National Cake Decorating Day in The Villages FL

National Cake Decorating Day

National Cake Decorating Day in The Villages FL

With holiday dessert buffets coming up soon, National Cake Decorating Day ,October 10th, is the perfect time to practice your technique!

Halloween’s just a few short weeks away! Learning to create spooky ghosts, spiderwebs, pumpkins, and broomsticks from icing and fondant could be the perfect warm-up for embellishing cakes, cupcakes, and cookies with intricate snowy Christmas scenes a little later on.

And think of all the fun you can have mixing frosting colors — like dyeing Easter eggs, but with lickable spoons.


  • Get creative with color palettes
    Please don’t let the word “palette” scare you. It just means a harmonious combination of colors, and starts with just two tones. Think team colors and holiday hues: purple and gold, orange and black, red and green. One of these pairs could be your main colors. Then add contrast and accent colors to fill out the palette. For example, if you’re working with orange and black for a Halloween party, you could add small amounts of bright gold (maybe sparkly metallic gold!), white, dark brown, and maybe even a ghoulish touch of bright blood-red. And guess what? You could apply this color palette to your entire party.
  • Explore Zen and the art of cake decorating
    Feeling a little existentialist today? Embrace the “naked cake” trend by skipping the outer icing and concentrating instead on the frosting colors between layers — a perfect opportunity to apply the color palette you just created. Or try a light-to-dark range of the same color to create an ombré effect. (P.S. This cake style shows off its true colors when you place a slice on a simple white dessert plate.)
  • Unleash the decorating beast within
    Whether you’re the hearts-and-flowers type or tend more towards the dark side of decor, there’s a plain frosted cake just waiting for you to put your personal stamp on. So for Halloween, you could go girlish (princess costume, anyone?) or ghoulish with spiders, bats, and vampires — any way you choose to go, it’s all about self-expression. And that, friends, is the icing on the cake. (You knew we had to do that sooner or later.)


  1. Find those novelty cookie cutters (they’re at the back of the drawer)
    Get some marzipan (almond paste, available at most craft or cake decorating shops), mix in the colors you want, roll it into thin sheets, use those fancy cookie cutters to create pumpkins and other simple shapes, and apply them to your frosted cupcakes or cookies.
  2. Trick 2: Plastic baggies: your secret decorating weapon
    Spoon a small amount of black or blood-red icing into a bottom corner of a sandwich-size plastic baggy, then snip off a tiny (we mean really tiny) corner, and ​squeeze to write a spooky Halloween message on your cake.
  3. Trick 3: ​Get double-duty out of your Halloween candy
    ​Novelty candies like gummy spiders make the easiest decorations of all: just press them into your cookies or cake, and just like that, your treats are all tricked out!
  4. Bonus trick: Use Halloween cake decorating ideas for other holidays​
    Grab some cookie cutters shaped like a heart, turkey, Christmas tree, or snowflake — then add ​festive icing colors, sparkly candies, and sprinkles! That way, you can use all our Halloween cake decorating tricks for any holiday, from Valentine’s Day to New Year’s Eve!


  • It’s fun to play with colors (and frosting)
    Whether you use pre-colored frosting or mix your own with food coloring, you’re likely to find yourself transported back to your childhood days of scribbling with crayons and dabbling with watercolor paints. (Remember “red and yellow make orange” and other color formulas?)
  • It brings out your inner artist
    After you’ve mixed your icing colors, the real cake decorating fun begins! Do you love watercolors? You can dilute your icing with a little water, then brush the delicate washes of color onto your frosted cake to evoke an Impressionist garden scene. If you’re more into modern style, try a trendy drip cake: After frosting your entire care, drizzle a contrasting color over the top, letting it drip down the sides. Jackson Pollock would be so proud.
  • It turns any ordinary day into a special occasion
    You don’t need a holiday as an excuse to decorate a cake. (And for that matter, decorating isn’t limited to full-size cakes. Mini cakes, cupcakes, and cookies are all perfect little blank canvases to fill with your artistic vision, even if you’re just making an after-school treat for the kids.) Cake decorating can be as simple as using one frosting color on the outside, with a different color between layers, or as elaborate as the massive fantasy creations seen on magazine covers. Any special touch counts. Yes, that includes rainbow sprinkles.

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