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How to Decorate a Store-Bought Cake for Easter

Today we’re sharing how to decorate a store-bought cake for Easter!

When we were younger, we used to have something sweet after dinner nearly every night.  I don’t know if it was a southern thing or a grandparent thing because both of my parents grew up that way.

Even as we got older, I can’t remember eating dinner with either set of my grandparents or parents when dessert wasn’t served after dinner.  

Most of the time it was a scoop of ice cream, a small slice of cake or pie or they would pass a box of chocolates around the table.

While the majority of our desserts didn’t come with candles unless it was our birthdays, I can honestly say, just being together felt like a reason to celebrate.

So, this year, when I started thinking about Easter desserts, I knew I wanted to bring something super simple our family could enjoy after the egg hunt.

I also wanted something that felt festive but wasn’t too complicated to create. After all, Easter morning can feel a bit hectic. 

In addition, it needed to be something that could travel fairly well from our house down to my parent’s house, Bliss Barracks.

It wasn’t too long before I found THE perfect solution.

Are you ready?

Store-bought coconut cake + Easter candy decorations = quick and easy Easter dessert.

Here’s a look at how to decorate a store-bought cake for Easter too…

Easter Cake Supplies:

  • Store-bought cake (we chose coconut cake, but you can also do this same idea with most any layered cake you find at the grocery store bakery)
  • Easter candy of your choice (we chose a chocolate bunny and mini chocolate eggs just to keep it simple)
  • A small square piece of chocolate, optional (see below)
  • Extra coconut (toasting, optional)
  • Ribbon, optional

Easter Cake Steps:

Take your store-bought cake out of the original packaging and place it on top of a cake plate, cake stand, or cake carrier.  

Using caution and care as the stove will be hot, toast enough extra coconut to build a nest on top of your cake.

You’ll also need enough to put around the sides of your cake plate as well.

While the toasted coconut is cooling, place a ribbon around a chocolate bunny if desired.

Then place the bunny on top of your store-bought cake.  

You’ll want to press down enough to keep the chocolate bunny steady but not so much it pokes through the layers of cake. 

I used a piece of chocolate to act as a barrier to hold my bunny in place. And honestly, I probably could have used at least 2 or 3 extra pieces.

Once you have your bunny in place, create a nest next to the bunny with toasted coconut.  Your nest can be as big or as little as you want it to be!

Place additional coconut on top of your cake plate around the edge of the cake, if desired.  

Next, add mini chocolate eggs to the nest.

If you’re looking for how to decorate a store-bought cake for Easter farmhouse style, you can stop at this point!

Adding an Extra Pop of Color…

But if you like extra pops of color, continue adding additional chocolate eggs around the edge of the cake plate and on top of the toasted coconut until you’ve achieved a look you love.

Once you have your store-bought cake decorated for Easter, you can add flowers around the base. This is especially fun if you’re hosting and want to make it even more festive.

or just keep it super simple!

If you have time to make a coconut cake from scratch it would definitely be extra special. 

But if you’re still running around gathering supplies for Easter lunch, Easter baskets and egg hunts take the pressure off yourself and decorate a store-bought cake.

It’s such a time saver and honestly, it couldn’t be easier!

Let us know if you have any tips or tricks for how to decorate a store-bought cake for Easter. We’d love to hear them Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

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  1. How beautiful CoCo! I don’t remember having something sweet after dinner when I was growing up but my husband and I like to do that now, lol. I never thought about using a store-bought cake to do this, wonderful idea! Pinned and will try this also, thank you!

    1. I know what you mean, Cheryl! It’s so hard to get out of that habit after doing it for so long. I’m pretty sure I have a massive sweet tooth now thanks to all their antics ? So glad you’ll be able to use this idea. I’m a horrible cook so I’m always asked the bring the dessert but after bringing Piper into the family I’m realizing very quickly there is not a lot of extra time for fluff ? Hugs, CoCo

    1. You are very welcome, Denise! Hope you have the best day, CoCo

  2. Girl, you come up with the best ideas! I was just thinking since we were celebrating Easter with the family and throwing 2 birthday celebrations in there too that I didn’t have time to bake 2 cakes. You’ve saved me! Thanks for the fantabulous idea! Pinned

    1. You are so welcome, Cindy! I’m excited you’ll be able to use this idea. It was super easy and it’s really fun picking out all the candy to customize it too. I’m hoping to make a chocolate version later this weekend so I’ll post it too. Hugs, CoCo

  3. Nan, Odessa, DE says:

    Thanks for reminding me of the rabbit decorated store purchased cake.
    It is one of my favorites!.
    In the past I made one after St. Patrick’s Day for decorations for Easter.
    Would toss after th holiday. It works well!
    Gotta get to the store, , I will make one NOW for dessert on Sunday.
    Happy Easter!

