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Creative Cake-Decorating Ideas

Planning a party or birthday bash? Put a creative spin on any kind of cake with these fun and fuss-free decorating ideas, from sprinkles and frosting to fruit toppers and more. Many of these cakes start with a purchased cake mix so you can focus on the decorating. If you prefer, swap in your favorite chocolate or vanilla cake recipe for a from-scratch celebration.


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    • Balloon Cake

      Bright and colorful frostings turn small wafer cookies into whimsical balloons. Sky-blue frosting and white sprinkles create a cloudlike backdrop.

      Editor's Tip: Serve extra "balloons" on the side or as sweet cupcake toppers so each guest gets one.

    • Cute Owl Cake

      Hoo wouldn't love this charming owl cake? All you need is frosting, almonds, mini powdered doughnuts, malted milk balls, and a pink chewy square for that oh-so-darling bow.

    • Cherry Flower Cake

      This cheery cherry-flavored flower cake is easier to decorate than you think. Just use spring-color candy clay (we've got the recipe—it requires just four ingredients!) to shape the pretty petals and their spiral centers.

    • 11 So-Cute Candy Decorations

      In two minutes you'll have 11 new ideas.

    • Artist's Palette Cake

      Go artsy with this adorable palette cake. Start by trimming your chocolate sheet cake into a jelly bean shape. A blend of vanilla and chocolate frostings provides the wooden palette look. Use five edible gels in your favorite colors to resemble paint, and as a finishing touch, add sprinkles for extra shimmer. Follow the recipe link for all the specifics.

    • Sprinkle-Me-Happy Cake

      All you need to decorate this life-of-the-party cake is a plethora of pretty-color sprinkles and our vanilla buttercream frosting. Sculpt the supersweet rounded toppers using candy clay, corn syrup, and sprinkles.

    • Lollipop Cake

      Sweet and swirly, our playful lolliop cake makes a statement on a party table. To make the bright topping, twist 2-foot strips of multicolor fondant into one long rope—it's easier than you think!

    • Orange Chiffon Cake with Marshmallow Flowers

      Coat citrus-chiffon cake in a light honey glaze and top with sugared flowers to create this in-bloom look. For the flowers we used marshmallow slices, colored sugars, and pearl candy beads.

    • White Chocolate Layer Cake

      Cascading rows of white chocolate rosettes create a dreamy effect for this pretty-in-pink cake. Be sure to use a decorating bag with a large star tip for that extra-luscious look.

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      Tropical Fish Cake

      Take the kids on an adventure under the sea with this bubbly, fish-shape dessert. All the pieces are cut from a single sheet of moist vanilla cake. Using a thin metal spatula, swirl frosting to resemble fins and scales. Cupcakes serve as the bubbles.

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      Celebration Cake

      This wedding-worthy cake gets its gorgeous look from glitzy decorations like sugar pearls, tinted frosting, and a cute-as-a-button bow. Use pastry bags with various tips to make fun floral, swirly, or simple line designs.

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      Rainbow Pinwheel Cake

      Whisk friends and family away with a colorful sprinkle-coated pinwheel cake. To achieve clean, defined lines, use strips of waxed paper to provide borders. The rainbow inside the cake comes courtesy of food coloring.

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      Vanilla Ruffle Cake

      Play dress-up with a plain-Jane cake by adding soft rows of sweet ruffles made with our cherry-almond butter frosting. Use a decorating bag with a petal tip for smooth and easy application.

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      Gum Ball Machine Cake

      No coins necessary here. Just bring your sweet tooth and a few fun toppers. Use gum balls, a thin chocolate square, and a scoop-shape corn chip to create this old-school, candy-theme cake.

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      Opera Cake

      This delectable four-flavor cake is sure to make your taste buds sing. Use melted white chocolate for the musical topping, then sprinkle with edible glitter for a finish worthy of applause.

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      Red Velvet Heart Cake

      When it's topped with so many delicious flavors, you can't help but fall in love with this heart-shape cake. We used juicy cherries, fresh raspberries, almonds, and pecans to make these ravishing rows of toppings.

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      Chocolaty Harvest Fruit-Topped Cake

      Forget sprinkles and frosting—this cake is all about the fruit. We topped ours with warm pears, apples, and cranberries, all dripping in a smooth and creamy caramel sauce.

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      Rocky Road Cake Topper

      Three pantry ingredients—waffle cones, mini marshmallows, and peanuts—are piled high on a double-chocolate cake to make this sweet favorite the star of the party. Drizzle with chocolate syrup to finish.

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      Banana Split Cake Topper

      Topped with toasted coconut, sliced bananas, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries, a frosted banana- or vanilla-flavor cake takes on the flavors of the ice cream sundae treat.

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      Berries and Cookies Cake Topper

      Fresh fruit and cream-filled cookies add a summery touch to this chocolaty layer cake. Press halved sandwich cookies and sliced strawberries into the sides of a chocolate-frosted cake, then top the cake with additional cookies and a strawberry.

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