Among Us Cake

This Among Us cake is perfect for gamers, birthday parties or even your next Halloween party! A fluffy vanilla layer cake with three colors of frosting in the middle, black buttercream frosting on top, and adorable Among Us characters made from fondant. An impressive cake that is surprisingly easy to make.

Want to make an impressive layer cake that’s sure to tickle everyone’s fancy? Try this Among Us cake! Three layers of moist vanilla cake are decorated with black, pink, yellow, and white frosting, then with white star sprinkles to boot. As the final touch, we’re going make Among Us characters from fondant. Tada! An Among Us cake.

The fondant characters may seem intimidating to make, but let me ask you: have you ever played with Play-Doh? My guess is yes. And the truth is, if you can have fun with Play-Doh shapes then you can create an adorable Among Us character. Except playing with fondant is better because you can eat whatever you make.

Close up of pink, blue and yellow among us characters made of fondant on a black frosted cake

What is Among Us?

Among Us is a multiplayer game that came out in 2018. It is a space-themed social deduction game where all the players look like colorful armless cartoons. Each player can either be a Crewmate or an Imposter. If you’re a Crewmate, then your goal is to complete all your tasks and figure out who the Imposters are. If you’re an Imposter, then your goal is to sabotage the Crewmates’ mission.

Among Us gained in popularity in 2020 and is one of the online games my tween played with friends for a bit. I thought it would be fun to make an Among Us themed cake for a recent get-together with their buddies and it was a huge hit!

I only made Crewmate characters for this cake. If you want to make an Imposter, simply make a Crewmate and then add little white fondant fangs and make the white dot for the eye a red star shape instead.

Cake ingredients in small bowls on a wood table

Recipe Ingredients

Despite its fancy appearance, you only need a few simple ingredients to make this Among Us cake. Here’s a quick overview with some notes. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for specific amounts.

Note: All ingredients should be at room temperature. This ensures that everything blends together perfectly.

For the Vanilla Cake

  • All-purpose flour
  • Unsalted butter – I recommend unsalted butter so that you can control the amount of sodium in the cake.
  • Sugar – Don’t substitute the white granulated sugar for another kind of sugar in this cake recipe.
  • Eggs – Room temp eggs blend with batters more easily than cold ones.
  • Buttermilk – If you don’t have buttermilk you can combine 1 cup of milk with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Baking powder
  • Vanilla extract – Use 100% pure vanilla extract.
  • Kosher salt

For the Buttercream Frosting

  • Unsalted butter
  • Confectioners’ sugar – This is the same as powdered sugar. Don’t try to use a different kind of sugar for the frosting.
  • Milk – Any kind of milk works (from a cow or from a plant).
  • Vanilla extract – Use pure vanilla extract, not the fake stuff.

Decorating

  • Food coloring – This is both for the buttercream frosting and the fondant characters. I used red, blue, yellow, orange, pink and green.
  • White fondant icing – The easiest place to get fondant is, of course, on Amazon. I like to use Satin Ice White fondant.
  • Sprinkles – Stars or other shapes for decoration.

How to Make an Among Us Cake

Ok, are you ready to make an Among Us cake? The process is actually quite easy. If you can bake a basic vanilla bake, whip butter and sugar together, and have dabbled with Play-Doh in the past, then you can make this recipe!

Make the Vanilla Cakes

  • Prep your tools. Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Coat 3 (7-inch) round cake pans generously with butter, then flour, tapping out any excess flour; set aside.
  • Make the cake batter. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar for about 5 minutes, using a mixer. Add eggs, one at a time. Then add buttermilk and vanilla extract, and beat until well combined. Add flour by parts, mixing between additions. Beat at low speed until smooth.
  • Add batter to your prepared pans. Divide and pour the batter into 3 prepared pans, even the tops with a spatula.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes until the toothpick comes out clean. The cakes should be light golden in color and when you gently press the centers with your fingertip the cake should spring back, not have an indentation that doesn’t go away.
    • What does it mean that a toothpick comes out clean? This means poking the center of the cake with a toothpick and pressing the toothpick far into the cake without dropping it. When you pull the toothpick back out, there should not be any wet batter on it. Crumbs are ok.
  • Cool. Remove from the oven, and let the cakes cool for 15 minutes before taking them out of the pans.

Make the Frosting and Frost the Cake

  • Whip the butter. Add room temperature butter to a bowl. Beat for 5 minutes until it comes light and fluffy and becomes whiter.
  • Add the sugar. Start adding the confectioners’ sugar by one cup, beating after each addition.
  • Add vanilla and milk. At the end add vanilla extract and the milk to thin out the consistency. You want the frosting to be easy to spread and pipe.
  • Add color. Divide the buttercream into 2 equal parts. Then divide one of these parts into 3 more parts. Color the bigger part with black food coloring. Color the smaller parts of buttercream into desired colors – I chose pink, yellow, and white.
  • Prepare the piping bags. Transfer the three smaller colored batches of buttercream into piping bags.
  • Add the colored frostings. Place a small amount of buttercream on a cake turntable to secure the first cake on top of it. Pipe pink buttercream around the edge of the cake. Then pipe the white buttercream, followed by yellow buttercream. Repeat with all colors to create a spiraled effect. Cover with the second cake and repeat the process. Top with the third cake.
  • Add black frosting. Cover the cake with black buttercream. Smooth the buttercream, using a side scraper.
  • Add sprinkles. Sprinkle the stars or other sprinkles over the cake.

