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31 Easy Birthday Cake Decorating Ideas That Only Look Complicated

A couple of years ago, my sister was visiting over her birthday, so I figured I’d throw together a quick cake, decorate it a little bit, and graciously accept my Sister of the Year award. The cake part came out fine (I’m a pretty good baker), but the frosting kept hardening, so by the end I was essentially plastering thick slabs of frosting to the side and praying they wouldn’t fall off on the walk to the table. And that is when I learned that being able to make a kickin’ chocolate cookie is a far cry from presenting someone with a fully decorated birthday cake.

This is exactly is why I’ve put together twenty cakes that are totally adorable and will make you look like a birthday goddess, but are easy enough to fudge that even I can do them. And, I say, if you’re not a baker or are short on time, a store-bought cake with one of these decorative hacks will taste just as delicious and win you as many awards. 

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Here are my favorite easy birthday cake decorating ideas that look hard, but are simple enough that anyone (including me!) can do them. Check them out in the slideshow.

31 Easy Birthday Cake Decorating Ideas That Only Look Complicated