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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.
Bluprint
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.
Erin Gardner
Every witch needs a familiar, so why not make one out of fondant? Kick off the spooky season with these scarily superstitious Halloween cake toppers.
Lynlee North Beckett
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.
Rachael Teufel
Rachael Teufel
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!
Wendy McGowan
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.
Kris Galicia Brown
Show off your stars and stripes this Fourth of July! These fondant toppers make it easy to transform any cupcake and buttercream concoction into the perfect Independence Day dessert.
Lynlee North Beckett
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.
Felicity and Krystle
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.
Lynlee North Beckett
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.
Kris Galicia Brown
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.
Lynlee North Beckett
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.
Lynlee North Beckett
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.
Bluprint
Stop the hunt — we've found the perfect fondant topper for all your Easter cakes and cupcakes. This chick-shaped Easter basket is cute, festive and (best of all) easy to sculpt.
Lynlee North Beckett
This St. Patrick's Day, request a smooch with a shamrock cupcake topper! It's easy, cute and a sweet addition to any cupcake recipe.
Lynlee North Beckett
Combine two of the best springtime critters — chicks and bunnies — into one aww-dorable fondant topper. The little one is practically begging to be set on top of all your Easter cakes and cupcakes!
Lynlee North Beckett
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!
Jessie Oleson Moore
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.
Erin Gardner
No matter what you're baking for St. Patrick's Day, this cute (and lucky!) leprechaun is a must-have decoration. Use it for your cake, cupcakes or anything else getting covered in buttercream.
Lynlee North Beckett
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.
Erin Gardner
Decorate these festive cake pops for some bunny you love this Easter. With the candy melt coating and simple 3D features, these pops are as easy to make as they are adorable.
Felicity and Krystle
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.
Katrien Van Zyl
The Lambeth method is a classic cake design that uses a royal icing over-piping technique that creates intricate depth using lots of layers of icing.
Bluprint
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!
Bluprint
This Valentine's Day, think outside the box (of chocolates) and make the sweetest topper for all your festive cupcakes. These truffles might be tiny, but they'll wow any recipient.
Felicity and Krystle
Valentine's Day is sweet on its own, but you can make it even better with a sugar rush. These cakes and cupcakes will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, especially when shared.
Bluprint
Everyone loves a good pun, especially when it's on top of a cupcake. Make these adorably sheepish fondant toppers for Valentine's Day and you're guaranteed to spark a few laughs.
Lynlee North Beckett
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.
Lynlee North Beckett
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.
Bluprint
It's almost Valentine's Day, meaning love is in the air and your cake pops. Make a batch of these cuties and gift to your sweet-toothed sweetheart.
Lynlee North Beckett
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.
Lynlee North Beckett
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.
Lynlee North Beckett
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.
Kris Galicia Brown
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.
Wendy McGowan
In broad daylight, this cupcake may look a bit boring. But once you have it under black lights, you'll get a jaw-dropping dessert that positively glows!
Jessie Oleson Moore
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.
Erin Gardner
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.
Felicity and Krystle
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.
Erin Gardner
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.
Felicity and Krystle
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.
Erin Gardner
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.
Erin Gardner
There's no better way to say "I love you" than with sugar cookies — especially ones decorated to look this good. This Valentine's Day, celebrate your special someone with beautiful sugary treats.
Callye Alvarado
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.
Lisa Snyder
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.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Take your sweets to a whole new level this Chinese New Year and top your cupcakes with fondant lanterns. They look fancy, but are actually a cinch to make — you'll be ready to celebrate in no time.
Lynlee North Beckett
Ring in the Chinese New Year with a little bit of (sugary) luck. This fondant topper is simple to sculpt and a festive detail for any celebration.
Lynlee North Beckett
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!
Lyndsay Sung
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.
Lisa Snyder
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.
Debbie Henry
'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.
Felicity and Krystle
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.
Kris Galicia Brown
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