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Alphabet cakes have taken over the cake world, and they’re amazing with a capital A.
The rub is that these treats aren’t usually made with any cake at all. Most often, they’re cream tarts, constructed with layers of cookies or flaky pastries and filled with dollops of buttercream. But of course, it’s what’s on top that makes these cakes so show-stopping. Here’s a primer on how to take these trendy treats to the next level.
1. Flower Power
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Flowers add color and sophistication to a cake destined for an outdoor garden party or shower. An added bonus? Blooms take up a lot of real estate on the cake’s surface, which means you can spend less time figuring out how to decorate the rest of it. Be sure to use edible flowers like roses, daisies and pansies and wrap the stems with floral tape or food-safe wax to avoid contamination.
2. Eye Candy
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As if cookies and buttercream weren’t enough, try topping an alphabet cake with mini chocolate bars, candy and marshmallows. After all, no sweet tooth can resist a cake topped with homemade macarons and meringues!
3. Let Them Eat Cake
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While cookies look delicate and crisp in these alphabet treats, cake is a great option, too. Bake thin layers in a sheet pan, freeze them and then use a sharp knife to cut out letters with the help of a stencil.
4. You’ve Got My Number
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Switch up the paradigm and convert letters to numbers — great for milestone birthdays.
5. When Trends Collide
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The unicorn cake isn’t going away — so why not combine two major cake trends in one? Think beyond unicorn cakes and borrow inspiration from other statement-makers like geodes and brushstrokes.