Be a master baker with these simple TikTok baking hacks

Who knew making a showstopper was this easy? Food expert Hannah Ward from the British Corner Shop shares how you can create beautiful bakes using these easy TikTok hacks.

Have you forgotten a special birthday and it’s too late to run to the shop and buy a cake? Perhaps you’re itching to be creative but think you lack artistic flair? Whatever your reason for wanting to eat cake, check out TikTok’s #storeboughtcakemakeover trend.

This sure is a popular trend, racking up over 6.5 million TikTok views which sees creative people across the world share their best hacks for transforming shop-bought cakes into Great British Bake Off-worthy showstoppers.

Like any good makeover, it really is fascinating to see the before and after. A plain supermarket cake given the VIP treatment for a GBBO worthy glow-up is not only addictive to watch, it’s also inspirational too.

Here’s Hannah’s shortlist of best cake makeover tips from TikTok that will inspire, impress and elevate your baking game to the next level.

Toy topper hack is fun and easy

This toy topper hack means it takes seconds to transform a shop-bought cake into a playful showstopper. Raid the toy box for inspiration and see what you can use to create a fun, unique cake.

Whether your theme is dinosaurs, princesses or even cars, toys can add an exciting and playful element to your bake. Pipe coloured icing and stud this with the child’s favourite sweet treats before adding the toy as an eye-catching topper.

If the toy isn’t new, wash it thoroughly with warm water and soap before adding it to the cake. Never use toys that are small enough to be a choking hazard to children or adults.

Layer Cakes are perfect for different palates

If you’re throwing a party and have different palates to cater for (lemon, chocolate, strawberry and many more) then this one’s for you. Why settle for one cake flavour when you can have many more?

All it takes is neat stacking and you’re on your way to creating pillar cakes that wouldn’t look out of place in a posh bakery.

Get creative with flavour profiles by experimenting with layers, flavours and icing. It’s so easy, simply stack shop-bought cakes, layer with icing for a crumb coat then dive in.

Imagine you’re baking a wedding cake but with zero pressure. Flavours to consider include carrot cake, raspberry ripple cake, lemon and elderflower cake, coffee and walnut cake and of course chocolate fudge cake.

Piñata cakes are a fabulous surprise

If the cake is for a surprise party, double the wow factor by making a piñata cake. This is when sweets or candy is hidden in the centre of the cake. When cut open, the sweets spill out into a delightful heap.

To achieve this surprise, grab a small round glass and cut a hole in the centre of all the sponges apart from the top sponge. Fill the centre hole with your favourite sweets.

This could be Skittles, M&Ms, Maltesers or your favourite pick ‘n’ mix sweets.

Place the top sponge that doesn’t have a hole, on top of the cake like a lovely spongey cover, ice and serve.

Lift the cake by channelling botanical beauty

Flowers make your garden and your cake prettier. This is a great hack if you don’t have many decorations, or you want a simple finish for a cake. Just make sure you use floral tape to create a barrier between the flower stem and the sponge, to ensure guests’ safety when eating the cake.

Either bunch flowers and some green leaves together for a single tier cake. Or if you’re working with a two tier cake, create a trail of flowers by twining them together for a beautiful rustic look. For a more dramatic vibe, decorate your cake with individual petals using edible glue and edible flowers.

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Round, square, go for any shape you want

Cakes can be any shape you want them to be. Yes, round and square shapes are traditional, but if you want a cake with a difference, go rogue, grab your knife and carve up the cake into any shape you like. It is easy to create a heart shape; segment the cake and use buttercream to frost the new shape as this TikTok mum did.

How about a cake fit for a princess? A castle cake not only looks pretty, it has a wow factor that will cause jaws to drop in admiration. Grab some ice-cream cones, chocolate rolls, fondant fancies and other smaller cakes to decorate the larger cake board.

Take a nostalgic trip with traditional British confectionery

Top your cake with classic treats for a traditional cake that will delight people of all ages. Use KitKats to create an edible wall around cakes that need extra structure especially cheesecakes or mousses that need chilling.

Make an afternoon tea inspired cake by covering the top of an iced sponge with Jammy Dodgers, Bourbons and Custard Creams.

How about a gravity-defying cake which is surprisingly simple to make? Grab two skewers, icing and your favourite sweets then start creating your showstopper.

Make it count with this simple number hack

Make your own edible number topper for a special birthday or anniversary. Melt chocolate and pipe out a number onto greaseproof paper whilst the chocolate is still hot.

Add a thin straw as a handle, cover with sprinkles, chill for around 10 minutes and display on the cake. Make more ‘lollies’ and refrigerate, where they will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks.

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