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It's the little touches that can take a cake from basic to beautiful. You don't need to be a pastry chef to make a beautiful dessert. With a few simple ingredients (and sometimes a little patience) you can add that little extra step that will make your cakes stand out.
Candied flowers, chocolate leaves, colored sugar, tinted coconut, and even molded chocolate shapes can all be added to even the simplest of cake recipes to give them extra character. These cake decorations can be added to nearly any kind of cake or cupcake, from birthdays to graduations to any occasion.
photo: CDKitchen Made with sugar, food coloring Candied Rose Petals Made with powdered or fine granulated sugar, water, sugar, rose petals stovetop Chocolate Plastic Made with milk or white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, corn syrup stovetop Chocolate Rolled Fondant Made with water, corn syrup, glycerine, solid white vegetable shortening, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, unsweetened cocoa, nonalkalized cocoa stovetop Candied Violets Made with A small paint brush, sugar, water, extra-large egg white, at room temperature, violets Chocolate Leaves Made with ivy, black walnut, or rose leaves, milk chocolate stovetop Marzipan Made with almonds, sugar, confectioners' sugar, egg, lemon juice, almond extract Tinted Coconut Made with flake coconut, Jell-0 Gelatin (any flavor)