I Am Baker

Patriotic Cake {surprise inside cake}

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.

Red White and Blue Surprise-Inside Cake!

I can’t help but love this cake.  I am so excited by this new way to share a surprise-inside and so excited that the idea police haven’t taken away my oven yet.   I mean, some of my ideas are crazy weird and should never be attempted in real life.

But occasionally this happens and for a moment all is right with the world.

Red White and Blue Surprise-Inside Cake! #usa


Yay!!  I spelled out USA in a red, white and blue cake!!

Whoops!  My ‘s’ is backwards.  Well, on one side of the cake it is anyway.

Red White and Blue Surprise-Inside Cake! #usa


In the piece it reads right.

I based the design of this cake off some of my previous cakes, and used this surprise-inside cake method to get the letters into the cake.

I also teach a class on Craftsy on how to get letters inside a cake!  It is a full 20+ minute video tutorial, going over every single detail and showing you step-by-step how to spell out what ever you want in a cake.

I wish I had the time to really perfect this cake before sharing, but I have another appearance on Twin Cities Live tomorrow and have to bake FIVE cakes to get ready!  (One of them is a surprise-inside of course!)  Talk about procrastinating… I just had to get this one done before starting them though!

This is the very first ever (anywhere) surprise-inside cake with letters stacked out vertically in different layers.  I am so, so so excited about where this simple design will lead me and can’t wait to share those ideas with you!

Want more Surprise-Inside Cakes?  Check out my new book.  It is the ONLY book in the world about surprise-inside cakes!

And be sure to check my Facebook page tomorrow when I update it with a link to my Twin Cities Live segment. :)

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Red, White, & Blue Dessert


More like red, white, and deep, deep navy.  Maybe even purple? Sorry Uncle Sam.


See, I saw these amazing chocolate edible bowls over on bakerella and I knew I wanted to try them.  I seriously get lost on her site.  The amount of creative and original and stunning desserts she creates just boggles my mind.

I sorta have a bakerella crush.  But I am in good company.  We all adore her right?

So I got this "brilliant" idea to make the bowls out of cherry chocolate chips.  Only the chocolate never got as creamy and beautiful as bakerella's did and I just could not get them to be uniform and magnificent like hers.

I am not even going to try and give you a recipe or directions… I think bakerellas directions are wonderful and easy to follow.

Just wish I had.

Here's what I did do.

Made chocolate bowls.  Oh, oh I have a little trick for you!  When you go to pop the balloon, put a piece of tape on the balloon and then pierce the balloon through the tape.  It will just deflate slowly instead of popping and causing your chocolate to break into a million pieces all over your kitchen! Not that I know from experience or anything.

Bake a white sheet cake.  Chilled it.  Cut it into one inch squares.

Opened can of blueberry pie filling.  Put cake squares in chocolate bowls.  Spooned filling over top.



Some more.


What I can attest to is the taste.  The subtle cherry chocolate (think cherry dip cone from DQ) combined with a silky rich white cake topped with a sugary sweet blueberry pie filling…

It. Was. Fantastic.

So unexpected… I had to let the flavors just dance on my tongue for a bit before really professing my love. 

But then I did.  Profess my love.  To a dessert.  Cause I have warped sensibilities ok?

Even if you don't make this for your Fourth of July celebrations, I highly recommend making it just to indulge in a new scrumptiously sweet flavor combination. 

I hope you will be delighted with it as I was! 

P.S.  Totally going to try this with fresh blueberries next time.  I might even make a blueberry simple syrup to drizzle over the top.  I really dont think you can go wrong experimenting with this dessert.  And I do hope you do!

 *Check out this dessert and many other amazing things on Tidymom's I'm Lovin It!