Published on April 13, 2017

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Photography by MARY COSTA

Regardless of the occasion, cakes always make for a solid addition to the dessert table. And, for as delicious as they are, a few decorative upgrades surely go a long way. This scene only goes to prove our point. So we rounded up a few inspired ways to take your cake decorating skills to the next level. Take a look!

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Photography by MAYCONTAINGLITTERUK VIA ETSY

This isn’t your average birthday cake, thanks to the handmade paper flower topper, which takes the confection to new heights. 

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Photography by OH HAPPY DAY

Breakfast in bed is always great, but this year, we’re all for treating mom with a decadent cake. Pair with these ultra cute (and printable!) toppers for the bonus points. Get the scoop on Oh Happy Day

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Photography by CHRISTINA HUSSEY VIA GOLD MINE JOURNAL

Transform leftover herbs into a whimsical topper that is just as fragrant as it is beautiful. Simply wrap floral wire with sprigs of thyme and affix to a lollipop stick to secure in the cake.

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Photography by MOLLY YEH VIA MY NAME IS YEH

A funfetti birthday cake hardly needs any extra fluff or decor, but this minimalist cake topper is one we could definitely get behind. 

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Photography by COOKED.COM.AU

This semi-bare, two-tiered cake features a hint of frosting topped with delicate strands of lavender.

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Photography by FORKTOBELLY.COM

Elevate the basic supermarket staple with a mountain of sweet confections like macarons and meringues.

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Photography by 100 LAYER CAKE

An effortlessly chic pairing of kumquats and white florals complement the chocolate composition of this cake. 

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Photography by @CORDYSCAKES VIA INSTAGRAM

Ice cream cones filled with fresh fruit and sweets extend a dynamic layer of color and texture.

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Photography by JARED SMITH VIA SUGAR AND CLOTH

We’re not sure what we love more, the rainbow layered filling or the vibrantly colorful diy sugar flower toppings. 

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Photography by HALF BAKED HARVEST

A delectable cake featuring a caramelized, hazelnut popcorn crunch and a heavenly dark chocolate drizzle. 

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Photography by THE KITCHEN MCCABE
This chocolate cake is topped with bite-sized peppermint meringues for the most refreshing touch. 

 

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Photography by MOLLY YEH

Dusted with a fine layer of gold sprinkles and wrapped with marzipan bunting, this isn’t your typical funfetti cake

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Photography by WHATSGABYCOOKING

naked birthday cake decked with sparklers, flowers, and plenty of sweets!

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Photography by @RYMONDTN VIA INSTAGRAM

A tropical motif in the most colorful form transforms the typical into a beautifully thematic piece.  

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Photography by OUR FOOD STORIES

A mouthwatering creation that’s anything but ordinary, garnished with a layer of candied lemons

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Photography by LYNN’S CAKE CANDY

Cake and ice cream make for the perfect pair, and this drool-worthy creation is the only proof we need.

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Photography by LOVELYINDEED

Dubbed the “leap year cake,” this ingeniously candy-coated confection is not for the faint of heart. 

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Photography by WHITNIE BURKE

A cool blue ombre frosting paired with animated cutouts are only the obvious choices for this Where The Wild Things Are – themed cake.