So I do this thing with cakes where I hide surprises on the inside.  I have been doing it for about 4 years now.  I even wrote a whole book about it.

It’s kinda my thing.

Red White and Blue Surprise-Inside Cake!

I can’t help but love this cake.  I am so excited by this new way to share a surprise-inside and so excited that the idea police haven’t taken away my oven yet.   I mean, some of my ideas are crazy weird and should never be attempted in real life.

But occasionally this happens and for a moment all is right with the world.

Red White and Blue Surprise-Inside Cake! #usa


Yay!!  I spelled out USA in a red, white and blue cake!!

Whoops!  My ‘s’ is backward.  Well, on one side of the cake it is anyway.

Red White and Blue Surprise-Inside Cake! #usa


In the piece, it reads right.

I based the design of this cake on some of my previous cakes and used this surprise-inside cake method to get the letters into the cake. This is the very first ever (anywhere) surprise-inside cake with letters stacked out vertically in different layers.  I am so, so so excited about where this simple design will lead me and can’t wait to share those ideas with you!


I used this WHITE CAKE recipe.

And this VANILLA BUTTERCREAM recipe. (Check out my tips on how to get it SUPER white!)

Want more Surprise-Inside Cakes?  Check out my new book.  It is the ONLY book in the world about surprise-inside cakes!

And be sure to check my Facebook page !

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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. This is so amazing!! Your creativity and surprise-inside cake skills never cease to amaze me. 🙂

  2. Your talent and creativity constantly blows me away! This cake is gorgeous and amazing!

  3. You never cease to amaze me! Great job and great little surprise! You have inspired me to try one of these…for Halloween. I bought myself an extra long loaf pan yesterday, now I just have to decide what to tuck inside. Ghosts? Pumpkins? I have a little time to mull that over. Happy 4th!

  4. Oh my goodness!! This is exactly what I’ve been looking for!!! I’m doing gender reveal party in August for our second child, and I’ve been trying to come up with something more creative than just pink or blue cake to announce it. I can spell out BOY or GIRL!!
    Thank you so much for sharing all your creativity!!!

  5. Good luck on Twin Cities Live tomorrow .. you’ll do great! this cake is amazing!!

    1. Thank you sweet friend!!! Any chance you are headed back to the cities soon? Would love to give you a hug! 🙂

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