A beautiful cake is the perfect addition to any celebration ... or any day, really. Even if you're decorating skills can best be described as amateur, a gorgeous cake is not impossible to prepare. With these easy tutorials, whipping up a professional-looking baked good is simply a piece of cake.
1. Trix polka dots are a great way to include a fun punch of color.
Recipe for this Funfetti Buttermilk Birthday Cake can be found at A Beautiful Mess.
2. For a sweet border that won't budge, unwrap lollipops and stick them right in.
3. Grab gel food coloring and a paintbrush and you'll have a watercolor masterpiece in no time.
This DIY Abstract Watercolor Painted Cake recipe can be found at Sugar & Cloth.
4. Add some blossoms with cookie flowers.
To find the key to making this flowery cake, follow the Simple Cookie Flowers tutorial at Super Make It.
5. If you want more realism, try actual, edible flowers.
The folks over at Design Love Fest have the 4-1-1 on this Cake With Edible Flowers.
6. Take some inspiration from Jackson Pollock and start splattering.
The art-inspired recipe for this Chocolate Chili Splatter Paint Cake is located at My Name is Yeh.
7. Carefully cover your creation with fruit, so you can pretend you're being healthy.
More details on this farmer's-market-inspired Berry Covered Birthday Cake can be found at The Kitchen McCabe.
8. Stick to classic buttercream, but use color to make it special.
The Easy Star Tip Cake Decorating Idea is spelled out at The Cookie Writer.
9. Make gummy bears your best friend.
This fun Gummy Bear Layer Cake is courtesy of Raspberri Cupcakes.
10. Fruity Pebbles are good for more than just a treat-yourself kind of breakfast.
Thank Butterlust for this Fruity Pebbles Funfetti Cake recipe.
11. Steal a few fashion ideas and try embroidering your cake with sprinkles.
The tutorial for Embroidery With Sprinkles is found at Clockwork Lemon.
12. Use M&M's for a patterned top ... just make sure you don't eat them all before you finish.
The Chevron Chocolate Overload from In Katrina's Kitchen is for Rice Krispies, but can be used for cakes, too.
13. Marshmallows make cute (and yummy) toppers.
Why use number candles, when you can replace them with the Confetti Marshmallow Numbers dreamed up by Studio DIY?
14. If you've got fruit snacks on hand, you've got tons of decorating tools, too.
Check out the 5 Easy Cake Decorating Ideas With Fruit Snacks at Sprinkle Bakes.
15. Cookie cutters aren't just for cookies.
17apart has tons of Cookie Cutter Shape Decorating Ideas to try.
16. This rainbow delight looks tricky, but can be accomplished with Ziploc bags and spoon.
Kate Wagner gives the low-down on this Rainbow Petal Cake at The Cake Blog.
17. Sometimes, sprinkles are all you need.
To see it all, check out the Sprinkle Cake recipe at Endlessly Inspired.
18. Jump on the ombre trend with edible paper and food dye.
All the details for creating the DIY Ombre Mosaic Cake can be found at Proper.
19. It looks dirty, but everyone will be dying to dig into this delicious cake.
The recipe for the aptly-named Dirt Cake is located at In Katrina's Kitchen.
20. If all else fails, use the printer and create a cute, customized topper.
Free printables are provided at Yellow Bliss Road.