Fast, Inexpensive, Easy Cake Topper

I love making elaborate, complicated cakes.  Spending days--sometimes weeks crafting edible gumpaste details.  But sometimes I just don't have that kind of time.  Like this Valentine's day.  I knew I wanted to share my strawberry cake recipe with you guys, but I had NO idea how to decorate the cake when it came time to take the pictures.

So I looked around the house at my available supplies, and came up with this seriously quick and easy cake decoration.  

Materials Needed:

  • bamboo skewers
  • toothpicks
  • scrapbook or other colorful paper
  • glue gun

I knew I wanted varying heights, so I kept some of the skewers long, broke some in half, and used toothpicks for the shortest skewers.

Then I just cut hearts out of scrapbook paper completely freehand.  I wanted the not-so-perfect, more organic look (and I didn't have time to run out and buy a bunch of punches!).  Next, I simply glued the hearts to the ends of the skewers with my trusty low-temp hot glue gun, and stuck them on the top of the very simply iced cake.

Wow, what a difference a few skewers and paper hearts can make!

Wouldn't this be cute with glittery stars?  Or balloons?  Clouds?  You could really adapt this basic technique for all sorts of occasions!