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Cake decorating ideas don’t have to be complicated and difficult to be great.

Before applying the artistry of your favorite cake decorating ideas, you will most likely need a smooth canvas. Whether you plan to adorn your cake with bouquets of roses or a colorful picture created with stencils and cake spray paint, a nice smooth icing adds professionalism as well as making it easier to decorate.

Two excellent choices for your canvas are buttercream icing and the rolled Marshmallow Fondant from “Cake Decorating Made Easy!”

The fluffy, peaked frostings that most of us use on our first cakes before moving on to smooth icings are great for simple cake decorating ideas. You can make a nice dessert for your family with nothing more than a great cake recipe, a yummy, homemade frosting, and a sprinkling of shaved chocolate, grated coconut, finely chopped nuts, candied red hearts, gumdrops or colorful candied sprinkles.

However, with a smoothly iced cake, you have a blank canvas waiting to be transformed into a work of art with your cake decorating ideas!

Some of the best places for finding great cake decorating ideas are cake decorating forums and cake decorating membership sites where you can glean ideas from hobbyists and pros alike, as well as share your own ideas.

For example, here’s a great cake decorating idea that we found and have since added our own ideas to. That’s another thing about looking at others cake decorating ideas. They spark your imagination and pretty soon you have your own bag of tricks!

Cookie Cutters for Cake Decorating

Here’s how it works. Let’s say you are making a congratulations cake or a baby shower “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” themed cake. Having iced stars on your cake would be perfect, yes?

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