I absolutely love to bake cakes, and especially to decorate them! There are endless possibilities to make each and every cake something completely new and beautiful. I am always excited when a family member or friend's birthday rolls around because I have the opportunity to make a large cake (which I don't do other times because I would eat the entire thing if it sat in my kitchen). I brainstorm for days ahead of time, daydreaming about the cake while I am driving, in class, falling asleep at night, and on runs (yes... I brainstorm recipes while I run...strange I know). Below are a few of my favorite ways to decorate cakes.
Dark Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting and a Salted Caramel Drip
It is a lot of fun to take something like caramel or chocolate ganache and gently pour around the boarder of the cake, allowing excess to drip down the sides and create a really cool visual on the cake.
Coconut Rum Cake with Almond Cream Cheese Frosting
In the spring and summertime, I love using fresh flowers to decorate cakes. It is great when edible flowers are available; however, if they are not, I try to get flowers without a lot of pollen and remove all of the flowers before cutting the cake.
Fresh Fruit & Berries
Red Velvet Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting, Fresh Red Berries & Slivered Almonds
The third way I love to decorate cakes is with fresh fruit or berries. You can decorate with any types of fruit; however, try to stay away from fruits containing a lot of water because they might bleed color if the cake is not served immediately. It is fun to play around with arrangements, place them around the boarder, create a full mound in the middle, or line the bottom perimeter with them. There are endless possibilities!