In the morning's mad rush to the grocery, the bakery cakes looked waxy and expensive. I opted for a $2 Pepperidge Farm cake, but I didn't realize it would be so flat.
Guests were on the way. I had less than an hour to prepare lunch, set the table, and personalize this brown square. I prayed for inspiration!
Place your Pepperidge Farm cake on a large platter.
Decorate it on the diagonal. I don't know why, but it looks better that way.
My original plan was to copy her great-grandmother's embroidered "E"--in pale blue icing on a white-frosted cake.
No time for that! I used a craft knife to freehand a stencil on scrap paper.
I dusted the stencil with confectioner's sugar through a fine mesh strainer. Cover areas you don't wish to whiten.
In the grocery parking lot, I noticed a lawn crew weed-wacking the roadside. I raced to rescue a few. (I keep scissors in my glove compartment at all times!)
In two minutes, I had a handful of Queen Anne's Lace, thistle, and a feathery white wildflower. Thistle does not prick if you hold the smooth section just under its head.
Elise's Pepperidge Farm birthday cake almost looked pretty enough to fool our guests.All that mattered: the Pepperidge Farm cake had enough chocolate icing for the requisite first cake-smearing photo!
In a similar emergency, you can use fresh strawberries or grapes for decorating a Pepperidge Farm cake, or dust it with chopped nuts and caramel drizzles.
Now it's your turn to 'fess up. Have you ever disguised or decorated a storebought cake for guests? Any tips?