Beautiful Cake Decor

Ever attend a baby shower or a birthday where the cake is beautifully decorated that it looked good enough for a wedding? I envy the creative people who can make those cakes. They just look so much fun to make.

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Birthday Cake Decorated with Buttercream Icing. Image source: _Cakes_by_DJ via Photobucket

My curiosity drove me to look for tips online to see what makes the best icing for decoration. I thought it would be a great time to start learning. I found two commonly used mixes in buttercream and cream cheese.

Buttercream Icing
  • 1 pound sweet unsalted butter
  • 1 pound icing fondant
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Use a flat beater or mixer to cream the butter. Add fondant gradually while beating.

Some samples of beautiful cakes with buttercream icing:

flower decoration from buttercream icing
Cake decorated with flowers of buttercream icing.
Image source: Paritashah26 via Photobucket

birthday cake decorated with buttercream icing to look like a slice of lime
B-day cake decorated with buttercream icing to look like a slice of lime. Image source: jdewille via Photobucket

Cream Cheese Icing
  • 10 oz of cream cheese
  • 14 oz of icing fondant
  • 7 ounces of shortening

With a flat beater, beat cream cheese while adding icing fondant a little at a time. Mix until smooth, add shortening, mix all together until smooth and light.

Samples of cakes dressed and decorated with cream cheese icing:

cookie monster cake cream cheese icing
Cute Cookie Monster cake decorated with cream cheese icing and covered in fondant. Image source: Desserts_Unleashe via Photobucket

B-day cake decorated with cream cheese icing. Image source: rkolosci98 via Photobucket

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Beautiful Basket of Poppies Cake Decorated w/ Cream Cheese Icing. Image source: katycakesyum via Photobucket