Thursday, February 27, 2014

4 Ways to Spruce Up a Store Bought Cake


Custom orders for cakes can cost a pretty penny. Did you know that you could save yourself a lot of money by taking advantage of your local grocery store?

Here are 4 ways to decorate a store bought cake to make them look like you ordered it from a professional bakery.

1. Flowers 
Fresh flowers are a great way to add color and elegance to your cake. Trader Joes has beautiful bouquets of flowers for only $4. 

One thing to note when using fresh flowers to decorate a cake is that you want to make sure not to stick the flower stems directly into the cake. The stems will leave a terrible after-taste in the cake. 
Here is a way to preserve your cake.

 
 Using a straw, cut about 3 inches. Fold up the end of the straw and wrap a piece of tape around it to create a flower stem holder. 
     
Insert each flower into each stem holder. Then carefully place each flower into your cake.


2. Skewered Banner/Sign
  
Using wooden skewers or toothpicks, create a fun banner or cut out letters to write out a message.

3. Ribbon
Adorn your store bought cake with a piece of ribbon to add a bit of style to your cake. 

4. Fruit
Dress your cake using fresh fruit. They are a great and inexpensive way to add color as well as flavor to your cake. Fruits like strawberries, blueberries, kiwi and citrus are perfect to use. 


* At my local Albertsons, the bakery department sells single layer cakes for $9 and a double layer cake around $14. You can also purchase additional icing for $2/quart to do any of your own frosting. You can also ask for a complimentary piping bag!

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