Surprise-Inside Cakes Cookbook Review and Giveaway

Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion with a Little Something Extra Inside- a review and giveaway

Surprise Inside Cakes Cookbook Review #surpriseinsidecakes

Today I get to tell you about a book that I’ve been waiting on for years. My friend Amanda (founder of the popular blog I am Baker) has just released her new cookbook Surprise-Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion–with a Little Something Extra Inside, and I am honored to be one of the first to receive a copy. You’re going to want this book!

Surprise Inside Cakes Book by Amanda Rettke #surpriseinsidecakes

Surprise! Those “candles” are actually CAKE!

There is something for everyone in this colorful, fun book. Imagine cutting into a cake to reveal a hidden surprise! The only thing better than a delicious cake is a delicious cake baked with a surprise inside. Amanda’s cake designs truly are revolutionary! This book takes her designs even further than what you’ve seen on her blog. Use one of her fool-proof cake and frosting recipes, or a box mix, or even your favorite recipe passed down in your family.

Balloon Cake Surprise Inside Cakes by Amanda Rettke #surpriseinsidecakes

Filled with full-page, stunning photographs, as well as detailed process shots, Surprise-Inside Cakes takes you through each step to make the perfect surprise-inside cake for your friends and family. I LOVE the process pictures and instructions because I am a visual learner. She gives tips and tricks about how to use everyday objects like cookie cutters, rulers, glass bowls, and container lids to achieve your desired design.

Ombre Cake Surprise Inside Cakes by Amanda Rettke #surpriseinsidecakes

Inspired by Amanda I even made my own surprise-inside cake, but you’re going to have to wait until Thursday to see it. I’m serious- once you get Amanda’s book in your hands you will want to bake your own surprise-inside cake!

Surprise Inside Dotty Cake- this unsuspecting Bundt cake is filled with a colorful surprise!

Amanda writes with passion about her craft, and you will surely enjoy getting to know her through her stories and personal anecdotes. I would recommend this book for anyone desiring to do something different in the kitchen. Give it as a gift to the baker in your life, but be warned- you’re going to want to keep a copy for yourself. Lucky for you I have a copy to give away!!

One winner will receive a copy of Surprise-Inside Cakes by Amanda Rettke. Please use the giveaway entry form below and leave a comment on this post to be entered. By entering this giveaway you are agreeing to the Official Rules. This giveaway is a sweepstakes. Open to continental USA residents over age 18. Winner(s) will be chosen by random, announced here, and will be contacted by email. Winner(s) must respond within 48 hours to claim the prize. Disclosure: I was given a copy for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

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148 Responses to “Surprise-Inside Cakes Cookbook Review and Giveaway”

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    LauriM — March 11, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Absolutely beautiful book! Hope I win!

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    Katie — March 11, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    That looks so fun!!

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    Jennifer — March 11, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    How pretty!

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    Sue H — March 11, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    So cool! My fingers are crossed.

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    Jen — March 11, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Always wondered how this is done!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — March 11, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    My mind is so completely blown. I get anxiety baking cupcakes from a box!!

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    Lori — March 11, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    The book looks amazing!

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    Bryn — March 11, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    So so fun!

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    Cryss S — March 11, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    That book looks amazing!! And I can’t wait to see what you did with your cake Katrina!

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    Maja — March 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I’m so sad .. that is just for the USA citizens .. here in Europe we can just dream for such books :(

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    Heather — March 11, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    This book looks so cool!

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    Tracy Turner — March 11, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Very cool! Even if I don’t win, I will have to purchase.. such cute cakes!

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    Meriem — March 11, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

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    Mariana @The Candid Kitchen — March 11, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Oh my gosh, finger crossed!

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    Lindsay Lee — March 11, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I would love to win this it looks amazing!!!

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    Regiane — March 11, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Eu quero muito ganhar esse livro maravilhoso!

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    Christy Spurlock — March 11, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    This is one amazing and totally awesome book. Would love to win!

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    Nikki — March 11, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    They all look so cute but I’m dying over the bunny cake!!

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    Laurie — March 11, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Super Cute!

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    Angela — March 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    So adorable! I would live to make one for my family!

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    Melanie Morin — March 11, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Oh wow I really want to learn how to make all these sweet treats!

