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
Whether you buy your desserts or you make them yourself (or a combo like me – cake mix and homemade 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!
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!
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!
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
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.
Photography by Sacramento Photographer Val Leddy