Make the Most Delicious Ugly Cake Recipe Ever

Are you ready to indulge in a cake that’s as delicious as it is unsightly? Then look no further than the Ugly Cake recipe. This rustic and humble dessert may not win any beauty contests, but it sure will impress your taste buds.

This cake is the embodiment of the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Sure, it may not look like much, but once you take a bite, the combination of flavors and textures will leave you wanting more.

I first stumbled upon this recipe when I was looking for an easy dessert to whip up for a potluck dinner with friends. Little did I know, the result would be a hit among all of my guests – even those who were skeptical at first.

The best part about this recipe is how simple and adaptable it is. Whether you want to stick to the classic yellow cake mix or switch things up with a chocolate or strawberry mix, the result is always delicious.

So why not give this ugly duckling of a cake recipe a try? Who knows, it might just become your new favorite dessert.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

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Are you tired of the same boring cakes? Want to try something new and exciting? Look no further than the Ugly Cake recipe – this cake may not win any beauty contests, but it will definitely steal your taste buds’ hearts.

This cake recipe is perfect for those who love the sweet, creamy flavor of cream cheese frosting. The cream cheese pairs perfectly with the fluffy texture of the yellow cake, creating a delightful blend of flavors that will leave you craving for more.

The best part about this recipe is its versatility. You can make it as traditional or as unique as your taste buds desire. Looking for a classic version? Try making it with a simple box of yellow cake mix, cream cheese, eggs, butter, and powdered sugar. Want to mix things up? Try using a chocolate ugly cake mix instead of yellow or adding various fruits, nuts, or chocolate chips to the mix.

Not only is this cake deliciously scrumptious, but it is also incredibly easy to make. All you need is a box of yellow cake mix, some cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar – all readily available at your local grocery store. Simply follow the instructions on the back of the cake mix box, pour your batter into a well-greased pan, and bake until golden brown. Then blend together your cream cheese frosting ingredients and slather them over your baked cake before serving.

So why not break free from boring cakes and try something new and exciting today? With the Ugly Cake recipe’s delicious taste and easy preparation process, you won’t be disappointed!

Ingredient List

“Who needs perfection when you have deliciousness? Introducing: Ugly Cake!”

Here’s what you’ll need to get started on making the Ugly Cake recipe. Don’t worry if some of the ingredients sound strange or stigmatized, it’s all part of the “ugly” charm of this cake.

For the Cake:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

For the Chocolate Ugly Cake Bars Recipe:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16 ounces powdered sugar

For the Upside Ugly Duckling Cake:

  • 1 box strawberry cake mix
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • Ingredients to mix each cake according to package directions
  • nonstick spray
  • flour (for dusting)

For the Butt Ugly Apple Cake:

  • 2 cups white (granulated) sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups apples – peeled, cored and diced

The Recipe How-To

“Don’t judge a cake by its cover. Ugly Cake is where it’s at.”

Now that we have gone through the lengthy list of ingredients, let’s get started on the real deal – the recipe itself. I call this recipe the “Ugly Cake” because it’s not going to win any beauty contests, but trust me when I say that it will steal your heart with its taste.

Step 1: Preparing the Cake Mix

First, gather 1 box yellow cake mix and mix it according to the package directions. Pour it into a well-greased and floured 9×13 inch pan.

Step 2: Preparing the Cream Cheese Mixture

Next, mix 1 egg, 8 ounces of cream cheese, and 1/2 cup of butter (softened), along with 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Then slowly add in 2 cups of powdered sugar, until well mixed. Pour this mixture onto the yellow cake mix in the pan.

Step 3: Swirling in Chocolate

For the chocolate swirls, use a separate bowl to mix together 4 chocolate bars, which had been broken into small pieces with a knife or food processor. Add 1/2 cup of butter (softened) and 1 teaspoon of baking soda, which helps make it smooth. Mix these thoroughly.

Step 4: Baking

Now spoon or drizzle small amounts of chocolate mixture over top of cream cheese mixture. Make sure to create a swirling pattern all over through the cream cheese mixture for a more attractive look.

Bake at 350°F for about 40-50 minutes or until ugly cake is golden brown on top and set in center.

And voila! The Ugly Cake is ready to conquer everyone’s palette with its deliciousness.

Substitutions and Variations

“The most delicious mistakes can turn into a masterpiece. Ugly Cake is proof.”

There’s plenty of room for experimentation when it comes to the Ugly Cake recipe. Here are a few substitutions and variations that will allow you to customize your cake and create something truly unique.

– Fruit: Swap out the chocolate chips in the base recipe for your favorite fruit instead. I love using fresh strawberries or raspberries, but blueberries, peaches or even canned pineapple tidbits would work well too.

– Different flavors of cake mix: Instead of using a yellow cake mix, try a different pre-packaged flavor for a twist on the original. Chocolate, strawberry or apple would all work.

– Different toppings: If you’re not a fan of powdered sugar or chocolate chips, there are plenty of other ways to top your Ugly Cake. Fresh whipped cream, chopped nuts or even caramel sauce are all great options.

– Cream cheese variations: The cream cheese mixture that’s swirled into this cake is easily customizable as well. Consider adding a tablespoon or two of raspberry preserves to give it a fruity spin, or try blending in some pumpkin puree for an autumn-themed dessert.

No matter how you choose to make it, the Ugly Cake is sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it. Get creative!

