Recipes for Decorated Cakes

Make every occasion extra special with a fun decorated cake recipe. You'll find delicious cake and frosting recipes, as well as amazing decorating ideas that have been tested and tasted in the Better Homes and Gardens® Test Kitchen to ensure your cake-making success every time.

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  • Cherry Flower Power Cake

    Forget fussy fondant -- the cute flowers adorning this cherry-flavor cake recipe are made from our easy, four-ingredient candy clay recipe. Make the flowers in whatever colors fit your party theme.

  • Layered Sherbet Cake

    Celebrate big and small occasions with a colorful triple-sherbet frozen cake. Depending on how much time you have, you can start with our homemade cake recipe or use a purchased cake mix.

  • Octopus Cake

    Think you need a special pan to make this deep-sea creature? Think again! All it takes is a common oven-safe glass mixing bowl. Customize your octopus cake with different colors of frosting and candies.

  • Mother Hen and Chicks Cake

    Celebrate Easter with an easy-to-make hen cake and a brood of cupcake chicks. Shredded coconut turns a round cake layer and a cupcake into the mother chicken, while yellow frosting and candies on top of cupcakes create adorable springtime hatchlings.

  • Double-Layer White Chocolate Cake

    White chocolate in both the cake and the frosting make this dessert a rich and decadent indulgence. If you choose to pipe the frosting into beautiful rosettes as pictured, you'll need to prepare an extra batch of frosting.

  • Rainbow Pinwheel Cake

    Expect amazement when you cut into this colorful rainbow-swirl cake at your little one's next birthday party. For older children, you can customize this cake by alternating just two or three of the child's favorite colors in the cake and the sprinkles.

  • Decorate Like a Pro

    Watch as we show you how to decorate beautiful birthday cakes with a pastry bag.

  • Race Car Cakes

    These tricked-out rides will have the little racers in your life completely captivated. What's the secret? Each car cake is made from an 8- or 9-inch-round cake layer, cut in half, and sandwiched together with frosting. For a fun, girly twist, tint the frosting pink or purple and arrange candies in flower designs on the tops and sides of each car. 

  • Graham Cracker Cake

    Take a walk down memory lane with this classic two-layer cake reminiscent of grandma’s kitchen. We added some updates -- a creamy vanilla filling and fluffy brown sugar frosting -- but left all the homespun graham cracker goodness you love.

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    Earth Cake

    Geography just got a whole lot more delicious with this global cake! The best part? Each half of the globe is baked in an oven-safe glass mixing bowl, so expensive new pans aren't required. To assemble, the flat sides of the two cakes are sandwiched together with frosting to create a perfect ball.

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    Furry Purse Cake

    Take fashion to an all-new level with this hipster handbag cake crafted from a round cake layer cut in half crosswise and sandwiched together. Add your own creative touches by piping on the frosting with different pastry bag tips or making designs with your favorite colorful candies.

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    Lemonade Cake

    Highlight the bright lemon flavor in this easy sheet cake by decorating with a lemon slice on each serving.

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    Spiderweb Cake

    There's nothing creepy or crawly about these three spiders made from cupcake tops, black frosting, and shoestring licorice. But, perched on their tasty frosting spiderweb cake, they certainly do make an excellent Halloween dessert for parties big and small.

  • Next Slideshow Up Your Dessert Game with These Cake Pop Recipes

    Up Your Dessert Game with These Cake Pop Recipes

    The best part about cake pops, or "cake on a stick," is the ability to customize them any way you want. Whether you want red velvet cake pops, white cake pops, or chocolate cake pops, all it takes is a crumbled cake and frosting to do the trick. Cake pops are the perfect bite-size dessert for weddings, birthdays, and holiday parties.
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