How to Personalize Store-Bought Desserts

A few weeks ago we were invited to 2 dinner parties, two nights in a row.

What a treat! I didn’t have to cook. :) I love being invited out.

I don’t think people realize how important it is to invite guests into their homes and how much we appreciate it.

Both hostesses asked me to bring a dessert.

Easy, peasy! Guess what I brought to both homes?

A store bought Pineapple Upside Down Cake, personalized it to make it my own.

Buy something that you know is good quality and will taste good.

Remove from the packaging and put on your own party plate.

Make a delicious cream, or something that will compliment the dessert. (Try this recipe from Sweet Savory Life!)

Add a touch of fruit, or something bright and tasty to garnish the dish. (In this case, fresh-picked raspberries from our garden.)

And Wah-Lah! You are set.

So, the funny part about this post is that I’m going to forward this link on to the 2 hostesses who enjoyed “my dessert.”

They will smile, as I already have.

During the summer months when it’s hot outside and you don’t want to heat up your oven, I say personalize a store-bought dessert.

You don’t have to share your secret.

Or, why not?

Getting together is about INVESTING–not IMPRESSING.

What’s your easy secret for personalizing a store-bought dessert?

10 comments on “How to Personalize Store-Bought Desserts”

  1. lady, i like the way you think. :)

  2. Invest, not impress! Words to live by! That dessert would make me very happy, it looks amazing. Since I don’t love to bake, when i need a dessert to serve I usually buy an angel food cake and serve with mixed berries tossed in balsamic glaze & a little sugar, your whipped cream would be perfect for it!

  3. What a wonderful idea! I have been a reader of your wonderful blog for many years. I am up late because of some delicious iced Chai tea that I drank way too much of & fixing up my new blog.

    I loved that you included the raspberries on the cake.They are so bright and beautiful and really stand out with the cream. Beautiful cake Sandy!
    Please visit me some time at if you get a chance. I’ve got more to add but am excited to be apart of the blog atmosphere!
    (( Hugs)) Mrs.Clark

  4. What a great idea! I love the color contrast on this dessert, too.

  5. Fabulous tip, Sandy!

  6. Sandy, what a great idea! :) I don’t do this often but I have done it in the past with desserts for the very reason you mentioned-it’s 90-100 degrees in FL, our A/C works very hard to keep our house cool and the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven and heat up the kitchen and surrounding area. I’m with you on seasonal berries and adding a personal touch! I love that you shared it with your hosts too! I just love your transparency in your book and on the website. We need more people like you re-affirming that it’s okay not to do everything perfectly or like Martha Stewart. I’d rather spend more time with my family and the people I love then slaving away in the kitchen. :) XO

  7. LOVE this idea! So pretty and I want a piece NOW!

  8. Why not? And you really made it personal by adding raspberries from your garden!

  9. Amen and Amen. No one needs to know your secret… or why not?

    Invest not impress.

    I need to hear this more often…

    BTW: that dessert looks good enough to eat. I’m impressed. Is that okay to say? ;)

  10. What a great idea! I love to bake, so I seldom buy store bought desserts. In a pinch in the past I have purchased a store bought angel food cake and sliced it into three layers. I topped each layer with home made whipped cream and fresh berries and then assembled the layers and frosted the whole cake with whipped cream. It was easy and delicious! Nobody had to know that I bought the cake! :-)

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