Christmas cake decoration ideas are on the mind of most families with youngsters on the run up to the 25th, and many more besides. Getting involved with some baking and decorating is a fun festive activity whether you have children or not, and is the perfect way to add a homemade element for gatherings of friends and family alike. The tricky bit is figuring out what you’re going to decorate the cake with; you’ve followed the recipe and your cake has come out of the oven beautifully golden, but choosing the next steps is easier said than done!
As the bakers and decorators of our very own range of Christmas cakes and with a lifelong passion and love for baking, we have loads of different ideas you can copy yourself or take inspiration from, with ranging levels of difficulty to suit all ambitions. From simple icing to more complex techniques, you’re bound to find something in our 2023 Christmas cake decorating ideas to get you started!
This cake is designed to look like a friendly snowman, using simple decorations that kids can get involved with. Once your cake is out of the oven and cooled down enough to start decorating, cover your cake in white frosting. Bring your frosty friend to life with large marshmallows or icing to create eyes, orange icing for the nose, and chocolate buttons or sweets for the mouth. If you’d rather have a 3D effect, you can use a rolled ball of icing on top of your cake to make the snowman’s head and use the main cake as the body! Choose your kids favourite sweets or chocolate for extra decorations - they’ll have as much fun adding the details as you will.
This is another classic option in our bank of easy Christmas cake decorating ideas, giving kids the chance to get involved in the fun. This playful design mimics Santa’s jolly face and iconic red suit, using only easily made frosting and other toppings. Firstly, cover the cake in red buttercream frosting. Pipe a strip of black buttercream for the belt and wrap it around the middle of the cake. For the buckle, use gold coloured fondant to pipe onto the belt and use your other colours to pipe the face, beard and extra details to bring Santa to life!
Frosty Blue Snowflake Cake
This is actually one of the easiest Christmas cake decoration ideas out there, but the final result is one of the most impressive. All you have to do is carefully colour your buttercream to an icy blue colour (top tip - add your food colouring slowly and gradually, it’s much harder to undo than add more!) and cover your cake. Choose a piping bag tip that you like the look of, and pipe the snowflake decorations over the cake and down the sides, creating a cascading effect. For the finishing touches, dust a little bit of edible glitter or powdered sugar over the cake.
Christmas Yule Log
Decorating a Christmas yule log is simple, festive fun for the whole family. Start by making a decadent chocolate icing, and cover the entire cake with a layer - make sure you don’t forget the ends of the cake. For a more authentic final “log” effect, don’t apply the icing entirely evenly or run a fork through to add some texture. After that, you can have as much fun as you want with additional decorations! On our Christmas Yule Log, we went for decadent chocolate bark, crimson cranberries, a sprinkle of green tea crumb and even a little bit of gold dust to complete the festive look.