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Vintage Brownie Surprise Cake {surprise-inside cakes review & giveaway}

I am in love with this cake.

It’s a white cake. It has a brownie layer. It has chocolate sauce. And cream cheese frosting!

Take a slice and you’ll see the brownie surprise cake inside…

Vintage Brownie Surprise Cake | crazyforcrust.com | White cake, brownie, chocolate sauce, and cream cheese frosting!

I have eaten lots of cakes. I’ve made lots of cakes. This cake? Is one of my very favorites! And it’s from one of my newest favorite cookbooks:

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Surprise-Inside Cakes by Amanda Rettke of i am baker!

This book is so gorgeous. It’s seriously a work of art. Amanda is a cake genius! Jordan looked through the book and all she could say was, “WOW! This woman is so talented!”

I also heard her utter, “So THAT’S how you do it!” when looking at some of the surprise-inside cakes like the balloon cake (you cut it…and there’s a balloon shape inside). Not only is there a gorgeous beauty shot of every cake, but there are also step-by-step photos of every recipe. After reading the steps, you actually think you can do them!

Jordan marked several of her favorite cakes, but this Vintage Cake stood out to me. It was breathtakingly gorgeous and it’s full of a brownie and chocolate surprise!

And did I mention the cream cheese frosting?

Vintage Brownie Surprise Cake | crazyforcrust.com | White cake, brownie, chocolate sauce, and cream cheese frosting!

This cake has a few steps to make it, but every single step is so worth it once you’ve taken a bite.

The two cake layers are a white cake. I used the recipe in Amanda’s book (and, seriously, it’s the BEST white cake I’ve ever eaten) but you need to get the book for that recipe. You can use your favorite, or grab box of white cake mix. You can make your cake layers the day before you assemble the cake. Just let them cool and wrap them in plastic to sit on the counter overnight.

The rest of the action happens the day you assemble the cake. The secret to the surprise is a layer of brownie. You can use the recipe in Amanda’s book, but I used a box brownie mix. The reason you need to make the brownie the day you assemble the cake is because you drench it in homemade chocolate syrup while it’s still warm.

Did drool just puddle in your mouth? Because it did in mine.

Once the brownie layer is drenched and cooled, you frost and layer the cake as you normally would. Amanda’s cream cheese frosting recipe is amazing and it makes just enough to frost the whole cake.

Speaking of frosting cake: do you get crumbs in your frosting and they drive you crazy? Here’s the solution: a crumb coat. A crumb coat of frosting is a very thin layer you put on before your final layer, like you put on your underthings before you put on your clothes. The point of a crumb coat is to make all the crumbs from the cake stick to it so when you frost it with the final coat it looks pretty and put together. Once you add your crumb coat layer, it’s important to let the cake chill so that it sets before frosting the final coat. Your cake will be crumb-free!

Vintage Brownie Surprise Cake | crazyforcrust.com | White cake, brownie, chocolate sauce, and cream cheese frosting!

I was so mad I had to give this cake away. I made it for a potluck…but they got it sans one slice. I couldn’t help myself!

There were only crumbs left when I went to pick up my cake plate. I was kind of bummed. :)

Now that you’ve had a peek at one of Amanda’s recipes, I bet you want her book, right? You’re in luck – I’m giving away a copy. Scroll down for the details!

Vintage Brownie Surprise Cake | crazyforcrust.com | White cake, brownie, chocolate sauce, and cream cheese frosting!

I’m drooling. Are you?

Vintage Brownie Surprise Cake

This surprise-inside cake is to die for! A white cake with cream cheese frosting is hiding a bottom layer of brownies and chocolate sauce. This is the perfect cake for your next holiday or potluck.

