Creative Cake Decorating Ideas

If you like to show your artistic talents and have a lot of imagination, then cake decorating may be for you. Decorating and adorning cakes can make even the most basic cake appear spectacular.

For those of us who may not like baking, a store bought cake can also be decorated. Buy a simple cake and use the various ideas for decorating below to make it look like a work of art.

Depending on the occasion you are making a cake, whether it be for a children’s party, a wedding, an anninversary or even for a school fete, the following tips will create an amazing decorative cake to be admired.


Colored organza and silk ribbons, silk or real flowers, candles, ornaments, gold or silver cachous strings.


Milk, white or dark chocolate-blocks, chips, buttons. Icing, colored food dye, colored sprinkles, fruit-fresh or glazed, ganache, fondant, colored candy balls, whole or chopped nuts, desiccated coconut, raisins and spreads such as jam or marmalade.


Shaped cake tins-hearts, rolls, squares and rectangles in various sizes. Piping bags, spatula, wooden spoons, shape cutters in various shapes and sizes, paint brush, shape templates and florist wire.

Most of the above items can be purchased at your local supermarket. When purchasing specialized cake tins or cutters, try your local kitchen store or craft store.


The cake underneath all the decoration can be elaborate or as plain as you like. You can use a basic sponge cake recipe or a chocolate or white chocolate mud cake. Wedding cakes would call for a fruit cake and children’s cakes a plain sponge would do perfectly.

~Basic Sponge Recipe(for 25 cm round cake)~

375g butter
3 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 cups caster sugar
6 eggs
4 cup self raising flour
1 cup milk

(for 22cm round tin)-bake 1 hours
250g butter
2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup caster sugar
3 cups self raising flour
4 eggs
1 cup milk

1)Preheat oven to 180 degree celcius or 350 degree Farenheit
2)Grease and line cake tray with baking paper.
3)Beat the butter, sugar and essence in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time mixing in between each addition.
4)Stir in sifted flour and the milk.
5)Transfer mixture to baking dish.
6)Bake for 1 hours or until skewer inserted in middle comes out clean.


You could cook either size or both sizes if you like. Once they’re both cooked and cooled they are now ready for adding some artistic flair to them.

The easiest way to add some character to a cake is with simple things like icing, cream and jam.

1)Cut the top crust off the cake to make it flat and not ccrunchy. If you have made two cakes, remove the crust off both ends on one, and one side on the other.
2)Cut your cake in half.
3)Spread a thick layer of strawberry or raspberry jam over the layer.
4)Whip up cream according to decorations below with whip cream.
5)Scoop cream onto top of raspberry jam and use a flat spatula to even it out.
6)Put the top of the cake onto the jam and cream.
7)Use icing sugar and color dye of your choice.
8)Evenly place dollops of whipped cream around the edge of cake using a piping bag.
9)Use fresh cut strawberries to be placed in the middle of the cream.

The decorating is only limited to your imagination. Use the below tips when using icing and cream to add some flair to your cake.


Fluffy Icing
1 cup caster sugar
cup water
2 egg whites

1)Heat the sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat until sugar is dissolved, do not boil.
2)Turn the heat up and boil until sugar turns into a ball when dropped in a glass of water-test by placing a drop into cold water. Remove from heat and wait for bubbles to stop.
3)Beat egg whites with electric beater until soft peaks form.
4)While beating begin slowly adding the sugar mixture to egg until it’s thick and has cooled down.

Dark Chocolate Ganache

1 cup cream
400g good quality (70% cocoa) dark chocolate

1)Boil the cream in a saucepan.
2)Pour over the chocolate until the chocolate melts.
3)Cover and place in the refrigerator and stir occasionally-approximately 30 minutes until spreadable.

Whipped cream makes a wonderful easy decoration, add sugar to sweeten and alcohol to add a bite to your cream.


Chocolate is one of the best things you can use to decorate a cake. By using white chocolate and colored food dye, you can make amazing effects that look fantastic.

Pink and White Swirls

3 cups white chocolate melts
Pink colored food dye
Pastry comb

1)Melt the chocolate over simmering water
2)Separate the chocolate into two bowls, adding pink dye to one to create pink colored chocolate
3)Place pink colored chocolate on cold surface and spread out using a spatula, place the plain white chocolate over the top and spread.
4)Using a comb, drag the comb from top to bottom of mixture to make stripes.
5)Using a spatula or knife, drag from left to right to make curls.

These curls can be attached to icing around the sides and top of cake. Add artificial or real rose petals and ribbons on top to make the effect more spectacular. Sprinkle with white icing sugar (using a sifter) for more decorating.

This can be done with plain colored and flavored chocolate. Using icing sugar or drinking chocolate, sprinkle over top of curls for added effect.

This is only a very simple guide to decorating cakes. With imagination and practice, you’ll soon be creating some of the most amazing cakes for those special occasions in your life. You’re only limited by your imagination, have some patience and you’ll soon be seeing some results.


Any books by the Australian Womens Weekly regarding decorating, cooking cakes, and their Celebration Cakes book.

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