Cake Decorating Ideas without Buttercream


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.


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


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


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


Flourless Carrot Cake with Mascarpone Frosting from Diethood


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


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


Lemon Zucchini Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze from Barbara Bakes


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

Good-For-You Chocolate Pound Cake

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


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


Oatmeal Raisin Pecan Bundt Cake with Caramel Icing from Barbara Bakes

Pumpkin Chocolate Cake with Pumpkin Whipped Cream from I Am Baker


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


Margarita Cake with a Lime Glaze from Recipe Girl


Tropical Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting from Barbara Bakes


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


Judi’s Grasshopper Cake from A Farmgirl Dabbles

salted caramel ding dong cake

Salted Caramel Ding Dong Cake from Eats Well With Others


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.