piping bags to decorate a cocomelon cake

Leave the remaining buttercream uncolored, cover it with a piece of plastic wrap to prevent a crust from forming, and set aside.

Step 3: Stack and Crumb Coat the Cake Layers

Stack and frost the cake layers on a greaseproof cake board. Use a dab of frosting to help stick the first cake layer to the board. Using the white frosting you set aside, spread an even layer of frosting between each cake layer using an offset spatula.

Add a thin coat of white frosting around the cake that fully covers the cake layers.

Smooth using an offset spatula and/or acetate sheet. Chill the cake in the fridge (20 minutes) or freezer (10 minutes) until the frosting is firm to the touch.

Step 4: Add a Second Layer of Frosting

Color the remaining buttercream bright green using electric green gel food coloring (or green and yellow gel food coloring).

Remove the cake from the fridge or freezer and smooth a thick layer of bright green buttercream around the cake.

Use an acetate sheet or small offset spatula to smooth the frosting.

Chill the cake again in the fridge (30 minutes) or freezer (10 minutes) one more time until the frosting is completely firm to the touch.

Step 5: Bringing this Cocomelon Buttercream Cake to Life

Remove the cake from the fridge or freezer. Use a toothpick or scribe to lightly trace where you want to pipe the face and stripes.

Pipe dark green buttercream stripes up the side of the cake. I recommend starting at the back of the cake. It took me a few stripes to get the hang of it, and that way your best stripes will be in the front!

Then add the cute little face using the pink, white, red and black buttercream. Start by piping and smoothing a pink rectangle on front of the cake. Next pipe the white outline around it.

Use the black frosting to pipe on the eyes, nose and mouth. Use the white buttercream to add the accents, then pipe on the little red cheeks. Next, pipe and smooth a mound of pink buttercream on top of the cake.

Use the red and black buttercream to pipe a ladybug on the upper left corner of the cake.

Mix a drop of purple gel food coloring with a 1/2 tsp of clear extract (like lemon or almond) and paint half of the top half of each wooden skewer.

Roll the blue fondant into two small balls and place them on top of the wooden skewers. Press the wooden skewers into place on top of the cake and enjoy!

Substitutions and Swaps – Red Velvet Cake Layers

This Cocomelon cake recipe uses quite a few ingredients and I know you might not have all of them on hand. Or if you have food allergies or restrictions, I’ve got you covered.

Below are some swaps and substitutions that can be made in this cake recipe. If you want to make a different cake flavor instead of red velvet, use my small batch vanilla cake recipe.

  • Cake Flour – This recipe turns out best with cake flour, but you can use a gluten free flour blend if that’s all you have on hand. Or if you can’t find cake flour you can make your own using this technique.
  • Granulated Sugar – I do not recommend reducing the amount of sugar or changing the type of sugar, as it will change the texture of the cake layers.
  • Unsalted Butter – If you only have salted butter on hand you can use it in place of the unsalted butter in this recipe. Just be sure to omit the salt that this cake recipe calls for. You can also use vegan butter in its place (and also omit the salt)!
  • Eggs – If you have an egg allergy you can try using flaxseed eggs or an egg replacer but it will affect the texture of the layers.
  • Buttermilk – You can also use full fat yogurt, sour cream, whole milk, or an alternative yogurt or milk (almond, soy, oat) if you’re dairy free.
  • Vegetable Oil – You can use any flavorless oil in this recipe. Canola or even sunflower oil would work great!
  • Gel food coloring – Natural food coloring or liquid food coloring can be used if needed to color the cake layers. However, I find gel food coloring works best!
image of a slice of red velvet cake that's been cut into to show how soft and tender the cake layers are

Substitutions and Swaps – Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  • Unsalted Butter – If you only have salted butter on hand, you can use it in place of the unsalted butter. Just be sure to omit the salt that this frosting recipe calls for. You can also use vegan butter in its place (and omit the salt)!
  • Heavy Cream – Whole milk or alternative milk (soy, almond, oat) will work fine in this frosting recipe if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Gel food coloring – Natural food coloring or liquid food coloring can be used if needed to color the frosting. However, I find gel food coloring works best!
  • If you want to use a frosting that is less sweet, try my Swiss meringue buttercream or my Russian buttercream.

