Last Updated on May 28, 2020
When I ran into a few of these peek a boo cake recipes on Pinterest last year, I knew I had to give it a try. The idea of having a surprise hidden inside of cake, bread, or other treats was just too much for me to ignore!
Most of these I haven't attempted yet, but with the holidays inching closer, I'm ready to give them a go. After you see the step-by-step instructions, they are actually much easier than they might appear to make these cakes. And so, I've compiled a list of some of the best surprise treats!
1. Pancake Muffins
What a great way to make an on-the-go version of a pancake breakfast! Fill your muffin tin 1/4 full with pancake mix, toss in a few of your favorite breakfast ingredients (bacon, sausage, blueberries– maybe even a little dollop of maple syrup?), pour another layer of pancake mix over top until they are 3/4 full, and bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes. You could even make these the night before an early morning, and then have them ready to run out the door with.
2. Zebra Striped Surprise Cake
Zebra striped cake can go with just about any party theme, from a kid's safari party to a bachelorette party. And, the best part is, it doesn't take a lot of skill or effort! The cake can all be baked at one time without any food coloring added as white and chocolate cake are already readily available.
3. Leopard Print Surprise Cake
Surprise your guests with a leopard print cake! It's almost as simple as the zebra stripes, with just one extra color added and a layered swirl pattern. You can add orange food coloring to a white cake batter, but even better, skip the food coloring all together and create a lighter brown color by mixing chocolate and white cake mix together for your third color.
4. Polka Dot Cake
This is where a cake pop pan really comes in handy! Use one to create colorful balls of cake, and then bake them inside of a white cake mix. I could see doing this for a gender reveal party; use strawberry cake balls for a girl and blue velvet for a boy.
5. Checkerboard Cake
Very impressive! I'm still left in amazement and awe with the inside of a checkerboard cake. It's actually quite confusing to me how it all works out, but layering 2 opposing cake color rings does the trick! Funny how circles are what make the squares of the checkerboard.
Check out these round cookie cutters from Amazon.
6. Surprise Heart Cake
Beautiful, right? Just leave it up to Amanda from I Am Baker to come up with this masterpiece! She's the queen of surprise cakes, and even has a published book filled with gorgeous cake ideas like this one entitled, Surprise-Inside Cakes. This would obviously be a hit for Valentine's day, but I think a heart can be fitting for just about any occasion. Just look how the red cake pops up next to the white. Stunning!