Christmas Cake Decorating Ideas

Christmas cake decorating ideas provide us with an opportunity to create delicate and savory holiday treats. Just like the Christmas holiday is not the same without Santa and his helpers, the same holds true for the sumptuous Christmas cakes that family and friends bake.

There are a host of Christmas cake decorating ideas, and as long as you have a theme, it’s a matter of gathering the necessary ingredients to make this Christmas season a dazzling holiday affair.

Christmas cakes can be a specialty type, such as the traditional fruit cake or you can get creative and blend a variety of ingredients to produce an incredible surprise.

You can add different dried fruits and brandy for that traditional taste, along with colorful cake decorating tricks to add pizzazz. Adding color makes the holiday warm and cheery.

Make this holiday season special and delight in having sumptuous frosting and candied topped cakes that you created.

Christmas Cake Decorating Ideas Themes:


  • Angel Shaped Cake
  • Candy Cane Cake
  • Checkerboard Holly Cake
  • Christmas Present Cake
  • Christmas Stockings Cake
  • Christmas Tree Cake
  • Gingerbread Boy Cake
  • Gingerbread Castle Cake
  • Gingerbread House Cake
  • Holiday Bells Cake
  • Mrs. Claus
  • Noel Candle Cake
  • Ornament Cake
  • Penguin Cake
  • Poinsettia Cake
  • Polar Bear Cake
  • Rudolph Cake
  • Saint Nick Cake
  • Santa and Reindeers Cake
  • Snowflake Cake
  • Snowflake Tree Cake
  • Snowman Cake
  • Star Cake
  • The Three Wise Men Cake
  • Toy Soldier Cake
  • Wreath Cake

Christmas Cake Decorating Ideas consists of the following bakeware and decorative and edible ingredients:

Bakeware for Christmas Cakes

  • Cake Decorating Picks (that feature the following phrases and designs: “Happy Holidays,” “Merry Christmas,” Santa Claus, Christmas trees, candy canes, snowmen, snowflakes, Christmas lights, Santa’s elves, and wreaths)
  • Cake Impression Mats
  • Cake Molds/Pans
  • Cake Press Sets
  • Cake Stencils
  • Cake Toppers (plastic toppers of, for instance, Baby Jesus, Virgin Mary, Joseph, Three Wise Men, angels, shepherds, sheep, and a Nativity scene)

Cake Impression Mats are available in the following designs (these can be used to decorate a Christmas cake):

Cake impression mats leave highly detailed results and can be used on fondant or buttercream. It will definitely add a lovely touch to your Christmas cake.


  • Basketweave
  • Damask
  • Dotted Flowers
  • Floral
  • Hearts
  • Small Scrolls
  • Stars
  • Swirls

Cake Molds/Pans are available in the following Christmas designs:

  • christmas-cake-decorating-ideas-3d-snowman-cake-panAngel
  • Candy Cane
  • Christmas Stockings
  • Christmas Presents
  • Christmas Tree
  • Gingerbread Boy
  • Gingerbread Castle
  • Gingerbread House
  • Holiday Bells
  • Mrs. Claus
  • Noel Candle
  • Penguin Cake
  • Poinsettia
  • Polar Bear
  • Rudolph
  • Saint Nick
  • Santa and Reindeers
  • Snowflake
  • Snowflake Tree
  • Snowman
  • Star
  • Toy Soldier
  • Wreath

Cake Decorating Press Sets are available in the following designs (these can be used to decorate a Christmas cake):

Cake decorating press sets are made of sturdy plastic for ease of use. These press sets are a simple way to create spectacular and intricate designs on cakes.

To use, gently press these patterns into fondant or into the surface of a base iced cake.

christmas-cake-decorating-ideas-3d-christmas-tree-cake-panThe result is a lovely visible outline in the frosting that can be traced over with piping gel to create a design. This design will complement your Christmas cake decor.

  • Crest
  • Closed Scroll
  • Double Heart
  • Double Scroll
  • Fleur de Lis
  • Heart
  • Medallion
  • Open Heart
  • Scrolls (large, medium, and small C-scrolls)
  • Vine

Cake Stencils are available in the following Christmas designs:

Cake decorating stencils may be used on royal icing, fondant, buttercream, and chocolate. However, make sure that the cake surface isn’t sticky or wet when using the stencil. Ideal surfaces for cake stencil use are rolled fondant, royal icing, and pastiage. Pastiage is similar to fondant, but sets harder. It is a stiff sugar paste that consists of gelatin and vinegar.


