Making a Christmas cake is a grand old tradition for many this time of year. Whether it's a festive fruitcake, winter spice layered sponge, golden amaretti or an indulgent chocolate creation, big bakes can become the centrepieces for shared celebrations.

Decorating the cake is part of the fun and the possibilities are quite endless when it comes to edible, vintage, contemporary and traditional cake toppers - unless you're a fan of true simplicity, you’re not limited to white royal icing with marzipan layered underneath. Why not transform your bake into a reindeer with golden antlers? Or surprise your family with some best-loved characters like The Snowman or Peter Rabbit?

If you’d like to up your Christmas cake game and go beyond baking something that simply tastes great, these decorations will help you do just that. Each can be washed off, stored and reused, so are one easy step towards a more sustainable Christmas.

Looking for inspiration on how to decorate your Christmas cake? Look no further than our expert videos, recipes and guides to icing, topping and finishing your festive bakes. Find this and more in our Christmas Kitchen hub, plus discover festive buyer's guides in our reviews section.

Best Christmas cake decorations to buy

Ginger Ray Christmas Mistletoe cake topper, best Christmas cake toppers

Ginger Ray Christmas mistletoe cake topper

At 23cm in height and 14cm across, Ginger Ray’s classy mistletoe cake topper will almost double the presence of your cake. We love the wreath design, complete with sprigs of artificial mistletoe and a festive frost-effect. Whether on a busy dinner table or being brought out for pudding, it’ll certainly catch eyes as a stylish and contemporary Christmas cake decoration.

Available from:
Etsy (£6.25)
John Lewis and Partners (£6)

Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit cake decorations, best Christmas cake decorations

Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Christmas cake topper set

This luxury set will appeal to Beatrix Potter’s Tales of Peter Rabbit fans of all ages. Peter, the Christmas tree and red pillar box which make up the winter scene are hand-painted for crisp detail and made of resin rather than breakable ceramic. Simply press them into the icing.

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Available at John Lewis (£17.50)

Meri Meri sleigh scene, best Christmas cake toppers

Meri Meri sleigh scene Christmas cake toppers

This set of six by cake decoration experts, Meri Meri features five designs which can be split between a batch of cupcakes or combined to create a festive scene on one large cake. There’s a sleigh with two wooden reindeer, a green tree and two homes coloured differently and made with semi-transparent plastic, so will glow if back-lit.

Available from:
Anthropologie (£9)
Selfridges (£18.50)

Jolie Noel Cake Bunting, best Christmas cake decorations

Jolie Noel Christmas cake bunting kit

Bring a pop of colour with this cake bunting kit, which contains four Christmas decoration cake toppers alongside a cake frill (30cm in diameter) and two ‘posts’ strung with bunting. This is a great one if your cake is decorated with white icing.

Available from:
Amazon (£1.95)
Rex London (£4.95)

The Snowman and the Snowdog cake toppers, best Christmas decorations

The Snowman and Snowdog Christmas cake topper

This pair of cake toppers are inspired by the sequel to Raymond Briggs’ much loved Christmas classic, The Snowman. True to the story, details include socks as the puppy’s ears and The Snowman’s iconic hat and scarf. A benefit to it being plastic is these toppers can be easily wiped clean, stored and reused.

Let It Snow cake topper, best Christmas cake toppers

Fira Studio Let it Snow Christmas cake topper

Simple but effective, this has a wipe-clean stem that can be trimmed to fit the depth of varying cake sizes, and hand finished with a choice of seven colours, including sage green and silver.

Available at Not on the High Street (£15.90)

Nadolig Llawen Christmas cake decoration

Nadolig Llawen Christmas cake topper, Rosy Dot Design

Meaning happy Christmas in Welsh, this glittery festive greeting is made from wood and non-shed glitter card. There are 12 colours to choose between, from champagne gold to shimmer white, so you can personalise the design to best suit your cake.

Available from Etsy (£5)

Gold Antler cake toppers by Funky Laser, best Christmas cake toppers

Christmas antler cake topper, Funky Laser

There’s something particularly fun about giving your cake antlers - it's a great way to add character and style. And if you’re nifty with your icing, why not completely transform it into a reindeer? Made from 3mm food safe acrylic, the topper can be washed in warm soapy water and reused.

Available at Joules (£21.99)

Fred and Robin Merry Christmas wooden cake topper

Merry Christmas cake topper, Fred and Robin

Made from Birch wood, this set of wooden Merry Christmas cake toppers would bring a natural class to your cake, featuring a script accompanied by two festive trees. The set arrives in a gift box, so is not only a treat to open but also protected for easy storage.

Available from Not on the High Street (£15)

Hatton Hill Organic True Cinnamon Sticks Quills 100g

Cinnamon sticks

Cinnamon is a naturally festive aromatic, and this simple but effective trick would work with most cakes. Stack them up whole in the centre of the cake, or build a border around the sides to achieve a 'woody effect'. It not only looks good, but smells incredible. Just remove before eating. Learn the technique used by BBC Good Food experts with these Christmas cake decoration ideas.

Set of 3 Snowy Bristle Xmas Trees for Christmas Cake Decoration

Snowy tree cake toppers (set of three)

Bunch these three little trees together in the centre of your cake and there will be no doubt what season it is. Each measures just over 6cm in height. Remember to push them securely into the icing to prevent them from toppling over, or try little dabs of wet icing to cement them onto smooth sections.

Funkin Pro dried fruit drinks garnishes

Dried orange cocktail garnishes, Funkin Pro

It's relatively easy to make dried orange and lemon slices at home for festive decorations. If you don't have time, these cocktail garnishes will be safe to top your Christmas cake with. Plus, you can compost them after use.

Available from:
Funkin Cocktails (£12.90)
Sous Chef (£15.99)

Plastic holly cake decorations

20 sprigs of holly and berries Christmas cake toppers

The size of this set gives them a useful versatility for achieving a number of designs. Spaced out around the edge, they can indicate where to cut each slice. Or, they'd look great on a chocolate yule log – let your creativity run free. These are not edible, so keep them away from children.

Ho Ho Ho Christmas cake topper

Ho Ho Ho Christmas cake decoration

Accompanied by a Santa hat topper, this Ho Ho Ho Christmas cake decoration would certainly bring some sparkle to your festive table. Choose from a selection of colours for personalisation.

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