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare cake
  • 1 box brownie mix (9x13" pan size), plus ingredients to prepare brownies
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk (half of a 14-ounce can)
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Prepare white cake mix according to package directions. Bake in two 9-inch round pans as directed. Cool completely. You can make the white cake rounds the night before you want to assemble the cake, if you wish.
  2. On the day you want to assemble the cake, prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Line a 9-inch round cake pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Pour brownie batter into pan, making sure it doesn't go more than 3/4 of the way up the pan. (My brownie mix was a regular 9x13" pan size - about an 18 ounce package - and I used all of it. If the brownie mix makes more for some reason, you can bake it in cupcake liners or discard any extra.) Bake for 20-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs about 1" from the side of the pan. Let the brownie layer cool about 30-45 minutes, then gently remove it from the pan using the foil.
  3. Place semi-sweet chocolate and sweetened condensed milk in a small bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until smooth. Let sit 5 minutes.
  4. Remove foil from brownies and place on cake stand. Pour chocolate sauce all over the top of the brownies (some may spill over the sides, that's okay.) Let finish cooling to room temperature.
  5. Make the frosting by beating the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla in stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for about 1-2 minutes, until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at at time, until frosting is light and creamy. Add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until you reach your desired spreading consistency (I used 1 tablespoon).
  6. Once brownie layer has cooled, place one white cake layer on top of the brownie layer. Add a thin layer of frosting on top, then top with second white cake layer. Give the entire cake a very thin layer of frosting. This is your crumb coat, so that your final coat won't be full of crumbs. Chill the cake until the frosting is set, then use remaining frosting to coat the cake. Use your spatula to make a "c" pattern over the cake for the vintage look.
  7. Store cake loosely covered in refrigerator.

Notes

The white cake recipe in Surprise-Inside Cakes by Amanda Rettke is to die for, and can be used in place of the box mix called for here.

http://www.crazyforcrust.com/2014/03/vintage-brownie-surprise-cake/

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164 Responses to “Vintage Brownie Surprise Cake {surprise-inside cakes review & giveaway}”

  1. MaryBeth posted on March 21, 2014 at 3:27 am (#)

    Maybe a tulip to celebrate the arrival of spring

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  2. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:15 am (#)

    Brownies, chocolate sauce, white cake and cream cheese frosting?! Can’t handle the delicious.
    This looks amazing and what a great giveaway!
    Pinned

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  3. Mariah posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:44 am (#)

    Anything chocolate would be great inside… or a bunny for Easter!

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  4. Bryn posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:48 am (#)

    A rainbow. My girls are obsessed.

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  5. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:32 am (#)

    Love it Dorothy! I definitely want her book! She is such a genius!

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  6. Karla posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:40 am (#)

    I am making that this weekend! It looks great! I bet a chocolate brownie cake with the chocolate sauce and pb frosting would be incredible!

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  7. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:52 am (#)

    What a GORGEOUS CAKE! Your prettiest EVER! for sure!

    I’d put a million dollars inside a cake :) Congrats to Amanda on her awesome book!

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  8. itzia posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:05 am (#)

    I love that rainbow surprise

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  9. CakePants posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:10 am (#)

    What a cool cake idea!! If I were super talented at baking cake surprises, I would do a sort of piñata cake, with little candies (like M&Ms or skittles) tucked in the center. I like how your daughter even flipped through the book – reminds me of myself, looking through baking cookbooks as a child :)

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  10. Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:11 am (#)

    Yep, definitely drooling over here. What a fabulous idea to put all of these things into one cake… I can’t even take that. I don’t think it can get any more beautiful than this!

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  11. LauriM posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:24 am (#)

    Amazing cake! I would like to see an Easter egg inside a cake!

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  12. Kay posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:34 am (#)

    I would love to see a cupcake inside the cake – haha!

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  13. Moss posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:52 am (#)

    I have made the same birthday cake for myself for more than a decade, and have been craving something different, but could never find something I wanted to try. This is the one! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Melissa {Persnickety Plates} posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:59 am (#)

    I’ve never baked any surprises into my cakes but I love all the cakes that are coming out of this book. I’d love to find a brownie tucked into a slice.

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  15. Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens posted on March 21, 2014 at 7:02 am (#)

    Surprise-Inside Cakes?!?!? What a wonderfully happy, fun (and delicious!!) idea! And for you to say it’s the best white cake you’ve ever eaten, and that this cake is one of your very favorites … well, that’s saying A LOT! I can see why you’d be so in love, though …. That gooey chocolate oozing out over the deep, dark brownie … my oh my! Utterly fabulous! :D

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  16. Niki posted on March 21, 2014 at 7:04 am (#)

    I love her cakes and that cookbook is in my cart on Amazon. My 6 1/2 year-old is requesting the heart cake for her birthday. And for my almost 3 year-old, well, I have something else fun as a surprise inside her cake. Such great inspiration.

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  17. Ellie posted on March 21, 2014 at 7:05 am (#)

    Peanut butter and jelly!

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  18. Juli V posted on March 21, 2014 at 7:11 am (#)

    I would put a pie inside a cake.

