Three ways to top off your cakes in style

This summer, Hallmark designer Alyissa J. is taking advantage of the warm weather by throwing parties for her family and friends. She makes the sweetest cakes and tops them off in the most stylish ways. Today, she is sharing three ways to decorate your cake for your summer party. Enjoy!

For me, summer time means party time. And what better way to celebrate the hot­test time of year than with some yummy cake and special toppers? If you love to entertain, here are some ways to top off your desserts in style.

LOVE ON TOP

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For this topper you’ll need:

  • cake
  • LOVE printable (download it free here)
  • glue gun
  • glue stick
  • paper straw
  • X-acto knife
  • decorated card stock
  • plain card stock
  • gold vellum (or any paper with some transparency)

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To make the decorated card stock, I created a watercolor wash on some Bristol paper. Feel free to use any color or pattern just as long as it’s on a heavy paper stock similar to card stock.

I took both pieces of card stock, the decorated paper on top face up and the plain one below it, and taped them together for stability. Then I taped the Love printable over that. Using an X-acto knife, I carefully cut around the circle, making sure to cut through all three layers of paper. Then I cut out the letters the same way. This left both the decorated and plain circles with the words cut out of them.

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Next, I took the vellum and cut a piece that would fit over all the letters.

Using the glue stick, I glued the gold vellum to the back of the decorated paper, over the words, making sure to cover them up.

After that, I applied glue all over the back, lined up the blank cutout and stuck it on. I applied pressure to everything making sure it was stuck down.

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Taking the paper straw, I carefully cut two slits in the top opposite each other about a ¼ inch tall.

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Then I stuck the circle into the slits (making sure everything was centered and even), took the circle out and added some hot glue inside the straw around the slits and attached the circle cutout.

Cake Toppers | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Cake Toppers | thinkmakeshareblog.com

For the cake, I first put in fresh flowers and then stuck in the topper for the final look.

 

A FESTIVE MILESTONE BIRTHDAY

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You’ll need:

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Cake Toppers | thinkmakeshareblog.com

First, take the Hallmark signature card, open it up and position your toothpicks. Next, glue them down with hot glue. (Helpful hint: Add some glue to the corners for extra adhesion.) Close the card and make sure all the glue is sticking and holding in your toothpicks. And that’s it!

To make your cake extra special, add three peaks of whipped cream, add your topper, then finish with colored sugar or sprinkles.

 

A SUCCULENT CAKE TOPPER

Artist, Lindsay B., inspired the next topper. Her felt succulent wreath inspired me to create a topper fit for many occasions.

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You’ll need:

  • cake
  • various felt succulent buds (see DIY here)
  • 2 paper straws
  • needle and thread
  • glue gun

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Cake Toppers | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Using Lindsay’s instructions, I created little succulent blooms. I strung them together with a needle and thread to get the swag effect. Next, I hot glued them together to help keep them in the position I liked. After that, I cut slits in the paper straws (like the Love topper) and tucked the thread in. Then, I was done! I rolled my cake in edible moss (do this immediately after applying the frosting). Finally, I put in my succulent swag.

I hope these ideas will inspire your upcoming parties and celebrations.

We would love for you to share your sweet treats with us on Instagram @Think.Make.Share! Want more fun DIY ideas? Visit the Ideas section at Hallmark.com!

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