Mother’s Day is the perfect time to show off and really prove your title as the *Golden Child* (kidding, kidding — we know Mom loves our siblings too). And there is no better way to tug at your mom’s heartstrings than a handmade gift. For the mom that cherishes a little R&R, there’s the spa in a box; for the stylish mama, the faux granite and marble coasters; and now we bring something for the sweet-tooth mom! This cake is literal goals, and is a major step up from the noodle “art” you used to make her. The best part is it’s SO EASY — like store-bought cake mix and candy you find at any grocery store easy.


  • 2 boxes of white cake mix
  • pink food dye
  • white frosting
  • colorful macarons
  • strawberry whoppers
  • pink rock candy
  • cotton candy
  • colorful hard candy


  • three 9-inch cake pans


Begin by evenly splitting the cake mix into three nine-inch pans, adding varied amounts of pink food dye to each to create an ombre effect.

Pro Tip: Bake your cakes the day before you plan on decorating them. Let them completely cool and apply a crumb coat of frosting. This is a thin layer of frosting that catches all the crumbs before you apply the final layer of frosting, giving a clean, neat finish. Store them overnight in the refrigerator.

Check out that crumb coat magic!

Start by placing your heavier, larger elements like the macarons. They stood up very easily in the frosting.

Next, add your smaller hard candies.

I added the rock candy by sticking the wooden part into the cake.

I added the cotton candy second to last; be wary of time, because it starts to shrink in size pretty fast!

Lastly, put your finishing touches of small candy all over.

Easy as 1,2,3 — you’re ready to gift your mama!

As sweet as Mom.

Swoon-worthy pink ombre.

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DIY Production and Styling: Cassidy Miller

Photography: Chris Andre