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  19. atasteofmadess posted on March 21, 2014 at 7:12 am (#)

    This is amazing! I would probably do the same surprise as you. I mean, I haven`t made many cakes, but if this is your favorite, I think I need to try it out!

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  20. megan posted on March 21, 2014 at 7:17 am (#)

    Would love to do it for a baby gender announcement.

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  21. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on March 21, 2014 at 7:24 am (#)

    I want this cake in my life! Amazing!!!

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  22. Angela in KY posted on March 21, 2014 at 7:30 am (#)

    I’ve always wanted to put colored cake pops (minus the coating) inside for polka dots!

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  23. Better With Sugar posted on March 21, 2014 at 7:40 am (#)

    Wow this cake looks absolutely amazing! White cake, brownie, chocolate sauce, and cream cheese frosting. My head might explode, too much deliciousness! :)

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  24. Sandy Headtke posted on March 21, 2014 at 7:41 am (#)

    I would try a teddy bear

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  25. Colleen posted on March 21, 2014 at 8:03 am (#)

    I’ve been seeing this book everywhere, and can’t wait to get it for myself. I normally hate cake, but this looks so good!

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  26. shannon olson posted on March 21, 2014 at 8:03 am (#)

    looks absolutely fabulous! I would love to win this book, never have made a surprise cake.

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  27. dana posted on March 21, 2014 at 8:19 am (#)

    i saw pinata cookies once, so a pinata cake would be really neat. or, do a theme: like if it is a carrot cake, put a carrot surprise in the center, or a bunny, or something.

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  28. Sarah posted on March 21, 2014 at 8:25 am (#)

    This looks amazing!

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  29. Kim Henrichs posted on March 21, 2014 at 8:34 am (#)

    I would like to put a kitty-face!

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  30. karen posted on March 21, 2014 at 8:38 am (#)

    I baked a pecan pie into a cake once – it was fun! I’d like to try baking brownies inside a cake sometime.

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  31. Brittany posted on March 21, 2014 at 8:48 am (#)

    I think id do a suprise cake with brownies or some kind of fruit filling!

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  32. Ellen@BakeItWithBooze posted on March 21, 2014 at 8:49 am (#)

    Yay! I saw this book last week and, well, think it would make a great addition to my other cookbooks. A girl can’t have too many cookbooks, right? Thanks for the lovely cake, great review and hosting this giveaway! I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

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    • Ellen@BakeItWithBooze replied on March 21st, 2014 at 8:51 am

      P.S. And, I’d love to put a heart in the middle of the cake. So stunning!

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  33. Connie posted on March 21, 2014 at 8:59 am (#)

    Oh, there have been so many times I wanted to cut a slice before taking a cake somewhere! Hehe. Maybe next time you can cut it, take your pictures and put the slice back and re-frost the section ;-) Looks delightful.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 22nd, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Oh, I’ve done that many times! :) Thanks Connie!

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  34. Lisa posted on March 21, 2014 at 9:19 am (#)

    That cake looks amazing! I can’t think of anything better to put in a cake than brownies!

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  35. Devyani posted on March 21, 2014 at 9:25 am (#)

    Gaaah…I would love to win this book!!! I’d love to see some sort of chocolate truffle surprise inside a cake. Or a shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day themed cake. Or a peace sign – that’d be cool!

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  36. Barbara posted on March 21, 2014 at 9:35 am (#)

    This looks amazing! I Would get it just for the white cake recipe. I’d fill my cake with oreo cookie surprises :)

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  37. Brittany posted on March 21, 2014 at 9:36 am (#)

    I love piñata cakes! “Hey a delicious cake,” and then BAM, you cut into it and candy spills out! What’s better than that?

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  38. Emily posted on March 21, 2014 at 9:53 am (#)

    I love the idea of brownies inside a cake! I also think a layer of soft chocolate chip cookies, or maybe Oreos could be fun!

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  39. Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen posted on March 21, 2014 at 10:08 am (#)

    THIS is SUCH a GORGEOUS cake!! I have never heard of a surprise cake but I might now be in love!!! Sounds amazing!

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  40. LoriN posted on March 21, 2014 at 10:16 am (#)

    I like the bunny cake.

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  41. Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) posted on March 21, 2014 at 10:22 am (#)

    Oh my! That looks absolutely fabulous!!!

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  42. Kayla posted on March 21, 2014 at 10:46 am (#)

    Yummmmm! Peanut butter or (not and here!) raspberries

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  43. Alison posted on March 21, 2014 at 11:20 am (#)

    this looks fabulous! and will be my next cake I make! Love the surprise!

