Cake decorations with fruits

Three fun and easy designs that are delightful to see and taste! If you want all the best Cake Recipes, don’t lose my master list!

Cake Decorating

Have you ever wanted to become a cake decorator? Or maybe you just want to create beautiful and delicious cakes for your loved ones? These simple cake decorating ideas are perfect for anyone who just wants a beautiful cake! The tools needs for these cakes are very minimal and the simple designs are very easy to adapt to your tastes.

Birthday Cake

My favorite buttercream recipe for decorating birthday cakes is this whipped vanilla buttercream recipe. It is so smooth and easy to work with, not to mention delicious. If you want an EXTRA smooth frosting (no air bubbles) try adding it to your food processor for a few minutes. The texture is like none other! The same idea applies to my whipped chocolate buttercream which goes on my PERFECT Birthday Cake recipe!

Learn Decorating Techniques

For these cakes, you do not need a strong cake decorating skill set. One cake has a thin crumb coat but gets covered in sprinkles so does not need to be perfect! The other two designs feature the beauty of the accessories… fruit and candy! Even though they are simple by design, the end result can be quite stunning!

How to Make a Sprinkles Cake

Bake cake in two 6-inch round cake pans. Prepare vanilla buttercream.

Set the first cake layer on cake stand. (I always set my cake stand on top of a rotating cake stand.) Spread buttercream between layers when stacking cake. Cover cake in a rough crumb coat.

Set cake stand on a cookie sheet. Take sprinkles in your clean hand and press into the side of the cake starting at the bottom and working up. Keep a clean towel nearby in case frosting gets on your hand. Press sprinkles over entire cake. You can stop at any time and scoop up the sprinkles that have fallen on the cookie sheet.

Using a fondant smoother or piece of parchment paper, press firmly against the sides and top of the sprinkle covered cake. Chill until ready to serve.

Fruit Cake (Naked Cake)

Bake vanilla cake in two 8-inch round cake pans. Prepare 1/2 batch of vanilla buttercream.

Set the first cake layer on cake stand. Cover with some buttercream. Set next layer on top. Spread about 1/4 cup of buttercream in a line on one side of the cake. (Piping works best, but is not necessary)

Now take your fresh fruit and start piling on the cake. I like to start with the biggest pieces of fruit first and then fill in with the smaller pieces. When done adding fruit dust with confectioner’s sugar. Serve immediately.

I can’t help but recommend my Perfect White Cake recipe for this cake. It is a beautifully dense cake with a perfect crumb and the most wonderful vanilla flavor! Paired with fresh fruit and the tiniest bit of vanilla buttercream, you have a cake that is easy on the waistline but tastes decadent!

Chocolate Candy Cake (Naked Cake)

Bake chocolate cake in two 8-inch round cake pans. Prepare 1/2 recipe chocolate buttercream.

Set the first cake layer on cake stand. Cover with some chocolate buttercream. Set next layer on top. Spread more chocolate buttercream on top. You can absolutely cover the entire cake with chocolate buttercream if you prefer! I also love a drizzle of hot fudge or chocolate sauce over top for extra drama!

I used chocolate chip cookies, brownies, mini nutter butters, mini Oreos, double stuff Oreo’s, and chocolate covered cranberries. All of the ingredients were store bought and can be easily customizable to fit your tastes!

You may be wondering… how do I cut this cake? Using a sharp knife, just start from the top and work your way through the toppings to the cake. You may need to wiggle your knife a bit to maneuver through, but you should not have any problems.

This cake is best served within 24 of making as the cookies and brownies will start to soften and taste less fresh when left out. I also recommend serving this cake at room temperature.

Essential Cake Decorating Supplies

When I am decorating a cake I usually have a few keys supplies on hand.

-rotating cake stand

-small offset spatula

-bench scraper

Being able to turn the cake while you are decorating is a wonderful thing! I really like this rotating cake stand is this one by Ateco. It is very sturdy and always turns smoothly.

By far my favorite tool is an offset spatula. It works on big and small cakes alike and is very easy to use. Find an offset spatula here.

Bench scrapers are using for the final, smooth layer of buttercream on a cake. (I didn’t need one with these 3 cake designs) If you chose to cover the chocolate candy cake with buttercream a bench scraper would help to make sure your frosting is smooth and seamless! This is my favorite GIR Bench Scraper. It is slightly flexible and works on any cake stand!

Here is a video showing how I decorated these cakes:

Want more cake decorating ideas? Check out these popular designs:

  • Funfetti Birthday Cake
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Neapolitan Cake

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Learn how to make a Fresh Fruit Cake with whipped cream in an easy video tutorial manner in this post. A simple, moist sponge cake layered with fresh cream and seasons fresh fruits this recipe is a must try this Summer.

