Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Surprise-Inside Cakes!


Have you ever baked a cake with a surprise inside?  
Did you even know it was possible?!?!?
Surprise-Inside Cakes: book review & giveaway
{I know.  It's kind of mind-blowing, isn't it?}

Blogger Amanda Rettke from i am baker is pretty famous for her surprise-inside cakes.  Amanda's blog first caught my attention years ago through cookies.  She makes gorgeous cookies.  And then, one day on her blog...she posted a cake that was decorated on the INSIDE.

It was almost too much for my little brain to handle.  Actually, it hurt my brain to even try to comprehend how she was making them. {THIS is one of my favorites from her blog...I think at the time, I emailed it to everyone in my email contact list.}

Lucky for us, Amanda has a beautiful new book, Surprise-Inside Cakes, walking us through the recipes, and step-by-step instructions to creating these amazing cakes.


Lucky for ME, she has a guide dividing the projects from simple to complex.  I think I'll start simple...although, don't think simple isn't beautiful:
maypole cake from Surprise-Inside Cakes: book review & giveaway
The Maypole Cake

I'm totally smitten with this chevron cake:
chevron cake from Surprise-Inside Cakes: book review & giveaway

When my husband looked over my shoulder as I was reading the book, he couldn't get over this house cake...
house cake from Surprise-Inside Cakes: book review & giveaway

If you've ever wanted to master the "rose cake," the book has you covered.
rose cake from Surprise-Inside Cakes: book review & giveaway

This bunny cake, though, just might be my favorite.
bunny cake from Surprise-Inside Cakes: book review & giveaway
I don't know...it's tough to choose a favorite.  Each and every one is a masterpiece.

Would you like a copy of Surprise-Inside Cakes?  Amanda's publisher has a copy for one lucky Bake at 350 reader!  Yay!

To enter:
  • leave a comment on this post telling me what design you'd love to see inside a cake.

Entries accepted through 11:59 P.M., March 23rd.  US addresses only.  Good luck!

Surprise-Inside Cakes: book review & giveaway
(inside the book jacket from Surprise-Inside Cakes)


245 comments:

  1. An interlocking BU or Baylor Bear would be great to see in a cake. College pride. Sic 'em!

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  2. Well, because I am all about the grandkids I think that bunny cake is the cutest thing ever. Hope you are having a wonderful week. We are enjoying our brand new baby! xo Diana

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  3. Just to be challenging, I want to see a Disney themed one...the Brady's rose inside the glass!

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    1. That might be difficult for her to do, there's that thing called copyright laws and you never know when a company, especially Disney, will make an issue about it. It's one thing to do it on your own for cakes you're making privately but if she were to put the idea into print, say the next book, then there could be real issues.

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  4. I would like to see a rose inside :)

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  5. I would like to see Hello Kitty inside, but it isn't fair because I'm in South Africa.
    Love your Blog
    Carol Wagner

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  6. As a chemist I would love to see a conical flask inside a cake :)

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  7. i would like to see a dog fae!! I know Amanda can pull that off, me, not so much!! LoveHer!!

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  8. this is so amazing! I really like the house surprise.

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  9. This is really, really, really cool!! My mom always scooped out the bottom layer and filled it with pudding, but these!

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  10. I would like to see a barbie silhouette! How Cute!
    keshakeke(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I love the bunny cake. I'd like to see flowers inside a cake. Maybe she already has that? Maybe I'll win a book and see?

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  12. awesome! I'd love to see a name, a horse, and/or swiss cheese (for a good laugh...cutting the cheese). Lol

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  13. I love anything colorful. The rainbow is so fun. Seeing a word or a name would be very cool!

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  14. I would love to see CAKE GODDESS inside the cake :)

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  15. I think it would be so cute to see an engagement ring (or interlocking rings) for an engagement or wedding cake!

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  16. Easter egg or Christmas ornament cake.

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  17. Wow! Those are amazing. I love that bunny, too.

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  18. i would like to see mickey mouse ears inside!! :)

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  19. i would like to see mickey mouse ears inside!! :)
    love your blog!!
    fra.petwy

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  20. I love the multicolored heart. Making a layered cake is one of my goals for this year. Having that heart inside would be great!

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  21. Well any surprise is great so its hard to pick.... maybe balloons?

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  22. I love the rainbow heart but I'd love to see flowers on the inside.