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  44. Kristin posted on March 21, 2014 at 11:25 am (#)

    You had me at “Sweetened condensed milk”. Looks scrumptious!

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  45. Larissa Gavlak posted on March 21, 2014 at 11:47 am (#)

    That cake looks amazing! I would put berries inside a cake. Or caramel sauce in a chocolate cake. yum….

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  46. Kindra S. posted on March 21, 2014 at 11:58 am (#)

    I think I would do a pinata cake with candy inside and decorate the outside to look like an Easter egg. So it would be like an egg filled with candy!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 22nd, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      That would be SO awesome Kindra!

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  47. Adriana posted on March 21, 2014 at 12:04 pm (#)

    This looks amazing! I definitely have to try this!

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  48. Jeffrey posted on March 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm (#)

    My kids would love to see a bear in a cake, it sure would surprise them.

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  49. Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat posted on March 21, 2014 at 2:20 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness! A brownie is a pretty good surprise in a cake in my opinion. I guess I’d like to put a person’s initials inside a cake. I think that would be fun. And Amanda’s white cake does look pretty awesome. I really need to make it!

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  50. chelon:) posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm (#)

    this looks like the most gorgeous surprise cake ever! i am totally drooling right now…need to go find a mop!

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  51. Donna posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:10 pm (#)

    Her cakes are so gorgeous!! I would love to have just a dab of that creativity!

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  52. Sherril T. posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:18 pm (#)

    I would put a heart surprise in my cake!

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  53. dina posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm (#)

    wow what a pretty cake! i love the cream cheese frosting and the brownie layer. it would have been hard for me to part with this cake too!

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  54. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:24 pm (#)

    This cake is SOOO PRETTY Dorothy! And that brownie surprise inside is pretty epic! YUM!

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  55. keshakeke posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:25 pm (#)

    I would put a flip flop inside of my cake! Your cake looks Yummy!

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  56. Mom posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:26 pm (#)

    Absolutely beautiful, Dorothy. You really did a great job! Wish I was at that potluck to try it.
    xoxo, Mom

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  57. Karen Oliver posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:28 pm (#)

    I would put a fruit filling inside the cake. This one just looks so yummy!

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  58. Laurie F. posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:29 pm (#)

    I love surprises! What a cake (perfect for Easter dinner!), and what a cookbook. I have never seen it -thanks for doing such a great give-away, Dorothy!

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  59. libby posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:30 pm (#)

    Something chocolate for sure

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  60. Andrea D. posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:30 pm (#)

    I would like to put balloons inside the cake.

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  61. Una posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:32 pm (#)

    This cake looks awesome, I can’t wait to try out the recipe. The book is stunning and I would love a copy. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  62. Gianna posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:32 pm (#)

    A cheesecake surprise!

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  63. Linda romer posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:35 pm (#)

    The surprise I would put in my cake is rocky road brownies. This cake looks amazing cant wait to try and make it, the book looks like it has many ideas. Thank you for the contest.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 22nd, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      Now THAT’S an amazing idea!

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  64. Julie @ This Gal Cooks posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:36 pm (#)

    Um yeah, I think I’m in love. Add a brownie to anything and I’ll be gaga over it! Great recipe, Dorothy! :)

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  65. Kelster posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:39 pm (#)

    I’d put the recipients name.

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  66. Sunnie posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:40 pm (#)

    This cake looks good! I would put some chocolate fudge in it.

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  67. Amanda posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm (#)

    These all look delicious! I would love to try them all!

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  68. Beth @ bethcakes posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm (#)

    This cake is so awesome! Love the brownie layer on the bottom. I made one of the recipes from her cookbook recently and it had a brownie on the bottom layer too! Seriously, so good. I am in love with that cookbook! You did a wonderful job with this cake!

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  69. Lisa posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:08 pm (#)

    Yum! All the things in one cake.

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  70. Jenny posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:33 pm (#)

    I’d put in a surprise chocolate basketball

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  71. jessica z posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:37 pm (#)

    I would put in a surprise cupcake in a crazy flavor – like spicy mexican chocolate and sea salt!

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  72. Debbie Caraballo posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:45 pm (#)

    Amanda is truly a cake and dessert genius! I love the cake with the heart inside, and this Vintage Cake looks to die for…I also like the heart inside cake too. Thanks for the opportunity to win this delightful cookbook.

