Christmas is a time to pull out all the stops when entertaining. A beautifully decorated cake tells your guests you really care. The cake does double duty by serving as the centrepiece of the buffet or dessert table. Just because your cake is beautiful does not mean you have to spend all day decorating it. When you are finished, place it on a cake pedestal to show it off.
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Cover the cake with white icing. Place a paper lace doily on the cake. Sprinkle red sugar over the doily. Carefully remove the doily. The red sugar left on the cake will be in a lace pattern. Outline the outside of the lace pattern with a thin line of green icing.
Use chocolate icing for the cake and instead of red sugar use icing sugar for 'snow.'
Draw snowflakes on the white icing using blue gel icing. Accent with edible silver dragee candies.
Drag a potato peeler over a chocolate bar to make chocolate curls. Arrange the chocolate curls in the middle of the cake and around the outside edges of the cake bottom. Accent the chocolate with edible gold leaf.
Bake a cake in a large rectangular pan. Remove when cool. Frost the cake with white icing. Draw a Christmas tree shape in green frosting and fill in with green icing. Shake green sugar over the tree. Decorate with hard candy in the shape of balls. Use red liquorice ropes as garland. Add miniature candy canes.
Use a rectangular cake frosted in white as the base. Place a small mirror on the cake for a frozen pond. Cover the edges of the pond with white icing. Frost ice cream cones in green frosting. Add white frosting for snow on the tops (pointed ends). Place the cones on the cake with the opening on the cake and the pointed ends up. Vary the height of the cones on the cake. Sprinkle superfine granulated sugar over the cake including the mirror and cones to mimic a light dusting of snow.
Buche de Noel
Make a Swiss roll cake. Cut a four-inch slice diagonally off the end. Frost the cake with chocolate icing. Attach the slice to the roll with icing. Cover the cut end with icing. The cake now looks like a log with a branch that has been cut off. Decorate the cake with fresh-cut white roses nestled at the bottom of the log. Place three white roses by the branch by poking their stems into the cake. Lightly dust the cake and roses with icing sugar.
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