surprise inside cakes is NOW in stores! (and an exclusive invitation)

filed under: Surprise Inside Cakes on March 13, 2014

My book is officially on sale!!!

Surprise Inside Cakes Cover

photo credit susan powers

If you could see me right now… I am shaking my head back and forth in disbelief.  This whole process has been so humbling and scary and yet rewarding.  I am not a “go-getter” by nature,  I tend to just let life happen around me and if it’s good, then all the better.  But this, this I had to work for.

Colin Powell says is best.  “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.”

What a labor of love!!  I am so thrilled with the book and hope you are too!

If you have not yet ordered your copy of surprise-inside cakes, now is the time!!


Ordering through Amazon is a great way to save money… as it is only $16.50 versus $30 in stores.

Candle Rose Surprise Inside Cake from

 photo credit Susan Powers

Hint: The CANDLES are part of the surprise… they are cake!!

I do have a couple of signing events coming up!

Magers & Quinn on March 20th at 7:00pm

  • I will be sharing some sweet treats!!

Kitchen in the Market on March 28th at 5:30pm

  • This is an EXCLUSIVE event with limited capacity, so you will want to reserve your spot now!  In addition to drinks, treats and interactive cake decorating, you can also win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer!
  • Click HERE to make sure you get a spot!

I would really, really love the opportunity to meet you and to know what your baking passions are.

As always, thank you all so much for your love and support.  Oh, and if you have your book,  be sure to look for the cake that I dedicated specially to my blog readers!!

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  • Joy says:

    I am so happy and excited for you!! Can’t wait to buy the book! 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much Joy! Hope you like it!

  • courtney says:

    Please do a signing in NJ/NY? 😉

    • Amanda says:

      Would love to! We’ll see! 🙂

  • Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon says:

    Amanda, Your book is simply stunning! I cannot wait to see you next week and give you a huge hug! So proud of you- your hard work has paid off!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you Lisa!!! Your kind words bless me!

  • Christina / Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe says:


    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!!!!!

  • Debbie Grove says:

    What town and state are those signings?

    • Amanda says:

      In Minnesota. Where are you?

  • Kate @ Diethood says:

    SO happy for you! Congratulations, Amanda!!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you Kate!!

  • Selena says:

    Hi Amanda! I just bought your book and can’t wait to bake one of your “surprise inside” cakes next Saturday. It will be the perfect way for me to tell my husband that after 15 years of trying that I too have a “surprise inside”!
    Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment. I look forward to using this book for many more happy occasions still to come!

    • Amanda says:

      OH MY GOSH!!!! Really??? I just got all teary!!! What a fabulous gift for him and YAY YOU!!! Take lots of pictures and come back and share everything. And I am here to help if you have any questions along the way! 🙂

  • Chloe @ foodlikecake says:

    That’s amazing- your book looks awesome!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!

  • Beatrice Daher says:

    Are you coming to Massachusetts?

    • Amanda says:

      If there is a demand.. 🙂

  • Leli says:

    I just found your blog (through The Pioneer Woman) and I’m addicted! I don’t have a snowball’s hope in Hades of my cakes ever looking as scrumptious as yours, but I plan to have a lot of fun trying (and tasting). The pictures you’ve shared are irresistible; I immediately ordered 2 of your books, one for a gift and one for me. Thanks for sharing these beautiful creations. It’s obvious you pour a lot of love into your baking.

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much Leli! That means the world to me. I am here and happy to help if you have any questions along the way… and I really hope you have FUN baking!!!

      • Leli says:

        OHMIGOSH your beautiful book arrived last night and my kids and I had the best time looking through it and planning what we were going to make. The photos are so exquisitely delectable I want to eat the pages. Your instructions are extremely clear; it makes me-a VERY beginning baker-feel like I might actually be able to pull off these recipes (with the help of a lot of prayers and a lot of luck haha). I’m making the oreo cake first, since it’s for company tomorrow and it looks less precise than some of the others (although I’m sure I could still find a way to completely screw it up). Thanks again! PS I grew up in Chaska and my family still lives in that area. I bet you’re excited to get those 5 babies of yours outside after the winter you’ve had there!

