15+ Christmas Cake Decorations to Deck Your Holidays

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Becky Luigart-Stayner

Decorating Christmas cookies is great, but we love decorating cakes too! It’s an activity for the whole family and will get you all in the holiday spirit! From layer cakes to cupcakes, we’ve put together a list of whimsical, unique, and fun cake decorating ideas and techniques to help you channel your creative side this holiday season!

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To make this whimsical and eye-catching cake, create your very own candy cane forest with various sized and shaped candy canes. Press them into the top of the cake and garnished with crushed peppermint!

Get the recipe for Candy Cane Forest Cake.


Christmas Tree Sheet Cake

Trimming this tree is almost as fun as eating it. Using our template, you can easily cut your sheet cake into the shape of a Christmas tree and decorate to your heart’s content!

Get the recipe for Christmas Tree Sheet Cake.


Chocolate Chip Cake with Candied Pretzels

This is an eye-catching cake if we’ve ever seen one! And it’s easier to make than you think. The “glass shards” are made from melted Jolly Rancher candies! Channel your inner creative artist and create your own holiday mosaic.

Get the recipe for Stained Glass Cake.

The airy layers of this sweet cake are fluffy and delicious, but the outside is covered in lightly toasted flakes of coconut that remind us of snow! Toasted or not, shredded coconut makes a gorgeous cake reminiscent of a white Christmas!

Get the recipe for Coconut Angel Cake.

A forest of tiny candy trees makes a festive cake topper. All you need are wooden picks, various shades of green candy melts, and white sprinkles to make your very own snowy forest. Kids will love helping decorate this cake for Christmas!

Get the recipe for Pine Tree Cake.


Santa Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Skip the cookies—Santa wants his own cake this year! This impressive Santa Cake is completely homemade but looks like it’s straight from the bakery. All you need are some chocolate cookies, fondant, and gold food coloring spray.

Get the recipe for Santa Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.


Christmas Candy Cupcakes

Peppermint bark makes for easy—and festive—decorating on this Christmas cake. Just break into pieces and press around the outside!

Get the recipe for Candy Cane Cake.


Rosemary-Lemon Bundt Cake with Candied Rosemary


Retro Christmas Tree Cake

Those vintage ceramic trees from Christmases past inspired this retro bulb-themed cake. It’s a collector’s dream! With a tree-shaped pan and fondant, you too can recreate this classic for your own holiday festivities.

Get the recipe for Retro Christmas Tree Cake.


White Chocolate Gingerbread Yule Log

A classic Yule Log makes a great centerpiece on any Christmas dessert table! After frosting, use a fork to create the tree bark design, and garnish with fresh herbs.

Get the recipe for White Chocolate Gingerbread Yule Log at Broma Bakery.

This pink peppermint cake is whimsical and festive for the holidays! Layers of vanilla cake frosting with peppermint cream cheese frosting, covered in sparkly sugar and peppermint meringues.

Get the recipe for Pink Peppermint Cake at How Sweet Eats.

This cake is as easy to make as it is adorable! All you need to make the North Pole is a candy cane or peppermint stick, plus some festive sprinkles and peppermint bark for extra garnish.

Get the recipe for North Pole Cake at Half Baked Harvest.


Peppermint Chocolate Cake

Tender chocolate cake layers are covered with silky peppermint buttercream, a variety of fun sprinkles, and of course, peppermints! This style of decoration is an easy way to create a cake stunning enough to be the centerpiece of your Christmas dessert table!

Get the recipe for Peppermint Chocolate Cake at Cooking Classy.


Chocolate Cranberry Christmas Cake

Sometimes fresh ingredients make the most festive Christmas cake decorations! Sugared cranberries and sugared rosemary are easy garnishes and give any cake that “freshly snowed” look.

Get the recipe for Chocolate Cranberry Christmas Cake at Baker by Nature.


Grinch Christmas Cheesecake

All you need is a green cheesecake or a cake covered in green frosting and some mini chocolate chips to make this fun and easy Grinch design. Kids will love to help with this one!

Get the recipe for Grinch Christmas Cheesecake at Barbara Bakes.

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