Cherries make a tasty and colourful fruit for your cake. When it comes to using cherries for cake decorating, you have the option of going with fresh cherries or maraschino cherries, which are cherries that are saturated in sweet syrup. Depending on how sweet you want your cherry decorations to be on your cake, decide the most appropriate cherry to use.
Cherries are used to decorate sheet cakes made to look like American flags. Cherries, white icing and blueberries make the patriotic combination of red, white and blue colours. The stripes on the cake are where the cherries come into play. Place the cherries in rows to create the flag's red strips. If you want to fill in the white sections, you can use miniature white marshmallows. Maraschino cherries are best for this cake decorating idea because of their bright red colouring.
Cherries make excellent toppings for plain cheesecakes. Not only do maraschino cherries add a punch of colour to a white cheesecake, they also give the cheesecake a sweet and moist texture. To decorate the cake, add maraschino cherries to the top and scatter them around. If you want a heavy topping, use a lot of cherries and syrup. For lighter toppings, make the layer of the cherries thinner.
You can use cherries to decorate the edges of a cake. Set your cherries directly into the frosting of the cake, or use a dab of whipped cream underneath every cherry that you want to place down. Decorating your cake edges with cherries works on all types of cake shapes, from round to square to rectangular. You can even do this on a heart-shaped cake for Valentine's Day. Another idea to make your cherries more extravagant is to dip cherries into melted chocolate, let them cool and then place them around the edges of your cake.
Use cherries for decorating children's cakes. If you make a cake design for a child's birthday party that involves an image of a clown holding balloons, use the cherries as the balloons on the cake. Or halve maraschino cherries to make them into flower petals on a cake, with a yellow jelly bean in the centre of the petals, for a birthday girl who loves flowers.