Chic Christmas Cake Decorating

christmas cake decorating by Cooking Melangery (left) and by Enjoy Cupcakes (right) with photo by Ray Ryan

Chic cake designs are often the simplest cake designs. And our feature cakes above are proof of this. There’s not a Santa Claus in sight, yet they ooze festive warmth and homeliness. The beautiful chocolate Boston Cream Pie above, decorated in stunning gold accents,  is by Yelena Strokin of Cooking Melangery and is the ultimate in festive cake glamour.

Gold dragees/sprinkles and reindeer cake decorations like these are available in lots of cake decorating stores coming up to Christmas. The reindeers however are usually in brown and white but you can use edible gold spray to colour them gold to achieve this look for your own elegant Christmas cake.

While they don’t usually get snow in California for Christmas, California’s Enjoy Cupcakes sure know how to design a beautiful snowy Christmas cake (above right). Sprigs of rosemary create a beautiful rustic winter forest effect. with frosted cranberries piled into the centre of the cake to crown this Christmas cake beauty.

For those who don’t like the classic fruited Christmas cake, a rich chocolate cake is a great alternative for the festive season. Chocolate & Carrots have created a super chic chocolate forest cake below left, with a tutorial here to show you how to make their fabulous chocolate trees: chocolate trees tutorial.  How great would these chocolate trees be with a black forest gateau dessert for Christmas?

Chocolate Forest Cake (left) by Chocolate & Carrots, and cake on the right by Mat pa Bordet

Swedish cake designers, Mat Pa Bordet have designed the second fabulous chocolate cake above right, topping it with a “marshmallow glacier” and rustic pine trees. Whip up some meringue to top off a chocolate cake to make your own marshmallow glacier cake.

Below left we have a beautiful Christmas cake from Style Me Pretty with fresh cranberries clustered around the base of the cake for a rustic finish, crowned with a sprig of winter foliage.

To the right is another simple, rustic cake decorated with frosted rosemary sprigs and a scattering of star anise. Candles on top bring a beautiful winter glow to the cake design. (Image: Good Housekeeping Magazine).

rustic christmas cake decorating ideas from Pinterest (left) and from Good Housekeeping Magazine (right)

A Christmas wreath cake always makes a beautiful Christmas centrepiece and we have an superb example below from BBC Good Food Magazine (left).  Frosted leaves are mixed with natural foliage and red cranberries for a simple, yet beautiful Christmas cake decorating idea.

Mich Turner of the renowned Little Venice Cake Company has brought a US twist to her Christmas cake decorating with a pretty red and white candy cane cake (below right). Candy canes are synonymous with the festive season Stateside and you’ll find a simple tutorial here to make your own sugarpaste version: fondant candy canes.

christmas cakes decorating ideas from bbc good (left) and Little Venice Cake Company (right)

If you have little ones around for Christmas, then they will be enchanted with our two vintage snowman cakes below. The cake below left features a beautiful grandfatherly snowman cake topper (left) from Jane’s Sweets & Baking Journal, and you’ll find the tutorial here: vintage-style  snowman cake tutorial.

Hand-painted cakes specialists, Nevie-Pie Cakes have come up trumps yet again with a classic, elegant snowman and snow globe cake for the Christmas season, wrapped in festive red and white gingham ribbon. Hand painted blue snowflakes also add a lovely pop of colour to the overall design. Natasha Collins, the founder of Nevie-Pie Cakes, regularly holds classes in hand-painted cakes, including an online tutorial, which you can find more details on here: Nevie-Pie Cakes.

snowman cake topper (left) from Jane's Sweets & Baking Journal and a hand painted snowman cake by Nevie's Cakes (right)

An all-white cake is enduringly elegant and we have two beautiful white Christmas cake decorating ideas below. The superb candle cake was designed by TV cake star, Duff Goldman for US craft store, Michaels, who have posted the tutorial for this cake on their website here: Christmas candle cake tutorial.

Craft store, Potter & Buttler designed the super chic reindeer cake below right, with a solitary silver reindeer and pristine white Christmas trees topper. The cake topper is available to purchase through their Etsy store, or your can try your hand at making your own with crepe paper pom poms of varying sizes on a cake pop stick.

Katrien’s Cakes (South Africa) designed the elegant snowflake “cut out” cake below, using a pale blue icing undercoat to highlight the snowflakes to full effect, and you’ll find the tutorial here: snowflake cake tutorial.

Below right, we have another super festive snowflake cake from Delicious, topped with snowflake cookies. You’ll find the recipe and instructions here for this wonderfullydistinctive cake: snowflake cookie christmas cake.

snowflake cakes by Katrien's Cakes (left) and from delicious magazine. (right)

Another Cake Geek favourite, My Cake have created the beautiful gold and white winter forest cake (below left) and have a free tutorial here to show you how to recreate it: Winter Wonderland cake tutorial.

If you are short on time to decorate this festive season, a simple topping of white fondant, shaped to create an overhanging snow effect, with gold star cake toppers on top, is the perfect time-saving Christmas cake decorating idea. You can purchase this cake topper from Nice Party or you can get crafty with a scissors and some gold glitter.

christmas cake decorating ideas by My Cake School. (left) and Nice Party, Espana (right)

Coming up next week, we’ll be featuring gingerbread houses for the festive season.  But to whet your appetite, we have a beautiful and simple Christmas cake decorating idea below, using gingerbread house shapes placed all around the side of the Christmas cake to make a beautiful Christmas village cake. (Image from Pinterest).

Finally, we have another super cake from Nevie-Pie Cakes below right, one of their adorable gingerbread house cake designs with a hand-painted reindeer and festive detailing.

gingerbread house cakes from Pinterest(left) and by Nevie's Cakes (right)

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