How to Make Designs in Cake Icing Using Household Objects

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How to Make Designs in Cake Icing Using Household Objects
Create endless designs in cake icing using clean, safe household objects. (cake image by Andrey Rakhmatullin from

Decorating cake icing is like art and, like art, a variety of media can come in useful. From paper doilies to plastic toys to cookie cutters, objects for making designs in cake icing are all around the house. Ideas such as a simple mother-duck cake and cupcake ducklings using clean, bath-time rubber ducks for a baby shower, or the live dove wedding cake by TLC's famous "Cake Boss," with a Plexiglas birdcage centred between layers, should get the creative juices flowing.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Round paper doily with cutout designs
  • Sifter
  • Cookie cutter, star shaped
  • Plastic food storage bags
  • Scissors
  • Plastic farm toys, clean
  • Frosting, assorted colours

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  1. 1

    Bake, cool and smoothly spread a round cake with your choice of coloured icing.

  2. 2

    Center a round paper doily on the cake.

  3. 3

    Sift icing sugar over the top of the doily. The icing should have colour, such as brown chocolate icing, in order for the white icing sugar to show the decorative pattern of the doily.

  4. 4

    Carefully remove the paper doily from the cake to reveal the pattern.

  1. 1

    Bake, cool and smoothly spread a cake with frosting.

  2. 2

    Carefully press a star-shaped cookie cutter randomly over the top of the cake to leave star imprints.

  3. 3

    Snip a tiny bit of the plastic from one corner of three food storage bags. Fill each bag with a complementary coloured frosting for your design. Gently and evenly, squeeze the frosting from the first bag to trace the stars.

  4. 4

    Use the second bag as a writing tool to personalise the cake. Write one word per star to create a message, such as "Happy Birthday Dad" or "Way to Go Zoe." With the third bag of frosting make polka dots or stripes inside of the empty stars or fill them in completely.

  1. 1

    Bake a rectangular or square-shaped cake. Cool and frost the cake with any colour of icing.

  2. 2

    Wash an assortment of small plastic toy farm animals and interlocking plastic toy fencing and set aside to dry.

  3. 3

    Snip a small piece of plastic from one corner of a food storage bag and fill it with a different colour of icing.

    Gently and evenly, squeeze the icing out of the bag and write a message on the cake to personalise it.

  4. 4

    Place the plastic fence, on top, around the edge of the cake and press it carefully into the icing to secure.

  5. 5

    Arrange and carefully press the farm animals around the message to decorate.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a variety of shaped cookie cutters to make imprints in cake icing to decorate.
  • Doilies come in an assortment of shapes and sizes. Use the same shaped doily as the cake you are decorating or be creative or come up with unusual ways to use doily designs on frosting.
  • Sketch a design of the cake you would like to create, to gather ideas and refer back to as you work.
  • Only use items that are clean and safe to decorate your cake. Remove all inedible decorations from the cake before serving.
  • If placing candles on your cake, be sure that they are far enough away from any plastic or flammable objects that you have used as decorations.
  • Children's plastic toys are typically safe, but use caution whenever using any inedible object to decorate anything meant for eating.

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