Insta Worthy Cake for Under $15

Updated: Mar 2, 2020

Baking used to be my form of therapy. I remember seeing a meme that said “I bake because punching is frowned upon” and I really couldn’t relate any better. Unfortunately, I haven’t baked much this year and really needed any excuse to bring out my mixer and sprinkles.

Luckily, Sam’s birthday was the perfect occasion! I got to bake her something that goes along with her Pancakes & PJs theme party and all within a $15 budget! If you haven’t checked out Sam’s blog to see if she was able to plan her party for under $40, be sure to check it out!

This cake is super easy and fun! I just follow the cake mix instructions to bake the cake, add some sprinkles, drip the candy melts, and voila!

Funny story, one of the layers actually didn’t make it onto the cake… well I guess it really wasn’t that funny when it happened. But luckily, I used that layer and the cake tops of the other layers to make cake pops! We talked about how we turned this into a happy accident in our previous blog post.

Supplies you need:

  1. 2 boxes of cake mix

  2. Ingredients for your cake mix

  3. 2 tubs of vanilla icing

  4. 1 lemon (optional)

  5. 3 strawberries (optional)

  6. 1 cup candy melts (any colour)

  7. Tablespoon of oil

  8. Sprinkles

  9. Wax/parchment paper

  10. Oil cooking spray

  11. Cake stand or DIY cake stand (1 plate on top of inverted bowl)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (or whatever your cake mix instruction is).

  2. Prepare two 9 inch cake pans. TIP: grease + sugar. My little secret is to grease the cake pans, add a spoon of sugar in it, toss it around for an even coat, and then getting rid of the excess sugar. You can do this with regular sugar or powdered sugar.

  3. Follow the first cake mix instructions to make the cake.

  4. Pour the batter in the two prepared 9 inch cake pans and bake according to instructions.

  5. Check if the cake is fully baked with a toothpick, if nothing sticks to it you can transfer this to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.

  6. Once it’s cool, trim the top of the cake so it’s flat. Save the scraps of the cake to make cake pops.

  7. Repeat steps 2-6 for your second box of cake mix.

  8. Cool the rest of the layers in the fridge.

Flavour your icing (optional)

  1. Transfer two tubs of vanilla icing in a mixing bowl.

  2. Flavour your icing by adding lemon zest. I typically add the zest from one whole lemon and juice around a tablespoon of juice to add to the flavouring.

  3. Mix it well by hand with a spatula.

  4. For a fluffier consistency, starting whipping it with an electric mixer or a whisk.

Stacking your cake

  1. Once your cakes are cooled down, you’re ready to stack them. You should have 4 layers of cake with flat tops. Start by placing your first layer on your cake stand or plate.

  2. Ice the first layer with the strawberry icing.

  3. Repeat this step until you have your 4th layer on cake at the top.

  4. Ice the outside of your cake with the rest of the icing.

Add sprinkles!

  1. Cut enough wax/parchment paper to wrap around the bottom of your cake.

  2. Spray the paper with cooking spray.

  3. Shake the sprinkles on the parchment paper along the bottom and some in the middle.

  4. Pick up the sprinkled paper and wrap it around your cake (sprinkle side towards the icing).

Time to drip!

  1. Add the candy melts and tablespoon of oil in a microwavable bowl.

  2. Microwave for 10 seconds each time and stir until running consistency.

  3. Use a spoon and start dripping the candy melt from the middle to the end.

Dipped Strawberries Topper (Optional)

  1. Dip strawberries with leftover cake melts.

  2. Dip in sprinkles after dipping in cake melts.

  3. Once you know where you want to place the strawberry, use the melted cake melt as a glue to top your cake.

Did you try making this cake? Let us know how it turned out!

Sweet wishes,

xo Viv


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