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    Jessica w — March 12, 2014 at 8:06 am

    wow the author has really good visualization skills, I don’t think I would ever have been able to come up with that

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    Brenda — March 12, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Looks like a lot of fun.

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    Kim Henrichs — March 12, 2014 at 9:08 am

    What an amazing and inspiring book!!! I want to make a cake for everyone I know.

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    Cathryn — March 12, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Looks fun!

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    Cristina E — March 12, 2014 at 9:27 am

    It is a beautiful book, I would love a copy.

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    George Mulvaney — March 12, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Those pictures make me want to bake a dozen different cakes today!

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    Brenda Dickson — March 12, 2014 at 9:35 am

    This book is gorgeous and I cannot wait to try my hand at these techniques. I would love to win! Thank you.

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    Denise B — March 12, 2014 at 9:36 am

    What a wonderful imagination!! How creative and beautiful!!

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    Gayle Cherry — March 12, 2014 at 9:41 am

    This book looks awesome!! The cherry design caught my eye, because my last name is cherry and I love all things cherry!

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    Adrienne — March 12, 2014 at 9:41 am

    These cakes are so fun.

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    Meg Hobbs — March 12, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I’d make the cherry cake first! Adorable.

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    Jacqui — March 12, 2014 at 10:10 am

    This book looks so awesome, would love to win!

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    Barb — March 12, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Totally are WOW presentations; hope I win… would love to try to make one or more of these fab-looking cakes. They look good enough on paper to eat!

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    Lisa — March 12, 2014 at 10:28 am

    This book looks like so much fun. I love looking at (and making) Amanda’s lovely cakes.

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    Debbie — March 12, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I love all of these cakes/recipes, and would love to win the cookbook to try some of these on my own!

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    Monica — March 12, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I’ve made a couple surprise-inside cakes, which were alot of work but everyone loved them. I’d love to read more about this and learn tips and tricks to make the process simpler. Thanks for providing this give-away!

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    Jennifer S — March 12, 2014 at 10:40 am

    This book looks so wonderful! I can’t wait to try one of the cakes.

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    stephanie — March 12, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Amanda’s book looks amazing! Thank you for a chance.

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    rosa — March 12, 2014 at 10:46 am

    This is awesome!!!

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    Gina Guthrie — March 12, 2014 at 10:59 am

    This has got to be the most creative cake cookbook ever. I would love to win this and make my family their own customized birthday cakes.

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    Kristin Whitehead — March 12, 2014 at 11:00 am

    If I don’t win, I will definitely buy this book!!

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    libby — March 12, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Oh what a delightful book!

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    Jan R — March 12, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I LOVE this book…I WANT it…PLEASE!!!

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    janis harper — March 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Book is a must have.

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    itzia — March 12, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I hope I get to win this book.

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    Yolanda — March 12, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I love this book!

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    jen mort — March 12, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    looks fun!

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    brenda dubois — March 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Love, Love this Book! Great photos too! Super giveaway!
    bydubois10@yahoo.com

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    Dolly V. — March 12, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Oh, wow! Such a cool idea…would LOVE to make these recipes!

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    Birdiebee — March 12, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    The cakes look wonderful!

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    Lisa@hooplapalooza — March 12, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    hot diggety I want this book! :)

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    Heather B — March 12, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    All these cakes look amazing! I would love to try to make something like this.

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    Barb — March 12, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    The bunny cake is so cute

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    Mary Paquette — March 12, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I can’t wait to make that Bunny cake for Easter! my children will be so surprised when I cut the cake!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — March 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I can’t wait until tomorrow, I want to see your cake!!

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    Tammy in Alabama — March 12, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Oh, I love this book. I cannot wait to see some of the beautiful creations. thank you for all you do. Many Blessings! Tammy

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    Cookies4kids — March 12, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I would have a hard time putting this book down until I had read the entire thing!!!

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    theresa krier — March 12, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    these cakes are so adorable ! i love reading cookbooks, thanks.

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    Christi P. — March 12, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    This is the coolest and I just saw where there will be a Craftsy class too! I am super excited about that!!!

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    Patty L. — March 12, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    I knew this book was coming – so glad that you are offering a copy as a prize! Thank you!