    1. That sounds like so much fun! I know we’re all pressed for time these days so this cake was super easy to put together and it has brightened up our kitchen too. It feels like Easter came really quickly this year but I’m thankful we’re able to celebrate. Hope you and your family have a blessed time together, CoCo

    1. Thanks so much, Keira! I really appreciate it. Hope your weekend is a fun one, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much, Jenna! It was crazy easy to put together too. I’m going to try a chocolate one as well so if it turns out I’ll add it to the post. Happy Easter weekend, CoCo

  4. SO fun – I love this CoCo! I like to leave my desserts out before the meal to whet guests’ appetites, and I bet by the time we were ready to eat, there wouldn’t be many little eggs left! 🙂 I could see how that would become an Easter tradition! Maybe if the kid generation ever gets around to having grand-children/nephews/nieces …. ! Thanks so much for the inspiration once again! Hope you have a lovely Easter!

    1. Thank you bunches, Barbara! This cake was so much fun to make and super easy too. I let the littles help me put the eggs on when I got to my parent’s house for Easter and they were tickled pink. You’re super creative so you could definitely rock this idea too. Hugs and hope your Easter weekend was a blessed one, CoCo

  5. Rebecca Payne says:

    Thank you for sharing. Happy Easter!

    1. Thanks so much, Kathleen, I really appreciate it. Hugs and Happy Easter, CoCo

  6. Coco, your cake is adorable. Love the bunny. How sweet to decorate a store bought cake. I am happy to feature your darling cake at Love Your Creativity. happy Easter and many blessings. xoxo

    1. Thank you so much, Linda, I really appreciate it. This cake was super easy to put together and it’s something the littles can help with too. I’m running late on everything this week but heading over to your blog now to link up and thank you for the feature. Big hugs, CoCo

  7. Genius! I’m with you, buy a ready-made cake and go nuts on the decorating I say! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. Pinned! xo Kathleen

    1. Thank you, Kathleen! Normally, I would have plenty of time and attention to bake a cake but our life with Piper has been an adventure lately so it’s all about making things as pretty as you can as quickly as you can. I’m sure parents around the world can relate ? Big hugs, CoCo

  8. Oh, my gosh! This is beautiful and such a great idea! I’m pinning this for sure! Thank you for sharing!



    1. Thank you so much, Tee, I really appreciate it! It was definitely a fun and easy way to make the Easter dessert table a special one. Hugs, CoCo

  9. This genius! You come up with such great inspiration and ideas.

    This on my list to do except no coconut. My husband can’t stand it.

    I love it. So I’m going to come up with my version.


    1. Aww thank you! The kids loved this cake and asked me to do it again this year so I’m going to try a chocolate version. We’ve had way too much birthday cake already this week so don’t really need a cake but you know how it is I can’t seem to say no to those sweet faces. Big hugs and can’t wait to see what you come up with, CoCo

  10. CoCo, your Easter cake is beautiful with the Easter eggs and flowers all around! Lovely… I have bought unfrosted cakes from the grocery bakery before and decorated and filled them on my own (when not having time to bake), but not really decorated with flowers. So happy to feature your post this evening at Share Your Style #342 for you. <3

    Happy Easter, He is risen!
    Barb 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for the sweet feature, Barb, I really appreciate it. This cake was so much fun to create because it was so quick and easy. I’ve never thought about getting an unfrosted cake from the bakery before but that would open up a whole new world for busy families like ours so I’m definitely going to try it! Thanks so much for the great tip and the feature. Big hugs, CoCo

  11. Love the cake idea. We are hosting Easter Brunch and will have 5 kids here. I am sure they (and the adults!) will all love the cake! And it’s easy to put together after we get home from Church
    Have a Blessed Easter!

    1. Thank you so much, AJ! The cake is super easy to put together and has been a huge hit at our house and I hope it will be at yours too! Easter morning is always kind of bananas so I’m happy to pass along anything that is festive but simple. We all need a little no fuss in our lives, you know? Sending you hugs and thank yous for your sweet words, CoCo

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