Countdown Cake {Surprise Inside Cake}

filed under: Surprise Inside Cakes on December 27, 2013

UPDATE:  Full tutorial now posted!

This cake is one of my “crazy” ideas.  I didn’t really think it could happen.  But then it happened.  And it wasn’t that hard.  And I am super excited to share it with you my New Year’s Eve Countdown Cake!

New Years Eve Countdown Cake #surpriseinsidecake

New Year’s Eve Cake

This cake is a showstopper for sure! Just imagine your guests gasping in delight when you cut into the first piece and there is a 10 there. The ‘9’ is peaking inside… and once you remove the 9 there is the ‘8’. This cake counts down the New Year with you! And… it’s not that hard!

New Years Eve Countdown Cake #surpriseinsidecake

How to Make a Countdown Cake

Begin by making a chocolate cake in a sheet pan.  (You want the pan to be approximately 12 x 18 inches.)  Make cake then freeze the cake for at least 2 hours.

Remove cake from freezer.  Using number cookie cutters, start by pressing a ‘1’ (or the number of your choice) into sheet cake.  If the cake feels at all crumbly, put back into the freezer.  Press ‘1’ into the cake and then remove cake from the cookie cutter.  Set it on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Repeat this process for all numbers.  Make three sets of each number, even though you will only use two in the cake.  The extra set is ‘just in case’.  So you will press out three sets of 10, three 9’s, three 8’s, three 7’s and so on.

New Years Eve Countdown Cake #surpriseinsidecake

Place cut out cake numbers back into the freezer.  You want them to be frozen when inserting into the white cake batter.

Prepare white cake batter and pour HALF of the batter into a prepared 9 inch round cake pan.  To make this easier I pour my cake batter into a 4-cup measuring cup, then pour out approximately 2 cups into my cake pan.

Starting with the 10, place the 1 and 0 into batter-filled cake pan.  Make sure there is at least 1/2 inches between the number and the edge of the pan.  Place two 10’s back to back so that it’s about 3 inches thick.  Now place two 9’s in the pan directly behind 10.

Continue placing numbers into the pan in a circle, working back from 10.  Once you are about halfway around the pan, check to make sure that you are working on the number 5.  10-6 should take up half the pan and 5-1 should take up the other half.  If you have any extra space, simply fill in with 1’s.

New Years Eve Countdown Cake #surpriseinsidecake

PRO TIP: Mark your pan so that you know where the 10 is.  You can either make a dot with a black permanent marker or drop a small piece of chocolate cake on top of the batter where your 10 is.  (This will most likely be trimmed off when/if you level the cake.)

Carefully pour remaining batter over numbers making sure to cover them completely.

Bake cake for approximately 45 minutes at 350 degrees.  Keep an eye on it and test to make sure center is completely cooked.

Remove from oven, let cool for a few minutes, then place in freezer for at least an hour. (You can freeze the cake up to 3 months, just make sure its properly covered.)

When ready to frost cake, remove it from the freezer.  If needed, level cake.

Make note of where the “10” is on your cake then remove cake from the cake pan.  Place on the cake stand and mark where your 10 is.  You can use a piece of tape on the cake stand to mark.

New Years Eve Countdown Cake #surpriseinsidecake

When you are ready to cut into your cake, just make sure you make your cut where the ’10’ is.  Cut each piece about 2-3 inches thick.  You will then be removing the pieces in descending order.

Find the tutorial for this cake here!

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  • pantea says:

    Wow !! I can not wait to see how did you put the numbers inside that beautiful cake.

  • matco-64 says:

    Brilliant, I too want to know how you did the numbers… bring on the tutorial!!!

  • Amy @Very Culinary says:

    BRILLIANT, Amanda. Love it!

  • Vaishali Shah says:

    Amazing job …. ll wait for the tutorial

  • Jasy says:

    Look forward to your tutorial

  • Janie G says:

    I think you crossed over to Magician!

  • Laura says:

    Great job! It looks so good! I bet everyone will be surprised by what is inside! I can’t wait for your tutorial! Greatings from Romania

  • Amber says:

    This is amazing!! I can’t wait to see how you got those numbers in there. Looking forward to the tutorial!

  • Elizabeth Lawrence says:

    Yes please, I would love to make this!

  • Tina says:

    Can’t wait for the tutorial!

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    You are crazy awesome.

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    You DIDN’T!!! This cake is soooo freaking cool!!!

  • Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate says:

    This is ridiculous! You are my hero!

  • Becca says:

    Toooooooo coool!

    Can’t wait for the tutorial.

    I would guess you stuck chocolates in once the batter was in the pan. And somehow marked where the 10 was.

  • Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat says:

    Genius!! I’m in amazement by not only this cake, but all your other cakes as well. I have been keeping a file of all your beautiful cakes that I want to attempt and now that I’m unemployed (insert sad face), I have the time to bake and decorate!

  • laurasmess says:

    What an amazing cake Amanda!! Haha, I have no idea how you managed to put the numbers inside the cake but I am so impressed that you managed it! Yummo. Great idea, I am going to have to put my thinking cap on as to how I can replicate this. Great for any special occasion! xx

  • sheila says:

    wah….how you do dat???!!!

  • Shanna@ pineapple and coconut says:

    Mindlblown. And HOW did you know where to cut? ha ha Amazing like always

  • massu says:

    Omgg the white is looking sooo beautifull n yummm..with the chocolate frosting…superb..i want i want..for now a recipe will do too..pls share its recipe…

  • cantfindagoodname says:

    This is just darling! can’t wait to try this in my baking adventures 🙂