Design a yummy cupcake in Silhouette Studio plus a Free Cut File – SVG & DXF

Today I have a yummy tutorial plus a Free SVG and DXF cutting file for you.

I’m somewhat obsessed with Cake, and with it being my birthday at the end of this month, I thought I’d treat you and show you how to design you own Cupcake in Silhouette Studio, and a freebie cupcake design to sink your teeth in to as well.

Open Silhouette Studio and let’s get started……

1; Firstly, using the polygon tool draw a pentagon, position the shape up right, and move the slider to 5, as shown: (Don’t worry about the size it can be any size you want)

Free cupcake svg cutting file

Use the knife tool to cut through the outer edges of the pentagon (as shown in the below image), in the knife settings dialogue box ensure that the ‘Solid’ option is highlighted, also shown below.

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Delete the upper part of the shape and keep the lower part. We will call this the ‘Base’ of the cupcake.

2; You’ll end up with a shape that looks like the inner part in the below image.

Draw some vertical rectangles using the square tool, line them up against the ‘Base’ shape as shown.

Click on the base shape and create an offset of about 0.1, or whatever is pleasing to your eye.

Select the inner ‘Base’ shape and all the vertical rectangles.

Designing with your Silhouette Cameo

Go to object – Modify – Crop

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You should have something like this, this is the first part of the cupcake design.

Free cupcake svg cutting file

What we need to do now is create a compound path so the outer layer and new cropped layer becomes ‘one shape’

First, Create a copy of the outer base shape (the shape that appeared after we created the offset.) We will be using that further on in this tutorial.

As you can see by the example below, if you colour the shape in, the whole shape is coloured in. This is fine as it will still cut like that, however if you want to create a mock-up a your design, this is where the compound path is important, the lines should be gaps.

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To create a compound path, select the stripes and the base layer, right-click and select ‘Make Compound Path.’

Compound path silhouette studio






This is the design with the added compound path, where the ‘gaps’ have been added to the design.

Compound path silhouette studio

3; Next draw 3 circles and position them on top of the striped base layer, as shown.

Adjust the circles so that they’re not all the same size and that they reflect blobs of icing.


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Once you are happy with the size shape and positioning of your circles (which may even resemble ovals now) click on all 3 of the circles and select weld. We’ll call this new shape ‘Icing’

Cupcake tutorial silhouette studio

Duplicate the ‘icing’

(To Duplicate: either, select the object, ctrl+c then ctrl + v, or navigate to the ‘Object’ option, Select Replicate and choose one of the Duplicate options)

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Select the Icing and Base Layer (leave the duplicated icing to one side)

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Go to Object – Modify – Crop, the icing will disappear, lucky for us we still have our icing that we duplicated.

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Place the icing on top of the subtracted base layer as shown. (Oh and you may have noticed I’ve changed the colour, I’ve just done this to make it easy for me to see, feel free to fill it in any colour you like.)

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Now, our cupcake is looking a little bare, so how about we add a cherry and some sprinkles? Yes…why not!!

Draw two ovals, and rotate and overlap them so they look a little like the ‘orange’ shape below, select them, right click and weld.

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Change the colour to red, and stick it on top of your yummy icing.

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Now add some sprinkles, you can either use the rectangle tool to create tiny sprinkles or you can use the circle tool. Put as many ‘sprinkles’ on as you want.

Cupcake cutting file

Now you can leave your sprinkles as is and have them cut individually, this may be a little fiddly, but works great if you want multi coloured sprinkles.

To have the sprinkles ‘cut out’ so that they will be the colour of whatever background they are placed on, select the sprinkles and the icing, you can either create a compound path like we did earlier, or use the Object – Modify – Subtract option.

Subtract tool Silhouette Studio

As you can see from the example below, the sprinkles have now been cut out of the Icing.

Remember our Background layer from earlier? Position this background layer to the back of the base layer, this is going to serve as a ‘sandwich’ layer, between the stripe base layer and the offset layer (which we are going to create further on in this tutorial)

Cupcake design tutorial silhouette studio

Now we are going to create a sort of shadow layer, this is a layer for your design to sit on, perfect if you using card to cut out.

Select the ‘sandwich’ layer, the icing layer and the cherry, click on the offset tool. It’s up to you how much bigger you want your shadow/background layer to be. You can keep adjusting it until you get to your ideal size. Here I’ve done an offset of 0.10. Once you’re happy with your offset, click apply, any overlapping shapes will be welded automatically.

Offset tool silhouette studio

This next step I should have done a few steps ago, but I forgot, (this is why it’s always important to go over your designs to see if there is anything you have missed, especially of you are creating designs to sell)

Duplicate the cherry, put it to one side. Now select the cherry and Icing, and select the subtract option as we did before. The cherry will disappear, that’s ok, because you have the duplicated cherry. Place the duplicated cherry in the gap where the original cherry used to be.

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Here’s is the finished design, of course, if you don’t want a layered cupcake you can just use the icing, stripe and cherry parts to form your cupcake. The choice is yours. It’s your design!!

Free cupcake svg cutting file

Keep scrolling for the freebie link…..

This weeks Free SVG/DXF file is the below cupcake design. I design all my files in Adobe Illustrator where I then convert too SVG and DXF files. In my tutorials I like to show you how you can create similar Designs within the Silhouette Studio software. Files are for personal use only.

Free SVG cutting file

Free SVG cutting files

Thank you so much for reading, I really hope this post has inspired you to experiment with designing in your Silhouette Studio Software. Feel free to share your yummy cupcake creations with me on Pinterest,Facebook or Instagram, I’d love to see ?

Happy Crafting

Vicky xx