How beautiful does that fresh fruit drip cake decoration look!!

Fresh Fruit Cake adorned with that glowing drip and sparkling fresh berries was not only pleasing for my eyes but amazingly palatable to my taste buds too..

A perfect birthday cake made of fruit!! Yes, it was my birthday last weekend and I choose to make this old fashioned fruit cake recipe because some flavours are always eternal.. 😀

But Why should you choose this as your birthday fruit cake recipe?

This basic fruit cake is

Soft and Spongy Eggless base – Of course you can choose a genoise sponge as a base too but once you taste it you would not believe that it is an eggless recipe.

Juicy

Moist – fruit cake made with oil, now that’s the top secret of getting a moist cake 😉

Melt in the mouth frosting

Sweet and Sour Fresh Fruits

Perfectly decorated

Easy and Simple to put together.

Some flavours are truly classic when it comes to making a birthday cake be it this real fruit cake recipe or Black Forest Cake, Pineapple Cake or Butterscotch Cake. One can never go wrong with these flavours right.

Fruit cake ingredients

This easy Fresh Fruit Cake recipe needs just few basic ingredients

1. Cake Base:

You can use your favourite Vanilla or Chocolate cake recipe as the base. This time I have not used my favourite Eggless Vanilla Cake as the base.

Instead, I have tweaked a few things in that recipe to make an entirely different cake base.

And why so?
Because that was a really basic recipe using just oil and water. Though I were satisfied completely with that recipe I had few of our readers doubting the same because of its simplicity.

So I thought of making a few basic changes in that recipe and make an entirely new one for you guys. Have changed the quantity of water and used milk and yogurt in it. Also, have increased the amount of dry flour.

What difference did that make?
This time the cake was super moist and soft comparatively. I guess it was due to the addition of yogurt. The only thing my cake turned little brown in colour. Still trying to figure out the reason for the same. However, I am totally satisfied with the recipe.

Will I use this recipe in my future cakes?
Yes, definitely. It was totally worth it.

You can also make cake base out of premix if you desire.

2. Sugar Syrup

It’s a child’s play to make sugar syrup. Simply combine equal portions of sugar and boiling water that’s it.

A very simple yet a crucial ingredient to keep the cake moist for 2-3 days 😀

3. Whipped Cream

That cloud like melt in your mouth frosting is to just die for!!

I have followed my Stabilized Whipped Cream recipe here too. If you are a beginner I highly recommend you guys to check that post it is packed with tons of information 😀

4. Chocolate Ganache

This is totally optional. I have used a white chocolate ganache which is made of chocolate and cream just to enhance the look of the cake and colour to act as a contrast to the white cake and berries.

5. And of course fresh fruits

To make fresh fruit cake you would obviously need fresh fruits right.

Here is the list of fruits that I like to include in my Fresh Fruit Cake:
Pineapple, Apples, Grapes, All kinds of berries, Mandarins, Oranges, Kiwi, Pomegranate, Apricots, Peaches, Mango etc. depending upon the availability of fresh fruits. What you are aiming for is good sturdy fruit.

I tend to avoid soft, mushy and juicy fruits like watermelon, banana, etc in fruit cake with fresh fruit.

I also tend to add dry fruits like cranberry or even nuts like almonds, pistachios etc which adds on to the texture.

6. Fruit cake with alcohol

I for one do not make cakes with alcohol. But if you prefer while making the Fresh Fruit Cake recipe you can choose to soak the cake with alcohol. That way you would get an after taste of alcohol which I guess some of you would love.

Generally speaking, the fruit-cakes made for Christmas is soaked in rum and hence it gets the name.

But just like how we add alcohol while making black forest cake, one can definitely combine the flavours from alcohol in a fresh cream cake too.

The only glitch is that, while making the sugar syrup you will have to boil the alcohol, sugar and water together until the sugar dissolves completely that way all the alcoholic content would be evaporated and what you would be left with is just the alcoholic flavour.

Let’s see how to make Fresh Fruit Cake recipe from scratch

5 from 2 votesEggless Fresh Fruit Cake with Whipped Cream

Learn how to make a fresh fruit cake with whipped cream in an easy video tutorial manner in this post. A simple, moist sponge cake layered with fresh cream and seasons fresh fruits this recipe is a must try this Summer.

