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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Meet Amanda Rettke

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. Hey Amanda! Stopping by to tell you that I am featuring this today as party of the Making It With Allie Features! COme on by and pick up a button for your “street-cred”

  2. OMG I am in love with your blog! SO glad to be “introduced” to it! 🙂 I will be a regular follower for sure! Take care!

  3. So pretty on the outside and cute on the inside.
    The bat is missing a crucial part of its anatomy. Add the ears next time and no one will mistake it for diamonds. 🙂

  4. Wow – what a lot of comments! This cake is brilliant and so obviously a bat inside (that’s men for you) – would love to give it a go, but fear I’d eat all the ingredients before completion. Well done you!

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