How to decorate a cake

Discover how to make your cakes look as good as they taste as the BBC Good Food team shows you four easy decorations for round, sandwich and loaf cakes.

Points to remember

  • To make a sugar heart, mark out your design using a skewer.
  • Fill a piping bag with coloured sugar and snip off the tip at an angle. Carefully pour out the sugar following your guide.
  • To make an icing sugar pattern, cut a template out of paper. Lay the template on the cake, making sure it’s flat. Dust generously with icing sugar, then carefully lift off the template to reveal the design.
  • For a drizzled chocolate pattern, melt one or more types of chocolate. Use a spoon to zigzag each chocolate across the cake.
  • To crystallise rose petals, lightly whisk an egg white in a small bowl. Paint a petal all over with egg white, cover evenly with caster sugar, then shake off the excess. Repeat with each petal.
  • Dry the petals on baking parchment for at least 3 hours. Arrange them on your cake.