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Learn To Decorate The Best Cakes Ever

Updated on September 2, 2012

Would you like to learn how to decorate your own cakes?

I did, so I'm putting together a resource to help others on their journey to learn how to decorate cakes for themselves, or others. I enjoy all types of cake decorating, from buttercream icing, to rolled fondant creations, and everything in between.

I put together this cake decorating guide as a central location for some of my favorite cake decorating tips, tools, and photos.

I got this recipe from my sister, and I've had great luck with it.


1/2 cup butter (softened but not melted)

1/2 cup shortening

4 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

pinch of salt

5-6 tablespoons of warm water

Cream the butter and shortening together until smooth, add the vanilla. Dissolve the salt into the warm water completely. Mix the water/salt mixture into the creamed butter and shortening. Put the mixer on low, and add powdered sugar slowly, mixing constantly.

The amount of water can be increased or decreased to achieve the desired consistency, I usually have the best luck with 6 tablespoons.

Add food coloring to make the color you need, and ice away.

Featured Wedding Cake Book: Martha Stewart's Wedding Cakes

Martha Stewart's Wedding Cakes: More Than 100 Inspiring Cakes--An Indispensable Guide for the Bride and the Baker
Martha Stewart's Wedding Cakes: More Than 100 Inspiring Cakes--An Indispensable Guide for the Bride and the Baker

Book Description from Amazon:

Of all the decisions that go into planning a wedding, choosing the cake may be the sweetest. Much more than dessert, this beloved wedding symbol should be as special as the bride and groom themselves. Whether you imagine a majestic cake blooming with fresh flowers, a pristine fondant-covered masterpiece, or a homespun take on strawberry shortcake- or even if you don’t know where to begin- Martha Stewart’s Wedding Cakes will provide you with more than 100 delicious and inspiring ideas for timeless and beautiful confections that are perfect for every style of wedding.

Not just visually inspiring, these pages are filled with information you won’t find anywhere else. Martha Stewart and Wendy Kromer, the master baker and decorator who has been creating cakes for Martha Stewart Weddings for more than a decade, guide you through everything you need to consider when selecting a cake- and even how to bake and decorate one yourself. Novice and experienced bakers alike will find recipes and insiders’ techniques to create truly memorable wedding cakes.

You will learn:

Where to begin- how to decide what style and flavors are right for you, taking into account the season, location, and theme of the event

Buttercream or fondant? Ganache or meringue? Useful charts explain the delicious materials bakers use, so you can choose the ones that suit your taste and style

Creative ways to display your cake so it takes center stage at the reception

How to find and hire a baker, including questions to ask and contract considerations

Ideas for cutting costs without sacrificing quality or beauty

How to incorporate traditions from around the world

Everything you need to know about baking a cake yourself, with complete recipes as well as how-to decorating techniques with color photographs and reference charts

A treasury of inspiration, Martha Stewart’s Wedding Cakes will ensure that your cake, whether homemade or professionally baked, triple-tiered or a tower of cupcakes, embellished with fresh fruit or elaborate sugar roses, is every bit as magical as your big day.


  • Every party needs cake!
  • You can decorate it exactly how you want it.
  • It feels good to say you decorated it yourself.

Wilton Cake Decorating Sets

Wilton 2104-2546 53 Piece Supreme Cake Decorating Set
Wilton 2104-2546 53 Piece Supreme Cake Decorating Set

Choose a set of decorating tools for the beginner or the experienced baker. Complete with all you'll need to transform your simple layer cake or cookies into a work of art.

Wilton 2109-859 50-Piece Tool and Caddy Decorating Set- Discontinued By Manufacturer
Wilton 2109-859 50-Piece Tool and Caddy Decorating Set- Discontinued By Manufacturer

In one handy caddy you'll find a generous selection of tips and colors as well as all the other tools specified as needed in the Wilton Cake Decorating Course I. For anyone about to explore the world of royal icing scrolls, flowers, stars, ruffles and bows this would be a hugely successful send-off.

