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Finishing Touches for Holiday Desserts

Whether you are making our stumplike layer cake, a more traditional buche de Noel, or even holiday cupcakes, there’s a wide variety of lovely options for woodland garnishes. Any of the whimsical toppers on this page (some homemade, some store-bought) would make a lovely finishing touch.

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Photography by: Bryan Gardner

MAKE: Sugared Rosemary Sprigs

When you need snow-covered mini trees for cake decorations, try these sweet herb sprigs.

Get the Sugared Rosemary Sprigs Recipe
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Photography by: Bryan Gardner

MAKE: Chestnut-and-Marzipan Acorns

Smooth a little marzipan over chestnuts, pinching with your fingers to make peaked tops.

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Photography by: Bryan Gardner

BUY: Candy Mushrooms and Twigs

Our friends at Andie's Specialty Sweets make gorgeous and delicious mushrooms from sugar.

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Photography by: Bryan Gardner

MAKE: Meringue Mushrooms

A fanciful confection you can eat as a mini cookie, and just the right decoration for a buche (or birch) de Noel.

Get the Meringue Mushrooms Recipe
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Photography by: Bryan Gardner

BUY: Acorn-Shaped Sugar Cubes

As they have a flat side, these acorns from wishingwellart.etsy.com are especially good for adorning the side of a cake.

 

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Photography by: Bryan Gardner

BUY: Gum-Paste Snowflakes

So delicate, so beautiful, we couldn't resist these snowflakes from sweetedibles.etsy.com.

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Photography by: Bryan Gardner

MAKE: Raspberry-and-Marzipan Mushrooms

Roll balls of marzipan into stem shapes; place a raspberry on each.

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Photography by: Bryan Gardner

BUY: Acorns, Leaves, and Ferns

More edible adornments from andiespecialtysweets.etsy.com.