Natural Christmas Dessert Decorations

It’s dessert decorating season and while I love sprinkles (A LOT), I’m even more in love with these natural Christmas Cake decorations (for any dessert you’re having this season).

I’ve talked about my preference for seasonal ingredients as food decor rather than dyes a lot. It’s why I share ideas for Valentine’s Day appetizer boards, St. Patrick’s Day grazing boards, and even these mini Christmas tarts and Christmas cheesecake bars in years past have natural toppings that are just as festive as anything prepackaged on the shelf!

So here is an extended version of all my favorite natural dessert topping ideas!

Natural Christmas Cake Decorations

Natural Christmas Cake Decorations

Whether you buy your desserts or you make them yourself (or a combo like me – cake mix and homemade whipped cream – try alcohol infused whipped cream!), these dessert toppings can be done by you and look so stylish!

While I tried to show as many option as I could here, in reality, I would probably only pick 1-3 toppings for a cake or cupcakes and then repeat them. Right now my favorite are the dried orange slices, star anise, and the fresh rosemary. I’m guessing I’ll have different picks next week, however!

Natural Christmas Cake Decorations

Easy Cake Decorations

None of these Christmas cake decoration ideas is complicated, so the easiest is the one you have at home.

We always have bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, and star anise in my spice drawer – year round.

The fresh herbs – lemon balm, mint, and rosemary – are easily attainable year round, which is easy enough. Sometimes we even have it out in our garden.

This time of year, kiwis and pomegranates aren’t uncommon, but they aren’t necessarily guaranteed either.

So just go with what sounds good and/or what you have easy access to!

These homemade pastel mints are also perfect – they require some baking but they’re edible and adorable!!

Natural Christmas Cake Decorations - Dried Orange Slices and Eucalyptus

Seasonal Christmas Recipes

Looking for other seasonal Christmas recipes to enjoy with these cake decorations?

Overnight oats with yogurt is an easy make ahead breakfast idea for Christmas day.

These fish fillets with winter coleslaw is a fabulous appetizer for a sit down dinner!

Try these cheesecake bars and christmas tarts for dessert – these toppings are perfect!

For drinks, there’s this pomegranate Christmas Sangria, my go to winter sangria made with white wine, or if you just want wine check out this list of wines to have with every holiday meal or these festive prosecco serving ideas!

Natural Christmas Cake Decorations
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Spruce up your holiday desserts with any of these fabulous Christmas cake decorations. They're seasonal, inexpensive, easily available, and all natural! Choose one or get creative with a mix of these toppings.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: New American
Keyword: christmas, dessert, holidays, sustainable
Servings: 1
Calories: 68kcal
Author: Luci Petlack


Dessert Topping Options

  • 1 dried orange slice
  • 2 small sprigs eucalyptus
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 small sprig rosemary
  • 1 small sprig lemon balm OR min leaves
  • 3-5 fresh cranberries
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 kiwi finely chopped
  • 3-5 pomegranate arils
  • 1 teaspoon chopped, raw pistachios OR pumpkin seeds


  • Top each cupcake, mini pie, or tart with one of the above toppings with corresponding amount.
  • If decorating a larger cake, feel free to add larger amounts of decor ideas or a combination of toppings.


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Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1mg

Photography by Sacramento Photographer Val Leddy

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