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Cheaty, no-bake Mother’s Day cake

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Cheaty, no-bake Mother’s Day cake

This is for the non-bakers. The I-don’t-have-timers. The I-want-to-but-I’m-just-not-sure-I-caners. This is for the kids who would most likely burn down a house if they ever attempted to bake a cake. And this is for the dads who want to impress their wife {or baby mama} but wouldn’t know how to cream butter to save their lives.

It’s the totally cheaty, no-bake cake.

I’m the chief cake-maker in my family, so I can’t actually remember the last time someone made me a cake. I’ve been making my own birthday cakes since I was 10, so it’s probably been well before that. I’m thinking that it would be nice to have a cake made for you though, and kids just love giving these things a go.

How’s it done? The sponge is just a cheap sponge that you can buy from the supermarket or your local bakery. These sponges are generally very soft which can make it hard for little people to ice them. So I’d suggest freezing the cake so that it’s easier to work with.

For the icing I just use 250g of soft butter, 500g icing sugar, a dash of vanilla and 1 tablespoon of boiling water. Beat it until it’s light and beautiful. And ice that cake!

Cheaty, no-bake Mother’s Day cake

I just grabbed some flowers from my local roadside flower lady, but you could use some from your own garden. Or use edible pansies. Or decorate with chocolates and lollies and those good things.

Cheaty, no-bake Mother’s Day cake

You could also decorate it with raspberries or pile it high with a whole heap of delicious berries.


Alternatively you could not even bother icing and decorating and buy a cake pre-made {although it would be a little more expensive}… but I think it’s all about the love. Putting time into something shows her you care.

Which do you like best, flowers or raspberries?

  • I’ve used the supermarket sponge before! Sometimes you just don’t have time to bake from scratch! I’m loving the flowers. So pretty.

    • Yep! For my sister’s 30th, I made 3 cakes from bought sponges and nobody knew. Winning!

  • Lovely. Cheating can be wonderful. I often use a box of cake mix then decorate something extra pretty, but grabbing a shop bought sponge? Even better! 🙂

    • Yep. No effort at all really. 😛

  • I used a shop bought sponge to make a hundreds and thousands cake for my husband’s 30th birthday. It worked perfectly. So good for those days you just don’t have time to bake.

  • I grew up with a mother who always tried her best to bake, but always failed miserably – she blamed the oven. :-p

    Every year for my birthday, amidst the smell of burnt cake, we would celebrate with a store bought sponge decorated with a good dusting of icing sugar on top, and a good layer of strawberry jam and whipped cream from a can in the middle of the sponges. I love store bought sponges. They evoke happy childhood memories.

  • Oh this is awesome! I must try this over the weekend 🙂

  • I do this one, with jam and cream and berries between theatres. Easy peasy!

  • SO easy, and SO good! x