18 Last-Minute Christmas Cake Decorating Tips and Ideas

Make your cakes look like they’ve just been wheeled out of Santa’s grotto by a party of elves, covered in icing sugar.

Channel your inner Mary Berry with these last-minute ideas for the most awesome Christmas cakes you’ll see this year. You don’t have to be an expert cake decorator to make cakes or cupcakes look beautiful – there are sneaky ways of creating something gorgeous in no time at all.

With the help of tools and ingredients you probably have at home already, you can give all kinds of cakes and bakes the ultimate festive makeover. Even if you’re not very keen on traditional Christmas cake, these simple ideas could help you give red velvet cupcakes, bundt cakes and loaf cakes a pretty seasonal finish.

From stencilling a deer onto an iced cake for an elegant Christmas dessert, to decorating cakes or cupcakes with strawberry Santas and marshmallow snowmen for an Arctic grotto vibe, these easy tips and tricks are here to inspire.

You won’t believe what you can create in a matter of minutes. Grab some paper, craft scissors, festive cookie cutters and a piping bag. It's time to get cracking.