15+ Artistic Cake Decorating Ideas & Essential Supplies to Start Decorating Today

Cake Decorating

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Cake decorating is an art form that combines tasty desserts with a visually pleasing aesthetic. In fact, the best cake decorators are experts at using buttercream, fondant, gum paste, and much more to conjure up inspiring cakes that look as good as they taste. Whether creating unique wedding cakes or taking inspiration from art and architecture, many decorators are pushing the boundaries of what's possible with cake.

It's thought that cake decorating originated in 19th century France, when bakers realized they could charge more money if their cakes were embellished. They were helped by technology, as temperature-controlled ovens and the production of baking powder in the 1840s made it much easier to bake a great cake. Now, with so many materials to choose from, bakers can take inspiration from virtually anything and make it come to life.

In fact, the best cakes tell a story, whether it's capturing the memories of a newly married couple or simply embodying the spirit of a particular individual. If you're looking for some cake decorating ideas, take a look at these incredibly artistic cakes and then check out our list of cake decorating supplies to get you started.

Get inspired by the artistry of these incredible cake designs.


Unique Wedding Cakes


Cakes Inspired by Nature


Cakes Inspired by Art and Architecture


Sweet Cakes for Kids


Next: Essential cake decorating supplies and online classes to learn new skills.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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