How to Use a Bake It With Mel Cake Kit

Looking for a unique gift for your employees or clients? Send them a custom Bake It With Mel Chocolate Cake Kit! Each kit comes in a heavy duty vinyl drawstring bag and includes sugar, flour, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, chocolate chips, sprinkles, offset spatula, piping bag, paper baking molds, and a cake board.

This would be a great party or team building activity and one everyone could do together via Zoom. We used our kit to celebrate Blue Sky Marketing’s 24th birthday this year and want to show you how easy and fun it is to use.


Before you get started you will need to grab a few items from your pantry:

  • 1/4 cup milk (we suggest buttermilk)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature 

After whipping the eggs add half of the bag of sugar (#1). 
Beat until eggs and sugar mixture have doubled in size then add the rest of the sugar from bag #1.

Next, alternate folding in the milk and cocoa flour mix from bag #2. 

Looking pretty delicious at this point!

Prepare Cake for Baking

Pour batter into three paper baking molds. You want to make sure they each have the same amount so your layers are equal. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. 
Every oven bakes a little differently but a great way to tell if your cake is thoroughly cooked, take a toothpick and insert it in the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean it’s ready. If it still looks a bit wet, place back in the oven for 2 minutes and check again. Continue baking in 2 minute increments until done.
Let cakes cool completely.

Once your cakes are cool, use a small jar or bottle to create a circle in the middle of the cake. You don’t want it too big but just big enough to fill with sprinkles.
Cut out circles with a sharp knife and set aside. Watch the Bake It With Mel video to see how to properly put the cakes together…it’s very helpful!

Make Chocolate Frosting

Make your frosting according to the directions provided and get ready to build your chocolate surprise cake!

Decorate Your Bake It With Mel Chocolate Surprise Cake

Snip a little off the top of your piping bag and fill bag with half of the frosting. You can twist the top of the piping bag or wrap a rubber band around the top to secure.
Place a small amount of frosting in the middle of the cake board so your cake does not slip off. Add the first cake layer and pipe around the hole in the middle. 

Place the second layer on the first and pipe around the hole just as you did before.

Finally, add the third cake layer.

Fill the hole with sprinkles.

Now, place one of your cake “plugs” on top. You may need to push it down a bit so it is flush with the rest of the cake.

Crumb coat the entire cake.
A crumb coat is a thin layer of frosting that helps create a smooth barrier over the cake to prevent little crumbs getting mixed into your frosting. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
Once your cake has cooled, frost and decorate! 
Add a cake topper and candles and you’re ready to party! 
This is such a fun activity! If you get stuck, you can chat with Mel herself and she’ll help you out! She will also create your kit with sprinkles that match your company branding! Notice how the sprinkles match the Blue Sky logo? She can do that for you too! 
Contact us at to order your very own custom Bake It With Mel Chocolate Surprise Cake!

Happy Birthday, Blue Sky Marketing!