Who has time for elaborate cake decorating during the holiday season? Here are some simple ways to make any cake a merry Christmas cake.
Step 1: Use spearmint leaves Make a festive holly border, no piping skills required. Use candied spearmint leaves and red gumdrops, or washed and dried holly leaves and maraschino cherries. If you use holly, remove it before actually serving and keep it away from children and pets -- both the leaves and berries are poisonous.
Step 2: Add a cute bundle Tie a few cinnamon sticks together with a piece of red ribbon, tuck in some fresh mint sprigs, and you have a beautiful seasonal topper to decorate your Christmas cake.
Step 3: Crush up candy canes Ice a chocolate cake with white frosting and then cover the entire cake with crushed candy canes for a pretty -- and tasty -- chocolate mint Christmas cake.
Step 4: Make a candy cake Bake and frost your favorite cake, then press chocolate wafer candy sections all around the side. Depending on the height of your cake, you may need to put a second row on top of the first. Finish by spreading green and red chocolate candies across the top.
TIP: A ribbon tied around the cake looks festive and hides any gap created by a double row of chocolate wafers.
Step 5: Make it sparkle Bake a coconut cake -- great for the winter holidays because it looks like snow. Then make it sparkle with edible holographic glitter and silver dragees; both are available at cake decorating shops and many craft stores.
TIP: The traditional Christmas cake in Japan is a sponge cake topped with whipped cream and strawberries.