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Now, don’t get intimidated by making this cake. That is the best advice I can give you when it comes to trying out something new. Intimidation is what stops me, it’s what’s stopped me from making macarons and cheesecake! Two things I still have to make this year because I’m not going to give in.

However, when it comes to decorating this cake, I promise you, it’s little steps at a time, and to be honest, you don’t even have to do them all! You get to pick which ones you do from this cake. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to do a Sprinkle Geode, but I’m also going to give you the recipe I used for making a box cake mix taste homemade, and tell you the tricks to getting the painted look on my cake. Lastly, I’ll tell you my secret for that rock candy sticking out of the top!



Box Cake to Bakery

Here’s the trick! You’re going to add to the ingredients on the box cake mix instructions. As easy as that. 

  • 1 box Cake Mix
  • 1 extra Egg from what the box says
  • Unsalted butter Replace oil with melted butter
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla
  • Milk Replace water with milk
  1. Follow the same instructions that are on the cake mix, with these alterations

  2. Add 1 extra egg from what the box says 

  3. Don’t use the oil, you want to use melted butter in its place (unsalted) 

  4. Add 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla

  5. Replace the water, it calls for, for milk

  6. Bake according to directions on the box

For this cake, I baked a strawberry cake! I also used fresh strawberries in between the layers, and my American Buttercream recipe which you can find HERE in my Pinata Cupcake post. I used one box cake with the modifications above and cooked it in 3 6″ rounds. Be sure to coat all sides (and bottom) of your cake pans with butter, pam is fine. I always place parchment paper at the bottom of my pans as well.



Now that you’ve got your cake and icing, here’s a few things you need to know before we start:



Here is a list of the supplies I used for decorating, modify as you’d like!

Again, you don’t have to do every technique I do on this cake! Just pick the ones you want.



Now, you’re ready, let’s decorate this cake!

Step 1: Stack and Crumb Coat



Step 2: (not pictured) Add your second layer of icing



Step 3: Add your colors



Step 4: The Sprinkle Geode

Step 5: Gold

Now, you could totally stop here! I think it looks amazing just like this and I almost stop… but then I didn’t, and went over the top.



Step 6: Add the rest of your decor

Refrigerate when done!




Will you be using any of these tips for your next party? What do you want a tutorial or recipe for? If you loved this post, I would love it if you shared it on Pinterest using the image below!


Have you seen the amazing cakes floating around on Instagram lately? Well I promise you they're not as difficult as they look! You can easily create this sprinkle cake geode for your next event. I'm not a professional baker and I did it! Check out this post for step-by-step instructions plus a recipe for making a box cake taste homemade.

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