Surprise Inside Cakes Cookbook + KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway!!! (Winner Announced!)

Surprise Inside Cakes Cookbook by Amanda Rettke Review. #cakedecorating #cookbook #recipe #giveaway

So excited to share a fun new cookbook and giveaway with you today from my fellow blogger Amanda Rettke at! Amanda is the queen of cake decorating. Her blog is filled with the most gorgeously decorated cakes! But what initially drew me to start following Amanda’s blog is how so incredibly easy her cake decorating tutorials are. They are so beautiful and intricate, it looks like you have to be a super-advanced cake decorator and spend hours doing it. But you TOTALLY don’t!!! They are so simple even ***I*** can do it. I have said many times here that I am the worst when it comes to decorating cakes. I just have no patience with tedious tasks. I just slap some frosting on it and call it good!!

Surprise Inside Cakes Cookbook by Amanda Rettke Review. #cakedecorating #cookbook #recipe #giveaway

But the first time I saw Amanda’s Rose Cake Tutorial back in 2011, it looked so incredibly easy and so incredibly gorgeous that I knew I had to try it right then and there. And it just so happened that Valentine’s Day was coming up, so I had the perfect occasion!

SUPER simple cake decorating trick!! Anyone can do this!! #cakedecorating

Here was my very first attempt, over 3 years ago. Stunning right??! I did that!! I could hardly even believe myself. You guys would seriously die if I showed you my past attempts at decorating on my own. But after reading one simple blog post, I had something that looked like this. (I used my favorite chocolate cake and frosting recipe for this cake.)

Surprise Inside Cakes Cookbook by Amanda Rettke Review. #cakedecorating #cookbook #recipe #giveaway

That’s why I am SO excited about Amanda’s new Surprise Inside Cakes cookbook. It’s FILLED with tons of new, easy tutorials for decorating AND for fun surprises INSIDE the cake to add a whole new level of excitement for cake!! ;)

Surprise Inside Cakes Cookbook by Amanda Rettke Review. #cakedecorating #cookbook #recipe #giveaway

Like look at the gorgeous rainbow layer cake!!

Surprise Inside Cakes Cookbook by Amanda Rettke Review. #cakedecorating #cookbook #recipe #giveaway

And this amazing rainbow checkerboard cake??!

Surprise Inside Cakes Cookbook by Amanda Rettke Review. #cakedecorating #cookbook #recipe #giveaway

You know what makes Amanda even MORE awesome?? She uses one of my fonts for her blog and her cookbook!!

Surprise Inside Cakes Cookbook by Amanda Rettke Review. #cakedecorating #cookbook #recipe #giveaway

See that handwriting font on the back cover of her book? That is MY actual handwriting!! Not just one of the Fonts for Peas I’ve made… But my actual handwriting. How crazy and cool is that?? :)

KitchenAid Classic Series 4.5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer


The Giveaway

That’s why today I am so excited to give away a copy of Amanda’s Surprise Inside Cakes and a brand new KitchenAid Mixer to get you started with your cake baking and decorating. One lucky Kevin and Amanda reader will win:


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Good luck!!!

1,192 Responses
  1. Hanadia Roby

    Pink Lemonade Kool-Aid flavor packet + strawberry cake + cream cheese or whipped vanilla frosting + 1/2 can of glazed or 1 cup fresh strawberries on top = Worthy of My YUM!

  2. melissa cushing

    My favorite is Red Velvet cahe with Cream Cheese frosting! Thanks so much for the fabulous chance and giveaway for all!

  3. Tara

    My absolutely favorite cake to bake (usually at 2AM, randomly), is a Funfetti cake with chocolate icing. It’s a GREAT combination!

  4. Annette

    My favorite cake + icing = red velvet (the kind that doesn’t have cocoa and tastes more like a spice cake) + icing made with milk and flour over heat then cooled.

  5. Rebecca

    Hi Amanda!
    This book is FANTASTIC !.!.!
    As for my favorite flavors….. I adore Red Velvet Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting.!

  6. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    I loved reviewing and cooking from this cookbook! So many fantastic ideas and I cannot believe that she came up with them all. My favorite cake combo is funfetti with cream cheese frosting.

  7. dixie

    devil’s food with my mother in law’s special candy bar frosting!! we call it the candy bar cake. the frosting has 10x sugar, white sugar, cool whip, milk & crushed almond bars. SO GOOD!!!!!

  8. Deb Christie

    My favorite is Red Velvet Cake with very rich Cream Cheese Icing, not too sweet, so you can taste the cream cheese.

  9. Susan H

    I’m a vanilla & buttercream girl myself. There’s nothing like it if the cake is supper moist and the frosting is just right!

  10. missT

    As much as my tastebuds usually beg for strangely delicious combos, there’s always that one good old faithful treat that I can’t resist…a moist carrot and nut cake with a smooth tangy cream cheese frosting. Mmm!!!

  11. Lisa Hootselle

    My favorite is a basic vanilla, with “fluff” filling and buttercream frosting
    (fluff is a delicious medley of cream cheese, cool whip, strawberries and pineapple!)

  12. Trisha

    Chocolate and Chocolate. Although I did just make a vanilla cake from a mix and added a box of vanilla pudding and 1 cup of sour cream in it. Topped with Vanilla frosting and it was delicious!

  13. Charity Smith

    I absolutely love strawberry cake with strawberry icing using real strawberries in both! I also wouldn’t refuse strawberry cake and chocolate frosting!

  14. Mary V

    Dark chocolate cake and vanilla bean icing is my favorite combination. Decorating’s not one of my talents, but I’m now tempted to give it a try. Love the rainbow chessboard!

  15. Bobbie Hawkins

    Strawberry shortcake! Angel food cake layered with fresh strawberries and a dollop of sweetened whipped cream!! :P

  16. Christine

    Love love love dark chocolate frosting/icing with extra moist and super duper chocolatey cake! Yes, in that order :)

  17. sherendine sy

    Checking out your blog everytime i open my mail has never failed to make me smile and learn a lot from it. I just love how you simply type in your feelings and share your thoughts to us, keep it up! God Bless always~ hope to get a chance to win on one of your giveways ;)

  18. Kimberly Williams

    My favorite flavor is lemon cake with lemon creemcheese frosting! I do like to put fruit in the cake & frosting sometimes like raspberries or strawberries. FYI: I love the surprise inside the cake and the frosting was done so wonderfully.

  19. Maria

    I just stumbled across your blog and I’m in love! My favorite cake and frosting combo is probably a spice cake with cream cheese frosting. So yummy!

  20. Ashlynd

    I like Angel Food Cake with Strawberry Whipped Cream frosting…probably not a frosting but still one of my favorites >w<

  21. Ally

    My go-to is yellow cake with chocolate icing, but I’ve recently been introduced to the joy of white cake with raspberry buttercream!

  22. Jo Baggaley Thompson

    All cake is good cake but right now I’d like a slice of coffee and walnut cake with a Kahlua and chocolate frosting

  23. Beth

    You can’t go wrong with a chocolate cake with chocolate-peanut butter frosting. And maybe some Reeses’ thrown in too :)

  24. Valerie Johnson

    Wow, just one is all I can choose? lol My favorite cake flavor is chocolate. Frosting, chocolate or strawberry.