Surprise Inside Cakes

Putting a surprise inside a cake is fun way to add a new dimension to any type of cake. As the hidden surprise doesn’t reveal itself until the cake is cut, cakes with coloured centres are popular for baby showers revealing pink centres if the baby is a girl and blue for a boy. There are many ways to add a surprise inside your cake. You can double bake cake and even bake cakes with biscuits or cookies inside. You can use food colour to colour your batter before baking or even cut a hollow in the centre and fill it with sweets. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Spotty Dotty Cake

Tutorial

The dots inside this cake were baked in a cake pop mould. If you don’t posses a pop mould, use cubes of cut up cake instead. The effect will still draw gasps of amazement when the cake is cut!

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1

Spoon some plain cake batter into the pop tray. Put the cover on top and bake for about 20 minutes at 180 C / 350 F / Gas mark 4

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Bake a second batch of chocolate cake pops and allow all the pops to cool.

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Cover the base of a lined cake tin with chocolate cake batter and arrange the plain pops in the mixture. Cover the pops with more batter and bake for about 45 minutes or until the cake is cooked through.

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Bake a second cake in reverse using chocolate pops and plain cake mix. When cool, sandwich both cakes together with jam or buttercream and decorate.

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Stripey Cakes

Tutorial

By double baking cake inside cake you can create a simple image that only becomes visible when the cake is cut. You will need to pre-bake trays of pink, yellow and green coloured sponges.

Flower Power

Tutorial

By double baking cake inside cake you can create a simple image that only becomes visible when the cake is cut. You will need to pre-bake trays of pink, yellow and green coloured sponges.

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1

Bake a tray of pink coloured sponge then cut out simple flower shapes using a cutter.

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Cut a hole in the centre of each flower with a circle cutter. Using the same cutter cut out yellow sponge disks and place one in the middle of each flower.

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Line your baking pan then stand the flowers upright in a ring inside the pan. Carefully spoon plain cake batter around and over the flowers and bake for about 45 minutes at 170 C / 325 F / Gas mark 3 or until the cake is cooked. Allow to cool then decorate.

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As well as using coloured sponge inside the cake you can use any leftover pieces to create bold chunky decorations for the outside too.

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Injected Cakes

Tutorial

A filler nozzle is a piping nozzle with a long spout on the end. Pop it into a piping bag and you can use it to inject jam or buttercream into cooked cakes or you can inject coloured cake batter into your cakes before baking.

Step-by-Step Guide

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Fill your cupcake cases with raw cake mix as usual. Then place a couple of tablespoons of coloured cake batter into a piping bag fitted with a filler nozzle. Squeeze a little coloured batter into each cupcake. Bake and decorate when cooled.

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Sweet Surprise

Tutorial

A cake with a  hollow centre full of sweets is guaranteed to be a winner. You will need three or four layers of cake to make it work.

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1

Using a circle cutter, cut a hole out of the middle of all but one of the layers of cake.

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Stack the  layers with holes in on top of each other and sandwich together with buttercream.

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Fill the middle of the cake with sweets

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Place the top layer of cake in position on top of the cake. Coat the top and sides with buttercream and decorate the cake.

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