Whether you make it yourself or pick it up from the bakery, look at what you can do with a basic frosted cake and a few everyday treats.
BEYOND THE SEA
Pretzel Goldfish crackers swim around an ocean of colored sprinkles.
Photos: How to frost a layer cake »
Video: How to get a layer cake ready for frosting »
Video: How to pipe frosting on a cake »
Make easy, impressive blooms from slivered almonds, raspberries and blueberries.
Video: Watch how to decorate a cake with berry flowers »
Jelly candy fruit slices add a band of color.
Video: Watch how to decorate a cake with fruit slices »
Decorate with chocolate sauce, whipped cream and a little cherry on top.
Try this dessert with our recipe for Vanilla Frosting »
Try our recipe for Marshmallow Frosting »
Try our recipe for Cocoa Frosting »
Try our recipe for Seven-Minute Frosting »
FRESH AS A DAISY
Press butter cookies into the frosting and pop a mini M&M in each center.
Try this dessert with our recipe for Golden Cake »
DRESSED TO THE NINES
After Eight mint chocolates create a fancy checkerboard pattern.
Try this dessert with our recipe for Chocolate Cake »
Curl red licorice laces to get a swirled effect.
Try this dessert with our recipe for Orange Butter Cake »
Different size M&M's (mini, regular and Peanut Butter) really pop.
Try this dessert with our recipe for Lemon Layer Cake »
S'MORE CAKE, PLEASE
No campfire needed: Just mini marshmallows, chocolate morsels and Teddy Grahams.
Try this dessert with our recipe for Chocolate Chip Angel Food Cake »
No supplies? You can also find cake-decorating inspiration in your flatware drawer. Make waves with a spoon, form zigzags with a fork and create stripes with a knife.
By Judith Sutton and Karen Tack | Photography by Lisa Hubbard