Easy Cake Decorating 4 Ways



  • Your favorite cake(s), baked and ready to decorate
  • Buttercream icing



Drag the tines of a fork through the frosting horizontally and then vertically, in an alternating pattern. Wipe off any excess frosting after each pass.

Cake with buttercream icing in basket weave design

Drag the back of a spoon across the frosting to create lines and/or stripes. Wipe frosting from the spoon after each row.

Cake with buttercream icing in striped design

With the back of a spoon, create swoops and swirls through the frosting.

Cake with buttercream icing in swooped design

Form small waves over the top of a cake by dipping the tines of a fork into the frosting and then gently pulling up.

Cake with buttercream icing in rippled design

See?! We promised, after all: four lovely and easy designs you can do with any fork or spoon you have on hand. No piping bags, special tools, or baking school training required.

We absolutely love each and every one of these designs; it’s pretty much impossible for us to pick a favorite! In fact, we can just imagine all four sitting together on a table in a simple-yet-beautiful cake display. Can you?

4 cakes decorated with basket weave, striped, swooped and rippled icing

So, is it an idea you think you’ll try? Which easy cake decorating idea is your favorite? If you love all four, which one will you try first? Are there any other designs you know of that are as easy to do? Share your cake decorating results with us, especially if you try one of these designs!