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Surprise-Inside Cakes

Daring Bakers
July 2014

Hi there! This is Ruth from The Crafts of Mommyhood. I know I haven’t been seen much lately, but I am so excited to be back in the swing of it with a challenge that is dear to my heart. And stomach… 
For this month's challenge, I want to go with something simple.
There is always something to celebrate, so that part is pretty easy, right?
Now, I know what you're thinking - uh oh. Cake decorating. Icing and frosting skills. Is this art class this month? Not quite. You can feel free to decorate your cakes however you'd like. But I am not exactly an expert cake decorator. Or even a particularly good one! So the focus this month isn't on how the cakes look from the outside. The cakes I'm looking for this month will have surprises inside.
But what that surprise will be is completely up to you!

Zebra Bundt Cake, CMomCook

There are tons of ways to create "surprise inside" cakes, ranging from relatively simple to super complex. The direction you take with this is completely up to you. There are several books and countless online resources available to you. I am providing here some photos and links to get your creativity flowing, but please don't let these limit you! Look around for inspiration and techniques or even play around until you find something that you want to try! And the best part? No matter how the designs turn out, the results are always a sweet treat!

Heart Surprise,

There are many techniques for creating patterns, designs and images within a cake. Some can be accomplished by layering different color batters in specific orders or patterns. You'll need to be aware of how thick your batter is for how much you want the colors to spread or meld together. Other techniques involve fully baking cakes of different colors, then cutting them and piecing them together to create different effects. Then there are techniques that combine the previous two, where the cakes are baked in staged and shapes are hidden within the next type of batter. The technique you use will be dictated by the design and style of cake you are interested in creating.

Hidden Mickey,

As you can see, many of these cakes involve coloring batter to make designs. While traditional food coloring is probably the easiest way to accomplish this, don’t feel limited. For those of us who are trying to reduce our use of chemical additives in our food, there are plenty of natural food colorings available. Please feel free to try using beets or berries, saffron or turmeric, or any other natural additives to achieve the colors you want. If you have experience using natural food colorings, please share your thoughts, ideas and experiences here so that the rest of us can learn, too!

There are no recipes given this month, for inspiration start with the “Additional
Information” section, then see where your imagination, cookbooks, libraries, or search engines take you!

Blog-checking lines: For the July Daring Baker’s Challenge, Ruth from The Crafts of Mommyhood challenged us to bake a cake. But not just any cake; she asked us to add in a special surprise for our eyes as well as our taste buds!

Posting Date:
July 27, 2014

While we are all Daring Bakers who try very hard to make our food from scratch, is challenge is about the decorative techniques and the look of the cakes. If you feel more comfortable using a boxed cake mix to accomplish this, please do so.

Mandatory Items: Make a cake that has some sort of surprise inside! A design, a pattern, a shape, anything! As long as it is something unexpected.

Variations allowed:
The sky is really the limit here!!!

Preparation time:
Depends on you and your choice.

Equipment required:
Basic cake making equipment, including but not limited to:
• Measuring cups
• Measuring spoons
• Mixing bowls
• Cake pan or pans
• Stand mixer, hand mixer or good old-fashioned elbow grease
• Parchment paper (if you choose)

Storage & Freezing Instructions/Tips:
Varies according to your recipe of choice.

Additional Information:

Rainbow cake:
And a cupcake version:

Camouflage cake:

Zebra cake:

Pink and black zebra cake:
(multi color zebra)

Leopard cake:
(just an image, no text, but it shows step by step, so it is a good image)

Star pound cake: (and you can do it with any shape - either cutting or cookie cutters)

Checkerboard cake:

Rainbow checkerboard cake:

Hidden polka dots:

July 4th flag cake:

Heart cake:

Easter egg cake:

Those last two are from iambaker, who wrote a book called Surprise Inside Cakes. TONS of amazing ideas.

And, for good measure, if anyone wants to try bread instead of cake, but with the same idea, this is panda bread:

There are plenty more out there - these are just to get you started. So look around and let your imagination guide you!!

The Daring Kitchen and its members in no way suggest we are medical professionals and therefore are NOT responsible for any error in reporting of “alternate baking/cooking”. If you have issues with digesting gluten, then it is YOUR responsibility to research the ingredient before using it. If you have allergies, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure any ingredient in a recipe will not adversely affect you. If you are lactose intolerant, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure any ingredient in a recipe will not adversely affect you. If you are vegetarian or vegan, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure any ingredient in a recipe will not adversely affect you. The responsibility is YOURS regardless of what health issue you’re dealing with. Please consult your physician with any questions before using an ingredient you are not familiar with. Thank you! Smile

Ruth H.