Course: Dessert Cuisine: Indian Keyword: fresh fruit cake Servings: 8 people Author: sushma iyer Ingredients For the Cake Base

  • 1.5 cups All purpose Flour/Maida
  • 1.5 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • pinch Salt
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mixed Fruit Essence (refer notes)

Sugar Syrup

  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Boiling Hot Water

Cream Filling

  • 175 gms Whipping Cream
  • 44 gms Icing Sugar
  • 3 gms Vanilla Essence

Seasonal Fruits of your Choice

  • 6 tbsp Mango and Passionfruit compote (refer notes)

Cream Frosting

  • 53 gms Cream Cheese (refer notes)
  • 225 gms Whipping Cream
  • 56 gms Icing Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Mixed Fruit Essence

Chocolate Ganache

  • 30 gms Cream
  • 60 gms White Chocolate (finely chopped)
  • 4-5 drops Yellow Food Colour

Instructions For the Cake Base

  1. Sift together the dry ingredients – Flour, Baking powder, Baking Soda, Salt and Sugar and keep aside.

  2. Take milk in a bowl. Whisking continuously add the oil to help it emulsify. Next, add the yogurt and essence and combine together.

  3. Add the sifted dry ingredients into the wet in two batches. Combine to form a smooth batter

  4. Divide the batter evenly between three 6 inch pans that have been greased with butter and lined with parchment paper. Approximately 275 gms in each tin.

  5. Bake in a preheated oven of 180°C for 35-45 mins or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

  6. Demould onto a wire rack and allow it to cool completely.

Sugar Syrup

  1. Take the sugar in a bowl and add the boiling hot water. Combine to dissolve the sugar and then give ample time to cool it completely. Better to leave it in the refrigerator until completely cooled.

Cream Filling

  1. Take the measured out whipping cream, icing sugar and essence in a bowl.

  2. Whip until stiff peaks form and it is ready to use.

Chop seasonal fruits of your choice into small bite size pieces. Cream Frosting

  1. Whip the cream cheese until it is creamy

  2. Whipping continuously add the whipping cream little by little. Scrape the bowl using a spatula and then add icing sugar and fruit essence. Whip until stiff peaks form.

To Assemble

  1. Layer the cake onto a cake board. Trim off the top to even the cake.

  2. Soak the cake with the prepared sugar syrup all throughout.

  3. Add half of the cream filling and spread it out evenly.

  4. Top with the mango passionfruit compote and fresh fruits of your choice.

  5. Place the other cake layer on top and repeat the steps.

  6. Crumb coat the cake with the leftover cream filling and let it chill for 30 mins.

  7. After 30 mins frost the cake completely with the stabilized whipped cream frosting till you get a smooth finish on the sides and top. Refer the video on how to frost your cake for a better understanding.

  8. Let it chill once again for 30 mins.

  9. Meanwhile, start preparing your Chocolate Ganache.

Chocolate Ganache

  1. Take the weighed out cream in a saucepan. Add the colour of your choice. Mix and heat it up until it just begins to boil.

  2. Add the hot cream on top of the chocolates and allow it to sit for a minute.

  3. Then stir to dissolve the chocolate completely until you get a smooth batter like consistency. Strain the ganache for an even smoother finish. Let it sit in the refrigerator for 10 mins until it thickens a bit.

Final Assembly

  1. Take the chilled cake out of the refrigerator.

  2. Transfer the thickened ganache onto a parchment paper cone and start dripping around the sides of the cake.

  3. Allow it to set completely in the fridge and then add decorate the cake with fresh fruit on top for a perfect fruit cake decoration.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  1. If you do not have a fruit essence you can definitely use Vanilla Essence in place of it.
  2. I have used a store bought Mango and Passionfruit compote here since these fruits are not in season now. You can skip this completely or make your own by following this recipe. Simple replace blueberry with Mangoes.
  3. Simply follow my stabilized Whipped Cream frosting recipe for a much detailed recipe step to get the perfect smooth frosting.
  4. The cream cheese has to be softened and not melted. After weighing the cream cheese I simply microwave it for 10 sec and then proceed with the recipe.
  5. If you would like to know how to make your own parchment paper cone easily at home then definitely refer to this video on how to write on cakes for a detailed explanation.
  6. Instead of parchment paper cone definitely use a sauce bottle or simple a spoon if you are comfortable with that to do the chocolate ganache drip

Learn the Secret to keep your fruits looking fresh for hours

It is actually pretty simple. All you need to do is apply a glaze on top for which we will use Apricot Jam.

Take 1 tbsp apricot jam and 1 tsp Water. Bring this to a boil. Apply it onto the fruits when warm

If you start applying after it is cooled down then you might leave marks on top of the fruit so it is advisable to apply the glaze when it is still warm.

