Surprise-Inside Cakes by Amanda Rettke is On Sale Today!

If you love baking as much as I do, you will love Surprise-Inside Cakes by Amanda Rettke. You may know Amanda from her popular blog,, where she posts mouth-watering photos and gives tips to decorate and bake all sorts of tasty treats—especially cakes! In Surprise-Inside Cakes, Amanda teaches you how to bake, assemble, and decorate SurpriseInsideCakes_cover_smallstunningly inventive cakes for any occasion that even a beginner can master.  A few of my favorites are the jack-o’-lantern cake (perfect for Halloween), the maypole cake (simple, but gorgeous), and the rainbow heart cake (just look at it!).

To make these dazzling cakes, you can start with one of Amanda’s delicious, foolproof recipes for cakes and frostings, or use a boxed cake mix or favorite family recipe. With tips on how to bake a level cake, tricks using household items such as rulers, biscuit cutters, and cookie cutters to carve and shape cakes, and Amanda’s simple yet stunning frosting and decorating ideas, you’ll not only be re-creating these amazing cakes for occasions large and small, you’ll soon be using her techniques to create your own surprises! Say goodbye to boring cupcakes and layer cakes and get ready for oohs and aahs from your family and friends when a beautiful cake opens to reveal a special gift inside. 

For more photos and to see Amanda whip up a few cakes from the book check out the book trailer. When you bake your own surprise-inside cake, we’d love to see it! You can post your photos to The Secret Ingredient and Amanda’s  Facebook pages, tagging #SurpriseInsideCakes.

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