    Deb

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  73. Cindy Sliker posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:59 pm (#)

    I am making this cake ASAP! And this book is a must-have!!!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 22nd, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      It totally is! Enjoy Cindy!

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  74. Vickie B posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm (#)

    Anything with chocolate and peanut butter…..or maybe a praline filling…..or maybe nutella…..

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  75. Gloria Friedlander posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:12 pm (#)

    Can’t wait to go through the book.

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  76. Pat G posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:15 pm (#)

    This cake looks delicious! I don’t want to use box cake mix so I will cross my fingers and hope that I win the cook book!

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  77. Lisa @ Wine & Glue posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:16 pm (#)

    This cake looks so beautiful and drool worthy! But I love Jordan’s comments while reading the book best :) Love that she is getting into baking :)

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  78. Leslie posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:18 pm (#)

    Lemon curd would be a nice cake surprise.

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  79. Jackie Lynn llewellyn posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:18 pm (#)

    I think a nice surprise in a cake would be a rice crispier treat center

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  80. Kristy Z posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:25 pm (#)

    How cool! I love the heart but would do it in chocolate

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  81. Sarah posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:26 pm (#)

    I don’t think a surprise in a cake could get any better than a chocolate brownie layer with chocolate ganache. Peanut butter frosting would be awesome, too!

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  82. Judy Seyfert posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm (#)

    Anything chocolate or caramel would go good in the cake.

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  83. Mary Zelli posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:43 pm (#)

    I’d put raspberry filling with dark chocolate in a cake.

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  84. Dawn Aanderud-Cosby posted on March 21, 2014 at 7:14 pm (#)

    The possibilities are endless! I would probably try a heart first.

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  85. Marty posted on March 21, 2014 at 7:37 pm (#)

    Yummy!!! What a perfect cake/cakes to make for our Mother’s Day Potluck, So many endless kinds surprise cake I can make.

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  86. Lyn posted on March 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm (#)

    I would like to put caramel or lemon curd. ‘
    Or something pink or blue for a gender announcement cake

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  87. Lauren posted on March 21, 2014 at 8:06 pm (#)

    Amanda is amazingly talented. And creative. How does she come up with this stuff? Great giveaway :)

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  88. Tieghan posted on March 21, 2014 at 8:36 pm (#)

    Both you and Amanda are amazing!

    There is so much to love about the cake and book! I need them both!

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  89. Mishele posted on March 21, 2014 at 9:19 pm (#)

    I want cake! Seriously, I am now craving cake . . . thank you very much!
    Chocolate and peppermint patties would be divine in a cake . . . or chocolate and peanut butter is always a great combo! Maybe even colorful cotton candy . . . is that possible???

    I would so love to win this delicious book ~ fingers crossed ~ thank you!

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  90. Ellen Gray posted on March 21, 2014 at 9:48 pm (#)

    I would love to win this beautiful book

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  91. cheri savory spoon posted on March 21, 2014 at 10:04 pm (#)

    What a beautiful cake, love the chocolaty surprise inside.

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  92. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes posted on March 21, 2014 at 10:23 pm (#)

    I’m thinking some sort of fruit filling for the surprise inside!

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  93. Christina posted on March 21, 2014 at 11:39 pm (#)

    I’m so in love with your website! Your recipes make me drool every single time! Can’t wait to try this cake!

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  94. MaryB posted on March 21, 2014 at 11:58 pm (#)

    I would like ice cream inside a cake. Love the brownie layer in this cake.

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  95. theresa krier posted on March 22, 2014 at 1:05 am (#)

    a lady bug would be so cute, thanks

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  96. Emily @ Life on Food posted on March 22, 2014 at 4:39 am (#)

    Anything surprise chocolate would be fun. This brownie surprise looks like a winner in my book.

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  97. Heather posted on March 22, 2014 at 5:08 am (#)

    I’m not usually a fan of white cakes, but this one looks delicious! I am definitely putting this on my must make soon list! Thanks!

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  98. Barbara Seidler posted on March 22, 2014 at 5:28 am (#)

    This cake from Amanda’s book looks divine. I’m going to make it for sure!!!!

    I’d love to have the white cake recipe that is raved about also from Amanda’s book!

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  99. Rosemary Russell posted on March 22, 2014 at 6:25 am (#)

    Love to bake and try new recipes. Love thumbing through cookbooks looking for something fun to bake.

