Although the smell of a freshly baked Bundt cake is enough to make anyone’s mouth water, the intricate design remains the Bundt cake’s most attractive feature!
But what if you want to take your Bundt cake aesthetics to the next level? That’s where this guide comes in handy!
In this article, we’ll walk you through 12 amazing Bundt cake decorating ideas to help you mix things up. Let’s jump right in!
There’s something special about the sweet and tart kiss of lemon glaze that just makes a Bundt cake come to life!
Besides giving the cake a classic touch of elegance, lemon glazing is quite delicious and blends in perfectly with a variety of flavors!
It’s also a remarkably easy glaze to prepare, so it matches the beginner-friendly spirit of Bundt cakes.
To prepare it, you only need to add 2 cups of confectioners sugar with 1 1/4 teaspoons of salted butter to 1/3 cup of lemon juice, and whisk until the mix is homogenous.
You can also add the zest of lemon and a pinch of salt for extra tanginess.
If you want a unique decoration for your Bundt cake that also adds plenty of texture and crunch factor, you shouldn’t look further than chopped nuts!
You can use a mixture of nuts or select the ones you like the most. For instance, walnuts and hazelnuts are perfect for chocolate Bundt cakes while pecans are better suited for vanilla and fruity ones.
Due to the high oil content in nuts, they tend to burn quickly when baked. That’s why you should add raw chopped nuts to the batter so that they’re toasted evenly when the cake is ready.
You can also use glazes as glue to sprinkle toasted nuts over Bundt cakes and help them stick to the surface.
Flowers have been used as a decoration for ages, and while some flowers are poisonous, others are perfectly edible when prepared right.
While there are many species of edible flowers out there, varieties of roses, nasturtiums, begonia, and gladiolus flowers are the most popular ones.
After ensuring the cleanliness of the flower petals (simple washing and drying are enough), here’s how to prepare them for decoration:
- Create a small bowl of egg whites, and use a brush to cover the petal with a thin layer of egg whites
- Dust powdered or confectioners sugar over the flowers so that they’re fully or partially covered, then let them dry
- Place them on top of the cake with or without frosting
Another glazing that is both aesthetically pleasing and incredibly delicious is buttercream frosting/icing. Here’s how to prepare it:
- Beat 1 cup of softened unsalted butter in a mixer
- Gradually add 3 cups powdered sugar and start mixing on low
- Crack up the speed as you start adding 2 to 3 tablespoons of heavy cream to the mix
- Sprinkle a tiny pinch of salt along with the flavoring agent of your choice, such as vanilla extract. It’s also a suitable time to add food coloring if you want.
Besides covering the whole cake, you can use a piping tool to apply the frosting on the cake. You can use any shapes or sizes you like, such as flowers on each groove.
Sometimes, the best decorations for Bundt cakes are the simplest ones. Since Bundt cakes are essentially decorative on their own, they can greatly benefit from simple dusting powders.
The coolest thing about dusting is its versatility. For example, you can dust a Bundt cake with a huge variety of powders for aesthetics and flavor.
Besides simple powdered confectioner sugar, you can use anything from cinnamon powder to sweetened cocoa, to a mix of the two. These ingredients have different colors, and you can adjust their density while dusting.
Not only that, but you can even add them on top of frosted and non-frosted Bundt cakes, which are becoming quite popular nowadays!
If you don’t have enough time to go for elaborate Bundt cake decoration, you can simply go for a tasty and simple solution like whipped cream and berries.
In addition to being an easy solution, it’s also incredibly versatile and delicious. You can also combine them with your choice of berries and fruits for extra flavor and color variety.
The simplest design here would be multiple tiny peaks on every section of the cake with a single cherry on top. However, you can try out just about any style you like or replicate styles that you’ve seen online.
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete if it doesn’t feature this all-time staple. Chocolate drizzles are not only a fan favorite, but they’re also incredibly delicious and add moisture to the cake.
While there are several chocolate drizzle styles out there, you should go for a satiny chocolate drizzle that partially solidifies to maintain its shape.
If you want some homemade chocolate drizzle, combine 3/4 cup of sweetened chocolate chips with 3 tablespoons of softened butter, a dash of vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon of light corn syrup over a double boiler.
Once the ingredients melt completely, drizzle it on top of your cake, but remember to put the cake on top of a rimmed baking sheet to catch the run-off drizzle and make cleanup easier.
Speaking of attractive runny glazing, if you want a professional-looking finish for your Bundt cake, you might want to give this one a try.
One essential aspect to consider before using mirror glazing is that it’s usually better on smooth surfaces, so make sure that the Bundt pan you’re using for the cake yields a smooth ring-shaped cake.
While there are various recipes to make mirror glazing, we find this one from Tasty an excellent time saver.
You can use this technique for both plain and multicolored glazing. This type of glazing also comes with the extra advantage of keeping the cake fresh for longer!
If your Bundt cake has a unique texture and you don’t want to bury it under layers of glazing that hide its features, this one would be ideal for you.
Glitter will only add a glamorous effect on Bundt cakes without massively impacting their texture or flavor.
You can find a wide range of commercial edible glitter out there. You can even use multiple colors to mix things up and add unique looks to every cake.
In most cakes, edible glitter would be sensitive to heat, so you should make sure that the cake has cooled down completely before sprinkling it on top.
Additionally, like powdered sugar, you can also add it on top of frosting. However, this heavily undermines its lustrous effect.
While most decorating ideas only cover the top of the Bundt cake, this one has the special advantage of going all the way!
The secret here is simply food coloring. After combining the ingredients of Bundt cake batter, don’t start pouring it immediately into the pan.
Instead, split the batter into multiple bowls (around 3 to 4 are usually enough), and add a few drops of the different-colored food coloring to each one, then mix well.
Now that you have different colored batter mixed, add them all at the same time to the Bundt pan, and bake the cake regularly. You’ll end up with a beautiful multicolored cake!
A good tip here is to cover the cake with some white mirror glazing to add a surprise factor when you cut the cake.
Besides being a classic delicious combination, peanut butter and chocolate chips are excellent ingredients for decorating cakes.
If you want to achieve a simple yet elegant look, you could drizzle some softened peanut butter over the bundt cake, then sprinkle some chocolate chips on top.
Alternatively, if you have piping tools, you could also go for a more professional look by piping the peanut butter along the ridges of the Bundt cake and filling the cake’s center with some chocolate ganache!
Lastly, if you’re looking for a more festive look, you can go wrong with colorful candies like Skittles and M&Ms.
Of course, the choice here depends on the flavor of your cake and your personal preference, but the decoration style is similar in both cases.
You can do anything from simply scattering the candy randomly over the car to creating colorful swirling rainbows by alternating the colors.
Keep in mind that some of these ideas will require a layer of cake frosting or buttercream to help the candies stick properly.
This marks the end of today’s guide that walks you through some of the best Bundt cake decorating ideas out there!
As you can see, the sky’s the limit when it comes to decorating your cake, and you can also use a combination of the previously mentioned ideas to create something truly unique!
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.