Faith Cake Tutorial {Surprise Inside Cake!}

filed under: Cakes on December 3, 2009

I had so much fun putting together this tutorial for the Surprise Inside faith cake!

I am very new to tutorials, so if you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me anytime!


This cake I did not bake from scratch. Using a box mix is not a bad thing!

For now, let’s look at some pictures.


The white cake.


The white cakes leveled.


This is the devils food cake. Before I removed it from the pan and crumbled it and added some frosting to make it stick together… I cut out this shape. (I just used a piece of tupperware that was about the right size)

(For one box of devils food cake add approximately 1/2 cup frosting. Blend with a fork or your hand to incorporate.)


Cut the same shape out of the white cake.


That devils food is going to fit perfectly into the white cake!

Now, to get started with assembly. Put one layer of your white cake on your plate. Add about 1/2 cup frosting and add another layer. Add another 1/2 cup frosting and add your layer with the cutout.


It should look like this.


Go ahead and add your devils piece into the white layer.


Add some frosting around the edges.

(the next step you can save until last, but I had to start now because my cake was getting so tall.)


Now go ahead and take a round cookie cutter or a smaller drinking glass or anything that is a smaller round shape and cut out a whole. You will need to go through all layers of the cake. Get a fork or spoon and carefully scoop out the excess cake.

I still have another layer to add… so I will just put it on top and then guesstimate where the hole was.



Now remember that devils food cake that we crumbled and added some frosting too to make it more usable?


We are going to fill up the entire hole with this cake mixture. Just start stuffing cake in there until its all full. (This works MUCH better if your white cake is frozen or very chilled)


Like that!

Next is the crumb coat layer. (Want to know what a crumb coat is? Want to learn how to do one? Click here.)IMG_3293.cake

After I added the crumb coat layer I threw this bad boy in the freezer and went to bed.

When I opened my freezer in the morning it magically looked like this!


I’m kidding. This was after I added another layer of frosting. Don’t be shy with your frosting! This cake is big and can handle it.

Next, I started decorating… and I am sorry… but I only got pictures of the finished product.

If you want to try the technique I did… I think the technical term is ‘swirly thingies’… get a piping bag and a decorating tip and practice on a piece of paper. Practice makes perfect! (and as you can tell, I am still practicing!)


Top view.




This cake is a big boy. This swirling stuff took me about an hour. Then I got frustrated and went back in and added dots. I didnt like that either so I added red dots. Then I gave up.



And this is what you see after you eat three pieces cut into your cake.

A cross.

Hence the name, ‘Faith Cake’.

Ok. I’m ready for it. Be honest now… do you think you’ll try and make one? 🙂

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  • Lisa Flores says:

    Its going to be my communions, confirmations and baptisms cakes from now on! I had never seen this type of before and seems east enough. This its such a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing and even better for the tutorial.

  • Merideth says:

    I made this cake last Easter to take to a family gathering. It was a HUGE hit! Everyone LOVED the surprise. In fact, my younger son loved it so much, he has requested this cake for his birthday next week (though, we will be changing the exterior decor a bit to match a 10 yr old boy’s fancy). 😉

  • Sue {Munchkin Munchies} says:

    You’ve done it again, Amanda!

  • Annie says:

    What a wonderful tutorial! My mother-in-law would love this, thank you for sharing!

  • Despina says:

    This is just awesome and I can’t wait to try it, I was wondering if you or someone can help me get a a cross in one part of the cake Someone teased us on facebook and made a beautiful cake with the Greek flag inside, but I want to get the cross inside the blue part just as you see the American flag, I have a photo if you need. The top left hand corner, I need a cross. This recipe gave me the idea of how to put a cross in the middle but not sure how to do it where every slice will have that cross. Can you help? Just lo
    ok at the american flag , the only difference is we don’t have to cut out the cake on top and put the red because the top layer is blue and the stripes are blue and white, but I want to learn to do the cross. I only know how to cut the top blue layer and put the white frosting. but the line down is the problem Please help.

  • Mary Chandler / Chandler's Home Bakery says:

    I am definitely going to give this beautiful cake a try. Thank you for sharing.

  • Neeloo says:

    This is commendable stuff for a start believe me…….a joy watching this piece of creativity…God bless n keep going !!

  • April says:

    I absolutely love this idea and will definitely be giving it a try in the near future. I was wondering though if I could use a moist brownie recipe instead of the devils food cake? I think I will give it a try and let you know how it works.
    PS- I just wanedt to say that I absolutely love your work. Thank you so much for sharing.♡
    #FaithCakeTutorial #SupriseInsideCake #IAmBaker

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you! Yes, you could use brownie. The hardest part with that is the layers, making sure the brownie is as tall as the cake layer. 🙂 Happy baking!

  • Holly says:

    Adorable! What a sweet cake!

  • Brenda gossett says:

    I’m going to try it now .

  • Joy Heywood says:

    I will definitely try that. It will be perfect for Easter. Will take me that long to perfect