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I’ve rounded up some delightful Christmas cake decorating ideas, from classic snow scenes to ultra-creative 3D Christmas cake designs. I’ve found some brilliant tutorials and video tutorials to help you create a spectacular and memorable cake that everyone will love this year.
I love a traditionally decorated cake, but I’ve also included ideas for Scandinavian-inspired decorations, rustic ideas, animal-themed, unusual and funny ideas.
32 CHRISTMAS CAKE DECORATION IDEAS WITH PICTURES
Choose from one of the wonderful decoration and design ideas in this roundup, which includes guides on decorating Christmas cakes using fondant, royal icing, and buttercream.
SIMPLE DECORATING IDEAS
Sometimes keeping things elegant and simple is the way to do it.
This cute pink ugly sweater cake draped in Christmas lights (made from gumballs!) will look perfect as the centrepiece to your ugly Christmas sweater party. Follow the tutorial to make this fun holiday cake with a basic 9x13 pan.
Love an Ugly Christmas sweater? Why not create a Christmas cake design inspired by one? Follow this step-by-step tutorial to create your own version of this brilliant Ugly Christmas sweater Christmas cake.
This Christmas tree cake is literally made in the shape of a Christmas tree. It is made using a 9″x13″ pan, doesn’t require any special tools, and has an airy orange (or vanilla or almond) cake base with cream cheese frosting. It can be made with all-purpose, white whole wheat or gluten-free flour.
This Christmas Tree cake is made up of individual cupcakes, it's such a clever alternative idea to creating a traditional Christmas cake. You could even give the kids the opportunity to decorate the cupcakes.
This is a thoroughly modern Christmas cake design on a non-traditional Christmas cake that incorporates my favourite flavour combination of peppermint and chocolate. The recipe uses swiss meringue buttercream and is topped with a peppermint glaze.
This beautiful Christmas cake design is inspired by the bark of a silver birch tree and uses a clever - but easy - technique to create the bark effect. What I love about the cake design is how beautifully it brings nature into Christmas.
There are white chocolate sponge layers, hidden Baileys and chocolate ganache and a delicious Baileys and white chocolate frosting involved in this beautiful Christmas cake that can easily stand in as the main dessert. It's decorated with chocolates and pine needles.
Gingerbread is very much a Scandinavian Christmas flavour and this beautiful cake incorporates soft gingerbread cake decorated with cream cheese frosting and sugared cranberries to give a truly Scandi flavour.
Simplicity of design is the true beauty of this cake, that and the fact it is a gluten-free recipe, so perfect for those steering clear of gluten at Christmas. Use cream cheese frosting, candied cranberries and sugared rosemary to decorate.
Using a gingerbread house to create a design on top of a Christmas cake simply iced in cream cheese or buttercream frosting is a great way to make your Christmas cake look stunning without having to be super skilled at cake decorating.
This tutorial shows you how to use cream cheese frosting and shaped cookies to decorate a Christmas cake. It's great for those of us who aren't particularly blessed with cake decorating skills to create enable us to create something really beautiful.
Want to create a standout Christmas cake design when you're not overly gifted in the cake decorating department?! Use this simple and easy to follow tutorial to create a stunning poinsettia covered cake.
Now this traditional Italian Pandoro Christmas Tree cake is an absolute stunner, but apparently it is very quick to put together. The cake is made with pistachios and white chocolate, it is such a minimalist Christmas cake and yet it and makes the most stunning centrepiece.
Hello, I’m Luci, founder of Mums Make Lists (Est. 2011). Over the last decade or so, I have combined my experience as a mum, journalist and shopping editor to create useful guides and lists of ideas and inspiration to make it easier for busy parents to plan and host kids’ parties and find great gifts. Read more.