Looking for inspiration to easily turn your everyday cakes into showstopping centerpieces this holiday season? It's time to put down the piping bag and get creative!

ot all cakes need to be completely covered in frosting. One of the new trends the year is to let the sides of a cake, especially layer cakes, peek through. Bakers are also going beyond plain frosting, using ganaches, sauces, and toppings like AQF's no sugar Whipped Topping. (For more info, click here.)

Consider adding a layer of fruit between the layers of cake as well.
It adds a tart flavor for a break from that sugary frosting, as well as another texture. Experiment with jams and preserves, including sugar free options, like raspberry and lemon. AQF also offers no sugar Fruit Topping Mixes that can be used for diabetic diners. (Click here for product information.)

Finally, try topping frosted cakes with artfully placed items. Here are a few ideas:
  • Whole small berries including cranberries, blueberries and blackberries
  • Sliced fruit
  • Pecans, cashews or walnut halves
  • Chopped pistachios or peanuts
  • Sliced or slivered almonds
  • Cookies (try our sugar free or gluten free Cookie Mixes)
  • Toasted or shredded coconut
  • Fresh herbs such as mint or rosemary
  • Sugar free or gluten free candies
Be sure to serve cakes decorated with cookies or fresh herbs within two hours of decorating.

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