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18 Christmas cake decorating ideas

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This is a roundup of some of the very best Christmas cake decorating ideas. There are ideas, inspiration and tutorials for using fondant, royal icing, buttercream and more.  

The BEST Christmas cake decorating ideas

Who doesn’t love a beautifully decorated Christmas cake?!

Looking for inspiration for this year’s cake?

You’ve come to the right place. 

I’ve put together a bumper roundup of easy Christmas cake decorating ideas

The list includes various kinds of icing, there’s fondant, royal icing, butter icing and sifted icing sugar. 

I love a traditionally decorated cake, but I’ve also included ideas for Scandinavian inspired decorations, rustic ideas, animal themed, unusual and funny ideas and more. 

If you’re yet to make your cake, hop over and grab a lovely light, rich and moist traditional fruit cake recipe here: Traditional Christmas cake recipe. 

Eye-candy time…. Christmas cake decoration inspiration

Now you know how to get the skill and confidence to decorate an awesome Christmas cake this year, it’s time to give you some inspiration. 

18 Christmas cake decorating ideas

Winter birch Christmas cake

Christmas cake decoration ideas

Winter birch Christmas cake | The Cake Girls

Glittering snowflake cake 

Christmas cake decoration ideas

Glittering snowflake cake | Good To Know

Traditional bow Christmas cake

Christmas cake decoration ideas

Traditional bow Christmas cake | Hobbycraft

Ugly Christmas sweater cake

Christmas cake decoration ideas

Ugly Christmas sweater Christmas cake | Sprinkle Bakes

Candy cane crunch Christmas cake

Christmas cake decoration ideas

Candy cane crunch Christmas cake | A Beautiful Plate

Simple Christmas tree cake


Simple Christmas tree cake | Janice

Nativity cake 

Christmas cake decoration ideas

A simple idea for a nativity cake from Irina Salazar

Candied pretzel Christmas cake

Christmas cake decoration ideas

Candied pretzel Christmas cake | Country Living

Coffee frosting non-traditional cardamon cake

Christmas cake decoration ideas

Coffee frosting non-traditional cardamon cake | The Vanilla Bean Blog

Santa Claus shaped cake

Christmas cake decoration ideas

A fab santa cake from Blummy’s bakery 

Chocolate pinecone decorated Christmas cake

Christmas cake decoration ideas

Chocolate pinecone decorated Christmas cake | Oh Nuts!

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Festive drip cake with candy canes and gingerbread men

Christmas cake decoration ideas

Festive drip cake with candy canes and gingerbread men | Afternoon Crumbs

Berry wreath Christmas cake 

Christmas cake decoration ideas

Berry wreath Christmas cake | BBC Good Food

Polar bear Christmas cake

Christmas cake decoration ideas

Polar bear Christmas cake | Sainsbury’s Magazine

Gingerbread tree Christmas cake

Christmas cake decoration ideas

Gingerbread tree Christmas cake | Super Golden Bakes

Reindeer Christmas cake

Christmas cake decoration ideas

Reindeer Christmas cake | HobbyCraft

Candied cranberries soft gingerbread Christmas cake

Christmas cake decoration ideas

Candied cranberries soft gingerbread Christmas cake | Call Me Cupcake

Rustic Christmas cake

Christmas cake decoration ideas

Rustic Christmas cake | Domestic Gothess

Well I hope this roundup has given you some great inspiration for decorating your Christmas cake this year. 

Don’t forget I’ve got a great recipe for a rich and fruity Christmas cake

There’s also plenty more Christmas inspiration and useful tips in the Christmas section and if you want to get your homemade Christmas on… then check out the Homemade Christmas section

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I've loved putting together this roundup of 18 awesome Christmas cake decorating ideas. There is nothing lovelier than a beautifully decorated Christmas cake as the centrepiece to your Christmas table. I've rounded up ideas from reindeer and polar bear figures to traditional and rustic ways to decorate your Christmas cake this year #Christmas #Christmascake #Christmascakerecipe #Cake #Cakedecorating

Leanne Rain

Tuesday 24th of December 2013

oh my WOW.... Those are beautiful, I really like the one with the little houses on. Not sure I could tuck into those cakes though, there too beautiful :) x

Cynthia Landrie

Saturday 21st of December 2013

This is a great group of ideas! The fudge ice cream cake looks especially delicious. Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next time.

cooking with curls

Tuesday 17th of December 2013

Wow, those are all so gorgeous!! I guess I should up my game and concentrate more on decorating! ;)

Christine Graves

Tuesday 17th of December 2013

OMG I almost licked the screen....I'm so gad I saw this just in time for the holidays...

Victoria Welton

Saturday 14th of December 2013

How wonderful - I want to go and make cakes now too! I love them all - I thought the tree in the ruffles was a really clever idea :) Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x