How to Store this best fruit cake?

Since we have made use of fresh cream in this recipe, definitely store this in the refrigerator only.

This stays good and moist for 3 days in the fridge 🙂

Fruit cake price

Apart from the list of fruits that can be used in baking fruit cake, I believe there is one more question that is most searched for or asked for which is Fresh Fruit Cake price.

Usually, I do not talk about pricing of the cake in a post like this fruit cream cake. But I would like to take a moment here and discuss in brief or just touch this topic on pricing this delicious fruit cake.

You have to take in to account the price of the fruit as per the season. Like, consider adding those fruits that are easily available whenever you are making this.

You may think that’s common sense what so special about it?

Well, what I wanted to convey is while pricing a cake made of fruit you have to consider the WASTAGE. For eg, if we take into consideration Grapes, for making this 6 inches Fresh Fruit Cake I have made use of a total of just 8 grapes.

However, when you go to purchase the fruits the seller won’t give you just a handful of each fruit which means you would end up buying more fruits than what is actually required to make the cake.

So it absolutely makes sense to add some Wastage charges onto the cake about which you can inform the client beforehand just to be clear with them.

And do not miss to watch the Fresh Fruit Cake recipe video for a clear and detailed understanding.

Consider checking this post on How to write on Cakes if you are a home baker or making a birthday cake for a near and dear one.

Anyways,

Wishing myself a very Happy Birthday with this beautiful and classy looking very best fruit cake!!! hehe.. I know so cheesy but still, it is my birthday so let’s make some noise in the comments below..

Do share your thoughts with me on this cake with fresh fruit inside and outside. Would love to hear your thoughts on the same.

If you happen to recreate this cake or liked any of the idea mentioned in this easy moist fruit cake post then let me know by sending a message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

And yeah do not forget to Pin this onto your Cakes board in Pinterest.

I will see you soon with yet another recipe.

Until then

Hugs
Sushma.

Fresh & Delicious: How to Decorate Cake With Fruit on Top

Put down the piping bag and set the fondant flowers aside. Decorate a cake with fruit on top, and let nature add the flair to your next cake!

Images via Erin Bakes

Decorating a cake with fresh fruit is a quick and delicious way to turn a simple frosted cake into a garden-fresh masterpiece. Use my tips for success to create the fruit-topped cake of your dreams.

How to decorate a cake with fruit on top

1. Take your fruit for a dip

Before using any fresh fruit on a cake, be sure to wash it well. Dry the fruit thoroughly before arranging it on the cake. Wet fruit can bleed into the frosting and will get mushy quicker.

2. Stick it good

Start with a frosting or ganache base to give the fruit something to stick to. If you’re working with a naked cake or fondant, attach the fruit with a dab of buttercream, piping gel or jam.

3. Think big first

Add larger pieces of fruit first. Fill in the arrangement moving through the fruit in size order. Finish with tiny blueberries or currants to fill in gaps.

4. Get creative with your cuts

Make creative cuts to give yourself a variety of shapes to work with. Cut circular fruit into halves or wedges. Slice round fruit, like plums or peaches, into long wedges and fan them out with the fruit arrangement. Halve or slice berries to add interest and depth.

5. Seal it in

Your work of art will last longer if you glaze the fruit before serving or storing. Soften a few tablespoons of jam or piping gel in the microwave (or in a small sauce pan) and gently coat the fruit using a pastry brush. Piping gel or jam can also help hold little piles of smaller fruit (like blueberries) together so none go rolling off the cake.

Inspiring cake designs using fresh fruit

1. Fruit basket cake

Image via Bluprint member DobiOlsen

Create a piped basketweave effect on the sides of your cake to mimic the look of a berry basket.

2. Fruit butterfly cake

Image via Bluprint member Gosia_KiddieFoodie’s

Score points with the kids (while sneaking in their daily serving of fruit) by using cut pieces of fruit to create fun animal shapes.

3. Dress up a naked cake

Image via Bluprint member BiteMeBakery209

Say “I do” to decorating a naked wedding cake with fruit that’s in season or that pairs well with the cake’s flavors.

4. Fruit all around

Image via Bluprint User Elaine Truong.

Stick with a single fruit cut in various ways for a simple but striking cake design. And don’t be afraid to venture off the top of the cake.

5. Think outside your go-to fruits

Image Via Bluprint member Elaine Truong

Pair exotic fruits with everyday varieties to please all palates in your party.

6. Garden-inspired

Image via Bluprint member Elaine Truong

Combine fruit or berries with piped and shaped cake decorations for a fun, mixed-media look.

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