I Am Baker

Christmas Tree Cake {Surprise Inside Cake!}


When I first saw this cake on Martha Stewarts webiste, I was smitten.

Beyond smitten.


Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart.

It was more likeobsessed.

I wanted SO badly to do one myself… but never knew how to add my own twist on it.

I think I found a way.


I decided to try and put trees in the midst of all those ‘ruffles’.



But then, I took it a step further.

A Surprise Inside Cake!

The inside of this precious little cake that nearly killed me to cut into I loved it so is a red and green striped ornament!


A precious little green and red striped ornament… all INSIDE the cake!




And there you have it… A Christmas Tree Red and Green Ornament Inside Cake! Easy peasy.

I really hope you try making a ruffle cake of your own. Martha gives pretty easy directions and its a really forgiving design andtechnique. The different ways you can make it yours are endless!!!

Here are two verysimilartutorials to give you and idea of how it all comes together!

Faith Cake Tutorial

Heart Cake Tutorial

Hope that helps, and THANK YOU for all the wonderfully supportive and thoughtful kind words!


  1. Lynn says

    I love your cake creations and I will attempt to do several. Could you please let me know which tip you used to do the Christmas Tree cake. Thank you for your tutorials. Lynn

  2. Lorraine says

    You are extremely talented…WOW. I have to copy this and send to my sister in North Carolina who knows how to handle frosting and all the tips and whatnot. I am a cookie baker, but my goodness, this is so pretty. I enjoyed looking at your things so much. One of your cakes looks like an ice cream cake inside. The roses outside looks like the bottom of a wedding dress. Simple and elegant. I’ll check back again. Thank you very much. Lorraine (retired) cookielady.

  3. Barb Clairain says

    How gorgeous is this cake. Please, please, please do a tutorial. I’m one that has to follow visually. Beautiful….

  4. Katrina says

    As an aspiring baker myself, I am baffled on how you got the decoration so perfect on the inside! Please do tell details, or maybe give sources that could show us!

    Love Love Love your cake, it is beautiful!

  5. says

    HI!! :D

    Im new, just discovered your blog today… LURVE it!! You’re my new fave :p
    Anyway…. was just wondering… how did you do the layers on the inside? Were they just cake mixed with icing again?

    Please and thank you :)

    Gabe H.

  6. Cynthia says

    If there is any chance you could create the tutorial for the ornament inside the cake in time for this Christmas it would be great. Thank you.

  7. Annabelle says

    I’m so in love yet feel so cheated on. I was dreaming and salivating and wondering when I could try this
    and then………….bam……………no directions on how to do the ornament. Obviously you are a great talent but please please share more information. This is not a simple design…how did you figure out what to do. Really, I hope you can patten the directions for the ornament….just stunning.

    Oh, please, what size tip did you use for the ruffles. Thanks again for sharing your talents with us.

    • says

      Both the tutorial for the ruffle design and ornament are readily available on my site. The very first line in this post is a link to the tutorials. :)

  8. says

    These sounds like Yummy..!!
    This Christmas Tree Cake looks delicious and adorable.
    I love this cake. I really appreciate with it.
    You share lovely creative resource.
    Thanks For Sharing….

  9. Cecilia Guarnaccia says

    Thank you for posting such amazing ideas. I adore your website and all your recipes! I too am a mad baker from Brooklyn. I was wondering, will you post the recipe on how to do the “Surprise Inside Cake:
    A Christmas Tree ,Red and Green Ornament Inside ? I would so love to do this cake this year.

    Thank you and happy Holiday!


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