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  23. I would LOVE to see a kitty cat face inside, and so would my two year old!

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  24. How about polka dots?! I've been planning on buying a copy of this book. Love it! Thanks Bridget!

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  25. It would be tough I'm sure, but I would love to see the shape of Texas :).

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  26. It would be tough I'm sure, but I would love to see the shape of Texas :).

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  27. I would like to see a star inside. I tried to re-create Amanda's shamrock, but for the life of me couldn't figure out how to make a 3-D version of it to put inside. After working on it for a while, with modeling chocolate, I finally figured out the general concept, but couldn't get a nice looking shamrock. She is truly amazing!

    Beth @ HungryHappenings

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  28. The Chevron! Who wouldn't want a chevron inside their cake?!

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  29. The rainbow heart is great but how about an actual rainbow arch?

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  30. I'd love to bake the house cake for a new neighbor..what a fun surprise!

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  31. How fun would it be to have a sports logo inside?! I would love to see a Pittsburgh Penguin cake!

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  32. These are amazing. I'd like to see a Christmas ornament or tree inside the cake.

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  33. I would say a rainbow would be cool to see. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    Andrea D.
    short74717@msn.com

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  34. How about some hearts floating around? I love Amanda and her awesome cakes!

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  35. I would love to see a soccer ball!

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  36. I would love to see an initial or all of those above are so cool!

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  37. i think it would be cool to see a word written in there, but i have no idea how you would do that. i could look at these pics for days. she is very talented

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  38. Wonderful cakes - I love anything with houses - quilt blocks etc. so that would be my favorite; but I also think different flowers for the season would be a nice surprise to see as you cut the slices.

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  39. The chevron cake is great. Rainbows would be fun!

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  40. I'm thinking anything Christmasy. A Christmas tree or present box!

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  41. Any kind of flowers...daisies, roses, tulips...

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  42. I love the bunny. I think my little neighbor would love to see a ninja turtle.

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  43. To pick just one would be tough. I'd say if I could fit sport team logos in there somehow, I'd be everyone's favorite person during game time. This is so neat!

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  44. This is so cool! I'd love to see one of the Simpsons characters in cake.

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  45. I think it'd be neat to have a rose.

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  46. I am so obsessed with anything chevron. I'd love to cut into a chevron cake. This is such a cute book!

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  47. If I could get anything recognizable inside a cake, I would be thrilled.

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  48. Any sort of animal would be fun to find. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.

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  49. WOW! I think it would be super cool to see something like bacon and eggs inside. Breakfast cake!

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  50. Because Easter is just around the corner, I'd love to make the cake with the bunny face inside. My three grandchildren will love it!

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  51. I love them all but especially the house cake! I could make it for the volunteer construction team I'm a part of since we work on houses :)

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  52. That bunny is adorable!! Especially with Easter coming up. Maybe a Christmas tree cake, too?

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  53. I love the cover photo of the rainbow heart surprise, but I would want to do Minnie or Mickey ears for my daughter.

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  54. I'm lovin' that bunny cake, too. And I'm very jealous you got to meet Ree. Inside? Hmm, you ahve so many amazing ones. I guess I would go with a birthday cake with candles. Inside the birthday cake. Yup, that's my vote :-)

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  55. I love the bunny cake! But with my two little boys I know they would love a cake with a Captain America shield inside or the incredible hulk!

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  56. A picture of a car. it would make the perfect b-day cake for my husband.

    Dianne

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  57. This is beautiful! I'd love to do one with flowers.

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  58. I want this book!!!!!
    I would love to see Legos in there!
    Thanks
    Mary
    Ladefly@aol dot com

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  59. I would love to see the winning lottery ticket. (in a heat-proof container of course)

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  60. I love this!!! I'm going to go all nerdy on you and say that I would love to see a Tardis from Doctor Who inside a cake! That's my dream cake-surprise :D

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  61. It would be nice to see an engagement ring cake! What a great way to share the news with everyone :)

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  62. Ooooh - The TARDIS! That would be fabulous! And this book looks amazing :-)

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  63. These are amazing! I love the heart at the top and think maybe a smiley face that could be blue or pink to tell people the sex of a baby would be so cute.

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  64. love the cake at the top. I think it would be fun to have a football theme cake. Maybe one with a Seahawk or other mascot.

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  65. I would love to see a Tardis as well!