Serving and Pairing

“Forget about icing and decorations. Ugly Cake is all about the taste.”

Now that your ugly cake is fresh out of the oven and smells heavenly, it’s time to talk about how to serve and pair it. Because while this cake is perfectly delicious on its own, there are some fantastic ways to kick it up a notch!

First things first – let’s talk toppings. One of the easiest and most delicious ways to serve ugly cake is with a dusting of powdered sugar over the top. The white snow-like sprinkling not only adds an elegant aesthetic touch but also lends a subtle sweetness that plays well with the cake’s flavor. You can also drizzle your favorite frosting over the top or create a cream cheese frosting for that extra tangy touch.

Pairing ugly cake with drinks may not be so much fun, but you can enjoy it with a cup of coffee or tea. The rich flavors of the cake will mingle beautifully with the boldness of your preferred drink.

When it comes to serving and pairing the cake for an event, it will depend on what you’re trying to achieve. If you are looking for an elegant treat to make at home, going for fresh fruits like strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries will add a colorful and refreshing taste. It pairs well with champagne or white wine too.

But ugly cakes are not glamorous, so why not embrace their awkwardness? Ugly cakes are perfect for BBQ parties or informal brunch get-togethers where people can dig in quickly without worrying about ruining its looks. Serving warm slices of ugly cake alongside ice cream topped with chocolate barks or chocolate sauce will have all guests going crazy!

In conclusion, what you choose to serve your ugly cake with depends on your mood and occasion. Stay experimental and don’t hesitate to choose ingredients or pairings that sound unconventional – who knows, you might just stumble onto that perfect taste combination!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Ugly Cake may not be the prettiest, but it’s certainly the tastiest.”

Now, let’s talk about how to make this delicious Ugly Cake ahead of time, store it perfectly, and reheat it without compromising the texture and flavor.

First off, you can prepare the cake in advance by baking it a day or two before serving. Once cooled completely, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and store it at room temperature for up to 3 days on the counter.

If you need to store it longer than that, consider freezing it. To do so, wrap the cake with an additional layer of foil or plastic wrap and place it in an airtight container or a freezer bag. Label it with the date and contents and freeze for up to 3 months.

For reheating frozen cake, allow it to thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Then bring it back to room temperature on the counter for about an hour before serving. You can also warm individual slices in the microwave or preheated oven at 350°F, covered with foil or parchment paper until heated through.

When storing the leftover cake, ensure that you store it at room temperature and cover it well with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. If stored properly, this cake can last for up to three days without drying out or losing its freshness.

In summary, making ahead, storing and reheating your Ugly Cake is simple and easy. By following these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy your ugly cake whenever you want!

Tips for Perfect Results

“The perfect cake for anyone who can’t decorate to save their life. Ugly Cake always looks great.”

Now that you have all the ingredients in-hand and have followed each step of the recipe closely, let’s talk about how to ensure a perfect outcome for your Ugly Cake. Here are a few tips that can help you achieve best results:

Firstly, since this cake has cream cheese, it is recommended that you bring it to room temperature before using it in your recipe. Cold cream cheese may lead to lumps in the batter, making it difficult to mix well.

Secondly, make sure not to overmix the batter. Overmixing often results in a dense and chewy texture. So, as soon as all ingredients are incorporated and the mixture looks smooth, stop mixing.

Thirdly, when preparing the cake pan, use a good quality cooking spray or grease with butter and then dust with flour. This will keep the cake from sticking to the surface and provide an easy release once baked.

Fourthly, do not open the oven door until at least 30 minutes into baking. Frequent opening of the oven door causes fluctuations in temperature leading unbaked cake centers or sunken cakes.

Lastly, when testing for doneness, insert a toothpick or a knife in the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, without any batter on it, it’s done! However, if there is wet batter on the toothpick or knife, bake for an additional 2-3 minutes before testing again.

By following these tips and employing some basic baking know-how, your Ugly Cake is certain to turn out perfect every time!

Bottom Line

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In conclusion, the Ugly Cake Recipe is the ultimate dessert for anyone looking to indulge in a delicious and easy-to-make treat. Not only does it require minimal ingredients but its versatility allows you to experiment with various substitutions and variations to enhance the taste even further.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced baker, this recipe guarantees perfect results every time. So regardless of whether you want to impress your guests or satisfy your cravings, this cake is sure to do the trick!

So don’t hesitate any longer! Gather your ingredients, follow the steps outlined above, and prepare yourself for a delectable dessert experience like no other! Trust me, once you take your first bite of this cake, you won’t be able to resist another one.

In the words of Svea Johnson (the creator of the original Ugly Cake Recipe), “It may be ugly but it’s delicious!” So give it a try and let us know how it turned out in the comments below.

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Ugly Cake Recipe

Don't know how 'UGLY' this is but sounded interesting.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Portuguese
Keyword: < 4 Hours, Dessert, Easy, Weeknight
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 1 9x13 cake
Calories: 1056.3kcal



  • 1 box cake mix (any kind)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg


  • 1 box powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese


  • FIRST PART: Mix 1st part well and press into greased and floured 9x13 pan.
  • SECOND PART: Cream cheese and add eggs, 1 stick butter and powdered sugar.
  • Pour on top of first part and bake 300 for about 1 hour.

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Serving: 188g | Calories: 1056.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 131.9g | Protein: 10.2g | Fat: 55.9g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Cholesterol: 228.7mg | Sodium: 945.3mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 109.4g

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