Whether you are time poor or don’t enjoy baking, a cake hack is a simple way to rustle up a birthday cake in no time at all. Sara Keli shares three super easy ways you can turn a store bought cake into a birthday cake masterpiece!

Chocolate cake hack

Chocolate delight

You will need

2 chocolate cakes (or 1 prepared, not decorated layer cake)

Betty Crocker chocolate frosting

Various chocolate decorations (e.g. Oreos, Crunchies, Maltesers, Flakes etc.)

Instructions

Sandwich the mud cakes together using the frosting (if not using a pre-prepared layer cake).Follow the glazing directions on the Betty Crocker frosting packet. Carefully spread the glaze over the cake and smooth it out so it drips down the sides.

Arrange the chocolate decorations on top of the cake, as you like. Crumble pieces of chocolate (e.g. Flake or Crunchie) to add different textural elements to the cake.

Easy!

Vanilla cake hack

Vanilla flowers

You will need

2 cakes of any flavour (or 1 prepared, not decorated layer cake)

Betty Crocker vanilla frosting

Decoration flowers

Instructions

Sandwich the cakes together using the frosting (if not using a pre-prepared layer cake). Then ice the rest of the cake and smooth out. This layer of icing is just to catch the crumbs so don’t worry too much if it is a bit messy. Now place the cake in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes. Remove it and add a second layer of icing.

When you arrange the flowers you can follow a pattern or just add them randomly. The tea pot candle holder from Oh My Giddy Aunt (www.ohmygiddyaunt.com.au) is a beautiful keepsake that you can use again and again, no matter what cake you make to add a beautiful and personalised element to the cake.

sprinkles cake hack

Rainbow sprinkles

You will need

2 cakes of any flavour (or 1 prepared, not decorated layer cake)Betty Crocker vanilla frosting

100s and 1000s

Instructions

Sandwich the cakes together using the frosting (if not using a pre-prepared layer cake). Then ice the rest of the cake. This layer of icing is just to catch the crumbs so don’t worry too much if it is a bit messy. Now place the cake in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes. Remove it, add a second layer of icing and carefully smooth it out.

Pop the cake on a plate and start adding the sprinkles. Slowly poor them onto the top of the cake and gently press down to set. For the sides either hold handfuls of sprinkles and press them into the sides or ask someone to hold and carefully tilt the plate so you can use the same process as for the top.

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