I have made a ghost cake before… but I wanted to try some different recipes and techniques this time around.

More rounded ghost heads.


A smaller cake with less ghosts.

And maybe even a ghost Surprise Inside!


Next time I’ll try not to forget his mouth.

And turns out I like the original better anyway.

I wanted to get this on my blog before I forgot.  I seem to be doing that lately… forgetting things.

If you are reading this post by the light of the rising sun, then most likely I am on a plane for Kansas City.

I arrive at 8:30am and fly out at 7:30pm. (I am still a full time nursing mom and just couldn’t bear the thought of being away from my baby overnight.)

Its for a class taugh by the amazingly talented Helene of Tartelette.

See, this whole book thing is freaking me out.  Its one thing to take a picture and throw it on your blog and hope for the best.  Its quite another to have it be in print.  Forever.

I just dont know enough, and I think Helene is one of the best teachers out there.  I need her help badly!


So please forgive me for not posting recipes or a tutorial or even as many pictures as I normally do.

I am working really hard to reach this goal so that we can get back to normal around here.

I miss you guys!


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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. Absolutely amazing! I would just LOOOOOVE to know how on earth you managed to get that lovely surprise inside a cake…?! Please give us some details on how to do that. Once more, thanks for your baking 🙂

  2. Hello again Amanda! Just wanted to quickly say that I think it’s awesome that you’re still trying to learn more. I can imagine writing a book would be pretty darn scary but we all trust you and LOVE your recipes/tutorials/decorating.
    Have fun at the course!

  3. Great cake! And so proud of you for chasing down your photography goals – I’d love to hear about your class with Helene!

  4. Great cake! And so proud of you for chasing down your photography goals – I’d love to hear about your class with Helene!

  5. No you di-innnnt! You keep topping yourself. I cannot BELIEVE you have a ghost as the cross section of the cake! AMAZING.

  6. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS COOKBOOK! I have told you before, and will tell you again, you have way too much talent to not share it! I know I never comment, but today felt I needed to give you a little nudge – I would buy the book with stick figure drawings!
    We need to have a get together again soon.
    So very proud of you for this big step!!!
    Have safe travels! lo

  7. How you do those amazing things to the inside of the cake…well…it’s amazing! Have a fun trip…and don’t forget to bring the breast pump!!!

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