Last Updated on May 28, 2020
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!
7. Peekaboo Heart Poundcake
If you like the idea of the heart cake, but want something a little less formal, a poundcake is just as impressive! The technique behind it is completely different, using a heart-shaped cookie cutter to get your surprise heart design.
8. Heart Surprise Cupcakes
Even easier: mini hearts in cupcakes! These would be more practical for school parties, potlucks, bake sales or, to give away as Valentine's gifts.
Hugs and Kisses are another great surprise-inside idea for Valentine's Day: