If you ’re not much of a baker, but are hoping to entertain some friends and family this holiday season (or anytime, really, because who needs an excuse for cake?), we’ve got some ideas for delectable cake desserts that require zero baking and minimum prep. To get started, buy a pre-made sponge or pound cake in your favourite flavour from the supermarket, then pick your favourite recipe. Sweet surprise cake There’s more than meets the eye with this cake – simply cut into it to reveal the surprise hidden inside. What you’ll need: one sponge/pound cake; sweets, sprinkles, edible silver balls, or hundreds and thousands; buttercream icing; one round cutter Steps: Slice the cake horizontally into three equal layers. Make a hole in the middle of one layer using a round cutter. Place one uncut cake layer on a serving platter and cover the top with buttercream icing. Place the layer of cake with the hole in the middle on top of the icing. Fill the hole with your favourite sweets or sugary goodies. Spread buttercream icing on top. Add the last layer of cake. Cover the sides and top of the cake with icing. Decorate with more sweets. Tip: Chill your cake in the fridge for at least 15 minutes before cutting it, to make the cake sturdier and easier to cut. Ice cream cake Kids and adults alike will adore this delish ice cream cake. You can customise it however you like. What you’ll need: one sponge/pound cake; vanilla ice cream; sliced fruit; cling wrap; chocolate sprinkles (optional) Steps: Slice the cake horizontally lengthwise into two equal layers. Line a pan with cling film. Place the bottom layer of the cake in the pan. Spread a thick layer of ice cream on top of the pound cake, and cover with plenty of sliced fruits and chocolate sprinkles, if using. Place the other slice of cake on top of the fruits and ice cream. Spread a thin layer of ice cream over the top, and decorate with chocolate sprinkles. Secure the cling film firmly around the cake, adding more if necessary, and place in the freezer until ready to serve. Tip: Leave the ice cream out of the freezer for a few minutes before you start to make it easier to spread across the cake evenly. Sandwich cake A jam sandwich is super quick and easy to make. You can easily create a cake version in less than 10 minutes. What you’ll need: one sponge/pound cake; a bottle of your favourite jam; buttercream; icing sugar (optional) Steps: Slice the cake horizontally into two even layers. Spread jam on top of one of the layers. Spread buttercream on the cut side of the second layer. Place it, buttercream side down, onto the jam. Dust the cake with icing sugar. Tip: To dust cake with icing, place about one teaspoon of icing sugar in a tea strainer or fine sieve. Hold it about 20cm above the cake and tap the sides so the icing sugar falls lightly. Kit Kat cake This is the ultimate cake for anyone who loves all things chocolatey. What you’ll need: one plain sponge cake; 10 packs of four-fingered Kit Kats; one pack of M&M’s and/or Maltesers; buttercream icing; ribbon Steps: Break the Kit Kats into single fingers. Spread a thin layer of buttercream icing on the top and sides of the cake. Place the pieces of Kit Kat all around the sides of the cake, with any extras on the top. Fill the top of the cake with M&M’s and/or Maltesers. Tie a ribbon around the cake to keep Kit Kats in place. Tip: Break your Kit Kats while they are still in their packaging to avoid getting your fingerprints on the chocolate coating. Layered cake trifle These delicious cake trifles aren ’t exactly cakes, but they are very easy to make and are perfect for any occasion. What you’ll need: one sponge/pound cake; whipped cream in a can; fruit; chocolate sprinkles; transparent plastic/glass cups Steps: Roughly slice the cake into 2cm thick chunks. Cut fruit into small pieces, but save some for decoration. Spray some whipped cream into your plastic cups. Add fruit and chunks of cake for the second layer. Top with more whipped cream, fruits, and chocolate sprinkles Tip: To give the trifles some Christmas spirit, use strawberries or raspberries as the filling and top with mint leaves. Square cake pops Cake pops are a great addition to any party snack table. This fun, bite-sized treat is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. What you’ll need: one pound cake; chocolate chips, sprinkles, edible silver balls, shredded coconut, chopped nuts; lollipop sticks; a baking tray Steps: Trim the cake if needed to ensure it ’s level on all sides, then slice into cubes approximately 2.5cm on each side. Lay the cake cubes on a baking tray, and stick a lollipop stick halfway through each. Place the cubes in the freezer for two to three hours. Melt chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave (in five second blasts, stirring after each blast). Dip each cake pop into the chocolate. Roll the chocolatey cake pops in the toppings and place back in the freezer. Chill until firm. Tip: You could coat your cake pops in salted caramel instead of chocolate. Edited by Nicole Moraleda This article was curated in conjunction with Young Post . Better Life is the ultimate resource for enhancing your personal and professional life.