Tsunami Cakes Are the Gorgeous Baking Trend We Need to Try

Each "tsunami cake" has a flood of icing cascading down its sides, and it's mesmerizing to watch.

We have the internet to thank for a lot of kitchen hacks. For example, did you know you could make the perfect breakfast sandwich every time right in the pan, or milk a cucumber for a fresh snack? The folks on TikTok aren’t done yet. Now, the prettiest dessert we’ve ever seen is on the menu.

Introducing… tsunami cakes! This new trend is as beautiful as it delicious. And it’s so easy to recreate at home.

It’s a Waterfall of Decadence

Don’t know what a tsunami cake is? Let us catch you up to speed—a tsunami cake (or pull-me-up cake) is a cake with most of its frosting suspended inside of a thin, acetate cake collar. When you remove the plastic, the icing cascades over the side of the cake, much like a tsunami, so your guests can watch the magic unfold.

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The cakes are so popular because they’re so mesmerizing. Some are Disney-themed and make up the dresses of your favorite princesses (perfect for a Disney birthday party, don’t you think?) while other are just plain beautiful and loaded with sprinkles, fruits, candies or whatever else you crave on a cake!

These are almost too pretty to eat…almost. By the way, if you’re in need of a cake cutting hack to make digging in a little easier, all you’ll need is a wine glass and good aim.

How to Make a Tsunami Cake

While these cakes look like the peak of sophistication, they’re not too difficult to try out at home. Of course, you’ll need to know how to bake a cake, but once you’ve got your method down pat, the process are pretty simple.

Start with at least two tiers, and layer the frosting or cream of your choice in between each layer. Next, wrap the cake collar around the top of your cake, and fill it with whatever icing or toppings you like. The beauty of these cakes—well, besides the obvious—is that you can mix and match most anything here.

Finish your tsunami cake by removing the cake collar, and voila! 

We don’t know about you, but we’re adding tsunami cakes to our baking bucket list ASAP.

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Laurie Dixon
Having a passion for writing her whole life, Laurie joined the Taste of Home team to bring together her two favorite things—creative writing and food. She spends most of her time playing with her dog, drafting up short stories and, of course, trying out new recipes.