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28 Insanely Creative Ways To Decorate A Cake That Are Easy AF

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
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Recipe: Funfetti Buttermilk Birthday Cake at A Beautiful Mess

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

✨✨✨✨✨✨Tutorial: Glitter Cake at A Subtle Revelry
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Fred Flinstone would *love* to have a slice of this.

Recipe: Fruity Pebbles Funfetti Cake at Butterlust

13. Or Lucky Charms.

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Tutorial: Lucky Charmed Cake at Alana Jones Mann

14. Or Froot Loops.

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Recipe: Fruit Loop Cereal Milk Layer Cake at Sweetest Menu

15. "Embroider" a cake with sprinkles.

Such delicious "stitching."Tutorial: Embroidery With Sprinkles at Clockwork Lemon
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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.

You can do it!...And then you can eat it.Recipe: Rainbow Petal Cake by Kate Wagner for The Cake Blog
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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
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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
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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
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"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.
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This is a free printable, and you can get it at Yellow Bliss Road.

28. Or birds.

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Perfect for a woodland-themed party. Tweet tweet!

Recipe: Twig & Tweet Layered Color Cake at The Sweet Escape

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