Pearl beads for borders are beautiful on both fondant covered and buttercream frosted cakes. Creating them is simple using the various silicone bead making tools that are now available to cake decorators. Choices in beads include classic round styles, oval, faceted, or rose-shaped beads. The easiest way to apply the beads onto the border of the cake is to leave them in their strings after unmolding, then place in sections with the ends touching. They can also be broken up in individual beads and used thay way.