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Decorating Cakes: Finishing Touches

Dress up your cakes with easy garnishes: fresh flowers, chocolate shavings, or sugar-frosted fruits.


Fresh edible flowers make gorgeous and easy decorations. Top a frosted cake or a plain cake dusted with confectioners' sugar with sweet violets, lavender, honeysuckle, rose petals, borage, bachelor's buttons, johnny-jump ups, or calendulas. You can add a dollop of whipped cream so that some of your flowers are raised up off the surface of the cake; arrange the flowers like you would a floral arrangement.

  • Dusting the flowers with superfine sugar adds an elegant, sparkly effect. (Candied violets and candied rose petals are available at cake decorating supply stores and some supermarkets.)

  • Be sure that the flowers are clean, all the parts you are using are non-toxic, and that they are pesticide-free.


Fresh berries can be piled on top of your cake, whether plain, sugared, or glazed with a shiny syrup.

  • Cut fruit will not last as long as whole berries, so be sure to serve your cake within a few hours of decorating to prevent fruit from "weeping" into the cake or frosting.


Toasted or candied nuts are terrific on carrot cakes and spice cakes. Finely chopped or coarsely ground nuts can be pressed into the sides of a frosted cake, or along the bottom edge, for added flavor and texture (and to hide thumbprints, dents or other small flaws).

Chocolate Curls

Use a vegetable peeler to shave curls off of a large chocolate block. Warm the chocolate slightly by rubbing the palm of your hand over the surface a few times. (For best results, use a thick baker's block of chocolate, not a thin candy bar-sized one.) Wear gloves or use a spatula when transferring them to your cake, so the heat from your hands doesn't melt them.

Aug. 10, 2010 1:35 am
Putting flowers is a good idea! LOVE IT
Oct. 4, 2010 2:43 pm
how do you make a ribbon?????
Jan. 27, 2011 4:04 pm
i never knew flowers could be edible x}
Feb. 12, 2011 4:58 am
Do u have sight where one can learn how to decorate cakes, cheesecake etc. online. Thanks
Apr. 8, 2011 8:29 am
I just wanted to make the comment that i love your site and the recipes that you send to me in emails. Thank you! bernadette
Jun. 25, 2011 6:23 pm
I love how u decorate ur cakes.
Apr. 18, 2012 5:35 pm
can i give menu of African dishes?
Apr. 18, 2012 5:36 pm
what is the main ingredients that makes cake to last longer time?
May 15, 2012 4:13 pm
who flowers are edible
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