Birthday cakes baked in bags • A Subtle Revelry

Birthday cakes baked in bags

Birthday cake baked in a bag!

I’m always on the lookout for fresh ways to serve up our favorite treat – cake! Putting cakes in bags is just about the best idea we’ve dreamt up yet. It’s a fun way to bring dessert to a friend’s house, or a school party and not worryΒ about leaving your fancy platters behind. For a summer picnic, the lake, or even the office – this bag of sweet awesomeness will be your best hit yet.

Birthday cake in a bag

birthday cake in a bag

To make the cakes in bags you will need; your favorite cake and frosting recipes (here are mine!), or for an even easier treat 1 box cake mix (any flavor) and 1 can of frosting (any flavor). You’ll also need paper “lunch” bags (we used three bags sized 10.5 x 5.25 x 3.25), tin foil, and baking spray.

Start by preparing the bags; fold down all edges of a brown paper bag uniformly until the entire fold is over halfway down the bag. You could also use small party bags for a great way to serve this treat in miniature form.

Birthday cake in a bag

Cut two strips of tin foil that will fit inside and cover the interior of the bag on all 4 sides. Spray the interior of bag with baking spray so the cake will be easy to remove.

Follow your recipe instructions to prepare the cake batter. Pour about a cup and a half of batter into each bag. Make sure there is enough space for the cake to rise inside the bag.

Place the filled bags onto a baking sheet and place in oven. Bake at 350F for about 25 minutes. Keep an eye on the bags while in the oven! Insert a toothpick in the center of each cake to check for doneness.

Allow cakes to cool on a wire rack. Frost and decorate. Cakes can be removed by tearing the paper bags, or the cakes can be sliced directly in the bags to be enjoyed.

Birthday cake baked in a bag

I’ve definitely got our next beach picnic planned out with these fun treats! Happy summer baking.

(Photography Β©A Subtle Revelry by Athena Plichta).


  1. Grayce Blair

    5 June

    great idea….will try this!

  2. Dawn Mayo

    6 June

    Very cool idea, great way to recycle some unused paper bags as well. Thanks for sharing!

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