We all know that Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie go hand in hand, but why not bring something different to the dinner table this year? Creating this feather brushstroke cake is easier than you think, and you don’t even have to make the cake yourself! Dress up a store-bought cake using candy melts and a clean paintbrush, then get ready to surprise guests with the cutest Thanksgiving centerpiece they’ve ever seen. Watch the video below to learn how to make your own.


  • Candy melts
  • Buttercream frosting
  • Paintbrush
  • Heatproof bowl
  • Parchment paper
  • Spoon
  • Candy eyes


Step 1: Melt each color candy melt in a separate heatproof bowl. Pour a spoonful of the melted chocolate onto a piece of parchment paper.

Step 2: Use a clean paintbrush to spread the candy melt out across the parchment paper, make the shape wider and rounder at the base.

Step 3: Repeat several times to make 3-4 brushstrokes in each color. Set the parchment aside to allow the candy melts to cool completely and harden before using, about 10 minutes.

Step 4: Add a small spoonful of buttercream on the back of each brushstroke to attach to the cake. 

Step 5: Use buttercream to adhere candy eyes and a candy beak to the front of the cake, creating a face.