Ann Reardon

Makeup Birthday Cake

makeup cake tutorial ann reardon
“Hey Ann, Please could you make a makeup bag with makeup items cake?” I have read that request and many like it hundreds of times. Now finally it is here, for those of you who love make up it’s time to get baking.
make up cake request

I am over my jet lag and busy working on some exciting new projects. This weekend we are in Melbourne, both Dave and I are speaking at an event. We’ll be catching up with friends and checking out our new house. That’s right we’ve bought a house in Melbourne. We are not moving until December due to a long settlement, which gives us time to sell and pack up things in Sydney. And yes, I will still film videos for you after we move.

To make this makeup cake you will need:

One and a half times my chocolate cake recipe baked in two trays 15″ x 10″.

Simple Syrup
1/2 cup or 108g (3.81 ounces) sugar
1/2 cup or 125millilitres (4.23 fluid ounces) water
Heat until the sugar is dissolved then leave to cool. Store excess in the fridge.

600g (21.16 ounces) chocolate
200g (7.05 ounces) or 3/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp and 1 tsp cream (35% fat)

120g (4.23 ounces) or 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp butter
2 1/2 cups or 315g (11.11 ounces) icing/powdered sugar

Heat the cream until it just boils, remove from the heat and add the chocolate. Leave to sit for a minute then stir until smooth. Leave to cool overnight at room temperature. Or place in the fridge for four hours.

Whip together the icing sugar and butter, leave the mixers running for a couple of minutes to make sure it is smooth. Add the ganache and whip until just combined.

100g (3.53 ounces) cream fondant for top of brushes
400g (14.11 ounces) pink fondant to cover the bag (or colour of your choice)
100g (3.53 ounces) coloured fondant for nail polish bottles and lipstick
150g (5.29 ounces) brown and white fondant to cover the board.
150g (5.29 ounces) black fondant

Other Things
Luster dust for the eyeshadow colours
White sixlets for the pearl necklace
Gold luster dust
300g (10.58 ounces) chocolate for the brush handles and lipstick bases
reusable molding gel and lego to make the mold
Cake board

Make Up Cake Template


make up cake video ann reardon
Copyright © 2016 Reardon Media Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. How To Cook That


I have been busy over the last year planning, writing and overseeing the photography and layout for my first ever cookbook! There are heaps of my favourite dessert recipes in there with a chapter on pastries, ice-cream, yummy cakes, artistic desserts and of course chocolate desserts. Each chapter has its own intro explaining the food science that you'll need to know for success every time. Booksellers where you can purchase your very own copy:

All recipe quantities in the book are in grams, ounces and cups.

32 Comments View Comments

  1. how long does this cake take to make?

    • Ann

      Hi Holly, for 3d carved cakes I always suggest that you allow 2 days. Day 1, bake the cakes, print the template and cut it out, get your cake boards, colour fondant, make any fondant details that can be done ahead, once the cakes are cooled wrap in plastic wrap. Day 2, make frosting, cut and stack the cakes, carve and cover and decorate. Day 3 party.

  2. Rating: 4

    Hi Ann
    This cake is awesome! where did you get this texture mat please?

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Caroline, Ann has collected her texture mats from baking stores, ebay, amazon and in some cases from kids art rubbing books.

  3. Ann, I watched the video and I purchased the templates, but I only received 4 pages of templates. No directions, nor measurements for the make up bag. Please let me know if there are measurements for the make up bag, cake board,. Sorry I am not happy.

    • Ann

      Hi Jeanie,
      all the directions are on the free YouTube tutorial linked on this page & the recipe measurements are on this page too. Make sure that the printer is set to print at 100%, it will then print over several pages & you can piece it together in the correct size. I hope that helps.

  4. Rating: 4

    I am in Australia.
    I am just wondering where i can get the acetate and the dusts please ?
    Thank you

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Kiara, You can get acetate from a stationary store or newsagent. Officeworks sells acetate as plastic sheets for assignment covers etc. You will need to go to a cake decorating/baking suppliers store or visit an online cake decorating supplier to find your dusts. Local cake decorating stores will usually keep a small range in stock but will order what you need if it isn’t readily available.

      • Thank you so much , i will start looking for cake decorating shops in my area or online and the same for officeworks!
        Thanks again.

  5. Rating: 5

    I made this cake and the girls loved it! Thanks for the great tutorial.

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Donna, This looks phenomenal! Well done!

  6. Rating: 5

    Here’s the makeup cake I made for my little sister’s 15th birthday, everyone was amazed!

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Shaequa, Your cake is amazing! You have done an outstanding job.

  7. I really enjoyed this cake recipe and will show it to my boss at work and see it he will put it in the work newspaper we create .i think it really inspires people to show there love for art in different form !

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Thanks Jessica!

  8. Hey Ann,
    I would like to try this cake’s decorations but I don’t want to buy all the different fondont colors. Do you have any tips on how to color the fondont without buying so much?
    Thanks , Anna

  9. Not able to view video, kindly share other link please

  10. Rating: 5

    Ooh. I’ve made it. Mine turned out really pretty. But sorry I can’t take a photo. Anyways, Ann, can you make a Alice Through the Looking Glass cake??Please!! I would really be pleased.

  11. Rating: 4.5

    My makeup cake

    • Rating: 4.5


    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Lisa, It looks amazing!

  12. Rating: 5

    Here’s a top view.

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Penny, This looks great!

  13. Rating: 5

    Here’s the makeup cake I made for my daughter’s high school graduation.

  14. Please could you make a present cake. Like a present box with ribbons or something like that. By the way I love your cakes and have made the giant snickers bar, the burger cake and the marble effect burthday cake and they turned out better than expected

  15. You are absolutely amazing I always nag my parents every Friday to be allowed to watch your video
    You have pure talent I wish I was you, your met role model/inspiration

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Lesha, Thanks for the feedback.

  16. Hi Ann can you please make a bunch bad
    Cake please

  17. Hi Ann,
    I just wanted to say that even though I’m a 13-year-old kid who doesn’t cook, I really enjoy watching your videos. They are delightful and addicting to watch for me. I really like watching your “Giant Things for Giant Deeds” series. It’s amazing to see how many people are affected by a simple act. Thank you again for showing us your skills as a baker. You are well-liked in California. 🙂

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Thanks Maya for your feedback.

  18. Hi I was just wandering if u have a shop or some where I can buy your cakes

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>