Two festive cakes to make this holiday season

The holiday season is here, which means I’ve been baking up a storm lately. But for those of you who may not have as much lovin’ for your oven, today I am sharing two simple cake decorating ideas that will turn even a store-bought cake into something that will elicit a “wow!” from everyone who sees it. If you want to get fancy in the kitchen, that’s up to you. But each of these decorating ideas requires only a very simple cake as the base. For the first one I used a basic chocolate layer cake and for the second I started with a flourless chocolate cake. You could make your cake from a boxed mix or even buy one from your local bakery (my friend Lauren Lowstan made these two for me). It’s what you do to it afterward that makes it so special… Check out my two holiday cake ideas below!

Christmas Explosion Cake

Holiday explosion cake

Less is more. Or so the saying goes… But sometimes more is more, as is the case with this Christmas Explosion Cake. For this cake decorating idea, you will want to gather up all the cutest holiday knickknacks you can find. Think mini presents, tiny deer figurines, candy canes, miniature string lights, tinsel, jingle bells, etc. And then pile it on! There is really no wrong way to top this cake. You want it to look a little random and like Christmas “exploded.” My editors and I had a field day with this one! Note: This is obviously so fun to display, but you will want to make sure to properly remove all the trinkets from your cake before you serve it to your guests—especially if there are kids around who could choke on the tiny pieces.

Lauren Conrad's Explosion Cake for the holidays

The most fun and festive cake for the holidays

Holiday cakes with the cutest and most festive details

Lauren Conrad's holiday explosion cake

Sugar Snowflake Cake

Snowflake sugar cake

This cake will require you to revisit some old paper snowflake making skills you probably haven’t used since you were a kid. If you forget how to make a paper snowflake, I recommend using this tutorial I found online. (It shows you how to properly fold the paper and everything.) Once you make a snowflake that you’re satisfied with, you simply use it as a stencil for a powdered sugar snowflake on your cake. Lay down your paper snowflake on the top of your cake, and use a sifter to gently shake powdered sugar over the top. When it is well covered in sugar, carefully remove the stencil—and voila!

How to make Lauren Conrad's snowflake sugar cake

The prettiest snowflake cake for the holidays

Snowflake sugar cake for the holidays

Lauren Conrad's holiday sugar snowflake cake

Which one of these cake ideas is your favorite?

I hope you give them a try! (Tag @laurenconrad_com on Instagram if you do.)

XO Lauren

Photos: Stephanie Todaro Photography for LaurenConrad.com
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  • Jessica

    That Christmas explosion cake is pretty festive & almost too pretty to eat, and amazing how when you look at something in my mind I’m like man that looks hard to do but after seeing how a design is made on food by using something as simple as a stencil it just makes me chuckle a bit lol. Always judging before I even get it a try!

  • All of these cakes are so beautiful <3 Love them so much!

    XO, Elizabeth
    https://clothestoyouuu.com/

  • Kimberly L

    That Christmas explosion cake is amazing. I wouldn’t want to touch it, it just looks so pretty!