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  100. Karen posted on March 22, 2014 at 6:51 am (#)

    I’m a huge cupcake person, and I love the white cup-cakes with the rainbow cake ball in the middle. I think it a really bright and unexpected surprise :)

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  101. Kim Holland posted on March 22, 2014 at 7:03 am (#)

    cheesecake

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  102. Victoria posted on March 22, 2014 at 7:16 am (#)

    I would put a love message inside :-).

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  103. Maria Victoria posted on March 22, 2014 at 7:17 am (#)

    Any sweet chocolate treat…. I love chocolat!

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  104. Kelly posted on March 22, 2014 at 7:50 am (#)

    Something chocolate

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  105. karigold posted on March 22, 2014 at 7:56 am (#)

    I am very new to baking but I would try to put in butterscotch pudding with pecans. This cake looks so delish & the recipe is simple enough for me to try it! Love reading your blog everyday & pinning almost every post!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 22nd, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Thank you so much for reading! And all the pins!! :)

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  106. Flo posted on March 22, 2014 at 8:31 am (#)

    I love this idea. My cakes are so boring would love to try the brownie cake…looks delicious!!!

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  107. Beth @ Hungry Happenings posted on March 22, 2014 at 8:32 am (#)

    I love putting surprises inside cakes and just recently added shamrocks to a Leprechaun Hat Cake. Next time I might try something for Easter.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 22nd, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      I love all your cakes Beth!!!

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  108. Jan R posted on March 22, 2014 at 8:54 am (#)

    I would do a rainbow for my granddaughter. I am obsessed with this book…PLEASE!

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  109. Meagan posted on March 22, 2014 at 9:02 am (#)

    This looks amazing!!! I think I would do some sort of peanut butter, or truffle or even cookie dough filling. Anything really would be delicious though!!

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  110. Cindy posted on March 22, 2014 at 9:04 am (#)

    I would put a large Oreo cookie in the cake!

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  111. Meghan posted on March 22, 2014 at 9:04 am (#)

    That cake is seriously beautiful. I can’t lie, I may have started drooling a bit. White cake and brownie? Dying.

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  112. Gina Guthrie posted on March 22, 2014 at 9:51 am (#)

    cherries!

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  113. David @ Spiced posted on March 22, 2014 at 10:08 am (#)

    Oh man, that’s a tough one! I’d probably say mini-candy bars…just because I love mini-candy bars!

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  114. Anna C posted on March 22, 2014 at 11:16 am (#)

    Chocolate candy bars!

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  115. Ashley posted on March 22, 2014 at 11:30 am (#)

    I’d put peanut butter cups inside!

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  116. Frances posted on March 22, 2014 at 11:46 am (#)

    Oh I think a big soft chewy chocolate chip cookie crust under the brownie could make this cake absolutely decadent

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  117. Yashica posted on March 22, 2014 at 1:03 pm (#)

    chocolate kisses

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  118. Stacey posted on March 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm (#)

    Oreo truffles.

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  119. Sarayna posted on March 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm (#)

    I think it would be fun to hide a heart or candy :)

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  120. Lindsay Lee posted on March 22, 2014 at 4:37 pm (#)

    A castle for my princess loving girls!!!

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  121. Jen @ Savory Simple posted on March 22, 2014 at 7:18 pm (#)

    A brownie inside of cake sounds pretty epic to me!

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  122. Tammy Marie Markham posted on March 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm (#)

    i think that i would put a bunch of rolos in a cake, because i like caramel, or just caramel. thank you for the giveaway.

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  123. Rhonda posted on March 22, 2014 at 11:38 pm (#)

    This would be an awesome mother daughter project. Once a week I set time up for each of my two kids and we do the things they choose for our quality time.

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  124. Lauren G. posted on March 23, 2014 at 1:31 am (#)

    I would love to see a diamond ring in the middle of a cake. Would be cute for a wedding shower.

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  125. lynn posted on March 23, 2014 at 5:30 am (#)

    carrot icecream cake is delicious. going to make it for Easter

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  126. KaySue posted on March 23, 2014 at 5:41 am (#)

    I would put something chocolatey and caramel inside for a surprise.

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  127. PJ posted on March 23, 2014 at 5:48 am (#)

    With Easter coming, I would like to put something ‘spring-like” in the center. Perhaps a bunny or a chick, but the best may be the hidden Easter Egg!

