• Cheat's rule No. 1: Cake mixes and ready-made frosting you shall use. It will save you a ton of time in the kitchen, not to mention saving your sanity too. If this baker-to-the-stars is using cake mixes, then there's no reason you can't too. Take a cue from the "naked cake" trend by adding flowers as decorative elements. They're a quick and pretty way to add major WOW to any simple cake.

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  • Don't sweat the details. Frosting applied in a random pattern can look rustic and intentional. The addition of colorful fruits and flowers will make your masterpiece look even more unique.

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  • Use ready-to-roll fondant icing and molds to create fancy shapes. Anything from pretty bows to lace patterns can be created easily with a fondant mold.

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  • The flavors also have to wow, so don't be afraid to incorporate candy, sprinkles, or fruit into a basic cake mix. Those little extras will also impress when it's time to cut the cake.

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  • If baking is not your forte, then embellishing a store-bought cake with candy is the easiest way to decorate and personalize your cake. Add the candy in a pretty pattern, and no one needs to know that you didn't bake it from scratch.

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  • Use stencils to add detailing to any simple cake. This rather ornate example uses patterns made with cake frosting, but you can use powdered sugar, cocoa powder, or even glittery sanding sugars instead of frosting to achieve myriad looks.

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  • Think outside the box when decorating your cake. Edible gold leaf is a perfect example of a simple technique, but one that still ensures that you deliver on the wow factor.

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