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  66. I'd love to see a minion from Despicable me coz they are so lovable :)

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  67. Yes - a TARDIS would be amazing!!!

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  68. I think a Christmas tree would be fun!

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  69. How about a sports team logo...like the Colorado Rockies baseball team - now THAT would be even crazier! I bet she could do it! I adore your site and your cookies Bridget! I only use your cut out cookie and royal icing recipe. Thanks for making cookie decorating easy. I have your cookbook and can't wait to try so many of those adorable designs. :)

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  70. how about a rainbow peace sign? :)

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  71. Anything Amanda can dream up because she's a freaking genius!

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  72. I would like to see a cat profile inside a cake!

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  73. I would love to see a pink KitchenAid mixer inside a cake :)

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  74. I'd love to see a Christmas Tree shape inside. I am sure it is in that book!

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  75. Dinosaur for sure! But I'd take that bunny any day. And that chevron just baffles me.

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  76. That rainbow heart is amazing!

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  77. I'd love to see one with a rainbow colored star or Hello Kitty inside!

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  78. Batman bat wings ... that would be cool.

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  79. No Idea. I had no idea this was even possible. Still trying to wrap my mind around this. I 'd love to try making one.

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  80. i'd love to see a flower inside. such pretty cakes!

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  81. My hubsand would go nuts if there was a squirrel inside. [Pun intended :-)] I'd think it was pretty neat too.

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  82. I'd like to see a Doctor Who Tardis in a cake! :D

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  83. I always sign things 'bloom where you're planted,' so I would like a flower OR groovy flowers, 70's style! I started reading about this book and thought - I NEED to post this book on facebook and maybe one of my friends will get it for me...then I saw the giveaway! Hope I win.

    missionwife@hotmail.com

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  84. I think a tree would be fascinating! Her work is amazing!

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  85. I would love to see to see a present, the colors could be changed for each celebration (holidays, birthdays, etc.). Love seeing her creations what talent and imagination she has.

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  86. These are so fun! I love the idea of announcing something through a cake but I can't decide what that would be for me!

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  87. WOW! These are beautiful! I think it would be fun to find numbers inside the cake. I understand some would work better than others but it would be a fun birthday cake to cut into the cake and find the number surprise.

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  88. I would like to see an underwater theme, have seaweed, coral and little fishes with bubbles!

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  89. This book looks amazing! I'm a sucker for hearts!

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  90. Amazing! If I'm visualizing this correctly, anything inside the cake has to be mirror-image symmetric, right? I'm going to add another vote for a TARDIS.

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  91. It would be fun to see a sports emblem inside! Such as the capital letter of the team, for instance, the Duke D!

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  92. As I'm currently planning my 2 year old's birthday party, I'd love to have a cake with a train inside!

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  93. I would love a cake with a bear inside! Thanks!

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  94. A cake with letterforms inside - initials or ampersand or something!

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  95. A fox !!!
    Thanks for the chance.

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  96. The bunny cake and chevron cake are so cute!! I'm thinking that chevron would be really cool for a wedding cake! I'd love to see a Hello Kitty or just a cat face in general. This looks like such a fun book.

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  97. Hmm, since Im in the mood for march madness - probably a college logo or mascot or something overly complicated! I'd be happy with a monogram too!

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  98. I'm thinking this could be a cute idea for a marriage proposal -writing will you marry me inside the cake!

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  99. I would love to have it and challenging myself

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  100. I love what she does; I want to see a kitty face inside a cake.
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  101. I'd love to see a football team logo of some sort inside the cake :)

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  102. I think a fun gender surprise cake design would be great. Maybe a blue bow or a pink bow? or blue bootie or pink bootie? Great book! Love your blog!

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  104. Since my daughter would think this idea is fantastic I would love something girly like flowers or hearts or a princess wand.

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  105. I'd love to see a ring. Wouldn't that be fun for a bridal shower?! Cut into the cake and there is a giant bling CAKE ring? :)

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  106. This book looks so cute! I think stripes would be cool.

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  107. Maybe some sort of awards statue for awards season next year!

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  108. Since it's rodeo season, a pair of cowboy boots. She has the most creative cakes!

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  109. So cute! I would love to see a present with a big bow!

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  110. Maybe just a hole with a bunch of candy inside like those pinata cookies on pinterest!

