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Quick Cake Decorating Ideas

Part of the Cake Decorating For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you’re running short on time, you can still create a cake that will draw oohs and ahs of admiration. Try these last-minute cake decorating toppings and methods:

  • Top your cake with chocolate shavings or curls.

  • Group nonpoisonous fresh flowers, such as roses or daisies wrapped with a grosgrain or organza ribbon, atop your confection.

  • Use a stencil and sift confectioners’ sugar or cocoa over your creation.

  • Decorate cake plates with sauces — such as hot fudge or raspberry purée — that complement a cake slice.

  • Place evenly spaced milk chocolate, butterscotch, cinnamon, white chocolate, or mint chips all over your cake for a Swiss dot effect.

  • Use hard candies, sours, or jelly beans to create festive swirls, spell out a name, create a flower, or form a geometric pattern.

  • Create a tableau with small fruits, or if it complements the cake’s flavor, thinly slice and place citrus fruits in a decorative pattern.

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Cake Decorating For Dummies Cheat Sheet


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