one cake, three ways is my fave

March 13, 2014

Contributor post by Lyndsay Sung of Coco Cake Landbuttercream-cake-3-ways.jpg

Jazzing up your cake doesn’t have to be a sweat inducing ordeal. Lazy cake decorating with visual impact can be as easy as 1-2-3! All you need to do is head to the grocery store for inspiration.


Start with a bare naked, just frosted in vanilla buttercream cake. From scratch or from a mix, either way seems great to me as long as cake is involved!


1. For a chocolate shards cake, use your favourite good quality chocolate bar. I used milk chocolate with sea salt. Chop the bar into rough triangular shards.


Place the shards into the top of the buttercream like a chocolate glass city of the future or a sculptural chocolate field.


2. Omg candy cake! Surprise a candy-loving or rainbow-loving pal with a cake dotted with colorful favourites such as swedish berries, candy shelled chocolate eggs in pastel colors, sparkly sour fruit gummies and malt balls. There would have been more malt balls on this cake if I had been able to stop myself from eating most of them.


3. Want to go au naturel? Go fruity with fresh strawberries. Using a sharp paring knife, thinly slice strawberries into triangle shapes.


Make a strawberry crown with a strawberry border! Lightly press the slices into the buttercream to adhere.

What other simple grocery store item ideas would you use to bring life to a simple cake? Do tell!

Happy cakeing!

Cake, photos and styling by Lyndsay Sung.


  • On March 13, 2014 , Rebekah said:

    The strawberry topping looks fresh and delicious!

  • On March 13, 2014 , Michelle said:

    Lindsay always has such great ideas! Love the photo of the candy cake!

  • On March 13, 2014 , Lisa said:

    Simple and easy. Great tips. Thanks for sharing!

  • On March 13, 2014 , Lila Smyth said:

    Lovely. A fun/beautiful cake lights up a gathering!

  • On March 13, 2014 , danielle @ this picture book life said:

    Oh the gumdrops! Your candy cake reminds me of my favorite childhood game, Candyland! So joyful.

  • On March 13, 2014 , lyndsay // coco cake land said:

    @rebekah – yay strawberries! i love a berry on a cake.

    @michelle – you are so sweet! thank you!

    @lisa – i’m a big fan of simple and easy too! ^__^

    @lila – thank you! i totally agree – the cake makes the party!

    @danielle – aww i was thinking of candyland too! actually that song “big rock candy mountain” kept coming into my head… ^__^ or more like “minimalist candy mini mountain” … xo

  • On March 21, 2014 , kulani pretty makamu said:

    On 28 Of march is my birth day I want u to send me recip for a cake I to make my home bake cake

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  • On March 28, 2014 , Anne said:

    Ahh, the demise of the design blog… the perfect intersection of beautiful photography and obvious ideas… but a bird on it.

  • On March 30, 2014 , Kirsten said:

    This cake looks fabulous! Nice job!


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  • On April 20, 2014 , lyndsay // coco cake land said:

    @anne – oooh a bird on top is a great idea! 😉

    @kirsten – hey thanks!

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