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    1. There are so many designs that I like that have already been done. I love the rainbow one and a cross as well!

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  112. I'd love to see a brownie inside a basic white cake... YUM

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  113. Ooh...I'd LOVE to see a music note, since both my son and DIL are musicians!

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  114. I think Hello Kitty would be cute!

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  115. I'd love to see anything Disney!! Maybe Mickey or a Disney princess! :)

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  116. I saw a picture online of a cake that was decorated on the outside to look like the Canada flag, but the inside was a USA flag! I'd love to see more pictures and a tutorial of that cake!

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  117. A flower cake!! melcrafts (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  118. I think a jack o lantern would be fun.

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  119. I would definitely make the rabbit cake for my granddaughter!

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  120. How did she do the Chevron cake?!?! That's what I'd want to see when I sliced into a cake, that's amazing!

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  121. Shapes. I love simple patterns like dots; they would look so cool!

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  122. I mustache you to make one with a mustache. How cute would that be for a hubbie birthday! Top it off with toasted coconut for hair (men can do hombre too right?).

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  123. Since Amanda is the creator of the rose cake, I would like to see a rose inside cake ��

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  124. A crosss would be good for Easter, or anytime I suppose~

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  125. Everything and anything! There are all great. Maybe some fall leaves.

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  126. I love the Easter bunny! So cute!!

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  127. I'd love to see flags of different countries. That chevron cake looks amazing!

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  128. My daugther already told me that she want me to make her the rainbow cake, she love it.

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  129. I love the rainbow heart on the book cover. I'd like to see flowers, especially a rose.

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  130. I'd like to see a cupcake inside a cake!

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  131. A proposal would be SO CUTE! I am happily married but it would be such a neat way to propose!

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  133. So adorable! How about a birthday candle with a flame up above?

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  134. My thought was a gender reveal like someone already mentioned but I'd also love a sunflower!

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  135. Bridget,
    I'd love to see a car or a puppy. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Annamaria

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  136. I think a monster inc one would be cool. A big one eyed mike in the middle!

    thanks!

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  137. I am so enthralled with all of Amanda's cakes and cookies that I can't even think of something else I'd like in a cake! Her work is amazing!

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  138. I'd love to see a Mickey Mouse cake, for my Mickey-obsessed son.

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  139. Wow! What beautiful cakes. It would be cool to see a map inside.

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  140. Shirley had a good idea....a Disney themed cake...specifically I'd like to see Goofy! Since I was a small girl, and even now nearing 50, Goofy ALWAYS puts a smile on my face! Goofy + cake = SCORE!

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  141. amazing idea...it looking different and wonderful....hope all are enjoyed well
    Stainless Steel Planters

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  142. The cake she did for new years where the numbers counted down . . . MIND BLOWING. I show her stuff to friends all the time and they're always blown away. I mean, this takes thought, planning, patience, it's just so so impressive. I've been waiting for this cake to come out, I think she's a mastermind!! What would I like to see? Hmmmm maybe a snowflake? That would be impressive.

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  143. What about a birthday present with a bow on top? It's kind of hard to think of something when you put me on the spot. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  144. So cool! I want to try the bunny one for Easter!

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  145. How about a flower? How did she figure all this out??? Amazing!

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  146. I would love to make one with a tulip! I love this idea, I'm inspired!!

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  147. i would love to see a Disney castle im in love with all things Disney!

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  148. Oh, for sure, a cake with a cherry inside would be awesome! I love Amanda's rose decorated cakes. <3

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  149. I'd like to see a sunshine. These are so fun!!!

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  150. I just love the look of that rainbow heart. I know she *says* it's not difficult, but I still have a hard time believing that!!! :)

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  151. An "A" or an elephant for a Roll Tide cake

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  152. A fruit shape in a cake of that flavor - like a pineapple in a pineapple cake, or a big round lemon slice in a lemon cake. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  153. What about a baby inside! Or an engagement ring!!

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  154. A cupcake would be cool or a cake. It would be a cake within a cake!!!

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  155. A Christmas tree or a string of lights would be amazing

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  156. I like the idea of engagement rings inside.

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  157. A chocolate cake with a snowman!

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  158. I would love to see a tree....for my forester bosses !

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  159. Cute cakes! It would be awesome to see a cat!

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  160. I'd get a kick out of seeing a kettlebell inside a cake.

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