Give Mom a break from the kitchen by baking her a delicious Mother's Day cake. Creative cake decorating ideas for Mother's Day result in sugar masterpieces that everyone can enjoy. Basic cake decorating skills will allow you to create these Mother's Day cakes at home. If baking doesn't interest you, take these ideas to your favorite bakery and let them do the work for you.
Pirouette Cookie-Border Cake
Use pirouette cookies to decorate a Mother's Day cake. Bake a round cake in any flavor, allowing the cake to cool completely. Ice the cake in chocolate frosting. Decide if you want the cookies to stop at the top of the cake or extend slightly above the top edge. Cut the pirouette cookies to fit the cake in the desired height. Gently press the first pirouette cookie vertically into the icing on the side of the cake. Continue arranging the pirouette cookies around the cake, with each new cookie touching the previous one, until the border surrounds the entire cake. Write a Mother's Day greeting on top of the cake. Tie a length of ribbon around the cake as a reinforcement for the pirouette cookies. Add a bow as a final decorative touch.
Flower Pot Cake
Decorate a cake to resemble a pot full of flowers for a twist on the traditional Mother's Day bouquet. Stack three round cakes that are 6-inches in diameter. Larger- or smaller-round cakes can be substituted to alter the size of the finished cake. Place a layer of icing between each round cake to hold the stack together. Spread a thin layer of buttercream icing to crumb coat the cake. Roll out a piece of fondant, tinted to resemble a terracotta flower pot. Cover the round cake stack with the fondant, smoothing it and trimming the excess. Cut a strip of the leftover fondant, about 1/4-inch thick. Place the strip around the top of the cake to resemble the rim of a flower pot. Cover the top of the cake with flowers made from fondant or artificial flowers. Add leaves draping over the edge of the flower pot for the finishing touch.
Tea Pot Cake
Oven-proof bowls provide the baking tools to create an edible tea pot for Mother's Day. Mold a tea-pot handle, lid and spout out of fondant a few days before baking the cake to allow them to harden. To bake the cake, grease and flour two oven-proof bowls, each 1.5 liters in size. Pour the batter from your favorite cake recipe into the bowls. Bake them for about an hour at 325 degrees, baking longer if a thin skewer poked into the middle of the cake doesn't come out clean. Cut about one inch off the rounded side of each cake to create a flat surface. Place one of the cakes on the serving tray, placing the cut side down. Spread a layer of icing on the large, flat surface that is facing up. Place the second cake on top of it, matching the flat sides, to create the rounded tea pot shape. Ice the entire cake in the desired color. Add flowers, polka dots or other decorative elements using fondant or icing. Rest the fondant lid on top of the cake. Press the handle and spout in either end of the teapot cake.
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