Tips for Making the Best Cocomelon Birthday Cake:

  • Be sure to properly measure your flour (spoon into the cup measure, then level) or use a kitchen scale to measure your dry ingredients.
  • Ingredients at room temp mix together better! Set out any cold ingredients ahead of time.
  • Use gel food coloring to create brightly colored frosting. It works best because it doesn’t throw off the consistency of the frosting or give it a bitter taste.
  • Mix your cake batter just until the ingredients are incorporated. This will ensure your cake layers are tender and fluffy.
  • Use a scale to weigh your cake pans as you fill them. Make sure each pan has the same amount of batter will make your cake layers bake to the same height and bake more evenly.
  • Bang your cake pans on the counter before putting them in the oven. This brings any air bubbles that are trapped in the batter to the surface.
  • Level your room temperature or thawed cake layers with a serrated knife to make them easier to stack.
  • Chill your cake layers in the freezer for about 20 minutes before assembling the cake. It makes it so much easier to trim, stack and frost them!
  • Start piping your stripes on the back of the cake. That way your best stripes will be in the front, and any boo-boos can be hidden in the back 🙂
  • Make this Cocomelon cake vegan or dairy free if needed! Use your favorite dairy free milk to replace the buttermilk and heavy cream and vegan butter sticks in place of the butter. For the eggs I recommend using an egg replacer like this.
image of chelsey white of chelsweets with an adorable cocomelon cake she made using buttercream and no fondant

Making this Cocomelon Cake in Advance & Storage Tips:

  • Make your cake layers in advance and freeze them. It breaks the process up and makes it more approachable.
  • Make your frosting ahead of time too or save any leftover frosting. It can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month. Or store it in the freezer for up to 3 months! Be sure to give it a good stir once it thaws to get the consistency smooth again.
  • A frosted cake can last in the fridge for up to a week. The buttercream locks in all the moisture, keeping the cake fresh and delicious.
  • If you cut into the cake and have leftovers, use any remaining frosting to cover the cut section to keep it moist. It can be stored in the fridge like this for up to a week.
  • If you freeze the cake, transfer it to the fridge overnight then bring to room temperature the following day. This helps prevent condensation by minimizing the temperature shock.
image of a buttercream cocomelon cake made with red velvet cake layers

Let Me Know What You Think!

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Cocomelon Cake

image of a buttercream cocomelon cake made with red velvet cake layers

This adorable Cocomelon cake is made with buttercream and is the perfect way to celebrate! It's made with red velvet cake layers and colorful buttercream frosting.

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

Red Velvet Cake

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour (300g)
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (10g)
  • 1 tsp baking soda (6g)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (3g)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (113g)
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar (350g)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature (112g)
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk, room temperature (300g)
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil (145g)
  • Squirt of red gel food coloring
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (8g)
  • 1 tsp white vinegar (4g)

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Additional Tools / Decorations

Instructions

Red Velvet Cake Layers:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F / 175 degrees C. Grease three 6-inch cake pans with homemade cake release or non-stick baking spray and parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the cake flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, use either a hand mixer or a stand mixer to cream together the butter and granulated sugar. Mix on a medium high speed for 1-2 minutes, until the mixture becomes lighter in color. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed with a rubber spatula.
  4. Mix in the eggs on a medium speed until fully incorporated.
  5. Add in the buttermilk, oil, red gel food coloring, vanilla extract, and white vinegar. Mix on a low speed until combined. The mixture might look broken at this stage but I promise it will come together once we add in the dry ingredients.
  6. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients a low speed in two installments. Mix until just combined and you can no longer see any visible streaks of cake flour.
  7. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and bang the pans on your counter a few times to release any air bubbles that might be trapped in the batter. Bake for 30-33 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  8. Remove the pans from the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes, then run a small offset spatula around the perimeter. Carefully flip the layers out of their pans and place on a wire rack to finish cooling.
  9. Level two of the cake layers with a serrated knife once they're fully cooled. Trim the bottom cake layer to give the cake a somewhat rounded shape (see pictures above).
  10. If you're making these cake layers in advance, wrap and freeze them at this point.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:

  1. Beat the butter on a medium speed for 30 seconds with a paddle attachment until smooth. If you don't like cream cheese frosting use additional butter in place of the cream cheese in this frosting recipe.
  2. Add in the vanilla and salt, and beat on low until the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  3. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar and heavy cream on a low speed. Place a kitchen towel over your mixer to prevent powdered sugar clouds from coating your kitchen. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed with a rubber spatula.
  4. If the frosting is too thick, add in additional cream (1 Tbsp at a time). If the frosting is too thin, add in more powdered sugar (1/4 cup at a time).
  5. Once the frosting reaches the desired consistency, place 1/3 cup of uncolored frosting in a small piping bag fit with a small round tip like a Wilton 12 and set aside.
  6. Place 1/4 cup of frosting in a separate bowl and color black with black gel food coloring. Place in a small piping bag fit with a small round tip like a Wilton 12 and set aside.
  7. Place 1/3 cup of frosting in a separate bowl and color red with a red gel food coloring. Place in a small piping bag fit with a small round tip like a Wilton 12 and set aside.
  8. Place 3/4 cup of frosting in a separate bowl and color a salmon pink with a tiny drop of red and orange gel food coloring. Place in a small piping bag fit with a large round tip like a Wilton 2A and set aside.
  9. Place 3/4 cup of frosting in a separate bowl and color a dark shade of green with leaf green gel food coloring and a tiny drop of black gel food coloring. Place in a small piping bag fit with a flat piping tip like a Wilton 2B and set aside.
  10. Leave the remaining buttercream uncolored and cover it with a piece of plastic wrap to prevent a crust from forming and set aside.

