While there’s something delish about a good buttercream flower on cakes, these days fresh flowers, due to their unfussy and colorful qualities, are blooming on cakes for birthdays, holidays, weddings and beyond.
Here's some great news: using real flowers as cake decor doesn't require professional-level skill. In fact, fresh blooms can be way easier than fiddling with the sugar-based variety. Before you start trimming stems or snacking on petal scraps though, there are a few considerations to keep in mind.
While the thought of chomping on a flower petal can seem kind of unreal, it's totally not. Edible flower petals are a major game-changer for cake decorating, and when they're coated in sugar and candied, the flavor is next-level.
Yes, there's a secret hiding inside this cat cake. Instead of baking a traditional cake and covering it in fondant, there are crispy, crunchy rice cereal treats inside. Using these as a base provides structure and strength, allowing you to really give this cute critter a pop of personality. Serve him up at your next birthday party and guests will be purring with delight.
Haunted houses are typically full of ghosts, ghouls, vampires and zombies. But what about one that's full of cake? This one is scarily perfect for your Halloween party, and it's great for beginners who want to level up their skills with something a smidge more challenging. The best part: haunted houses tend to look like they're falling apart, so perfection isn't the goal — it's all about creating some creepy character!
If food is the way to a man’s heart, these Father’s Day cake pops are sure to tug on Dad’s heartstrings. These treats are a breeze to make, and soon you’ll have a personalized gift that’s both memorable and delicious.
No Memorial Day or Fourth of July BBQ is complete without a patriotic dessert, and these cake pops are just the thing to make and share. We stuck with a blue and white color scheme, but you can always customize yours to fit the party decor.
Show dad some love with a Father's Day cupcake topper that's as dashing as he is! Regardless of whether he wears sweater vests and top hats, he's sure to love the thought (and taste) behind these fun sweets.
You don't need an excuse to make these pretty cake pops, but Mother's Day sure is a good one. Show your momma how much you care with these bite-sized treats — you could even pair 'em with an actual bottle of her favorite scent for an extra-sweet touch.
You don't need any fancy cake decorating skills to make your mom these awww-dorable cupcakes. The secret is all in the cutters and molds you can use to make your job oh-so-simple. Whip 'em up to celebrate Mother's Day and get ready for all the heart-eye emojis coming your way.
Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for "the fifth of May," is a celebration in remembrance of the Mexican victory over the French Army in 1862. (That's not the Mexican Independence, as many people mistakenly believe.) The commemoration is observed in regions of Mexico, but is also a widely popular holiday in the United States, honoring many people's Mexican heritage.
Every get-together needs a burst of color to liven things up, and that's exactly what these color-packed cake pops are for! They couldn't be easier to make, either: there's no sculpting or shaping required, and you can create the rainbow effect with just a handful of candies.
Forget deviled eggs — Easter is the time to really flex your cake skills. Whether you're a seasoned pro or new to piping buttercream and modeling fondant, the perfect confection is waiting for your dessert table. The Easter bunny is gonna be proud!
You don't need an excuse to build a showstopping cake, but Easter sure is a good one! With the pastel colors and big chocolate rabbits, there's so much you can do to make the holiday extra sweet — like making 3D gum paste eggs for an elegant finishing touch. These delicate cuties can be made well in advance of the big reveal, so carve out an afternoon and get in the springtime spirit.
Good news: All your rainbow dreams are about to come true with this colorful, tasty cake. Even better news: It's way easier to make than it looks, and no carving tools are needed. Consider it the perfect centerpiece for a birthday bash, baby shower or St. Patrick's Day party.
Every Easter spread needs a centerpiece, and this is a strong contender for the most beautiful option. It's a gravity-defying, 3D egg cake decked out with hand-painted details and metallic accents that pays homage to the fine jeweled Fabergé eggs created in St. Petersburg. Make it this year and everyone at your holiday celebration will be wowed.
No fancy fondant skills or cupboards full of cake decorating tools are required for this narwhal. And that cute whale shape? It's your favorite snack cake hiding under there. Let's make some cake magic!
Who says you can't teach a robot to love? This little guy is shining with Valentine's Day spirit, and he's guaranteed to look oh-so-cute on top of your holiday cupcakes. Make him while blasting "Love Machine" to truly get in the heartfelt mood.
No, that's not an actual amethyst on a cake. But it sure looks like one, right?! With some food color, rock candy and modeling tools, cake artist Rachael Teufel, owner of Intricate Icings Cake Design and instructor of Bluprint classes including Show-Stopping Pour-Through Cakes, says it's totally possible to create a gorgeous and lifelike geode cake that's more like a work of art than something you'd eat. All you need are her tips and tutorials before getting started.
