I am really getting into the Halloween spirit huh?

This cake was a little different for me, because I knewexactlywhat I wanted inside, but had NO IDEA what to do with the outside!



And even though the outside of this cake is just supposed to be pretty enough to pass for “please dont let people look at the outside and want to puke” I ended up loving it!

And it was really, really easy to do! Which is great cause when stuff is complicated my brain hurts.

I’m a simple girl I tell you. Simple!


The inside, on the other hand, was not as simple. There was lots of carving and lots of scraping and me getting out a toothpick to move around fine little cake crumbs.

But I like it too.

I think.


Can you tell what it is? My hubby did right away! He said, “Some diamonds lined up?”

*banging head against wallrepeatedly*

Um, no. Its supposed to be a bat.  A Surprise Inside Cake with a BAT!


Oh well. At least it tasted ok.

It was white sheet cake (adapted from a recipe at allrecipes.com that I cannot seem to find for the life of me) and my favoritechocolatecake ever andchocolatefrosting.


The top design is simply my glaze icing and the little tiny bit of chocolate for the bird and branch is left overchocolatefrosting.

Even if you dont tackle the bat (heh, heh, tackle a bat, now that would be funny to see) I hope you will try the tree and bird design. It is really forgiving and will make such an impact!


(I justcouldn’tresist that big ole knife in there. I think thats about as scary as I get!)

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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. I’d love to eat a cake where I found diamonds inside…
    However, I love the design on the outside. Keep up the great work!

  2. Wow, what an awesome cake! (I recognized the bat right away) I always want to get into the kitchen and make stuff when I go to your blog! I ~really~ want to make this cake, I think it would really impress! Thanks for the cool idea 🙂

  3. I will NEVER understand how you pull off the AMAZING things you do – with 3.5 kids and just LIFE in general!
    You truly are AMAZING!!

  4. Honestly….MEN! I saw the bat right away!
    Once again, you have left me speechless! Although I must admit, if I had kids still at home, I would give this gem a try!

  5. I could tell that it was a bat right away! its such a nice idea! Although I dont think I could ever manage to make that, though

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