Decorating this Cocomelon Cake:

  1. Stack and frost the cake layers on a greaseproof cake board. Use a dab of frosting to help stick the first cake layer to the board. Spread an even layer of the uncolored frosting between each cake layer.
  2. Add a thin coat of white frosting around the cake that fully covers the cake layers. Smooth using an offset spatula and/or bench scraper, then chill the cake in the fridge (20 minutes) or freezer (10 minutes) until the frosting is firm to the touch.
  3. Color the remaining buttercream bright green using electric green gel food coloring (or green and yellow gel food coloring).
  4. Remove the cake from the fridge or freezer and smooth a thick layer of bright green buttercream around the cake.Use an acetate sheet or small offset spatula to smooth the frosting.
  5. Chill the cake in the fridge (30 minutes) or freezer (10 minutes) one more time until the frosting is completely firm to the touch.
  6. Remove the cake from the fridge or freezer. Use a toothpick or scribe to lightly trace where you want to pipe the face and the stripes. Pipe dark green buttercream stripes up the side of the cake. I recommend starting at the back of the cake. It takes a couple stripes to get the hang of it, and that way your best stripes will be in the front!
  7. Then add the cute little face using the pink, white, red and black buttercream. Start by piping and smoothing a pink rectangle on front of the cake. Next pipe the white outline around it.
  8. Use the black frosting to pipe on the eyes, nose and mouth. Use the white buttercream to add the accents, then pipe on the little red cheeks. Next, pipe and smooth a mound of pink buttercream on top of the cake.
  9. Use the red and black buttercream to pipe a lady bug on the upper left corner of the cake.
  10. Mix a drop of purple gel food coloring with a 1/2 tsp of clear extract (like lemon or almond) and paint half of the top half of each wooden skewer.
  11. Roll the blue fondant into two small balls and place them on top of the wooden skewers. Press the wooden skewers into place on top of the cake and enjoy!

Notes

My Tips for Making the Best Cocomelon Cake

  • Ingredients at room temp mix together better! Set out any cold ingredients ahead of time.
  • Be sure to properly measure your cake flour (spoon into the cup measure, then level). Or better yet, use a kitchen scale to measure your dry ingredients.
  • Use gel food coloring to create brightly colored frosting. It works best because it doesn't throw off the consistency of the frosting or give it a bitter taste.
  • Mix your cake batter just until the ingredients are incorporated. This will ensure your cake layers are tender and fluffy.
  • Use a scale to weigh your cake pans as you fill them. Make sure each pan has the same amount of batter will make your cake layers bake to the same heigh and bake more evenly.
  • Bang your cake pans on the counter before putting it in the oven. This brings any air bubbles that are trapped in the batter to the surface.
  • Level your room temperature or thawed cake layers with a serrated knife to make them easier to stack.
  • Chill your cake layers in the freezer for about 20 minutes before assembling the cake. It makes it so much easier to trim, stack and frost them!
  • Start piping your stripes on the back on the cake. That way your best stripes will be in the front, and any boo-boos can be hidden in the back 🙂

Making this Cocomelon Cake in Advance & Storage Tips

  • Make your cake layers in advance and freeze them. It breaks the process up and make it more approachable.
  • Make your frosting ahead of time or save any leftover frosting! It can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month.
  • This frosting can also be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months! Just be sure to give it a good stir once it thaws to make it nice and smooth again.
  • A frosted cake can last in the fridge for a week, or in the freezer for a month. The buttercream locks in the moisture and keeps the cake fresh and delicious!

Nutrition Information

Yield

20

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 611Total Fat 34gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 89mgSodium 239mgCarbohydrates 76gFiber 0gSugar 60gProtein 3g

Julia

Wednesday 10th of November 2021

Hi, to get such bright bold colors - do you color your buttercream then let it sit at room temp for a couple hours for it to develop?

Marissa P

Saturday 6th of November 2021

I’m making a cocomelon cake for a party next week and they’ve requested whipped cream frosting. I’ll be using your recipe, bc they’re always so good! Do you think the consistency of the whipped cream will decorate this cake well?

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