How to Decorate a Birthday Cake

If store-bought pastries have gotten a little stale, this guide will help you jazz up that birthday cake with real style.

You will need

  • An apron
  • Frosting
  • An icing spatula
  • A turntable or lazy susan
  • Toothpicks
  • A pastry bag
  • Assorted piping tips
  • Fondant
  • Cookie cutters
  • Assorted candies
  • Assorted cookies
  • Nuts
  • sprinkles
  • or popcorn

Step 1 Prepare work area Lay out all your tools and decorations so that everything is easily accessible. Put on an apron, as things may get messy.

Step 2 Frost cake Apply an even coating of room temperature frosting using an icing spatula and a turntable or lazy susan to spin the cake around as you work.

Step 3 Etch words or designs Use toothpicks to gently etch designs or words into the frosting. If you make a mistake, just re-frost and start over.

Step 4 Pipe words and designs Use a pastry bag and piping tips to personalize your cake with words and original designs using different colored frostings.

Step 5 Cut out fondant shapes Cut shapes out of fondant using cookie cutters and attach them to your cake.

Step 6 Add candies Add candies, cookies, nuts, and even popcorn to create detail and let your creativity shine.

Step 7 Remember the candles Add birthday candles and you’ll have a completely original birthday cake.