Cake Garnishes

Cake garnishes are one of many ways to put a finishing touch on your cake decorating project. Sugar-frosted fruit and fresh flowers are very popular cake decorating garnishes. They will add a contrasting texture, and add color to your beautiful creation. Using these food items will allow you to spruce up a plain cake and make it an appealing temptation.

Fruit

Using fresh berries for a garnish on your decorated cake are a colorful, and flavorful addition. You can roll them in sugar, glaze them, or use them plain. Placing fresh strawberries and mint leaves around the top of a chocolate cake will ad a splash of color. Orange sections, grapes, and strawberries glazed with shiny syrup, can be placed on the top of a cake for a beautiful, yet edible effect.

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Dollops of whipped cream and fresh figs arranged tastefully on a cake can be quite appealing to the eye. Frosted whole fruit, such as grapes, Seckel pears, small apples and figs are great for cake decorations in late summer and fall weddings. Berries will last longer than sliced fruit; serve the cake soon after adding the fruit as it tends to bleed onto the frosting.

Flowers

Cake garnishes of fresh, edible flowers in cake decorating, are a beautiful and easy way to make a cake more appealing, just be sure they haven't been sprayed with any chemicals. Starting with a cake dusted with confectioner's sugar, or a frosted cake, and add flowers. There are many flowers that are edible, rose petals, sweet violets, honeysuckle, and bachelor's buttons. You might want to add a generous dollop of whipped cream to the center, or just off center, of the cake. Arrange the flowers around the whipped cream.

rose

When you dust the flowers with super-fine sugar, the look is one of elegance and sparkle. Candied rose petals and candied violets are a wonderful cake decoration. Make sure the flowers you are using are edible, clean, and free of pesticide.

Nuts

Candied or toasted nuts are great on carrot cakes and spice cakes. Coarse or finely chopped nuts can be pressed into the icing on the sides of the cake, or along the bottom edge, for texture and flavor.

The use of fresh fruits, toasted nuts, and fresh flowers will add an unusual and unique look to any cake. Let your imagination have fun! Your taste buds are in for a treat!

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