Creative Cake Decorating Ideas

Put a creative spin on any kind of cake with these fun and fuss-free decorating ideas.


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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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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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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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Daisy Chain Cake Topper

    It's easy to put a spring spin on a simple layer cake. Simply attach small candies to the center of purchased flower-shape cookies with a dab of frosting. Then press the cookies into the frosting along the bottom of the cake to create a sweet border.

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Lemon-Berry Ribbon Torte

    Raspberries and sprigs of fresh lemon thyme dusted with powdered sugar make a pretty cake topper.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Chill  2 hrs  to 4 hrs 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
6/18
Autumn Cake

    Chocolate "leaves" -- made from stenciled chocolate cutouts -- make a delightful autumn-inspired cake topper. Dust the cutouts with confectioner's sugar for added sparkle.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: one 2-layer cake
Prep  1 hr 15 mins 
Stand  6 hrs 
7/18
Sunflower Cake Topper

    To create this summery cake, arrange miniature chocolate chips in a circle on top of a chocolate-frosted cake. Surround the chocolate chips with edible chrysanthemum petals, then garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Prep   30 mins 
8/18
Lollipop Cake Topper

    Press flat colorful lollipops around the perimeter of your favorite cake to give it a whimsical edge.

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Domino Cake

    This cake will end any game night on a sweet note. Top a 13?9-inch cake with chocolate frosting, then pipe a line of white frosting down the center. Make dots using white candy-coated milk chocolate pieces.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep  1 hr 
Bake  350°F per package directions
10/18
Orange-Chocolate Cake

    To make this showstopping cake, use a fork to trace wavy lines into the frosting, then top the cake with candied orange slices.

Makes: 12 servings
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Creme de Menthe Cake

    This minty chocolate cake makes a cool treat. Add a little green creme de menthe to vanilla frosting (and the cake batter, too), then frost the sides and top of the cake. Finish with a sprinkling of coarsely chopped chocolate-mint candies.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake  according to package directions
12/18
Black Forest Splurge Cake Topper

    Cherry pie filling is sandwiched between two rich layers of devil's food cake. Whipped dessert topping makes a fluffy frosting, while more cherry pie filling tops it off.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake  according to package directions
13/18
White Russian Cake

    Coffee liqueur adds a coffeehouse twist to ordinary chocolate cake mix. Spread a layer of whipped dessert topping between two cake layers, then drizzle with chocolate.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake  according to package directions
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Flower Power Cake

    Gumdrops, fruit straws, and fruit-flavor candies make a pretty garden party-inspired cake. Spread the cake with white frosting and use the candies to create flowers.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
15/18
Celebration Cake

    Celebrate autumn with this gorgeous cake. Autumnal flavors, such as apple and carrot, fill the inside, while apple chips and cinnamon sticks top off the cake.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
Stand   10 mins 
16/18
Chocolate Harvest Cake

    This moist pumpkin cake is covered in a chocolate glaze and topped with red grapes, blackberries, toasted hazelnuts, and shredded orange peel.

Makes: 14 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
Chill   30 mins 
17/18
Buttermilk White Cake with Coconut

    This tender buttermilk cake is topped with sweet buttercream frosting and flakes of rich coconut.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep  1 hr 15 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
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