7 of the Easiest Ways to Make Your Cake a Work of Art

published Oct 30, 2015
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Creating an Instagram-ready cake doesn’t mean you have to be a pro with the pastry bag. In fact, you don’t even need to have a pastry bag! Arm yourself with some cereal or chocolate chips and you’ll be good to go.

Here are seven ways to make your cake look over-the-top dramatic — yet don’t require decorating genius to achieve.

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1. Use colorful cereal

Reach into the pantry and pull out a box of brightly colored cereal. Trix or even Fruity Pebbles should do the trick. Go to town with lines and patterns like this cake from I Wash, You Dry. If making a beautifully frosted cake isn’t quite your forte, no problem! Once you’ve covered the cake with cereal pieces, no one will even see the frosting.

See more: Surprise Inside Rainbow Cake at I Wash, You Dry

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2. Add more dessert on top of your dessert

There is no universe where a cake like this — from Fork to Belly — will ever be a bad idea. It’s dessert on dessert! Because buttercream and chocolate ganache sometimes simply aren’t enough, this cake is topped with homemade marshmallows, meringues, and macarons.

Get the recipe: Vanilla Bean Cake from Fork to Belly

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3. Plant some fresh flowers

This cake from Coco Cake Land proves that fresh flowers are not just for weddings. A few flowers have the power to totally transform your cake into a real beauty. Pick your favorite florals (making sure to only use flowers that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides — you want to keep the cake safe to eat!), or try edible flowers, like roses, violets, and pansies.

Get the recipe: Fresh Flower Cake: How to Make a Naked Cake from Coco Cake Land

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4. Turn chocolate chips into polka dots

This idea from Sprinkles Bakes is so simple and smart. Talk about putting a pantry staple to good use!

Get the recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies and Milk Cake from Sprinkles Bakes

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5. Pile on the fresh fruit

Sometimes a big pile of fresh fruit is all you really need. A cake like this one from Matchbox Kitchen is sweet and stunning.

Get the recipe: Strawberry Tres Leches Cake from Matchbox Kitchen

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6. Sprinkle on the sprinkles

There’s no such thing as too many sprinkles. Pour a bunch all over the top of a frosted cake and use your hands to press even more into the sides. You can even cover the entire cake if you want. The more sprinkles, the better!

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7. Leave it naked

No, it’s not cheating! It’s trendy! Naked cakes could have zero frosting on the outer edge or just a little bit of buttercream. Then, you can add some candles, a decorative topper, candy, fruit (like further above), or whatever you want on top. We like this idea — from Sprinkles for Breakfast — to use some fresh herbs.

See more: Rosemary Lavender Cake at Sprinkles for Breakfast