Christmas Tree Ruffle Cake {Surprise Inside Cake!}

filed under: Surprise Inside Cakes · White Cakes on December 7, 2010

 UPDATED: Tutorial HERE Scroll all the way down to see the UPDATED pictures and video for how to pipe ruffles for this fun cake!

Check out my original Christmas Tree Ruffle Surprise-Inside cake!


I decided to try and put trees in the midst of all those ‘ruffles’. To make the Christmas Tree Ruffle Cake I prefer to use my Whipped Vanilla Buttercream frosting. It pipes beautifully!


For the interior of the cake, I use my White Cake recipe… it’s the BEST!


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.

Here is the tutorial for this cake!

Check out all the different ways to make a Surprise-Inside Cake!

And here is my new book, Surprise-Inside Cakes!  You can see (in great detail) how I create these one-of-a-kind designs!

Since originally creating this design in 2011, I have recreated this cake many times. The most recent time I took a few pictures!

Christmas Tree Ruffle Cake! {an original iambaker design}

Same design as the original Christmas Tree Ruffle Cake… three trees around the perimeter.

Christmas Tree Ruffle Cake! {an original iambaker design}

I also added a little tiny yellow star. That is optional of course!

Christmas Tree Ruffle Cake! {an original iambaker design}

But this time, I made a video! Now you can see how to ruffle the TOP of the cake! 🙂

Ever wanted to add something special to a traditional Ruffle Cake? This has a full video tutorial!

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  • CarsedraG (Sweet Tooth Desserts) says:

    I am sooo late but I LOVE THIS!!! I think I may try this for my birthday cake!! 🙂

  • Jannett says:

    You are so talented….Love everything you do…. 🙂

  • Nuha says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I’ve been wanting to replicate the MS cake, and this is such a cute spin on it! xoxo

  • Jessica says:

    This is so cool! I LOVE your take on this, especially the “ornament” inside!
    I saw this cake on Marthas’ website when I searching for birthday cake ideas for my oldest daughter several years ago & also loved it!

  • Robin says:

    This cake is amazing! Your website have really inspired me. I tried this cake on my own…not as beautiful as yours…but I tried!

  • Peanut Butter Easter Eggs says:

    Wow these cakes look delicious! How do you get them to look so perfect?!

  • Rachel says:

    That is beyond amazing.
    Go Amanda!!!!

  • Santa says:

    I really appreciate the fact that you’ve made your own website and have in fact gived to the world your thoughts. I like your work and feel I can relate to what you’ve done. Most people can’t even imagine having such talent. I hope that you know how lucky you are. 🙂 Good luck to you in all your aims. 🙂

  • Sarah smith says:

    How pretty are those cakes! Love the ruffles!

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  • Amy says:

    Wow! That has to be the most gorgeous cake I have seen in a long, long time! Love the ruffle trees and then you showed the inside and my jaw DROPPED! How the heck did you so that? I have looked through your Jan & Feb posts and I don’t see it. Please share. Salivating mouths want to try it! 🙂

  • Meghan Burrns says:

    I wish I was as skilled as you! I cannot imagine everyone’s face as you cut it open, mine was literally like this –> 😀 and :O you’re amazing! You inspire me to be original even when I’m using other people’s ideas. Love you!!

  • Ronnie Griggs says:

    Holy cow – so are you going to tell us the trick or what?!

  • Lily says:

    Wow that is so lovely! It looks like so much work but really worth it in the end. I bet you shocked everyone!

  • Jill says:

    Would LOVE to know how to make the ornament inside this cake!!
    Thank you~Jill

  • Sue says:

    Plese do a tutorial on this absolutely stunning cake!

  • Carrie says:

    I smiled when I saw the trees incorporated into the ruffle design, but I gasped when I saw the ornament in the middle. Sweet, sweet, sweet.

  • Mighty Morgan says:

    Love, love, love and did I say LOVE it….The green against the white is stunning enough..but then you put an ornament inside….AH MAZING!!!!!!

  • Nicki says:

    I would love to try this, but have no clue how to do the ornament. Will the tutorial be up soon?

  • linda says:

    martha this cake is verry beautiful i am a bakes of cakes but this is liked this is perfectionally done at a store im going to make a christmas tree cake for my work party i hope they like it

  • Donna says:

    Wow! This is amazing. I love all those ruffle cakes out there, but this is such an original take on the concept. And then to have the ornament inside the cake. Wow!

  • miriam says:

    Wow! This cake is amazing! Saw it on Sunday Sweets on CakeWrecks today!

  • Adri says:

    This was featured on the Sunday Sweets on Cake Wrecks!! I was excited when I saw it, because it was something I had discovered before Jen from CW told me about it!! Congrats on the recognition!!

  • GosiaL says:

    genialne :o)

  • Simone says:

    Love the surprise inside. Just want to know HOW you did it.

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