Make the Among Us Characters

  • Divide white fondant icing into small balls. Add food coloring to each of the balls, working it in with your hands until all of the white fondant has color to it. I usually wear plastic food-safe kitchen gloves (affiliate link) when I do this so that my hands don’t end up looking like tie-dye!
  • Shape the characters. Sculpt the characters using your hands and some fondant tools. These are the ones I use (affiliate link).
  • Add to the cake. Then stick Among us fondant characters on the sides and on the top of the cake.
Decorated Among Us cake with black frosting and fondant characters

Tips for Success

While the process for making this Among Us cake is fairly straightforward, I do have some tips!

  • Room temperature. I know, I know, who wants to wait for all the ingredients to come to room temp? Making a fun cake like this is exciting! But trust me, your cake batter, frosting and fondant will all come together more easily if they are at room temperature. The ingredients will blend together better and the fondant will be easier to work with.
  • Don’t overthink it. The biggest obstacle to making this cake is going to be your own noggin. Are you looking at this cake and thinking it’s too fancy? You’re already in your head about it then. HAVE FUN making the Among Us characters. Seriously, it will make all the difference. Pretend you’re a 6-year-old who has been given a giant ball of edible playdough and told to go to town. Just add however much color you want, shape the characters however you want, and add different decorations however you feel inspired.
Decorated Among Us cake with black frosting and fondant characters, with a slice taken out

How to Store This Among Us Cake

This cake is best stored in the fridge. How do you store it without messing up the frosting? The key is to chill the cake in the fridge before covering it.

So first, place your cake in the fridge uncovered for about an hour. You just want it in there long enough for the frosting to harden up a bit. Then cover the cake with a few layers of saran wrap. You can store the covered cake in the fridge for up to 5 days.

When you are ready to eat a slice of cake, simply cut off your desired amount and dig in. You can eat your cake chilled, allow your slice to warm up on the counter for a bit, or you can zap it in the microwave for about 15-30 seconds max (depending on the size of your slice). Don’t zap it for too long or your frosting will melt.

A slice of 3 tier Among Us cake

Can I Freeze Extra Cake?

Yes, you can freeze individual slices of this cake for up to 3 months. Place each slice in an airtight, freezer-safe container and then store in the freezer. When you are ready to eat a slice, thaw it overnight in the fridge or on the counter for a few hours.

Print

Among Us Cake

Decorated Among Us cake with black frosting and fondant characters
Save Recipe

This Among Us cake is perfect for gamers, birthday parties, or Halloween parties! This impressive vanilla cake is surprisingly easy to make.

  • Author: Rustic Family Recipes
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven, Assemble
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

For the vanilla cakes:

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoonbaking powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the buttercream frosting:

  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter
  • 4 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Decorating:

  • Food colorings for buttercream and fondant icing
  • White fondant icing
  • Sprinkle stars or other sprinkles for decoration

 

Instructions

Note. All ingredients should be at room temperature.

Prep your tools. Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Coat 3 (7-inch) round cake pans generously with butter, then flour, tapping out any excess flour; set aside.

Combine dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt.

Cream the butter. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar for about 5 minutes, using a mixer.

Add wet ingredients. Add eggs, one at a time. Then add buttermilk and vanilla extract, and beat until well combined.

Add dry ingredients. Pour half into the stand mixer bowl, mix, then add the remaining half of the dry ingredients. Beat at low speed until smooth.

Bake. Divide and pour the batter into 3 prepared pans, even tops with a spatula. Bake for about 25-30 minutes until the toothpick comes out clean and the cakes are golden.*

Cool. Remove from the oven, and let the cakes cool for 15 minutes before taking them out of the pans.

Make the frosting. To make the buttercream, add room temperature butter to a bowl. Beat for 5 minutes until it comes light and fluffy and becomes whiter. Start adding the confectioners’ sugar by one cup, beating after each addition. At the end add vanilla extract and the milk to thin out the consistency.

Color the frosting. Divide the buttercream into 2 equal parts. Then divide one of these parts into 3 more parts. Color the bigger part with black food coloring. Color the smaller parts of buttercream into desired colors – I chose pink, yellow and white. Transfer these three parts of buttercream into piping bags.

Assemble the cake. To assemble the cake, place a small amount of buttercream on a cake turntable to secure the first cake on top of it. Pipe pink buttercream onto the first layer. Then pipe the white buttercream, followed by yellow buttercream. Repeat with all colors to create a spiraled effect. Cover with the second cake and repeat the process. Top with the third cake.

Add the black frosting and sprinkles. Cover the cake with black buttercream. Smooth the buttercream, using a side scraper. Sprinkle the stars or other sprinkles over the cake. 

Make Among Us characters. Use the fondant icing. Divide white fondant icing into small balls and, using food coloring, color these balls into desired colors. Sculpt the characters using your hands and some fondant tools. Then stick Among us fondant characters on the sides and on the top of the cake.

Notes

*See notes in the blog post about how to tell if your cakes are done baking. 🙂

Keywords: among us cake, halloween cake, among us cake ideas, among us birthday cake

Did you make this recipe?

Please rate the recipe & leave a comment to let me know. 🙂

Please don’t screenshot or copy/paste recipes to social media or other sites. But I’d LOVE it if you shared a link! 💖

More Homemade Cakes

This post may contain Amazon affiliate links to products that I use, which can earn a small commission on qualifying purchases.

Ask a Question or Rate this Recipe

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe rating