Modern Cake Decorating Ideas

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Modern Cake Decorating Ideas
Modern cake decorations often involve fondant, a versatile sugar paste. (wedding cake image by cherie from Fotolia.com)

Modern decorating ideas use bold lines and contrasts to create a sharp and trendy style, regardless of whether you're decorating a couch or a cake. One of the most popular cake decorating materials for a modern design is fondant, a thick, sugary, dough-like paste. You can roll fondant into a thin sheet to create a flawless cover over the cake or mould it into tiny flowers to create a delicate trim around the cake.

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Bejewelled Marble Cake

Combine gold and white fondant to create a marbleised cover for a modern cake with an indulgent style. The marble-patterned fondant covers a rectangular, four-layer chocolate cake seamlessly to create the appearance of a solid marble block with carved tiers. Tiny, diamond-shaped moulded-sugar decorations in glittery black and red trim the bottom of each tier for a sparkling accent. The coloured sugar diamonds form an angular flower shape on top of the cake for a understated and elegant finish.

Colourful Block Cake

Stagger each decorated layer of a square, three-layer cake to create a modern treat with an uneven block shape. For example, the large square cake provides the base, the medium square sits even with the left side of the large square and the small square sits even with the right side of the medium square.

Pearly white fondant covers each square cake layer separately to create an individual block appearance. Thick, vertical, aqua fondant stripes decorate the sides of the large square. Red fondant swirls create a random pattern on the sides of the medium square. Light green fondant spots create a grid pattern on the sides of the small square. The top of each cake remains plain to add a stark contrast between each assorted side decoration.

Elegant Ribbon Cake

Create the illusion of a satin ribbon winding around a tiered cake for an elegant style with a modern touch. Smooth brown fondant covers a round, three-layer, chocolate-frosted cherry cake and a thick, shiny, dark pink fondant "ribbon" wraps around the bottom of each layer. A glossy, thick, light pink fondant "ribbon" winds from the bottom of the cake to the top and ends on the top tier. A single white rose sitting in the middle of a pink fondant bow creates a delicate cake topper.

Polka Dot Cake

Mix a sense of whimsy and a modern style to create a fancy cake with polka dots. Smooth white fondant covers a round, two-layer, white-frosted vanilla cake for a seamless appearance. Shiny, thin, black fondant dots in assorted sizes cover the entire cake to create a random polka dot pattern. Tiny, sparkling, white sugar roses decorate the middle of each dot on the top of the cake to provide a subtle, but sophisticated, accent.

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