        • Amanda says:

          Hi Leli!! I am so so so SO glad you like the book. I just love the idea of you and your kids all reading it together. I am sure you will do great with the Oreo cake!! It’s so delicious… 🙂 And yes… we have Spring Fever something fierce!!

          • Leli says:

            Ok so the Oreo cake looked amazing and tasted even better. So rich and sooooo decadent. Did I mention rich? The little kids could not believe they were getting cookies INSIDE A CAKE! This one is definitely going on the ‘keeper’ list. Just one question: How did you get such a clean cut through the Oreos? Is there a trick? The Oreos in mine pulled out of the cake whole when I tried to cut through them (which didn’t slow us down one bit, BTW hehe.)

          • Amanda says:

            Great question Leli! I try to always cut into a cold cake with a hot, sharp knife. It seems to help! Glad you are enjoying things! 🙂

  • Christine C says:

    Just got your book yesterday – it is just awesome!
    – can’t wait for this weekend to start so that I can start baking…

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!!

  • Lisa says:

    VERY excited for you. You deserve it. You’re so very talented. Congratulations! Will be getting my copy soon.

    • Amanda says:

      So excited for you! Thanks so much for the kind words!

  • Donn Diegel says:

    Can you do an East Coast book tour and come to Rhode Island, pretty please? I’ll even drive to Boston to see you 🙂

    On another note, I signed up for your Craftsy class the day it went live 3/11. I think the day after I signed up, it went on sale. Oh well… whatever the price, your class is worth every penny! And I can’t put your book down! I even read it in the bathroom! LOL!!!

    • Amanda says:

      I wish! Maybe someday! 🙂

  • Renee - Kudos Kitchen says:

    If you ever do a signing in the Chicagoland area, I’d love to meet you!!! Best wishes with the book, Amanda!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks! Would love to get to Chicago!

  • Janine says:

    I just got my book today and didn’t put it down until I went through each page. Now which cake to start with? I was excited to see that we are both in MN. and bummed that I can’t make it to either of these dates. We live a good 3 hours from the Cities and I teach until 3:45. I hope you do more dates and maybe I’ll be able to make one. Good luck with the sale of the book and the Craftsy class.

    • Amanda says:

      Oh gosh… sorry about the Craftsy stuff! 🙁 I have zero say in how much the class is. But glad you liked the book!! Thank you so much for getting it!

  • sami says:

    congratulations! you’ve been one of my favourite blogs for a while now. i love checking every morning (i just like to browse randomly through the archive). i’m so happy for you. ^_^ ♥

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you Sami!! Maybe I should start updating more??? 🙂

  • Laura @ My Friend's Bakery says:

    Congratulations! The book looks fabulous!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!!

  • Christine says:

    I am so excited – I’ve just received your book in the mail and it looks awesome!!!
    Can’t wait for the weekend to start baking 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Yay!! I hope you enjoy it!

  • michele @ i-heart-baking says:

    i just bought myself a copy! can’t wait till it arrives!!! 🙂 congrats!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!!!

  • Cherry Robinson says:

    I have been following you for quite a while and I love your blog. Your artistry is beautiful and you have a knack for writing with a fun sense of humor. I wanted to tell you that I just purchased your Craftsy class and I am very excited to make your Surprise cake projects. ~~Cherry~~

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Cherry! So nice to “meet” you! I truly hope you enjoy the class. It will be fun to bake together! 😉

  • Mary says:

    I couldn’t wait to get a copy of your cookbook. I picked one up at Barnes and Noble. When I got home I read it from front to back. It’s fabulous! Thank you!

    • Amanda says:

      THANK YOU!!! You have no idea how happy that makes me… so, so happy you like it!

  • Margee says:

    Congratulations on your sweet success! It’s definitely well deserved. I look forward to reading the book soon. All the best!

  • Susan says:

    These are so creative! Congratulations on your cookbook. You have so much talent to share!

    • Amanda says:

      THank you Susan!!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog says:

    Congrats, Amanda! This is such exciting news. I just know your book is going to be a hit, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

  • Christin says:

    Congratulations from Berlin… just saw that your book is also available over amazon germany! So I know what to order today and bake tomorrow! Thank you for your inspiration!

    • Amanda says:

      YAY!! Thank you!!

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