In thinking about dessert as art this week, we kept coming back to patterns. Some of the most basic patterns that are part of everyday life are actually quite beautiful, especially when recreated using sprinkles on a cake! Read on to see how we created our own striped, dotted, and chevron cake stencils using parchment paper and an Xacto knife.

 – 1 box cake mix

– 1 cup nonfat greek yogurt

– sprinkles in assorted colors

– wax/parchment paper

– Xacto knife

We used one of our favorite skinny cupcake hacks to mix up this batch of fluffy white cake. For this one, you substitute one cup of nonfat greek yogurt for oil and eggs. Amazing.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, or as directed on your cake mix. Mix up all of your ingredients and grease a large cake pan.

Pour your batter into the pan and bake for 30 minutes.

While your cake is baking, it’s time to create some stencils.

Since you’re working with sprinkles, the need to be totally precise is not so important. We freehanded a chevron pattern, stripes, and little squares (which ended up looking like polka dots).

You could also use mini cookie cutters to create sprinkle patterns if stencils aren’t your jam, or if you just want to mix things up.

Take the cake out and let cool. Flip onto a cutting board and place in the fridge for 20 minutes.

Now frost! Put back in the fridge for 30 minutes then take out and cut. We cut the edges off and then created 6 squares.

To stencil, place your stencil on a piece of cake. Use a toothpick to press the stencil down into the frosting ever so slightly. Pour sprinkles on! Shake them off before removing the parchment paper, otherwise they’ll spill into your design.

The reveal! How fun are those stripes?

Create as many mini patterned cakes as you like.

Then create an animated GIF!

And, of course, you have to let your coworkers, friends, and family, dive into these playfully patterned cakes. Nom!

How do you create your own dessert art? Talk to us in the comments below.