I'll be the first to say it: I don't make very pretty cakes. At least, not in that Pinterest-able way, with perfect swoops and swirls and curlicue handwriting. Personally, I like to find other ways to make birthday cakes look and feel special. Like using something completely non-edible, for instance, like these cute pom-pom cake toppers from 6 Bittersweets.
These frilly little pom-poms could be used as festive toppers for a cake or for cupcakes... or for something else on the birthday table, like centerpieces or placecards. They are super cute, and easy to make. Get the whole tutorial at 6 Bittersweets.
Read more & get the tutorial: DIY Pom-Pom Cupcake Topper Tutorial at 6 Bittersweets
Also, see a few more easier ideas for cake decorating here.
(Images: Xiaolu of 6 Bittersweets)