There really is nothing better than a gorgeous cake to celebrate everything from birthdays to graduations, big holidays to small weekday victories. What’s not so great? If you’re not a master baker, the idea of icing and decorating a cake can be overwhelming. Luckily, we’ve got plenty of ideas for you, ranging from super simple options (really, they’re so easy kids can help!) to more complex projects. Check out our 31 cake decorating ideas to inspire you – ALL are impressive enough to make anyone feel extra special.
If you’re new to cake decorating, let us recommend some tips of the trade. As any chef knows, it’s all about having the right kitchen tools, and when it comes to decorating cakes, there are a few that will set you up for success. The ultimate is an offset spatula. You can use it to pop your cakes out of the pans, spread icing on layers, get the perfect drippings of ganache, and even draw lines for slicing. If you can’t master frosting an entire cake, try another trick of the trade: cover your cake with so much deliciousness that no one will even notice the frosting. Sprinkles (like in our Funfetti Cake or Donut Cake) are the OG, but we also love freeze-dried strawberries, like in our Strawberry Crunch Cake; toasted coconut flakes, as in our Pineapple Coconut Cake; fruit, like on our sangria cake or our strawberry cheesecake; or even candy, like in our Peanut Butter Cake or Number Cake (cakes are the BEST excuse to raid the holiday candy aisle).
When it comes to frosting a cake, our best advice is stick to it. We promise that even for experienced bakers, there’s a point in assembling and frosting every cake where it’s very tempting to throw in the towel and give up. Go on, and that will be unite, trust us. If that still sounds like too much, we’ve got you covered: try our naked cake frosting style, or go super simple with a dusting of powdered sugar, like in our olive oil cake. , or nothing at all, as in our almond cake. cake. We only pair it with a few fresh strawberries and whipped cream, and trust us, no one has ever been blown away by its simplicity.