The best part of birthdays??  The cake of course!

I would love  to share with you a fun cake idea as well as some tips on how YOU can best enjoy all the birthdays you celebrate!


Funfetti Cake!

 Here’s  Tip #1: Use a box of cake mix to ensure a level, beautiful and delicious cake!  Don’t stress about finding the perfect from scratch recipe, especially if you are a busy working parent.  Your child will not know the difference, but they will know that you baked something special just for them!


Raw Cake about to be frosted with #32 tip.

I am a huge fan of the easy concept.  Just because the technique is easy doesn’t mean you are sacrificing beauty!

For this cake I used a #32 tip.  Simply hold the tip at the base of the cake, apply light pressure, and move up to the top.  Make sure to take the frosting all the way over the top edge of the cake.

Pillsbury Funfetti Cake decorated with #32 Tip


For the top, I used a #1M tip and just made little swirled dollops of frosting.

This is a classic technique that I have loved and admired forever. I left the better part of the top of the cake white and really like how clean it looks!

I used THIS perfect buttercream recipe for piping.

Frosting dollops on top of a yellow cake. Cake has a surprise inside!

 The inside was something different all together!

I decided to make it a surprise inside cake, because who doesn’t love a good surprise???

Surprise Inside Funfetti Cake from


Can you tell what the surprise is?

A candle!

Candle Surprise Inside Cake from

This tiny candle will be in every single piece of cake.  I just love that everyone who gets a piece will get some of the FUN surprise!

And whats even better is that sweet little candle is surrounded by a bright and festive Funfetti Cake!

Ready for those other two tips on how you can celebrate more?

Candle Surprise Inside Funfetti Cake!


Tip #2: Make a tradition.  Choose to always bake a cake.  Or make a certain flavor of cake.  Or buy a huge pack of candles on your baby’s first birthday and use the same candles every year.  Or make a personalized Birthday Book!

Audrey enjoying a Surprise Inside Birthday cake!

Tip #3: Relax.  If you are a parent and trying to plan the perfect party for your most precious little angel, take a moment to sit back and catch your breath.  Are family and friends going to be gathered around?  Is there enough cake for everyone?  Then that is all you need.

I know, I know… we all want our children to have the most special day.  But truly… feeling loved is the greatest gift we can give them!

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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. Usually I either bake a bunch of different sweets for my birthday. but there is usually cake involved in the mix somewhere. Its a classic!

  2. Yes, I celebrate my birthday with cake. My most favorite cake is a butter pound cake, no frosting needed. When I bake cakes for others, I love using different frostings, inside and outside the cakes.

  3. I have not had a birthday cake for some years, but after seeing this one, I have decided I will make one for me just like I do for my family. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. It isn’t a birthday without cake! My oldest daughter loves Funfetti cakes and I make it for her every year while my other two girls love to share Funfetti cupcakes with friends anytime!

  5. Olá !!!!!!!PARABÉNS!!!!!
    ki maravilha esses bolos surpresa incrível,fantástico ki ideais maravilhosas…

  6. Can I assume to get the candle in the cake you used the technique of baking a separate cake in the colors needed for your candle. Then a cookie cutter in a candle shape was used to numerous cake candles. When baking final cake 1/2 of batter was poured in pan before lining cake candles around in pan and filling remaining batter around it. Although in studying the pictures of the cut cake it appears you placed the flame in one layer and the candle base in the other and then turned one over. Did I get it? You know, first time I did this I thought for SURE the prebaked cake would be awful. I was shocked when it wasn’t. I think the moisture of the batter prevents it from drying as we think it would. I’d like to bake this. If I don’t have it right can you email me?

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