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    Becky B — March 12, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    This book looks so great! I would love to get my hands on it so I could make wonderful surprises. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Barbara McLamb — March 12, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Wow, that is awesome. Would really love to learn how to do those things. Thanks for the opportunity!

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    Ashley — March 12, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    This is so cool! Can’t wait to see your cake!

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    jen — March 12, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Looks like so much fun!

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    Andrea D. — March 12, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Such cute cakes!

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    Shane R. — March 12, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I love that hidden rainbow heart cake! I would love to win this book. Thanks!

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    Shelly — March 12, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Adorable cake!

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    Robert — March 12, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Love these ideas!

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    mary fanara coleman — March 12, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Just a beautiful book to own.

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    Ann in PA — March 12, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    This book looks wonderful!

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    Kim — March 12, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I love Amanda’s blog and am so excited about this book! Also can’t wait to see what you made!

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    Leslie Gagne — March 12, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I’ve been following Amanda’s blog for quite awhile and think her work with cakes is awesome. Would love to win.

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    Amy | Amy's Cooking Adventures — March 12, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Fun! I’d love to make fun surprise cakes!

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    Ingrid — March 12, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    This is so awesome! I’m super curious as to how these were made

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    Aisha — March 13, 2014 at 2:47 am

    This looks fantastic!!

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    Kristen — March 13, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Really hope I win! Looks so fun!

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    BrendaHuerta — March 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Absoulutely awesome. I would LOVE to win this book

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    Maria Malaveci — March 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Would really love this book! I love to bake

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    Kristie — March 13, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    these look like so much fun!!

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    Lauren — March 13, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Wow, what a great idea for a book! I’m excited to get a copy!

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    Gwen Dixon — March 13, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    A surprise in every cake!

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    Pam — March 13, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    These cakes are beautiful Truly amazing.

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    Sandra Lappe — March 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    This would be great for Grandkids cakes. Since I’m expecting my FIRST GRANDBABY soon, this is perfect time to try to win this cookbook! Good luck to everyone who is entered!

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    Juni — March 13, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Works of ART!!!

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    Kat — March 14, 2014 at 5:58 am

    The pictures are beautiful!

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    Maude — March 14, 2014 at 11:13 am

    What a cool cookbook! Cake is awesome by its self but surprises inside take to a whole new level :)

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    Margaret K. — March 14, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Lovely cake to try for springtime!

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    Katie — March 14, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    What a fun book!

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    Cassandra — March 14, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    How fun!

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    Katie Steinke — March 14, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    So much fun! Looks yummy! :)

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    Deanna Orsega — March 14, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    I can’t wait to get this book!

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    Andrea (Fromthebookshelf) — March 14, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Love all the cakes I’ve seen from this book! What a great giveaway!

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    Joanna — March 14, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Cant wait to get it! It all looks sooo cool!

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    Brandy Davis — March 14, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I would love to have this book… Fingers crossed.

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    Aisha — March 14, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I absolutely love these cakes. Beautiful ideas & gorgeous cakes. Cant wait to get this amazing book, fully loaded with btilliant ideas. I wish if I could get it :)

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    mimi — March 14, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    that is way cool!

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    Lisa — March 14, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    would love to win a copy of this book!

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    Muriel Wilcockson — March 15, 2014 at 1:48 am

    I would like to win this book I do a lot of baking with my grandkids

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    Kelly Bartilson — March 15, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Love that she encourages you to use your own recipes. Can’t wait to try it out and surprise my little boys!

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    Brittney landrau — March 15, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Hello

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    Brittney landrau — March 15, 2014 at 8:02 am

    For some reason my comment didn’t show what I wrote!
    Everyone keeps saying how amazing and unique this book is and it would be great if I can join the convos! This book is definitely something I would like to add to my collection, I would love to try to bake the cakes inside!
    Thank you for this opportunity!
    Congrats to Amanda!

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    Rejena — March 15, 2014 at 8:30 am

    These really are easier that one would think! And you can wow all your friends.

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    Susan Blando — March 15, 2014 at 9:20 am

    This book looks fabulous – I love baking and make cakes for all our family events. I would love to know how to bake these marvels! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

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    Cheryl — March 15, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Entering to win!

