Cakes are more than just sweet treats! They symbolize happiness, funtimes, playfulness and togetherness. Whether it a birthday or wedding, no celebration, big or small, is complete without the main people blowing the candles and cutting a cake. Incase you planned to give a homemade cake surprise for your loved ones, then we have something very exciting for you in this article!

Listed below are 20 simple cake decoration ideas that are totally beginner-friendly! Anyone with a basic knowledge of baking and icing can try them out at home to impress their special someone!

20 Simple Cake Decoration Ideas for Beginners:


Here are 20 simple cake designs that require no special skills or tools and can be tried out by anyone:

1. Rose Bouquet Cake Design:


At a first look, this cake design might look complicated and professional-style. But, you are wrong! It's very easy to replicate this pattern at home. All you need is a icing bag and a rose flower tip nozzle inserted into it. Fill the bag with buttercream and press the bag to create the center of the rose. Move the tip in a circle around this center to finish it. Repeat the same steps until you create a huge bouquet of roses on your cake!

2. Kitkat and Gems Cake:


Here is another easy cake decorating idea which is a must-try for Cadbury lovers. The sponge cake is covered with an icing of buttercream or ganache. The circumference of the cake is decorated with Kitkat strips stuck vertically like a chocolate wall. Now, sprinkle a generous amount of colorful gems in the center to cover up the top surface. Lo! Your delicious treat is ready!

3. Easy Naked Cake Design:


Naked cakes are oh-so-trendy for their rustic look and ofcourse, their simplicity! These cakes have a coarse covering of icing that partly reveals the sponge inside. No wonder why they are also called the "semi-nude" cakes. Add a little extra cream on top to place some fresh fruits, berries and even flowers. Give it a touch of natural green by sprinkling some herbs on the top and sides.

4. Chocolate Drip Cake Design:



Have you ever fancied making drip cakes? Well, you can replicate the "drip" effect easily using some simple techniques. Prepare a runny but not watery consistency chocolate syrup. Use a spoon and gently pour it down from the edge of the cake. You can also add it to a sauce bottle to release the syrup and drip it downwards. Decorate the top with some gold dust, merigues etc.

5. Colorful Confetti Cake:


Here is a super fun and super quick confetti cake that your children will love! The plain buttercream cake is sprinkled with a generous dose of colorful confetti on the bottom layer. You can either your fingers or a spatula to stick the beads onto the side of the cake. You can try this technique on the top or simply dust them with your hands to create a playful cake decor.

6. Fruit Decorated Cake:



Cake and fruits make a delicious combo that is too good to resist! Along with adding some tartness to an otherwise sweet cake, fruits also add a colorful look to it. You can try adding different types of fruits like kiwis, grapes, strawberries, cherries, apples, raspberries etc. Just glaze them with some sugar to retain their freshness and bright color. Arrange them beautifully to create a tasty-fruit cake!

7. Simple Fondant Decor on Cake:



Here is another easy and fun way to decorate your cakes. Just add some edible colors to your fondant and knead well. Roll the fondant sheets with a pin, use a cookie cutter to cut out different shapes like hearts, stars, circles or whatever your heart desires. Cover the cake with a basic white fondant and stick these shapes using some buttercream. Keep the decoration as colorful as possible to brighten the party.

8. Rainbow Themed Watercolor Cake:



Take a look at this very simple yet attractive cake design which features rainbow colors. The sponge is covered with a thick layer of buttercream. The remaining buttercream can be divided into 7-8 portions with different colors added into them. You can use a cake knife or a brush to gently "paint" the surface of this cake. Along with a colorful look, this technique can also add an interesting texture on the outside.

9. Gummy Bear Cake Decoration:



Give a chewy twist to your soft and succulent cake by adding a layer of gummy bears! Every bite is filled with fruit flavored gummies that your kids will love chewing on. Well, there is no rocket science involved in this cake decoration. Just rip open a packet of multi-colored gummy bears and dab onto the butter cream. Use a spatula to gently press them and create a even surface.

10. Oreo Cookie Cake Decoration:



Here is a classic cookies and cream cake that will satisfy your love for oreo cookies. You can blitz some cookies with buttercream to create a textured effect on the sides of the cake. Use some chocolate sauce to add a dripping effect on the top layer. Now pipe up some buttercream along the border of the cake and fix some oreo cookies into them. You can also add crushed cookies on top for aoreo-overloaded cake!

