Want to take a boring old cake to the next level? If you’ve followed parts I and II of my Make Cakes like a Pro series, then you’ve already got a perfectly layered and smoothly frosting dessert. You’re welcome to stop there, or check out some super fun ways to decorate that require basically no skills whatsoever.
One of my favorite methods is to take some form of chopped candy and sprinkle the cake with it. a good rule of thumb is to put your candy along the top and bottom edges of the cake. This is the method I used for this super simple Reese’s cake.
We started like this, then added a few chopped up mini-Reeses. The end result was gorgeous!
The sky (and what candy bars you can find) is the limit with this. Almond Joy, Snickers, Milky Way – anything you can chop up. It’s also fun to match the filling to your candy. For the Reeses cake, I used peanut butter buttercream to fill. I’ve done Almond Joy cakes with coconut cream filling and a Snickers cake with caramel buttercream filling. Both were extremely well received!
There are various forms of this trick going around. I usually see it done with sprinkles. Basically, you place a cookie cutter on a cake, then fill in the shape with sprinkles. I actually like to use pixie sticks for this. I can make rainbows and all sorts of bright, vibrant designs. In my opinion, pixie sticks taste better than sprinkles.
Of course I forgot to take a picture of any of the cakes I’ve done this to, so you’ll have to be happy with this image from Little Life of Mine. She might actually be the original inventor of this idea anyway!
Photo courtesy of Little Life of Mine
Last but not least – if you have a somewhat creative bone in your body, then you can really go to town with all the candy options available. You can make swirls, rainbows, flowers, butterflies, and much, much more with regular candy from the grocery store. Here’s a few ideas from around the web that are super creative and take essentially no decorating skill. Let them inspire you!
Use jelly beans to make a fun design! Photo courtesy of Glorious Treats.
Stick unwrapped Dum-Dum lollipops into the border of your cake. Bonus points if it makes an ombre design! Photo courtesy of Julep.
Ring the cake with Kit Kats and fill with M&Ms. This one’s perfect if your frosting job doesn’t come out quite perfectly! Photo courtesy of Made in Melissa’s Kitchen.
Another one for when the frosting doesn’t come out. Use ghost peeps and pumpkins to cover your spooky Halloween creation! Photo courtesy of We Follow Pics.
Smashed up mints and giant lollipops make a gorgeous and whimsical Christmas cake. Photo courtesy of Fancy Edibles.
I love this idea because you could make so many different things. Baseballs, volleyballs, and soccer balls are just the tip of the iceberg! Photo courtesy of Rezzata Cake Ideas.
Inspired yet? Candy is a great short cut to create a unique cake that gets oohs and ahhs every time. At the very least, everyone will love to eat it!
How have you used candy in decorating? Leave a comment and let us know!