Easy Decorating for a Wedding Cake

Updated April 17, 2017

The best part about baking a wedding cake is getting to decorate it. Cake decorating in general requires a steady hand and some creativity for a piece of art that captures everyone's attention. A wedding cake should be beautiful and personal for the couple so they and their guests at the reception will remember the cake for months and years to come. There are several different types of easy decorations you can use to meet the couple's preferences and theme.


Buttercream is a classic icing used for wedding cakes because of its creamy texture and soft appearance. A mix of sugar and butter, buttercream is easy to use and cheaper than other forms of icing. Also, buttercream takes any food colouring really well, so you can match the wedding colours almost perfectly. Buttercream is perfect for applying simple yet elegant designs like scallops and basket weave patterns on wedding cakes.


Fondant gives weddings cakes a smooth and stiff texture. Although fondant is less tasty than buttercream, decorating with it is easier and makes the cake's surface look flawless. This mixture of corn syrup and gelatin creates beautiful birds, flowers, butterflies or any shape and design you wish. By simply rolling out fondant on a flat surface, you can create all kinds of unique items to place around your cake with a clean, smooth and simplistic fondant surface. Fondant is great to use for weddings held in warmer temperatures in the spring and summer because it won't melt. You can produce your fondant creations with colour up to three months in advance and keep them in the refrigerator.


Like fondant, marzipan can be folded and shaped into beautiful decorations for various types of wedding cakes. Marzipan is special because it's a unique material to use for wedding cakes that may set your cake decorations apart from other traditional designs. Marzipan is easy to use and can be moulded from cookie cutter shapes. Dying beforehand gives more realistic looking roses, fruit and other flowers. Marzipan is great for making tiny details such as flower blossoms and berries.


It's important to support your wedding cake tiers properly. You can insert inexpensive plastic drinking straws at the top of each layer before setting layers on top of each other, ensuring they are steady and even. Wrapping ribbon that correspondence with the wedding colours around the tiers is easy and covers any imperfections. Try a combination of silk and real flowers instead of making your own from icing. This is easy and can match the wedding colours and bridal bouquet perfectly. Insert various types and sizes around the tiers of the cake or in a grouping on the top tier. Make sure all flowers are free of dust, insecticides and dirt. Also, fresh fruit can be used to easily decorate a summer-themed wedding cake. You can use fresh blackberries, strawberries, cherries, blueberries and raspberries around each tier.

Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate ganache is a rich mixture of chocolate and double cream. It's a great option for chocoholic brides and grooms. Wedding cakes in chocolate ganache look modern, simple and sleek. You can ice the cake tiers in the brown ganache, pipe the borders and designs in the wedding colour and add fresh flowers as your cake topper. Chocolate ganache is best for fall and winter weddings becuase of its ability to melt quickly and its rich taste.

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