*Tutorial HERE!

I have been dreaming about this cake for about a month.


Dreaming of layers that went up and down instead of horizontally.


Dreaming of obscene amounts of delicate frosting roses.


Dreaming of a variety of flavors.


And finally, my dream has come true.


Normally I share recipes and techniques and design aspects and every detail I can think of sharing… and maybe I will do that if anyone cares to know. But for now, I just want to enjoy it.



Because tomorrow (Feb. 1st) is my birthday. And I wanted to make myself a cake! (that’s me getting sassy with myself)

I just want to sit back, relax, and have a piece.

But I do wish I could share it with you.

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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. oh wow! What a lovely cake! I will attempt to make the beautiful rose-filled cake too! Thanks for sharing! By the way you have the same birthday as me! Feb 1st!

  2. I love your site…my daughter is getting ready to have my first grand baby …i want her to check out your site…happy baking…hugs to u… your new friend..lisa..r as my grand daughter going to call me CoCo..

  3. I want to thank you so very much. That is the cake I have been dreaming about for our 50th anniversary but didn’t know how to explain it to the decorator at Costco. It is so beautiful and I can’t wait to see it.
    You are very talented. 🙂

  4. I stumbled upon your blog and this fabulous cake! One year after the original post 🙂
    I guess your not sharing how to make this beautiful vertical cake.
    Happy birthday tomorrow!

    1. Oh no Kathia, I am so sorry that you’re going through such a hard time. Please know that I’m prnayig for you. I hope that you get to enjoy being a mom tomorrow on Mother’s Day. Cami is lucky to have you for a mom. By the way, your cake is absolutely fabulous. The details amaze me!

  5. I came here for the rosettes, but I’m loving those vertical layers! So creative!
    Happy belated birthday =). We seem to be alike in that we use our birthdays as excuses to make fancy cakes, ahah.


  6. Happy Birthday! This is a beautiful Cake! Thanks for the recipe for the frosting. I’ve never had a vertical cake it is so pretty when it is cut. If you decide to share you technique I’d love to know how to do it. I’m thinking of making some sugar cookies and trying to do the rose on top. Saturday is my granddaughter’s 4th birthday… her name is Rose. I think the cookies would be a hit if I can do the rose design. I can’t wait to raid my baking cupboard to see if I have everything I need to practice tonight. I’m a night owl so I still have plenty of time.

  7. Just wanted to say how amazing this cake looks. Love the roses which brings the cake together. Love it. x

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