  • Celestial
  • Christmas Lights
  • Christmas Tree Ornaments
  • Christmas Trees
  • Damask
  • Deer
  • Flowers
  • Gingerbread Boy
  • Holly
  • Leafy Scroll (also available in a side stencil)
  • Leaves
  • Poinsettias
  • Snowflakes
  • Stars
  • Swirls
  • Victorian Circle
  • Wreaths

Cake Toppers are available in the following Christmas designs:

  • Poinsettia
  • Santa Claus
  • Snowman

Decorative and Edible Ingredients that can be used in Christmas Cakes:


  • Brandy or Dark Rum (for making fruit cake; adds a special fragrance and color to the cake)
  • Candies (consisting of gum drops, peppermint candy, candy canes, licorice, red raspberry candy, old fashioned Christmas mix, chocolate filled hard candy straws, and Christmas nougats)
  • Cookies shaped like an angel, snowman, snowflake, Santa Claus, gingerbread man, and a candy cane
  • Marzipan
  • Fondant
  • Chocolates (shaped like Santa Claus, a snowman, a reindeer, and an angel)
  • Confetti Sprinkles
  • Dried Fruits (blueberries, cherries, cranberries, mango, apricots, pineapple, raisins, currants) – the blending of fruit colors enhances the overall beauty of the cake
  • Edible Cake Prints
  • Edible Cake Ribbons (used to accent a cake; perfect for a Christmas Present Cake theme)
  • Icing Decorations
  • Kopykake Edible Frosting Sheets (to add images on a cake, of, for instance, a Nativity scene, a Christmas tree, angels, and Santa Claus, to name a few).
  • Nuts (pecans, slivered almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts)

Edible Cake Prints that are specifically used to decorate the sides of a cake are available in the following designs (these may be used to decorate a Christmas cake):

christmas-cake-decorating-ideas-lucks-edible-image-designer-prints-classic-holiday-swirlsThis may be used on buttercream, fondant, and chocolate. It is easy to apply. Simply wrap the prints around the sides of the cake to reveal a unique design.

  • Black Lace
  • Damask (available in the following colors: black, red)
  • Dots
  • Flower, Paisley, and Stripes Combination
  • Flowers
  • Holiday Swirls
  • Music Notes
  • Pink Roses

Edible Cake Ribbons are available in the following colors/designs (these can be used to decorate a Christmas cake):

christmas-cake-decorating-ideas-lucks-edible-image-silver-shimmer-ribbonsAn edible ribbon will give the impression of a high-end cake with maximum results. It can be used to decorate a small or large Christmas cake made of buttercream, fondant, or chocolate. You may also use it on a tiered cake allowing the ribbons to cascade down. To add interest, mix and match designs.

  • Aqua Blue
  • Black
  • Crown Shimmer
  • Gold
  • Leafy Vines
  • Lime Green
  • Love Birds
  • Paisley
  • Red
  • Silver Shimmer
  • Turquoise
  • Whimsical Garden

Icing Decorations are available in the following Christmas designs:

These edible sugar shapes add the perfect decorative touches to your Christmas cake.


  • Candy Cane
  • Christmas Lights
  • Christmas Presents
  • Christmas Stockings
  • Christmas Tree
  • Elf
  • Gingerbread Boy
  • “North Pole” Sign
  • Ornaments
  • Penguin
  • Poinsettia
  • Reindeer
  • Santa Claus
  • Snowflake
  • Snowman
  • StarsWreath

Kopykake Edible Frosting Sheets are available in the following sizes:

Kopykake edible frosting sheets enables you to add creative images to your cake. Make sure you use edible ink when printing an image on these sheets.

After printing the image, lay the frosting sheet on top of the cake. It will be absorbed into the frosting leaving a spectacular image.


  • 1.875” circle frosting sheets (suitable for small details on cakes)
  • 2” circle frosting sheets (suitable for cookies that you can display on a cake)
  • 3” circle frosting sheets (suitable for cookies that you can display on a cake)
  • 7.5” x 10” frosting sheets (suitable for ¼ sheet cakes)
  • 8” circle frosting sheets (suitable for 8” or larger round cakes)
  • 8” x 10.5” frosting sheets (suitable for ¼ sheet cakes)
  • 10” circle frosting sheets (suitable for 10” or larger round cakes)
  • 10” x 16” frosting sheets (suitable for ½ sheet cakes)
  • Heart shaped frosting sheets (suitable for small cakes)
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