Pour your heart out this Valentine's Day, but let a quintessential holiday treat — conversation hearts and an adorable Kawaii character — do all the talking. Whether you bring 'em to a Galentine's Day party or gift 'em to your special someone, these delicious sweets are sure to make everyone swoon.
Make the perfect fondant toppers for the one who makes your heart flutter. Choose from one of two designs (a heartbeat measure or a stethoscope), pair 'em with pink strawberry buttercream and you've got the ultimate Valentine's Day cupcakes.
Spill your heart with cute cake pops that look like conversation hearts but taste way better. These Valentine's Day treats can be made with any cake batter and don't require any shaping, so they're a simple make — even if you've never baked cake pops before.
Intricately sculpted cakes often have a surprise inside: rice cereal treats. Swapping traditional batter for these crispy treats provides structure and strength to modeled cakes that you just can't get with fondant and modeling chocolate alone. And the best part is, the method you use to sculpt the cake afterward isn't that different than when you sculpt a traditional batter-filled cake.
Here's the thing: you don't need to be a whiz with a paint brush to create beautifully patterned cakes. All you actually need are stencils. They turn smears of buttercream into gorgeous, crisp patterns and create tasty works of art. Once you get the technique down, you can use it with any stencil to make a wide variety of desserts, whether you prefer an all-over pattern or just a few accents.
Whip up something sweet this Valentine's Day with heart-shaped strawberry meringues. They're a fun, adorable and delicious dessert to snack on or gift to the one you love. Make 'em even cuter with a quick drizzle of white chocolate you can top off with sprinkles.
Show off just how sweet you can be with a delicious roll cake on Valentine's Day. (Or serve it on nights you watch The Bachelor.) The stunning rose pattern doesn't require any fancy-schmancy artistic skills either — if you can trace and pipe, you can decorate this dessert.
It's easy to get caught up in the romance of old-fashioned wax seals — especially when they're edible and used to adorn Valentine's Day cakes and cupcakes. Make 'em this year to send a love-letter in a totally unique way that's 100 percent delicious.
Heart cakes are basically the cutest dessert you could make for Valentine's Day, and they're actually super easy to pull off. In fact, our method doesn't require any carving at all — just one round cake, one square cake and some nifty Tetris skills to pull it all together.
Whether it's Valentine's Day, a birthday or a special anniversary, celebrate love with a fantastic spray of fondant hearts. This project is a fun way to top any cake, and the method can be used with any shape — meaning all those cutters you have on-hand are about to be put to good use.
When decorating sugar cookies, color is key. But it's not always easy to find the perfect shade, so knowing how to color royal icing is a must. With a few tips and the correct supplies, it's easy to color red and green for Christmas cookies, or perfect more subtle shades for pumpkin pie sugar cookies, flip-flops and heart-shaped Valentine's Day treats.
If you're into creative cake decorating, meet your next make: gelatin plastic. Once hardened and dry, gelatin plastic maintains a beautiful shape and translucent consistency, which mimics rock candy or even stained glass. It's a simple way to create an avant-garde look to your sweets, especially if you twist it into spirals or a bow.
This cake has all the right moves for a modern bash. The winner is the two-toned buttercream, which makes the piping pop and feel extra vibrant. Best part: you only need one piping bag and tip to pull off this simple-yet-stunning design — easy cleanup, for the win!
There's a lot to love about gingerbread cookies, whether served on their own or as part of a larger gingerbread house project. Either way, these little guys' royal icing smiles and heart-shaped cheeks are the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.
Monogramming adds a personal detail to any project: piped icing on cake designs, embroidered stitches on home decor, stamped initials on stationary, even custom details on quilt or sewing projects. And these days, you can pretty much design your monograms however you want. But if you want to keep things more traditional, there are a few monogram etiquette rules to consider following.
'Tis the season for gingerbread houses! But after you bake your cookies, don't reach for the candy canes just yet — you've gotta know which icing to use, or risk sub-par houses. Because in the realm of royal icing, fondant and buttercream, one stands out from the rest as the best icing for gingerbread houses — and there's one you should most definitely avoid.
Decorating gingerbread houses is a fun tradition the whole fam can take part in. And you only need a few basic things: a delicious recipe, frosting and candy! That last one is particularly important, because whether your preferred style is simple and sweet or ornate and highly detailed, you need the best candies to help your gingerbread house shine. Here are our favorites.