How to Decorate a Cake with Chopped Nuts

Embellish your decorated cake with a layer of chopped nuts on the sides of your frosted dessert. Picking the right cake pedestal is a good start—we walk you through the entire process, including how to keep the cake moist so the nuts stay in place.

-I'm Sue with Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen. Chopped nuts are a terrific and simple way to decorate a cake. Now, you could just sprinkle them on top. But with our secrets to success, I'll show you how easy it is to put them on the sides. Let's take a look. First, if you have a plate with a raised edge, use it for this cake. It will help keep the nuts from spilling onto the counter as you decorate. In the test kitchen, we like to use an offset spatula for frosting especially when we want smooth sides. If you don't have one, use a table knife that has a straight edge versus one that curves. After spreading frosting between layers and on top, spread it onto the sides of the cake, smoothing it with the edge of the blade. You want a fairly thick layer on the sides, so the nuts have something to stick to. Next, carefully press handfuls of chopped toasted nuts onto the sides. You can also use this technique with shredded coconut or sprinkles. As you make your way around the cake, scoop up any nuts that don't stick and reuse them and be sure the frosting is moist or the nuts won't be able to stick. If it's gotten dry, dip the spatula into a glass of water and run it over the frosting to moisten then continue applying the nuts. Once the sides are covered, use a piece of wax paper to press the nuts into the frosting to help even them out. Chill the cake for 20 minutes the press again. Chilling makes it easier to even out the nuts. Better Homes and Gardens has the secrets you need to make all your homemade cakes delicious and beautiful.