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DIY Sugarcraft and Cake Decorating

Updated on October 3, 2014

Cake Decorating is not just for the experts!

DIY Cake Decorating is easier than it looks! I made my first celebration cake 21 years ago for my daughter's christening and have dabbled with cakes for allsorts of occasions ever since.

I am self-taught in the art of sugarcraft and cake decorating and gained most of my skills from sugarcraft and cake decorating books and magazines, just simply following their instructions. I picked up lots of tips along the way and now I can pretty much copy a cake design from a picture, making it up as I go to give it my own personal touch.

In this lens I am going to show you some of my easy cake decorating designs and I hope that they inspire you to have a go at some of your own too.

Images are from my own collection. Please feel free to use them with appropriate credit.

My First Ever Attempt at Cake Decorating
My First Ever Attempt at Cake Decorating

My First DIY Cake Ever

Pink and White Cradle Christening Cake

This is the first cake I baked and decorated myself, my first attempt at DIY cake decorating. I decided to have a go when I saw an article in a DIY Cake Decorating magazine, after first promising myself that if it didn't turn out ok, it was fine to go out and buy one!

I followed the instructions in the magazine to the letter. It told me everything I needed, ingredients and equipment - although most cakes don't actually need special equipment and can be created using the bits and pieces you have around your kitchen. The article told me how to mix and bake the cake and then gave me a step-by-step breakdown of how to use the sugarpaste and food colouring to decorate it.

I was surprised at how EASY it actually was to get the sugarpaste to do what you wanted it to, and the great thing about it is that if you make a mistake you can roll it back up and start again!

When i look at it now I can find fault, but at the time I was rather pleased with myself! I was also pleased with the congratulations and comments I got from friends and family and this was the beginning of my love/hate relationship with DIY Sugarcraft and Cake Decorating - I "hate" the thought of starting on a new cake project, but once I get motivated and get on with it I just "love" the finished products!

The albums below have a selection of some of my favourite DIY Cakes that I've created over the years...

My DIY Children's Birthday Cakes

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Super Mario CakeBabes in the Wood CakeHumpty Dumpty CakeMonkey CakePokemon CakeDoctor Who Tardis CakeBallerina Cake (an attempt at run-out icing technique)Ballet Bag and Shoes CakeSchool Satchel Cake (made for a school raffle)Yacht Cake (copied from a photo of a friends boat)
Super Mario Cake
Super Mario Cake
Babes in the Wood Cake
Babes in the Wood Cake
Humpty Dumpty Cake
Humpty Dumpty Cake
Monkey Cake
Monkey Cake
Pokemon Cake
Pokemon Cake
Doctor Who Tardis Cake
Doctor Who Tardis Cake
Ballerina Cake (an attempt at run-out icing technique)
Ballerina Cake (an attempt at run-out icing technique)
Ballet Bag and Shoes Cake
Ballet Bag and Shoes Cake
School Satchel Cake (made for a school raffle)
School Satchel Cake (made for a school raffle)
Yacht Cake (copied from a photo of a friends boat)
Yacht Cake (copied from a photo of a friends boat)

My DIY Weddings, Christenings and Other Celebration Cakes

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Cradle Christening Cake - magazine design - the baby was plastic, but everything else crafted from sugar pasteMoses Basket Christening Cake - own design with sugar paste frilling (plastic baby)Elephant 18th Birthday Celebration Cake - magazine designLove Hearts Engagement Cake - with real sweetie love hearts!Tatty Teddy Christening CakeOrchid Wedding Cake - orchids made from sugar paste moulds, pearls are cheap costume jewelery strandsSuitcase Wedding Cake - elements adapted from various magazine designsPoodles 18th Birthday CakeFroggy Themed Christening CakeFroggy Cake3 tiered pink roses wedding cake with bride and groom figures
Cradle Christening Cake - magazine design - the baby was plastic, but everything else crafted from sugar paste
Cradle Christening Cake - magazine design - the baby was plastic, but everything else crafted from sugar paste
Moses Basket Christening Cake - own design with sugar paste frilling (plastic baby)
Moses Basket Christening Cake - own design with sugar paste frilling (plastic baby)
Elephant 18th Birthday Celebration Cake - magazine design
Elephant 18th Birthday Celebration Cake - magazine design
Love Hearts Engagement Cake - with real sweetie love hearts!
Love Hearts Engagement Cake - with real sweetie love hearts!
Tatty Teddy Christening Cake
Tatty Teddy Christening Cake
Orchid Wedding Cake - orchids made from sugar paste moulds, pearls are cheap costume jewelery strands
Orchid Wedding Cake - orchids made from sugar paste moulds, pearls are cheap costume jewelery strands
Suitcase Wedding Cake - elements adapted from various magazine designs
Suitcase Wedding Cake - elements adapted from various magazine designs
Poodles 18th Birthday Cake
Poodles 18th Birthday Cake
Froggy Themed Christening Cake
Froggy Themed Christening Cake
Froggy Cake
Froggy Cake
3 tiered pink roses wedding cake with bride and groom figures
3 tiered pink roses wedding cake with bride and groom figures

