Cake Boss // A Naked Cake Tutorial + Box Cake Mix Hack

If I could I would spend all day in the kitchen.. cooking, baking, reorganizing. I seriously love every aspect of it. I’m always excited to try something new, especially when it’s for a celebration.

Lots of my friends have been having birthdays recently and I was on the hunt to try something new. I like to go all out for a party and I think a fun cake screams Happy Birthday. I was inspired by Milk Bar NYC’s naked cakes to recreate my own version down here in ole Tennessee.

It may not be as pretty yet, but I like the messy, homemade aspect of it and with my lil’ box cake mix hack, no one will be able to tell this isn’t a homemade cake!

It seems like a lot, but in reality it’s all very easy and fun! The best part of being in the kitchen is trying something new, finding a new favorite and seeing the smiles on everyone faces. 

How to make any box cake mix taste homemade, bakery fresh:: 

So the rule for pimping up your box cake to a bakery delight is this–

Look at the required extras on the back of the box, add an extra one-two eggs depending on how rich you want it, replace the oil with melted butter and double the amount, replace water with milk and add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. 

Here’s how I did it per the back of our cake box (Hubby said this is the best cake I’ve  e v e r  made) 


1 Box of Cake Mix

1-2 Tubs of Icing (I used one full tub in between the layers & didn’t use any on the top)

4 Eggs

1 Cup of Milk

1 Cup of Butter

2 Tsp Vanilla Extract


1. Combine all ingredients

2. Mix until well combined and batter has thickened, it took about 3 minutes in my mixer

3.  Bake according to instructions 

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You can use this cake hack to make any cake but today I wanted to show you how I turned this into an adorable, fun naked cake

How to Make a Naked Cake:: 

This has become my go to for birthday cakes lately! It’s fun and unique, everyone always love it but most of all – it looks super complicated while actually being more simple than a normal cake! Shhh! 


1 Box of Cake Mix

1-2 Tubs of Icing (I used one full tub in between the layers & didn’t use any on the top)

4 Eggs

1 Cup of Milk

1 Cup of Butter

2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Decorations: Sprinkles, Strawberries/Berries, Flowers, Iced Animal Crackers, Candy, Etc. 


1. Mix all ingredients together

2. On a greased cookie sheet (with a raised edge), pour your batter and use a spatula to spread batter evenly

3.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes (It cooks faster on the cookie sheet, so check on it often to be sure it doesn’t over cook)

4. Allow to cool completely in the fridge

5. Find a plate or bowl that is the size you want your cake rounds to be. The smaller the circle, the more layers you will have

6. Gently place your circles on the cake and trace around them with a knife, cutting down to the pan

7. Use a fork to remove excess cake and store in a tupperware container (I love snacking on this while decorating the cake!)

8. Carefully use a spatula to remove your first cake round, place on a cake stand/desired serving plate

9. Using a silicone spatula, ice the first later of cake. I like to add a lot of icing in between since there isn’t going to be any on the outside*

10. Repeat for all layers

11. Once finished with your layers, decorate! You can also take a knife and trace around the outside of the cake to smooth everything out. I get a lot of question about how I put the sprinkles on the side– I just put a cup full in my palm and quickly but gently smash it into the side of the cake. 

*I heat my icing in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds so that it is easier to spread! 

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If you like this post, check out this post with Eight Easy Ways to Upgrade a Store Bought Cake!

This cake seems intimidating because there are a lot of steps, but I promise it’s super easy! I wanted to be thorough explaining everything! If you have any questions about either tutorial, please comment below. I love, love, love baking for people, I wish I could mail each and every one of you a naked cake! xo


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  2. Alex Jhon
    April 14, 2018 / 2:57 pm

    Cakes can be iced with butter cream, royal fondant, or cooked icing. Adding to the icing cakes can be topped with flowers, spun sugar, or candy. Lady M Singapore

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