transform and decorate a supermarket cake

I bought this vanilla lemon cake from Trader Joe’s yesterday, because I wanted to show you all how you can easily change the look of this cake in about 10 minutes! If you’re busy and don’t have time to make and decorate your own cake, you can buy a plain white or chocolate one and then personalize it to your liking! The cake only cost me $8.00 and it tasted so delicious! Read below to see how you can transform a cake too 😉 
Awww, look at this poor lil’ cake… it even has a strange green blob on top! Find a cake stand and with a spatula remove the cake from the cardboard. It’s okay if you mess the bottom up a little because it will be covered. 

Practice using different frosting tips. If you don’t have an actual plastic frosting bag, use a Ziplock bag! They work perfectly, haha 🙂 

I used the tip on the left, started from the top and went back and forth all the way down… like a zig-zag. This cake isn’t huge, so it only took a few minutes to go around the whole cake! It shouldn’t take you long and don’t feel like you have to make it perfect! 
Once the sides are done, you can do the top in the same way or how ever you want! A little tip for the top: start from the outside and do one circle at a time, working your way into the middle.

Decorate your cake with a fresh flower on the top or side…

Or since this is a lemon cake, I decided to add fresh slices of lemon around the bottom 😉 
Also, yesterday I received a great surprise when I saw this! Thank you Jeannie over at Project Wedding for the sweet words and post!! 
Photo Credit: Zan Passante for Sugar and Charm 
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10 responses to transform and decorate a supermarket cake

  1. Fantastic! My attempts at using a ziplock have ended in the bag exploding and me covered in frosting. The covered in frosting part is actually sort of awesome though…

  2. Katherine
    May 24, 2011

    lol! Try a heavy duty one, I’ve resorted to it a few times and works – yes covered in frosting isn’t a bad thing 😉

  3. May 24, 2011

    Adorable idea, looks professional!!!! Love that stand too <;)

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  5. May 24, 2011

    Haha!! I love this conversation 😉 Being covered in frosting is a dream!!
    Yes, heavy duty works very well…. and of course not sealing the bag closed… just twist the top instead 😉 That usually works for me! Thank you both for the sweet comments!! xoxo

  6. May 24, 2011

    This looks just like the Martha Stewart Ruffle Cake. I tried it, but my ruffles started to lean. Any tips on keeping them straight up and down?

    *Also, I’ve vowed to never use a ziploc bag again. I’ve never had much luck with it. Even the seams sometimes give way and the mess isn’t worth the money saved {to me}.

  7. May 25, 2011

    This is such a fabulous idea! I had never thought to spruce up a cake like that and to put fresh lemons on it. Thanks for this great time saver!

  8. oh wow that’s awesome! What a great idea. Will have to do this next time I need a cake 🙂

  9. May 26, 2011

    I love the look of the cake!!! I will have to try it on my next Summer Party! That’s for sure!

    my blog: Fruity Looks

  10. June 2, 2011

    This is a FABULOUS idea! Thanks for sharing! : )

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