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How to decorate a cake with modern designs, including scalloped icing, ribbon effects, confetti, and clean edges.

A two-layer cake still has presence when its shape is maintained beneath the frosting; crisp corners and a sense of structure saves this beauty from looking stumpy. The sharp contrast of the white stand gives it a contemporary look. See a recipe for Very Moist Chocolate Layer Cake » [Back to Haute Cakes: Modern Cake Decorations »

Glossy frosting

Chocolate-based frostings will lose their sheen if refrigerated, so be sure to bring them to room temperature before serving– both for looks and taste. To aid the process, follow Dorie Greenspan’s advice and restore their shine and supple texture with a gentle puff of warm air from a hair dryer. [Back to Haute Cakes: Modern Cake Decorations »

Smooth Sides

A sturdy frosting and an offset spatula with a flexible blade are keys to clean sides. For a perfect finish, run the spatula under hot water and dry well before smoothing the top coat of icing. Here, an asymmetrical garnish reinforces the lines of the cake and a rustic wooden cake plate underscores its natural beauty. See a Seven Spoons recipe for Strawberry Ice Box Cake » [Back to Haute Cakes: Modern Cake Decorations »

Garnish

Raspberries and crushed pistachios echo the flavors of this cake while a sprinkle of white nonpareils adds another texture and brightens the colors. See a Seven Spoons recipe for Coconut Cream Icebox Cake » [Back to Haute Cakes: Modern Cake Decorations »

Ribbon Cake

Inspired by the frill of rose petals and crinoline skirts, a rustic blend of three marbled buttercreams creates a textured, sunset-tinged effect. The handsome wood stand serves as a counterpoint to the feminine cake. See a Seven Spoons recipe for Carrot Cake » [Back to Haute Cakes: Modern Cake Decorations »

Scalloped Cake

A ruffled pattern is easily achieved by pulling the tip of a broad palette knife through the frosting. Repeat the pattern vertically, rather than staggered (like a brick wall), to keep the look neat and modern. [Back to Haute Cakes: Modern Cake Decorations »

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