Wilton 2104-7778 Master Tip Set
Wilton 2104-7778 Master Tip Set

Decorate sheet cakes, petit fours, muffins, cookies and more using this master tip set. The decorating tips you'll need are housed in this plastic storage case. The master tip set includes these tips: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 22, 24, 27, 30, 31, 32, 42, 45, 46, 47, 48, 54, 59, 61, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 73, 74, 78, 96, 97, 98, 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, 108, 109, 123, 124, 129, 134, 136, 195, 199 and 2C. It also includes two standard tip couplers and two 1.25-in. flower nails (#9).

Wilton Dessert Decorator Pro Stainless Steel Cake Decorating Tool, Decorating Your Cakes, Cupcakes, Cookies and Treats, Simple and Fun, Stainless-Steel
Wilton Dessert Decorator Pro Stainless Steel Cake Decorating Tool, Decorating Your Cakes, Cupcakes, Cookies and Treats, Simple and Fun, Stainless-Steel

Add decorations to any dessert or appetizer in minutes using the Dessert Decorator Pro by Wilton. Thisdessert tool is ergonomically designed for both right- and left-handed use; it's easy to hold so you onlyneed one hand while operating. It's made of stainless steel, the material preferred by pastry chefs becausestainless won't transfer flavors; it also maintains the temperature of the fillings. The Dessert Decorator Pro includes Decorator Tool, Tips (#366 Leaf, #125 Petal, #230 Bismarck, #4B, Star, #21 Star and #1M Star), Two Tip Couplers, Dishwasher and Storage Bag for Tips and Couplers and a Recipe Book with Instructions.


Basic Supplies

Links To Find The Cake Decorating Supplies You Need

Wilton Cake Decorating Examples

How To Make Icing Roses

How To Make Butter Cream Icing

Cake Decorating Guides - Vote for your favorite. Or, add what's missing!

These are all cake decorating books I love, add your own if you have a favorite.

Debbie Brown's Magical Cakes
Debbie Brown's Magical Cakes

Welcome to the fabulous, mysterious world of <i>Magical Cakes</i>, with its witches, wizards, gnomes, dwarfs, trolls, sprites and goblins. Successful cake decorating author Debbie Brown has used her unique talents and magical touch to create 20 fun and fantasy cakes. From a star castle, a witches flying school, and King Neptune to a wise wizard owl, a golden pegasus, and a fairy godmother, there are amazing magical cakes to appeal to both boys and girl...


Cake Decorating with Fondant

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    • RuthieDenise profile image


      5 years ago

      I don't know but the cakes are beautiful.

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      6 years ago

      This is how I decorate cakes and they come out perfect

    • jordanmilesbask profile image


      6 years ago

      love this lens with lots of ideas..great job!

      please come and visit my lens -

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      7 years ago

      Wedding cakes would usually be at the center that's why it has to be unique and lovely. Wedding cake toppers and decoration would depend on the theme of the event. It's nice that you shared such video on how to decorate it.

      noemi @ wedding favors

    • natas105 profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens with informative videos. Thumbs up!

      I would love for you to rate and comment on my lens about Easter cake decorating ideas

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      7 years ago

      Great informational lens. Blessed by your neighborhood Squid Angel.

    • Missmerfaery444 profile image


      8 years ago

      Great selection of tips! Love the photos too, you've got me craving icing now :) Blessed!

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      8 years ago

      I enjoyed your cake decorating lens. I have one of my own

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image


      8 years ago

      Awesome lens, very helpful. Can't wait to try your sister's recipe for frosting :)

    • JackRussell LM profile image

      JackRussell LM 

      8 years ago

      Some amazing ideas here. Thanks =)

    • Tiddledeewinks LM profile image

      Tiddledeewinks LM 

      10 years ago

      What a BEAUTIFUL cake with the roses! I've made a bunny cake for Easter, a snowman for winter and a diasour for sons birthday.

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      10 years ago

      Love your lens! Insightful and interesting. You put thought and obvious time into this. Thank you! bookmarked 4 sure.

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      Achim Thiemermann 

      10 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Everything you need to learn how to make pretty cakes - it's right here in your lens. Great job, 5*s. I used to work in this field and I have a few pics of my cakes on In 2002, I won 2 ribbons at the National Sugar Art Show in Tulsa, OK. There I had the great fortune to participate in a workshop with Margaret Braun. Her fantastic book is above in your poll.

      Nice to meet you,

      -Chef Keem


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