You’ve made a cake and frosted it perfectly: It has a level top and clean, sharp corners. But that’s kind of boring, right?
Here are a few easy ways to embellish your creation for any occasion. Because there’s nothing like a fancy birthday cake (or a simple dessert to say “Thanks!”) to really show someone how much you care.
1. Make Billowy Swirls
Use the back of a large dinner spoon to make billowy swirls of frosting on the top and sides of the cake.
2. Artfully Garnish
Arrange simple adornments like sliced almonds, candied fruit, fresh berries, or even unsprayed fresh rose petals in decorative patterns around the edge and center of the cake.
3. Decorate the Sides
Gently press toasted sweetened coconut into the frosting, allowing the excess to fall onto the parchment protecting the plate. Or try using sliced almonds, finely chopped nuts, mini chocolate chips, colorful crushed hard candies, or colored sprinkles.
4. Make shapes
Colored sugar or sprinkles can add a special touch to a frosted cake. To apply the colors in neat shapes, use a small cookie cutter as a guide. Once you’ve covered the area outlined by the cookie cutter, carefully remove it to reveal a perfectly shaped bunch of sugar.
5. Write Message in Chocolate
Place chocolate in a zipper lock bag and immerse the bag in hot (but not boiling) water until the chocolate melts. When the chocolate is melted, dry the bag thoroughly, then snip off a small piece from one corner to create a tiny spout. Hold the bag in one hand and gently squeeze the chocolate from the hole as you write.
6. Decorate with Chocolate Shavings
Use a vegetable peeler to shave a semisweet or bittersweet chocolate bar over parchment. Shake the shavings off the parchment onto the top of the cake.