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  128. Angela posted on March 23, 2014 at 6:53 am (#)

    This cake looks amazing…I have a brother that doesn’t really like cake, but loves brownies, so this may be the perfect solution for the rest of us cake lovers! Definitely going to try this one out :)
    I would want to try to put a manatee or a whale inside a cake. I love sea life…Maybe with blue icing on the outside. Thanks!

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  129. jacqui posted on March 23, 2014 at 9:20 am (#)

    I would love to try and spell out someone’s name inside of a cake! I think that would be so cool for someone’s birthday and really unique.

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  130. Nat D. posted on March 23, 2014 at 11:08 am (#)

    Love! Such great photos too.

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  131. Stephanie posted on March 23, 2014 at 12:17 pm (#)

    I would like to put a rubber chicken in a cake. Prolly won’t bake up very well though :(
    It’s kind of a long story…

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  132. Kate posted on March 23, 2014 at 3:16 pm (#)

    I’d put a rainbow for sure.

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  133. Stefanie posted on March 23, 2014 at 3:38 pm (#)

    I would put a heart inside!

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  134. Danielle Palmer posted on March 23, 2014 at 5:15 pm (#)

    Looks SO good! Will be trying this for my sons 1st birthday coming up!

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  135. Bev posted on March 23, 2014 at 6:39 pm (#)

    This cake looks so delicious!

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  136. Michelle C posted on March 23, 2014 at 7:45 pm (#)

    little hearts inside a cake would be cute!

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  137. Nancy B. posted on March 23, 2014 at 10:30 pm (#)

    I love baking cake and to have more new cake recipes would be the icing in the joy of my baking more cake :) I love your blog, it has become my new have to read blog! I’m hoping to break into pie now .. with your help! Thank you :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 24th, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Welcome and thank you Nancy!

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  138. sandra posted on March 23, 2014 at 11:07 pm (#)

    i would add blended dates, pecans and a caramel sauce layered in a vanilla cake. pecan pie cake, yum.

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  139. Jamie posted on March 24, 2014 at 8:22 am (#)

    Ooh this cake with salted caramel instead of the fudge sauce would be amazing!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 24th, 2014 at 9:58 am

      Oh yes. That would be amazing!

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  140. Kristen posted on March 24, 2014 at 10:21 am (#)

    I’ve never attempted a Suprise-inside cake before. Sounds like fun! And this cake looks delicious!

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  141. Nikki posted on March 24, 2014 at 1:50 pm (#)

    a flamingo!

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  142. Virginia G posted on March 24, 2014 at 5:42 pm (#)

    I like the pinata style cakes with candy inside! I want to try that!

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  143. Lisa Green posted on March 24, 2014 at 6:05 pm (#)

    Gooey caramel, or some kind of fruit maybe.

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  144. Vickie posted on March 24, 2014 at 9:35 pm (#)

    I have done a banana split inside..so good..I want to next try something citrusy or cinnamon…and nautical with a seashell or seahorse or mermaid..something..just don’t know what yet..thanks!

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  145. Carolsue posted on March 24, 2014 at 10:33 pm (#)

    For my son, maybe some gummi worms. He would get a kick out of that!

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  146. Margaret in MN posted on March 25, 2014 at 6:45 am (#)

    Do I get an extra entry for having been Amanda’s high school teacher?

    She is such a gifted baker and a super sweet person to boot. Frankly, I don’t know what I would put inside a cake that Amanda hasn’t already! Maybe a smiley face? To bake for people who are feeling down?

    (Odds are good, tho, that’s she’s done that too. :-) )

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 25th, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      That’s so awesome!! And I think there is an emoticon smiley in her book, ha!! :)

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  147. Mary El posted on March 25, 2014 at 9:13 am (#)

    You had me at homemade chocolate syrup. That and maybe some salted caramel sauce. Mmmm.

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  148. Regan posted on March 25, 2014 at 10:54 am (#)

    Hmmmmm. Maybe a layer of chopped pecans between the layers.!

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  149. Birdiebee posted on March 25, 2014 at 6:49 pm (#)

    A ladybug with red velvet cake dough.

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  150. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking posted on March 27, 2014 at 5:26 pm (#)

    I’ve been dreaming about this cake ever since I saw your picture on Instagram!! I really wish I could’ve been at that potluck to sample a slice… Or, umm, 3. With how much I love chocolate and brownies. Jordan definitely picked out a winner! :)

    And I’ve always wanted to hide a heart inside of a cake (or cupcakes). Classic but cute!

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