Easy Cake Decorating 4 Ways

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When it comes to food, presentation is almost as important as flavor – we believe it can even make things taste better! – and nowhere does that seem to be more true than dessert. And the number one dessert for fabulous, awe-inspiring decorating? Cake, of course! Just one problem: the impressive cake decor designs we love are usually just a little beyond our skill level.

Luckily, you don’t need a degree from cooking school to make your cakes beautiful— you just need us! In our quest to find the best and the easiest ways to do everything, we’ve discovered FOUR ways to decorate cakes that are both lovely and simple. All you need a cake, some frosting, a fork and a spoon! Watch us demonstrate, then keep reading for written instructions, too.

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Easy Cake Decorating 4 Ways

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Basket Weave Icing
  2. Drag the tines of a fork through the frosting horizontally and then vertically, in an alternating pattern. Wipe off any excess frosting after each pass.

    Cake with buttercream icing in basket weave designTipHero

  3. Striped Icing
  4. Drag the back of a spoon across the frosting to create lines and/or stripes. Wipe frosting from the spoon after each row.

    Cake with buttercream icing in striped designTipHero

  5. Swooped Icing
  6. With the back of a spoon, create swoops and swirls through the frosting.

    Cake with buttercream icing in swooped designTipHero

  7. Rippled Icing
  8. Form small waves over the top of a cake by dipping the tines of a fork into the frosting and then gently pulling up.

    Cake with buttercream icing in rippled designTipHero

See?! We promised, after all: four lovely and easy designs you can do with any fork or spoon you have on hand. No piping bags, special tools, or baking school training required.

We absolutely love each and every one of these designs; it’s pretty much impossible for us to pick a favorite! In fact, we can just imagine all four sitting together on a table in a simple-yet-beautiful cake display. Can you?

4 cakes decorated with basket weave, striped, swooped and rippled icingTipHero

So, is it an idea you think you’ll try? Which easy cake decorating idea is your favorite? If you love all four, which one will you try first? Are there any other designs you know of that are as easy to do? Share your cake decorating results with us, especially if you try one of these designs!

Adapted from Today’s Parent