Christmas Cake Decorating Ideas


Gorgeous Christmas cake decorating and baking ideas. Make buttercream pine cones, holly berries or meringue mushrooms for decorating your holiday cakes.

Step-by-step cake decorating and baking videos for you and links to other fantastic pages with basic and advanced fondant flowers and more. Say Hello to the Baby Buche, Delicious Buttercream Pine cone Cupcakes ! Frosted Fruit, Almond Pine cone Mini Cakes, and Royal Icing Snowflakes.

NEW!!! Christmas Cake Decorating Ideas

On this page I have tutorials plus links to other Christmas decorating pages for royal icing snowflakes, sugared fruit, Yule log, baby buche de noel, Christmas wedding cakes, Champagne roasted spiced pecans, English fruitcake, snowball cookies and more...

Yule Log Cake Greetings

Merry Christmas Everyone! 2016 The Yule log cakes in the video are from my cake support  group on Facebook. Learn more about how to join the group here.

How To Make Royal Icing Snowflakes

I used these pretty snowflakes for the Igloo and Penguin cake in the video below and for many other cakes over the years.  You can see another example of these on a Snowflake Wedding Cake

About Royal Icing ; This icing hardens quickly allowing you to pipe shapes onto waxed or parchment paper. Dry your shapes then peel them off to make 3 dimensional decorations. It has other uses too, such as decorating gingerbread houses and Christmas cookies. Link to the royal icing video and recipe page.

Frosting Fruit Video

Le Cordon Bleu is where this SUPER easy technique came from. It's a life saver when looking for new ideas and cake decorating techniques.

Yule Log and the Mini Buche 

The yule log or Buche de Noel is a wonderful Christmas dessert made with a sponge cake with filling and decorated with various. NEW pumpkin spice cake recipe is perfect for this.

This little cutie garner a lot of attention. When my clients first saw them they said "These are the cutest things we have ever seen" They really are adorable, but beware if you have to make loads of them. They are time consuming. If you have friends who like to bake along with you it would be a very fun project. Otherwise as long as you are not in a rush, they can be fun and are so worth all of the compliments you will receive. :-) Link to the tutorial.

How to Make a Pine Cone With Frosting

If you have made buttercream roses than you will be able to make the pine cones easily. If not then follow the instructions and pictures or see  the video for making a rose. It is on the techniques page.

This decoration is a great Christmas cake decorating idea and very beautiful on a Christmas wedding cake or a Yule log.

Video

Link to the video on YouTube

Written Instructions with Photos

You will need:

  • A batch of buttercream on the firm side.
  • Colored icing (I used green for the demo because that is what I had on hand) Use brown a light blue or even white is pretty for pine cones on cakes.
  • A pastry bag and coupler with a rose tip.
  • A drinking straw or...
  • A cone shaped piece of marzipan, fondant or gumpaste mounted on a small dowel or toothpick.

If you are not sure what these tools are or where to get them go to my tools and supplies page. You will find pictures and explanations with links to products.

Directions for making the pine cones with a straw...

Using the straw like a rose nail, pipe a ribbon of frosting around the tip of the straw, just as you would for a rose.

Now working from left to right pipe petals from the base of the frosted tip. To pipe the correct shape you will need to hold the tip sideways and pipe straight up and slightly out (depending on how open you want the pine cone to be). Complete one row and then pipe a row under that first row. Continue adding petals until your pine cone is the size you like.

Next step is to snip the straw and place the pine cone in position. Use your scissors to hold it and push the pine cone into the cake at an angle. 

how to make a pionecone with buttercream


How to Make Pinecone Cakes-Video

Here is a video that I put together for you so you can see exactly how to make these lovely pine cone mini cakes. The ones in the video are almond orange with ganache and slivered almonds. You can use one of your favorite cake recipes or one of the many delicious ones on this website.

Link to the video on YouTube


Even More Christmas Cake Decorating Ideas

Favorite Christmas cake decorating ideas that I use every year include all of the above plus gingerbread cookies and houses, meringue mushrooms. Another simple yet gorgeous decoration is the frosted fruit. They make for beautiful Christmas Cake decorating ideas on a holiday cake. 

Champagne Roasted Spiced Pecans Recipe

For years I have been giving these golden nuggets as Christmas gifts to family and friends. Use them in cakes, on cakes, as a snack, over ice cream, in cereal...well you get the idea :-)

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