My friend Amanda Rettke’s new cookbook comes out tomorrow, and it is incredibly fun, aspirational…and inspirational!
It’s Surprise Inside: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion—with a Little Something Extra Inside, and I’ve been waiting for it for a long, long time.
Amanda is, in one word, amazing. Her creative cakes are legendary online, but in this book she takes it a thousand steps further. The cake projects are so much fun, and her detailed instructions make them actually seem doable…even for someone like me, who’s much more comfortable in front of a skillet than she is with a pastry bag in her hand.
Here’s are some of my favorite cakes in the book.
How much fun would this be for a birthday or baby shower?
Or an Easter egg decorating party!
And I’m in love with this Ombre cake. It’s not too tricky inside—just three different cake flavors—but it’s the outside that’s especially stunning. Wow!
This is probably one of the three cakes that I’ve been unable to get off my mind since I first saw it. It’s toward the top of my list of cakes I want to try.
A house! And you might look at this and think “impossible,” but once you read Amanda’s instructions, it all makes perfect sense.
Love, love, love the zebra cake…probably because the lines don’t have to be perfectly straight. Ha.
The Christmas Tree cake is just amazing…
The Cross Cake is just perfect…
And the Hannukah Cake? Stunning!
I take back what I said earlier about the pastel stripe cake being perfect for an Easter egg decorating party.
How perfect would this be?
Here’s a glimpse at some of the instructions for the Bunny cake. Incredibly detailed, incredibly helpful.
There are also basic recipes for different flavors of cake and buttercream, as well as tips and instructions for baking and frosting.
I’ll end by showing you the cake that makes me smile the most.
It’s not the most elaborate cake in the book, but I think it’s so charming. Every slice has this little grin inside. So adorable!
Today, to celebrate tomorrow’s release of Amanda’s book, I’m giving away a copy of It’s Surprise Inside: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion—with a Little Something Extra Inside…
Along with this gorgeous KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in this “Aqua Sky” color…
These stunningly awesome latte mixing bowls (set of 3)…
Not to mention 2 of these Chicago Metallic 9-inch Round Cake Pans…
This 3-piece decorating spatula kit…
And this Ateco cake decorating kit!
If you’re wanting to tackle some of the cakes in Amanda’s book, I think these things will be a great start!
To enter this giveaway, just answer the following question in the Comments section of this post:
“What is the last thing you baked?”
Was it a pan of brownies? A nine-tiered wedding cake? A piece of toast? A cherry pie?
Just shout out the last thing you baked—no matter what it is—and you’re entered to win this great bunch of baking loot.
One entry per person, please.
Winners will be announced Tuesday evening.
And be sure to check out Amanda’s new cookbook! It’ll definitely make you want to dive in and give a surprise-inside cake a try.
Giveaway sponsored by Pioneer Woman.