Spring Layer Cake with Pink Buttercream Flowers

Pink Buttercream Flower Cake inspired by HGTV

I still love getting magazines. I know they are supposedly not as popular now that everything is available online, but I love thumbing through a magazine with a cup of good coffee and a comfortable sofa. One of my favorite magazines to get in the mail is HGTV Magazine. And do you know what my […]

christmas tree cookie stacks (and a giveaway!)

Christmas Tree Cookie Stack!

Isn’t baking in December some of the most fun baking there is?  I have a few theories on why this is. 1. For the US folks, this is typically one of the cooler months, so being in a cozy kitchen with an oven full of delectable cookies and treats warms the soul as well as […]

HUGE announcement!

Sunset Surprise-Inside Cake!

You love cake.  You love finding new recipes and baking and decorating and licking frosting off of spoons. But most especially, you love the shocked, delighted, even elated look on people’s faces when they see the beautiful cake you have created just for them. photo by Susan Powers Does that describe you? If it does, today […]

Puppy Chow surprise-inside cake

Puppy Chow Surprise Inside Cake HOW TO

I love this cake. Every little thing about it.  From the amazing chocolate flavor to the chocolate sprinkles to the glorious surprise waiting inside. Delicious. Beautiful. (in my opinion!) and Easy. Let’s get to it! After assembling the layers of this cake I covered it in a thin coat of buttercream.  I used about 1 […]

Logo Surprise-Inside Cake

McCormick Logo Surprise-Inside Cake!

I have been partnering with McCormick for a few years now. It is a match made in heaven! I get to use amazing quality products and share delicious and creative recipes and they… um… they… well. I am starting to think that I got the better end of this partnership. Don’t tell them I love my […]

Patriotic Cake {surprise inside cake}

Red White and Blue Surprise-Inside Cake! #usa

So I do this thing with cakes where I hide surprises on the inside.  I have been doing it for about 4 years now.  I even wrote a whole book about it. It’s kinda my thing. I can’t help but love this cake.  I am so excited by this new way to share a surprise-inside […]

Vanilla Bundt Cake with Vanilla Frosting

Vanilla Bundt Surprise-Inside Cake on MacKenzie-Childs Cake Stand

I have probably made three bundt cakes in my life, and I totally plan on rectifying that this year.  I declare 2014 the YEAR OF THE BUNDT! My bundt cakes will be overly a-bundt-ant. Ha, ha, see what I did there??   This is simply a vanilla bundt cake with vanilla glaze.  Well, maybe there […]

the last first birthday cake

Surprise-Inside First Birthday Cake!

Last Saturday was a bittersweet day.   My sweet baby Olivia turned one. I sat in the chair and watched her play with a wonderful contraption that grandma had bought her, full of bells and whistles and shiny moving parts that can keep a little one entertained for hours. She moved the pieces with her […]

Perfect Fathers Day Cake!

Ombre Cake from Surprise-Inside Cakes

I have to warn you straight away, I am teasing a bit.  This IS the perfect cake to make for Fathers Day, but there is a catch. First, the cake.  photo credit Susan Powers While this screams masculine to me, a friend mentioned that she might want try a different technique for the frosting. (What, […]

easter egg surprise-inside cake

Easter Egg Surprise-Inside Cake!

I have been so inspired by this never ending winter.  Not to make surprise-inside snowflake cakes, but to make flavorful and beautiful cakes that are reminiscent of Spring. And warm weather.  And sunshine.  And warm weather.  And flowers. And warm weather.  We got 14 inches of snow last night.  Please send warm weather. Prep Time: […]

today and tomorrow

TODAY Show Cake

I just need a moment to breath. And I have a feeling you do too. These last two months have been a whirlwind.  I have laughed and cried.  I have been humbled beyond words and I have felt so disappointed that I am ashamed it rocked me to my core. The highest of highs and […]

this and that

surprise inside cake

I have been baking up a storm and have so many new designs and recipes to share.  So excited!  Think you can guess what is in this cake?  It’s coming to the blog soon! Since I have been getting quite a few inquires of late I thought I would create a blog post to answer […]

gender reveal surprise-inside cake

Gender Reveal Surprise-Inside Cake!

So I have a little announcement for you that I have known about for a few months now.   When I first found out I was freaked out.  I mean… this was big news for our family and I didn’t know if I should smile or run into my closet and eat cake.  (In all […]

surprise-inside cakes available for pre-order!


  The whole reason I started the “i am author” tab on the blog was because of this little book right here. For three years now I have been baking and creating and designing and writing and photographing and stressing and waiting very impatiently for it to all come together. And that is finally happening. […]

Countdown Cake Tutorial {surprise inside cake}

New Years Eve Countdown Cake #surpriseinsidecake

Here is the tutorial for the Countdown Cake! My timing could be better, I know.  So I am doing something a bit unorthodox and posting to my blog twice in one day, just in case there are any of you who want to make the countdown cake! Here is a video tutorial on how to […]

Countdown Cake {Surprise Inside Cake}

New Years Eve Countdown Cake #surpriseinsidecake

UPDATE:  Full tutorial now posted! This is cake is one of my “crazy” ideas.  I didn’t really think it could happen.  But then it happened.  And it wasn’t that hard.  And I am super excited to share it with you! I didn’t take any step-by-step pictures because this was my first time making this cake. […]

Chocolate Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Chocolate Cake with Three Raspberry Buttercream Heart Carved Inside

I had visions people.  Visions of chocolate and raspberry and hearts galore. Normally when I think of a cake I sketch it out… fine tune any weird ideas and thoughts… and go for it. I totally went for it. While this cake turned out nothing like I had envisioned, I really like the idea behind […]

The Ugly Truth About Instagram


UPDATE: Why Not to Freak Out About the New Instagram Policy Dec. 18th, 2012 Let me start by saying I am not a lawyer and I wouldn’t know how to think like one even if I tried. What I am is an honest blogger who is feeling duped. When I started my Instagram account I […]

Fathers Day Cake


This cake probably looks pretty silly. With the weird banner.  And funky stand. But it just happens to be perfect for a very special daddy in our lives. See, a few months ago I saw this bowl at a Picket Fence Gals sale in Lindstrom, MN. It intrigued me!  I wanted to make one, but […]

Shamrock and Mini Heart Cake Tutorial

Here we go folks.  I am again sharing with you a Surprise Inside Cake tutorial.  This time… How to make the Mini Heart Cake and Shamrock Cake !   I will be writing out the instructions for the Shamrock Cake, and put the (brief) instructions for the Mini Heart Cake at the end of the […]