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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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