Unique Cake Toppings for Store-Bought Cakes

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Do you love entertaining but don't have the time or skill to make a delicious homemade cake? Not to worry! You can still get the look of a custom dessert on a shoestring budget by adding creative and colorful toppings to store-bought cakes!

Choose Your Cakes

Choose the type of store-bought cakes that you want to serve and purchase from your local grocery. Trader Joe's has a great selection of smaller cakes if you prefer a variety.

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Add Frosting (Optional)

If you have a cake that doesn't fit your color scheme, add contrast by drizzling frosting over the top of the cake. A simple buttercream or whipped cream frosting is easy to make, or purchase a ready-made frosting from the store and heat it in a microwave-safe bowl until it is soft and easy to drizzle.

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Choose Your Toppings

To achieve the look of a custom cake, choose toppings that complement the cake but are unexpected in color or type. Novelty items, flowers and toppings with bright colors are great choices for creating a unique cake.

For a lemon cake use whole lemons and fresh thyme. Colorful fresh flowers are a great contrast against a dark chocolate cake. Fancy macarons are the perfect compliment to a cinnamon coffee cake.

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Prepare Your Toppings

Slice the lemons and remove the thyme from the sprigs.

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Cut the flower stems so that they are just long enough to insert into the cake, approximately two inches long.

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Assemble Your Toppings Onto the Cakes

For the lemon cake, place lemon slices around the bottom and in the center of the cake. Sprinkle with the thyme.

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To create a whimsical look for the coffee cake, stack the macarons on top of the cake in a relaxed fashion.

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Insert the cut and wrapped flowers into the chocolate cake.

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Press the center of the flower gently with your thumb until you can no longer see the stem and the flower is sitting on top of the cake.

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Put Your Cakes on Display

Display the cakes until you're ready to serve your guests.

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You can even use any extra toppings as props for decoration.

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You are sure to wow your guests with this unique display of desserts that took half the time and money to create than a homemade cake.

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