Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Easy Thanksgiving Cake Decorating Idea and Chocolate Cake Recipe

Written by, Bernadyn Nettles


 Thanksgiving Cake

Something I am thankful for as Thanksgiving approaches is dessert and chocolate cake!  Thanksgiving and this holiday season typically adds extra chaos to our lives so I wanted to share this simple idea for a cake to help simplify your Thanksgiving needs.  Thanksgiving food is usually focused on the turkey, ham and sides.  The dessert usually doesn't require much decorating but if you are making a cake and want to add a little touch of Thanksgiving theme to it, then this simple cake banner and cake decorating idea may give you one less thing to worry about for this holiday!

Easy Thanksgiving Cake Decorating

This cake is a red velvet cake but the banner works just as well!

Thanksgiving "Give Thanks" Cake Banner


I wanted to keep the decorating simple for Thanksgiving which is perfect for most people since the star of the show on most people's Thanksgiving table is the turkey and main course.  The desserts are usually pies unless you're like me who doesn't mind a good chocolate cake no matter the occasion!
If you want an easy, no-fuss cake decorating idea, this one should work just fine and still looks festive.

What You Need:
  • 2 paper straws with fall or Thanksgiving colors 
  • White gel pen
  • Black banner-shaped stickers or tags or you can cut out your own and glue or tape it onto string or twine
  • Twine or ribbon in fall or Thanksgiving colors


  1. I just estimated the length then adjusted the twine when I tied it onto the straws but you can be more accurate by measuring the straws from one end to the other of the cake.  
  2. Maintain the length between the straws that you just measured and lay the straws down on a flat surface.  Don't insert the straws into the cake just yet or you may risk messing up the cake.
  3. Measure your twine or ribbon out the same length as the straws while they are laid flat.
  4. Leave some room on both ends of the twine so a little bit hangs over when you tie it on the straws.
  5. Cut the twine when you have the length you want and tie the ends onto the straw.  You can leave it the way I did or tie little bows on each end.
  6. Write or you can even print out "Give Thanks" onto the stickers.  I drew a tree in the middle or you can print something else out.  You can also spell out "Give Thanks" instead if you're cake is long enough.  Mine wasn't so I could only fit three banner stickers onto the twine.
  7. Finally, stick the stickers on or tape or glue it onto the twine. 

I used Wilton's cake decorating tip #352 to spread the frosting around on top of the cake after covering the cake in the first layer of frosting.  I put the icing in a piping bag with the tip and just went back and forth all over the cake for that slightly messy, imperfect decoration.

If you're looking for a chocolate cake recipe, give the chocolate cake recipe below a try.  I found the  recipe on Pinterest which I pinned here.

There's also a video included to make the frosting.

Recipe for Chocolate Cake


3/4 cup soft butter
3 eggs at room temperature
2 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup milk


Preheat oven to 350 degreese.
Grease bottom of pan (for this cake, I used a small oval pan but this recipe works well for two round pans, size 9x9).
Beat butter for 30 seconds, then, slowly add sugar.
Add eggs one at a time, beating after each one.  Beat in vanilla.
Add dry ingredients, beating after each addition.
Add half of the milk, beat.  Add the other half. Beat just until everything is combined nicely.
Spread batter evenly into pans
 Bake for 30-35 minutes for round pans.  Around 5 minutes longer for larger pans.
Don't overcook, keep watching cake and it's finished when toothpick comes out clean.

Chocolate Frosting:


2 sticks softened butter
1/4 cup cocoa
1 cup powdered sugar


Beat ingredients until smooth.

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What's on your Thanksgiving menu?  Please share and let me know in the comments below.  

Happy baking and decorating!

 Thankful Giveaway Hop Ends Tomorrow!





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