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28 Creative *And* Easy Ways To Decorate A Cake

Have a very happy birthday (or happy ANY day, tbh).

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1. Use Trix cereal to make brightly colored polka dots.

Recipe: Funfetti Buttermilk Birthday Cake at A Beautiful Mess

2. Make stripes with edible glitter for a cake that sparkles.

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Tutorial: Glitter Cake at A Subtle Revelry

3. Unwrap some Dum Dums and stick them straight into the cake.

Decorations that won't budge if you have to bring a cake on the road.

Tutorial: Four Easy Cake Decorating Ideas by Melanie Blodgett (You Are My Fave) at Julep

4. Create a "watercolored" cake using gel food coloring and a paintbrush.

Be sure to use a clean, "food-only" paintbrush.

Recipe: DIY Abstract Watercolor Painted Cake at Sugar & Cloth

5. Cut some rainbow Twizzlers into pieces and use them to make an edible garden.

Tutorial: Twizzler Flower Toppers For The Perfect Spring Cake at Handmade Charlotte

6. Make a row of blossoming cookies.

Blooms you'll want to snack on.

Tutorial: Simple Cookie Flowers at Super Make It

7. Or use *actual* flowers (the edible kind).

Tutorial: Cake With Edible Flowers at Design Love Fest

8. Pull a Jackson Pollock and splatter-paint the top of a cake with frosting.

MoMA will be calling you any minute.

Recipe: Chocolate Chili Splatter Paint Cake at My Name Is Yeh

9. Head to the farmers market to get the decorating ingredients for this fruity cake.

Just be sure to spread a thick enough layer of frosting to keep the heavier berries affixed.

Recipe: Berry Covered Birthday Cake at The Kitchen McCabe

10. Make some buttercream frosting in a variety of colors and use a decorating tip to completely cover a cake with stars.

This is easy...but time-consuming: Set up a laptop out of the mess zone and watch Netflix while you work.

Tutorial: Easy Star Tip Cake Decorating Idea at The Cookie Writer

11. Can't get enough gummy bears? Cover an entire cake with them!

Bears on bears on bears.

Recipe: Gummy Bear Layer Cake at Raspberri Cupcakes

12. Prepare a cake that combines breakfast with dessert and use Fruity Pebbles as a topping.

Fred Flinstone would *love* to have a slice of this.

Recipe: Fruity Pebbles Funfetti Cake at Butterlust

13. Or Lucky Charms.

14. Or Froot Loops.

15. "Embroider" a cake with sprinkles.

Such delicious "stitching."

Tutorial: Embroidery With Sprinkles at Clockwork Lemon

16. Use M&M's to top your cake with a pattern.

These are actually Rice Krispies Treats, but this technique would work equally well on a cake.

Recipe: Chevron Chocolate Overload Krispie Treats at In Katrina's Kitchen

17. Create number-shaped, confetti-covered marshmallow toppers.

A special treat for the birthday boy or girl — everyone else will be jealous they don't get one.

Tutorial: Confetti Marshmallow Numbers at Studio DIY

18. Or use a stencil to make a number using powdered sugar.

Learn more at Love & Olive Oil and get some number stencils here.

19. Put those fruit snacks in your cupboard to good use and turn Fruit Roll-Ups into bunting and Fruit by the Foot into bows.

Gushers look pretty darn great sitting atop some frosting.

Tutorial: 5 Easy Cake Decorating Ideas With Fruit Snacks at Sprinkle Bakes.

20. Surprise a wannabe astronaut with a cake that looks like the moon.

Three, two, one — FORK LIFTOFF!

Recipe: Chocolate Moon Cake at The Kitchn

21. Use cookie cutters to decorate neatly with sprinkles.

Tutorial: Cookie Cutter Shape Decorating Ideas at 17apart

22. Make your own chocolate cake toppers using melted chocolate.

These trees are lovely, but you could also write out names or numbers.

Recipe: Chocolate Raspberry Forest Cake at Chocolate & Carrots

23. It may look fancy, but you only need some ziplock bags and a spoon to decorate this gorgeous petal cake.

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You can do it!

...And then you can eat it.

Recipe: Rainbow Petal Cake by Kate Wagner for The Cake Blog

24. Coat a cake with sprinkles.

For people who can *never* get enough of 'em.

Recipe: Sprinkle Cake at Endlessly Inspired

25. Easily create a gorgeous ombre cake using edible decorating paper and food dye.

Sugar sheet is so cool.

Tutorial: DIY Ombre Mosaic Cake at Proper

26. Top a cake with delicious "dirt."

"Dirt" = cookie crumbs and chocolate rocks. Scrumptious!

Recipe: Dirt Cake at In Katrina's Kitchen

27. Forgo edible decorations and make some miniature bunting.

This is a free printable, and you can get it at Yellow Bliss Road.

28. Or birds.


Time for cake!