My DIY Doll Cakes

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Cinderella CakeAnother version of the Cinderella CakeEsmerelda (Hunchback of Notre Dame)Snow White (the dwarfs are plastic!)
Cinderella Cake
Cinderella Cake
Another version of the Cinderella Cake
Another version of the Cinderella Cake
Esmerelda (Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Esmerelda (Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Snow White (the dwarfs are plastic!)
Snow White (the dwarfs are plastic!)

Sugarpaste flowers and other stuff

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Bouquet cake, with roses, irises and leavesSome ivory roses for a pearl wedding anniversary cakeRoses, rosebuds and blossomsVW Campervan, copied from a photograph of the actual wedding "car"Tatty Teddy BearQueen Bee and Summer FlowersCute Queen BeePale pink roses wedding cake topper, made from flower paste
Bouquet cake, with roses, irises and leaves
Bouquet cake, with roses, irises and leaves
Some ivory roses for a pearl wedding anniversary cake
Some ivory roses for a pearl wedding anniversary cake
Roses, rosebuds and blossoms
Roses, rosebuds and blossoms
VW Campervan, copied from a photograph of the actual wedding "car"
VW Campervan, copied from a photograph of the actual wedding "car"
Tatty Teddy Bear
Tatty Teddy Bear
Queen Bee and Summer Flowers
Queen Bee and Summer Flowers
Cute Queen Bee
Cute Queen Bee
Pale pink roses wedding cake topper, made from flower paste
Pale pink roses wedding cake topper, made from flower paste

My DIY Christmas Cakes

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Santa Sleigh Christmas CakeSanta with his Sack of Presents'Twas the Night Before ChristmasPlaying Penguins Igloo Christmas CakeSilent Night Choir Boy Christmas CakePoinsettia Christmas CakeSmiley Santa Christmas Cake2012 Version of Igloo Penguin CakePenguin and Igloo - Detail2012 Version of Midnight Christmas Cake
Santa Sleigh Christmas Cake
Santa Sleigh Christmas Cake
Santa with his Sack of Presents
Santa with his Sack of Presents
'Twas the Night Before Christmas
'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Playing Penguins Igloo Christmas Cake
Playing Penguins Igloo Christmas Cake
Silent Night Choir Boy Christmas Cake
Silent Night Choir Boy Christmas Cake
Poinsettia Christmas Cake
Poinsettia Christmas Cake
Smiley Santa Christmas Cake
Smiley Santa Christmas Cake
2012 Version of Igloo Penguin Cake
2012 Version of Igloo Penguin Cake
Penguin and Igloo - Detail
Penguin and Igloo - Detail
2012 Version of Midnight Christmas Cake
2012 Version of Midnight Christmas Cake

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Have I Inspired You?

Thanks for visiting my page, do leave your comments in the guestbook below and let me know what you think of my cakes. Have you tried DIY Sugarcraft and Cake Decorating yourself? Or maybe you're thinking of starting your first project? Please feel free to ask me any questions here too ...

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    • ATTHED LM profile image

      ATTHED LM 

      5 years ago

      Some real fun ideas here. Thanks

    • flinnie lm profile image

      Gloria Freeman 

      6 years ago from Alabama USA

      These look so good, I would love to be able to do this. Thanks for sharing.

    • NickleIckle profile image

      NickleIckle 

      6 years ago

      It's easy when you know how, right?! You can get a great sense of satisfaction when you create something amazing and edible at the same time!!

    • Celticep profile imageAUTHOR

      Celticep 

      6 years ago from North Wales, UK

      @Tugee: You should try it, you'll be surprised how easy it is!

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      Tugee 

      6 years ago

      Wow. I very much want to try this.

    • SoniaCarew profile image

      SoniaCarew 

      6 years ago

      You are talented! Me,... I will not even try,...

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      Annamadagan 

      6 years ago

      This looks fun and yummy! Thanks for sharing!

    • shahedashaikh profile image

      shahedashaikh 

      6 years ago

      I loved your lens.Have never tried.But maybe in the near will do so.

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