This Lucky Charm Cake is beautiful and magically delicious!
Cereal has always been a staple in our household. My daughter and husband love a bowl of cereal. Last year, I was sick and my husband was at work, I told my daughter that she could have a bowl of cereal for dinner. She asked me “Wait, you can have cereal for dinner really?” Previously, I only allowed her to eat cereal in the morning.
I decided that I would surprise her even more this week and turn her favorite cereal into a cake. I mean you can’t get more fun than a cereal cake. She was so excited when she found out what we were going to make.
This Lucky Charms Cake would be perfect for St. Patrick’s day. But, there’s no reason that you can’t enjoy it any of the year. I mean I made it in February so hey just make it when you want! We don’t judge around here! We won’t even judge you if you eat two slices!
Can I make this cake in a different size pan?
This recipe was made for three 9 inch cake pans. I personally just think that 3 layer cakes look so fancy! However, you could turn this cake into a 9×13. If you switch to a 9×13 pan you will have some batter leftover. You should have enough extra batter to make 12 more cupcakes on top of the 9×13. Or you can just make 36 cupcakes all together.
What is the best way to apply frosting to the cake?
When frosting a three layer cake you will want to place your bottom layer on a cake board. Before you place the cake on the board you will want to put a small thin layer of frosting in the middle of the board. This will prevent the cake from sliding around. Next you place your first layer, and top that layer with a thin layer of frosting. You will spread the frost, place the second cake layer and then repeat the frosting step. You will repeat this until all three layers are added. After you stack the layers you will want to frost the sides and smooth them out using a knife.
How do I store my cake?
I always recommend that you store your cake covered and at room temperature. I find that keeping your cake in the refrigerator tends to make it a little on the dry side. Make sure to keep the cake away from the stove and direct sunlight as that could melt or soften your frosting.
Can I make homemade cake mix instead?
For this recipe I used box cake mix. I wanted to keep my recipe simple because my little girl was going to help me make it. If you want to make your own batter, you will need flour, sugar, eggs, salt, butter, and baking powder, and milk. You can also jazz up your boxed mix but adding some butter to the mix, that helps it taste more like homemade.
Check out some of my other cake recipes
Lucky Charms Cake
- Three 9 inch round cake pans
- three 10 inch cake boards
- Sky Blue, Purple, Pink, Yellow Gel food coloring
- 4 small piping bags with star tip
- 1 mini angled spatula
- 2 boxes white cake mix
- 6 large egg whites
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup canola oil
Vanilla Frosting Ingredients
- 2 cups unsalted butter softened
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 6 tbsp heavy whipping cream
- 1 box Lucky Charms Cereal
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray the 3 cake pans with pam baking spray
- Combine all cake ingredients into a standing mixer or large mixing bowl and beat until combined
- Divide the batter between the 3 pans and bake in the oven for 28-32 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
- Allow to cool completely before moving onto the cake board
- Using a cake leveler, remove the dome from the cakes to make even
- Using a standing mixer, beat together the butter, powdered sugar,vanilla, and heavy whipping cream until combined, smooth and stiff with peaks
- Scoop 1/2 C of frosting into 4 bowls
- Mix in a few drops of a color into 1 bowl. Repeat steps for remaining colors
- Building the cake directions
- Using 1 cake layer on the cake board, scoop 1 C of frosting onto the top of the cake and spread evenly
- Sprinkle ¾ C of lucky charm cereal all over the frosting layer
- Place the second layer of cake on top of the first layer of cereal frosting. Scoop another 1 C of frosting onto the second layer of cake and spread evenly.
- Sprinkle another ¾ C of lucky charms
- Place the last layer of cake on top
- Scoop ¼ C of each colored frosting into their own bags, set aside
- Using a knife, blot dollops of the colored frosting all over the side of the cake
- Take a flat spatula and lightly spread the colored frosting to create a rainbow effect
- Pick out the marshmallows from the cereal and place the randomly on the sides of the cake
- Using the colored frosting, pipe dollops of the frosting on top
- Fill the center top of the cake with Lucky Charm cereal
- Cut and enjoy!