That doesn’t look like a box cake, cake!

When you see all these pretty looking cakes on Pinterest and on TV you think about just how long it must have taken to make and all the work that had to be put into it. 

Now I’m not talking about the 6 tiered wonders because obviously, those took time. But the cute looking bakery style cakes, they can be achieved with little effort in hardly no time. 

When I posted this cake to my Facebook all of my friends were in awe of how pretty it looked. One friend commented that it looked so good and that she wishes she had the time to decorate cakes.

When I told her it came from a box and that it took me no longer than 10 minutes to decorate it, she was floored and went to asking questions. So I thought I would share with you readers how to make a box cake look like a fancy bakery cake, without the time.

Box Cake 1Box Cake 3 Box Cake 2 

  1. First step, follow the directions on the box and bake into two 8 inch round pans. I used Duncan Hines Red Velvet 🙂
  2. Let them cool completely. This makes it easier to handle and it keeps your icing from melting.
  3. Take a long knife and trim the top of the cakes off. This takes a rounded top and makes it into a flat top. Keep the tops.
  4. Take your icing, I used Duncan Hines Cream Cheese icing and ice the top of one of the cakes.
  5. Stack the cake with the un-iced top onto the cake with the iced top.
  6. Ice the sides and the top of your now, two layer cake.
  7. Crumble up the tops of the cake to make medium sized crumbs.
  8. Take the crumbs and sprinkle it on top of the cake and pat them onto the sides. Being careful not to pat too hard so you don’t smear your icing.
  9. Put it on a pretty plate, and you’re done 🙂


How easy! and it looks SO pretty, not to mention delicious.

This weekend I am making my first homemade chocolate cake with a peanut butter pie filling. I can’t wait to share that recipe with you 🙂

Share this post with all of your friends that think they are too busy to make something gorgeous like this and subscribe to The Wife’s Life so you can have these steps on hand for the next time your hubby is wanting some yummy cake.



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