11. Macaron Cake Decoration Idea:



Macarons are delicious sweet treats that have a crunchy shell with a soft filling inside. They also come in a variety of colors and flavours, making them the perfect choice for decorating your cake. You can just use a simple vanilla buttercream icing on top and stick four tto five different flavours of macarons on the side and top. Well, don't worry about making macarons! You can get them easily at any local dessert bar.

12. Pinata Surprise Cake:



A Pinata cake is a perfect way to surprise your kids and even the guests! Slicing the cake reveals so,e tempting surprises inside like a cascade of gems, toys and even secret messages. To make this fun-filled cake, just scoop out the center of the cake and fill it with elements of your choice. Now place the sponge on top and cover it with buttercream frosting. You can decorate the sides to conceal the flaws and wait for the "Wow" look on everyone's faces!

13. Splatter Cake Decoration Idea:



A Splatter cake decoration idea keeps your children busy splashing some colors on the cake. To give them some funtime, melt some buttercream and add edible colors into it. Now, dip a cake brush into the cream and start flinging it onto the cake to create an abstract design. You can cover the table and the walls with a plastic sheet to avoid staining them. Lastly, sprinkle some confetti or stick some cake toppers to complete it.

14. Colorful Striped Cakes:



Striped cakes are easy to make and add a touch of color to your party table. You can use simple buttercream frosting and pipe it into thin vertical stripes. Use colors alternatively for a vibrant look. Incase your piping skills are not upto the mark, then use thinly rolled fondant strips and place it on the sides of the cake to create a textured look. Add some sugar flowers on top to elevate the decoration to the next level.

15. Crunchy Chocolate and Nut Cake:



Here is a super simple cake decoration idea which any beginner can confidently attempt. The basic sponge cake is covered with a layer of chocolate cream. Next, a generous amount of assorted chopped nuts are sprinkled all along the sides and the top layer to add some nuttiness to your cake. As a final touch, you can drizzle some chocolate sauce over the top and garnish it with white chocolate shards.

16. Ferrero Rocher Cake Decoration Idea:



Take a look at this yummilicious cake that is specially made for chocolate lovers. The frosted chocolate cake is given a generous amount of drip using thick chocolate syrup. Chocolate buttercream spirals decorate the top layer, which are garnished with unwrapped Ferrero rocher chocolate balls. Crush some more rochers and sprinkle them along the base to create a layer of chocolate soil.

17. Toasted Coconut Cake:



If you are someone who goes 'nuts' about coconuts, then give this decoration idea a try! Add some coconut cream to your frosting cream to infuse a natural coconut flavour to the cake. Now for the decoration, using toasted coconut chips or even desiccated coconut powder on the sides. Along with creating an interesting texture to your cake, coconut can also add a bit of crunch and taste.

18. Lollipop Cake Decoration:



How about giving a double treat to your little one? A yummy vanilla frosted cake decorated with colorful spiral lollipops! You can just go for a colored top layer and stick these yummy goodies in an uneven layer. Use a mix of small and large sized pops for a creative look. You can also try cake pops, gel candies and even cookie sticks to decorate your cake.

19. Cake Topper Decoration:



Here is an absolutely easy and fun way of playing around with your cake. Just buy a nice cake topper that suits the theme of your party. Add some cream and color to the base and stick it in. You can try a variety of themes like Frozen, Flamingo, Cars and even personalized photographs, messages. Edible toppers can also be created using photo print on fondants.

20. Edible Flower Cake Decoration:



Edible flowers transform a simple looking cake into a piece of art. You can choose from sunflowers, roses, hibiscus, violets, dandelions, pansies, nasturtium etc. which are bright and beautiful to look at. Be sure to wash them thoroughly and dry them. Use a brush to straighten the petals and place them carefully on the top layer of your cake. You will have a picture-perfect cake ready in no time!

We hope you loved these 20 Simple cake design ideas. We tried to cover most of the beginner-friendly designs for you. However, if you have smarter concepts than these, do let us know. We'd be happy to upgrade our knowledge!

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