Cake Decorating Ideas without Buttercream

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How do you like your cakes? I like a cake that’s dense and moist. A cake that doesn’t even need icing to taste fantastic. I’m not a buttercream lover so I’m always on the look out for alternatives to decorating cakes with buttercream icing.

America’s Test Kitchen sent me a link to this video recently with two fun, quick ways to decorate a flourless chocolate cake.

And to inspire you even more, here’s 20 fabulous cakes that are all decorated without using buttercream icing.

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Blackberry Forest Cake with a Whipped Filling and Berries from Your Cup of Cake

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Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes with whipped cream and sprinkles from Gimmie Some Oven

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Chocolate Oreo Construction Cake with Chocolate Ganache and Crushed Oreos from Barbara Bakes

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Flourless Carrot Cake with Mascarpone Frosting from Diethood

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Flourless chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and almonds from Eat Good 4 Life

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Flourless Chocolate Torte with Crème Anglaise from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

Chocolate Cola Cake with Toasted Coconut and Pecan Icing

Chocolate Cola Cake with Toasted Coconut and Pecan Icing from Completely Delicious

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Lemon Zucchini Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze from Barbara Bakes

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake with a peanut butter glaze from Whipped.

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Good-For-You Chocolate Pound Cake with a Shiny Chocolate Glaze from Barbara Bakes

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Chocolate Lover’s Dream Cake covered in chocolate sauce, caramel, toffee pieces, and chopped up candy bars from Culinary Covers and Deborah Harroun, of Taste and Tell

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Oatmeal Raisin Pecan Bundt Cake with Caramel Icing from Barbara Bakes

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Pumpkin Chocolate Cake with Pumpkin Whipped Cream from I Am Baker

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Easy German Chocolate Cake with a Coconut Almond Frosting from Barbara Bakes

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Margarita Cake with a Lime Glaze from Recipe Girl

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Tropical Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting from Barbara Bakes

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Dark Chocolate and Vanilla Bean Marshmallow Dream Cake from The Novice Chef

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Judi’s Grasshopper Cake from A Farmgirl Dabbles

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Salted Caramel Ding Dong Cake from Eats Well With Others

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Black Forest Cheesecake Cake with a Cheesecake Layer, Cherries and Cream Cheese Frosting from Barbara Bakes

Now it’s your turn. Are you a buttercream lover? What’s your favorite way to top a cake?




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  1. says

    Such fun ideas! I do not care for gloppy frostings so I do a lot of stenciling on my cakes with sugar and cocoa powder. I have a large set of Martha Stewart’s stencils, but now make my own with parchment paper using my various dies that I use for my paper crafting. I cut them out using my machine and stencil away. Thought I would share that with you.