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? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • viagra online says:

    ok so i would really love to make this for Easter, but im totally lost! what is the chocolate circle traced from, how big, does each layer have the same size hole inside of it? ahhh im so sorry i’m slow! this would be my first huge presentation cake for easter with the family, and what better way then to show the cross that the lord died on for us!

  • says:

    I made this for Easter and after a couple of hiccups, I think it turned out pretty well for a first time! I posted it on my blog!! Thanks so much for a great tutorial!

  • Mommycas says:

    I just made this last night for my pastor. It is his last week at our church (he got another call to be the senior pastor). He will be greatly missed and I thought this cake would be the perfect occasion. I think I have to make one for us to eat at home this weekend.

  • Katy says:

    I know this is an old post, but… wouldn’t you need to cut the small center circles out of the bottom two layers and fill each one with the chocolate cake before adding the “cutout” layer? Otherwise you’d be missing the bottom part of the cross… I really like the idea though, you’re one talented lady!

  • Amanda says:

    This is great! I featured you today on Today’s Top 20!! I’d love if you stopped by!
    I seriously couldn’t stop writing about this cake. I love it. I can’t wait to make one.

  • Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out a Choice, Not a Chore} says:

    This is seriously the most beautiful cake. What an amazing idea! Just gorgeous. I’m sharing on my site’s facebook page and linking to it via Twitter. Amazing!

  • Teresa says:

    I’m so going to make this cake! It’s beautiful and represents everything about this holiday… Christ!! I love this. A million thanks for sharing your cake and your faith. You are awesome and God is surely pleased with you, as he’s given you such a fine gift to share with everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amanda says:

    Ok I am probably the dumbest baker (if I can call myself that…) out there. Or just a complete newbie. Christmas party. Going. Want to make cake. Just doing box stuff. Premade icing. Easy. Cake mix. Not working. UGG breaking. Cake is only 3 layers. And lop sided. Moral: Do not buy supermoist cake mist. Lesson learned. Hopefully the cross is still in there. {And it will turn soft again after being in the freezer right? It’s not frozen – just cold} P.S. I had made cupcakes but I had to crumble those up because I didn’t have enough chocolate cake mix. Good bye cupcakes. And my cake was laughable to look at. Solution. Give child icing and let him decorate. Then nobody will notice my lack of decorating skills!!!

  • Amy says:

    Getting ready to make this for my daughter’s 12th birthday – we are both so excited! Thanks so much for taking the time to post the tutorial! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amy says:

    So, I made the cake for my daughter’s birthday and had a couple of minor issue that I want to leave so others don’t make the same mistakes and ask a question of Amanda:
    I made the chocolate ring too small! I used the Tupperware hamburger patty maker – seemed ok until we cut it and the horizontal part wasn’t wide enough.
    Also, I really packed the crumbled chocolate cake in and ended up causing the top layer to split. (It was fine with icing but I was worried it might go ahead and fall apart.)
    It was beautiful and delicious but, when I sliced it, the chocolate fell off of every slice as it was being served. Did your cake do that as well. If not, any idea on what went wrong?
    Thanks so much for the blog and tutorial, I’m definitely going to keep up with it! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Merry Christmas!

  • Jenny says:

    I will be making this cake for Christmas this year!!!!!!!!!! It is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen!!!

  • Amy Nguyen says:

    Hi Amanda! I will be trying out this tutorial for a girl’s confirmation this weekend. Would you mind sharing what number tip you used? Thank you so much. I really enjoy reading your blog!

  • ines says:

    u are great! keep going this! what an amazing gift!

  • Mary Lou Manus says:

    This is great! My twin Granddaughters’ have their first communion in April and I will have to try this for the lunch we’ll have afterward. I can’t wait! I’ll try to remember to take pictures. Don’t know if it will have all the swirlie thingies, but I’ll try. Keep up the great work!

    • Mary Lou Manus says:

      My daughter said if I make the cake, she will decorate it! Can’t wait! Have you tried using red velvet cake for the cross? I wonder if it would work or would the red fade into the white cake.

  • jenny says:

    that is too cool! i had to read and read and reread (LOL) to get how you got the cross shape. i finally got it! phew. you are are awesome. the other night i read on your blog, i was bouncing around so i don’t know where exactly, but i read you are from fargo, nd? too cool! i am from mayville. do you know where it is? it’s about an hour from fargo, about 30 minutes before you get to grand forks. are you still in fargo? i couldn’t find where it says you currently live. i live in wichita, kansas. for now. we are moving this summer. my husband is in the military so we move every two years. anyway, great cakes. awesome to be on your blog!

  • Amy says:

    What a cool cake! I’m a novice but I’m going to take a crack at this one. A few questions: how do you get your buttercream so smooth? I’ve heard that you should use a Viva towel but don’t know the exact technique. Also, I’m planning to do this for my son’s first communion. I’d love to make the top look like a communion wafer but I’m not creative enough to figure out how to do that. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • Mary Lou Manus says:

      I used a glass of warm water to dip the spatula in between strokes. I helped but nothing really got it smooth like glass. If I had put the swirlie thingies on it, the flaws would be covered. I also tried something that Dr. Oz suggested on one of his shows. I used a regular cake mix, but used 12 ounces of club soda instead of the eggs, oil and water. TASTES GREAT!

  • California Greek Girl says:

    YES!! My new Easter Cake- I find it so beautiful and perfect for a religious holiday. Thanks so much, Mary Happy Easter!!

  • Mary Lou Manus says:

    I did this last weekend and will be doing it again next week for my granddaughters’ First Holy Communion. The tutorial is easy to follow and it tasted great! One thing I did differently tho, I used white cake and German chocolate mix with club soda instead of the eggs, oil and water. Add 12 oz. of club soda to your box mix and it comes out really light and fluffy and WAY FEWER calories. Of course when you frost it and get it decorated with the buttercream icing, that changes everything.

  • carla lemos gila river says:

    wow its so amazing i love that idea.very creative.

  • Ruth says:

    This cake is awesome! Thank you for your time making the tutorial!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks! And you are welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ruth says:

    This cake is awesome! Thank you for your time making the tutorial!

  • Melody says:

    hehe, awesome idea for Easter!

  • Linda Urhahn says:

    In a couple of web sites I visited, the authors referred to Martha Stewart’s “whipped cream cake” from Martha’s first book titled ENTERTAINING is the best white cake recipe.

  • Chelsea says:

    That is awesome! If you are stol looking for a great tasting, moist vanilla cake recipe check this out.
    I have made it many times, it’s easy, versatile and people love it!

  • Kristina says:

    Awesome! Love the way you decorated it. Maybe I could try this for Easter.