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Surprise-Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion--with a Little Something Extra Inside Hardcover – March 11, 2014

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It's what's inside that counts! Surprise your friends and family with these stunningly inventive cakes, including easy-to-follow instructions that even a beginner can master.

For Amanda Rettke, founder of iambaker.net, every cake is a gift to be shared, a special treat that should be lovingly prepared and intriguingly designed—from the inside out. Whether it's a striking all-white cake with a secret rainbow heart baked inside, a birthday cake complete with a surprise balloon in the middle, or the gorgeous rose cake that took the blogging world by storm, Amanda's creations are downright revolutionary—and tons of fun! In Surprise-Inside Cakes, she gives us fresh new ways to enjoy life's greatest occasions, with themes and cakes including:

  • Celebrating Family—Stripe Birthday Cake, Paw Print Cake, Rainbow Cake
  • Celebrating You—Leopard Cake, Herringbone Cake, Cowboy Boot Cake
  • Celebrating Love—Kiss Cake, Ring Cake, Sunset Cake
  • Celebrating Holidays—Jack-o'-lantern Cake, Rudolph Cake, Holiday Candle Cake
  • Celebrating Life—Football Cake, Cherry Cake, Smiley Face Cake

Featuring a few classic favorite cakes from her blog and more than forty brand-new cakes—along with her easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photo tutorials—Surprise-Inside Cakes shows you how to replicate these incredible designs in your own kitchen.

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!

And your friends and family will be thrilled and delighted when a beautiful cake opens to reveal a special gift inside.

About the Author

Amanda Rettke began her food blogging career in October 2010 with the introduction of her first surprise-inside cake, and since then she's been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Woman's World, Midwest Living, Brides, and Romantic Homes. A regular contributor to Food Network and HuffPost Food online, she has also been featured on the Martha Stewart Show and marthastewart.com. She lives with her husband and five children near Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006219531X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062195319
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amanda Rettke began her food blogging career in October 2010 with the introduction of her first surprise-inside cake, and soon discovered a passion for baking, photography, and all things sweet. Since the inception of I Am Baker, her website has gained over 11,000 feed subscribers and averages over 2 million page views a month. Amanda's cakes, cookies, and treats have appeared throughout the media (including Martha Stewart's show) and have been featured in cookbooks such as Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook and 1,000 Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes, Cookies, and Cakes, as well as in the December 2010 issue of Brides magazine. When not in the kitchen, Amanda is a stay-at-home mom and homeschooling teacher of four children. She lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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I absolutely love this cookbook. I wanted everyone to see the beautiful photos inside and share a few of my favorite cakes from the book, so I made this video review!
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Every now and then someone writes a cookbook that doesn’t just describe how to make their food, but helps you imagine creating your own food. It teaches you techniques that you could see applying to your own concept. It gives you examples of what someone — with a lot of patience and creativity — was able to create, and makes it seem accessible for you to embark on the same artistic adventure. That’s what this cookbook does. It’s not just a book of recipes, but a showcase and an invitation: here’s what I did, what will you do?

To be honest, I haven’t felt this way since Bakerella started the creative cake pop craze. Amanda isn’t the only person in the world to put something cool inside a cake, sure. But her innovation in the kitchen is inspiring. She makes surprise-inside cakes seem accessible to the home cook on her blog, i am baker, and now in her book as well.
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This is a unique and one-of-a-kind baking book, filled with beautiful photography, recipes, stories, and memories. I have been reading it cover to cover for the stories, something I have never done in a cookbook in the past. I have already ordered several to give as gifts to some special people in my life. I love this book.
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There's a cake for every kind of celebration in this book, and there's a surprise-inside technique for every skill set! In addition to the beautiful full-page pictures of the finished cakes (with surprises revealed), there are pages of step-by-step photos to make sure your end result is every bit as beautiful as the author's. These recipes are sure to surprise and delight party guests, and I recommend it to anyone who loves being complimented with oohhs and aahhs!
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I've finally had a chance to look at the book after fighting my 4 & 8 year old daughters for a turn! Every page they turned to they were begging me to make that particular cake for their birthday! The step by step instructions are clear with coinciding pictures so a non decorator like myself can make an amazing cake with a wow factor. There is a wide variety of cakes for a wide variety of occasions. Our toughest decision is what to make next!
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A book for the 21st century with new designs and ideas written in a easy to read manner. As you know, some cake books are pretty hard to read but not this one. The author has a easy way of sharing her knowledge. Having said this, to make a cake within a cake is not an easy task. An experienced baker may be able to attempt her techniques.
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While I love the idea of having a further element of "surprise" in a cake, I found this book to be disappointing. I really wanted to like it, and even pre-ordered the book. I was expecting more beautiful creations like what is on the front of the cover, but sadly there were not. Unlike the cake on the front cover, most of the cakes were more crudely constructed. I was also not impressed with the recipes and some of her construction methods. Like other reviewers, I found creating a shapes out of a paste of cake and icing is something I would not like to eat, and therefore would not make. I know she is a self taught baker and I hope she continues to enjoy her passion for baking. Sadly, I ended up returning this book.
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If I had realized that this was cakes full of 'cake pop' mixture, I wouldn't have purchased it. By looking at the cover and reading the preview it was not made clear that this was the case. In fairness it did refer to cake pop mixture, but not that most recipes were filled with the same.

She has done a cute job with her craft, I just wish that it was made clear that this was the focus of the book. It was not what I was looking for.
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