Cake Decorating Ideas
Our favorite cake designs, decorations, projects, and techniques - including Craftsy-exclusive tutorials you can't find anywhere else!
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 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.
Atlanta cake artist and 15-time Food Network challenger Joshua John Russell single-handedly brought piped cake decorations back into style. In Modern Piping, Joshua shows you his signature techniques for perfectly piped designs, from ornate monograms to gilded accents. You’ll learn how to make royal icing and pipe sophisticated designs for wedding cakes or any occasion cake that calls for elegance and panache.
You don’t have to be Cardi B to love a little bling. Think of all the glittering things in this world and how even a little sparkle can make anything seem more special — including cake. Especially cake. If you want to decorate a cake to make it more glamorous, more eye-catching or just more fun, bedazzle it! Here are a few different ways to get your gleam on.
If you’re a cake decorator, chances are you’ve amassed an impressive collection (or what some might call hoard) of piping tips and nozzles. It’s important to learn how to choose the right piping nozzle for your cake. But even if you have quite a bit of royal icing and buttercream piping experience under your belt, it can still be tricky to visualize what your design will look like by the tip alone.
Add antique appeal to your fondant! Adorned with colorful peonies and lilies of the valley and gilded cages, your cakes will evoke a bygone era. Colette Peters’ innovative brush embroidery techniques make petals and leaves look stitched, whether they’re applied directly onto the cake or added on as three-dimensional gum-paste embellishments.
This class will take you through the step-by-step methods that are ideal for bringing this dynamic creation to life. The first lesson starts with trimming and filling the baked and chilled layers of cake. Next you will learn a fool proof way for crumb icing your cake tiers in order to get them ready for the final icing.
Decorating with sugar sheets is a blast, and you’re in for a seriously exciting adventure if this is your first time. Edible sheets of paper let you run wild with your decorating ideas, creating lots of different shapes and designs and working all kinds of cake magic. (Plus, they’re totally easy to master!)
Join award-winning cake decorator Lauren Kitchens, and find out how to use modeling chocolate to easily create elaborate designs that would be unmanageable or even impossible to make from fondant. As Lauren guides you through the two-tiered Sea Creature cake, you’ll quickly sculpt amazing modeling chocolate embellishments, such as octopus tentacles, that would be a fondant nightmare!
Learn how to make Richard Ruskell’s gravity-defying, multi-tiered cakes! Start with a sketch, review design considerations and do the math as Richard teaches you the engineering secrets behind these amazing cakes. Learn which types of cakes and fillings are ideal and then learn how to construct a support system, fix errors with simple tricks and much more.
Discover simple secrets for setting your sugar sunflowers apart in this special mini-class led by popular instructor Nicholas Lodge. Start by learning two methods for forming and coloring the iconic sunflower center using either a mold or working by hand, and find out how to add eye-catching texture to your center.