How-to Decorate a Cake for Christmas

I used a simple brush embroidery technique to decorate the Festive Holly Cake for our family Christmas dinner. I learned this at a beginner cake-decorating class. But it is something anyone can pick up, using the recipe and photos from the Taste of Home Kitchen.

After making imprints on the frosting with a cookie cutter, I outlined the holly leaves and brushed in color. Then I used a round tip to add the pine branches and berries.

Visual appeal is always nice, but what's extra special about this cake is that it tastes as good as it looks. My husband, Richard, and our guests couldn't believe that I could produce such an elegant cake after only two classes! Paula Simpson