We all look at those beautiful cake creations and some of say “I wish” hoping we could turn out something half as good looking. Well you really can you just need to learn some tricks of the trade and take some of these great diy beginner cake decorating ideas that we have gathered for you here and put them into action.

Let’s begin with the decorating tips you are going to need to make all that pretty cake decor…

social cake decorating tips

image source:victoriasheffield


Getting Started

To get started we will simply make sure you have all the supplies you need. I suggest you purchase a very inexpensive book from Amazon or Ebay since they usually have the best prices. You could also purchase your supplies from them both. Cake boxes along with other supplies can be purchased at www.cakeart.com .

You will need:




cake stand

cake boxes

food coloring

decorating tips

decorating bags


1 1/2 c. Crisco shortening

2 lb. sifted confectioners’ sugar

1/2 c. water 1-1 1/2 tsp. clear vanilla

Cream shortening, sift sugar over the shortening, add 1/2 cup of water and flavoring. Mix on low speed to prevent air bubbles from forming. Cover bowl with damp towel and use as desired. This is my own personal recipe and I have found it enough to ice and decorate an average 1 mix size cake.

Please visit the victoria ashfield site for some great instructions for beginners

Fondant is something you are going to want to master…

fondantimage source:craftsy


easy fondant decoratingimage source:fondantdecor

Click on the image link for simple instructions on how to make this topsy turvy looking cake

Perhaps a cake is a wee bit too much for you to take on for your first few trys, so why not start with something small like cupcakes…


easy cupcakesimage source:debbiesweets

Begin, of course, by making a batch of cupcakes.  I used some leftover strawberry ones from my Ladybug Cupcakes.  You can use any flavor you like, but some of the cupcake color will show through the flowers, so bear this in mind when coming up with your color scheme.

Next, make your buttercream.  This is my favorite recipe:
Buttercream Icing

2 sticks butter, room temperature
4 cups confectioners sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk

please visit debbiesweets for the full instructions
To really make some spectacular looking cakes the easy way is to trace designs on cakes then color them in with icing…
Here are some tips on how to do that…

Ten Ways to Transfer Images to Cakes by Kim Fess of Virginia Layout & Editing by Diane Shavkin NYPin-Outlining

This is the easiest method. It is only suitable for very simple designs.
a. Trace design onto parchment or waxed paper.
b Cut out the traced design.
c. Ice cake. Let icing crust.

d. Pin or hold design on cake and trace or prick the outline ont the cake with a pin or toothpick.Gel Transfer

This is a fast method, but it is difficult to use for very intricate designs. It produces a mirror image.
a.Cover the design with parchment paper.
b. Trace over the design with lightly-tinted piping gel from a small hot cut in a parchment bag (approximately tip #1.)
c.Ice cake. Let icing crust.
d. Turn parchment over and press the piping gel onto the cake.
Please visit cake for fun for 8 more ways to do cake transfers, they are excellent instructions
cake transfers
image source: cakeforfun

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