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    Christy — March 15, 2014 at 11:20 am

    ooooohhh… such a pretty book! Got my fingers crossed!

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    Shari Stoops — March 15, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I would love to bake these cakes for my grands and friends. They= grands would love them.

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    Kim — March 15, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I really want to make surprise cakes but I haven’t gotten up the courage yet!

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    Vivian — March 15, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Hope its as easy to do as it is fun to look at!

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    W Maryott — March 15, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I hope to get the pleasure of reading ur fun beautiful book. I would love to let my inner baker out!

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    Teresa — March 15, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Have had fun following you on this site. And now a chance to win the festive baking book….Thanks.

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    Char — March 15, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Such beautiful cakes!!!

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    colleen guidone — March 15, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    would love to win this book= so cool!!!!

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    KaySue — March 15, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    This book looks so neat – and I really like that it has lots of pictures and details.

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    Sherry O — March 15, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    What an awesome book!

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    Joyce Gravino — March 15, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    This book looks amazing. I can just imagine bringing one of those cakes into work for someone’s birthday and blowing them away.

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    MaryAnne — March 15, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    I’m in awe of the artistic ability and the book is beautiful.

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    Sheila Ferron — March 15, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    This book looks amazing! If I don’t win it I will definitely be buying it!!! Love your site Katrina, keep up the awesome work:)

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    edit churchill — March 15, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    I made a polka dot cake last year. And this year I made a peace sign inside a cake. Would love to win this book to get ideas for next year! :-)

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    Lyn — March 15, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    How fun, I love the concept of this cake book

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    isabel — March 16, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Amazing!!

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    Terrica — March 16, 2014 at 10:07 am

    This is so creative! I can’t wait to try one of these cakes

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    Kathy — March 16, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I love to bake, but most of my cakes taste better than they look – I am inspired by this book and can’t wait to try to make such happy and cute cakes!!!

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    Carol Page — March 16, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Love this book-it makes me happy just looking at it!

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    Kathy — March 16, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Looks like even I could do these!

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    Kelly — March 16, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I so so so want this.

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    Adam — March 16, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I would love to win this book for my wife

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    Amy C. — March 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    OMG! This book looks so fun! That bunny cake would be so great to make for Easter!

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    Julie M — March 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Wow! This looks like such a fun book. Can’t wait to try one!

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    Erika — March 16, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    The book looks amazing!!!

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    Colleen m — March 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this book!!

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    Leslie Gagne — March 16, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Love it! So excited to try out a new adventure. Can’t wait to start!

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    Lawrence Walker — March 16, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    SWEET!

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    Marcia — March 16, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    What a fun idea….what great cakes I could bake with a copy of this book.

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    Toni — March 17, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Love love it~~~

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    Nathalie — March 17, 2014 at 5:02 am

    What a great book, hope I win!

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    Kelly — March 17, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I love challenging myself with bigger & better cakes so having this book would really help. I LOVE the bunny one! Hopefully I win so that I have the instructions in time for Easter…..

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    Denise — March 17, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Looks like such a fun book.

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    Ashley Outland — March 18, 2014 at 12:34 am

    I would LOOOOOOOOOOOVE to win this cookbook!!!!!

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    Jamie — March 18, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    What a beautiful book! Fingers crossed!

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    Shelly — March 18, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Looks like a great book to try new things.

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    Susan Pelliccia — March 19, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Beautiful book!!

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    barbara n — March 19, 2014 at 8:29 am

    How fun! Would love to win this awesome cookbook so I can learn to make these cakes!

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    Stephanie N — March 19, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    I love the ideas that have already started flowing just from the taste of this book. It’s sure to be a hit! How wonderful for you to have been able to review it. :) Best of luck to all of us. The second best option is to ransack the seller to buy our copies. LOL We’ll all be baking Surprise Inside Cakes in no time, what a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing!

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    Annette — March 19, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    These designs are so fascinating and would be a lot of fun to present to guests.

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    Teresa — March 20, 2014 at 8:28 am

    I recently started baking from scratch and would love to read this book. The cover photo is awesome!

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    Naomi — March 20, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I hope I win!!

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    JenZ — March 21, 2014 at 12:00 am

    These recipes look fantastic! Hope I will be able to try them out!

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