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How to Decorate a Store Bought Cake

Learn how to decorate a store bought cake with these easy to follow steps. Turn an ordinary store bought cake into a gorgeous cake to serve to guests or take to a party. 

Decorated Store Bought Cake

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How to decorate a store bought cake

If you have been around here for any amount of time, you know that we like keeping it simple BUT we also love to be creative while cutting down on time. 

Have you ever been super busy and just thought – I’ll just run to the store and buy something instead of making it? 

And then you think – oh but I really want it to look spectacular! YES and YES! 

Today you will learn how to take an ordinary store bought cake, and with just a handful of simple ingredients and supplies, you can turn it into a gorgeous cake that everyone will think you spent hours and hours on. 

Supplies and Ingredients to decorate a store bought cake

How to Decorate a Store Bought Cake

Ingredients and Supplies

  • Cake – or other dessert of your choice. I used a Red Velvet Cake that I found in the bakery freezer section at my local grocery store. 
  • Greens – any kind will work. Sometimes you can find bundles of only greens in the floral department, I didn’t see any this time, so I bought a small bouquet
  • Cranberries – or fruit of your choice. Small pieces work best though.
  • Mini Candy Canes – again, you can easily swap these for whatever you like. For this Christmas cake, the candy canes worked great.
  • Powdered Sugar

Kitchen Essentials Needed

  • Small Sifter to use for Powdered Sugar
  • Offset spatula – optional, if you need to smooth any frosting 
  • Scissors – to cut greens

Decorating store bought cake with powdered sugar

To decorate the cake, you will add layers of each ingredient. 

  1. Begin with the greens, cut them into small pieces and add several pieces on top of the cake to form a circle
  2. Then add smaller pieces on top to fill in the circle
  3. Dust with powdered sugar. Note: You can also dust the pieces of greens with powdered sugar before laying them onto the cake

Decorating store bought cake with cranberries

Next comes the cranberries

  1. Dust the cranberries (or other fruit) with the powdered sugar
  2. Lay them onto the cake, tucking them slightly under the greens

Decorating store bought cake with candy canes

And last are the candy canes

  1. Tuck the mini candy canes under the greens. Add as many as you like. 

Decorated Store Bought Cake

To finish the cake – 

  1. Place the decorated cake onto a cake stand, if you like. If you are transporting it, you may want to wait and put it on a cake stand later. 
  2. You can use any leftover greens, cranberries or candy canes to decorate around the base of the cake, if you like. 

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How to Decorate a Store Bought Cake



  1. Be careful using plants that aren’t edible. Could have pesticides. Rosemary would look great on that cake! Great idea!

    1. Thanks so much Nancy! Let us know how your cake turns out.

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