Surprise-Inside Cakes! Cookbook Review & Giveaway

by Marla on March 15, 2014 · 128 comments

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Are you familiar with the amazing blog i am baker? If not you should be. If you are, then you know how super duper talented bloggess Amanda Rettke is with cakes.

She is always known for her her stunning sugary creations, but most well know for her Surprise-Inside Cakes.

This cookbook is wonderful for special occasion cakes, sure to wow your family & friends. Amanda shares clear directions for each recipe in her cookbook. These surprise inside cakes are de-mystified for beginner to advanced bakers. She teaches the basics of cake making and a great collection of frosting recipes as well.

What makes a Surprise-Inside Cake? Well it’s a thing of awe & beauty. Amanda designs cakes that have special themes on the outside & inside. When you cut into them ~ all kinds of beauty is unveiled.

Some of my favorite cakes include:

  • Bee Cake (with a cute little honey bee inside)
  • Cherry Cake (so cute for summer holiday parties)
  • Maypole Cake (delicately colored to add splash to Spring celebrations or little girls birthday parities)
  • New Year’s Eve Cake (a stunning chocolate layer cake great for any time!)
  • The Candle Rose Cake (romantic for Valentine’s Day or weddings)
  • Vampire Cupcakes (adorable for Halloween with little fangs inside)

Above are some beautiful photos from the book, taken by Amanda. Purchase your book now & enter my giveaway! Congrats Amanda on your wonderful talents & to be able to share them with the world!

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{ 127 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amber March 15, 2014 at 8:42 am

Chocolate

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2 LauriM March 15, 2014 at 9:24 am

That would be like picking a favorite child. Love chocolate anything though!

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3 Jessica W March 15, 2014 at 9:50 am

black forest cake

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4 Heather March 15, 2014 at 9:55 am

I like chocolate cake with mocha icing.

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5 Jeffrey March 15, 2014 at 9:55 am

My favorite is chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream but I make it a rule to never turn down any variety!

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6 Natalie March 15, 2014 at 10:03 am

I like vanilla cake

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7 suzanne March 15, 2014 at 10:04 am

My favorite cake is strawberry, or coconut.

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8 Sheila M. March 15, 2014 at 10:35 am

I love multi-layer cakes that mix flavors.

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9 Jenny March 15, 2014 at 10:37 am

I love a good dark chocolate fudge cake to satisfy my chocolate cravings, but I am also a big fan of carrot cake, and cakes that have an unique flavor twist in either the cake or icing and the filling.

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10 Leslie Kiley March 15, 2014 at 10:48 am

My favorite cake is a chocolate sour cream cake my daughter makes! So Delish!

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11 Vickie March 15, 2014 at 10:50 am

I love cake over any other type of dessert…it is really a challenge to pick one fave..but, I seem to make southern buttermilk chocolate chocolate sour cream the most as it is most requested .. this wasn’t easy to pic from so many faves..thanks.

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12 Maureen March 15, 2014 at 11:15 am

I really enjoy a vanilla cake with milk chocolate frosting.
I also like a banana cake with cream cheese frosting.

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13 Gali M. March 15, 2014 at 11:17 am

Tiramisu :)

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14 Marci March 15, 2014 at 11:19 am

I love yellow cake with chocolate frosting!

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15 Donna March 15, 2014 at 11:30 am

My favorite cake is chocolate with ganache frosting!

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16 libby March 15, 2014 at 11:38 am

My favorite cake is Strawberry Shortcake

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17 Meghan VanCleave March 15, 2014 at 11:43 am

I love lemon cake with whipped lemon buttercream frosting and a few strawberries.

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18 Elisabeth S March 15, 2014 at 11:44 am

Angel food cake!!

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19 theresa krier March 15, 2014 at 11:51 am

i love a super yummy moist white cake, hungry just thinking about it. thanks for the chance to win

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20 Jacqui March 15, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Red velvet!

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21 Kathleen March 15, 2014 at 12:18 pm

I love Amanda’s cakes! Always something special to look forward to. Would love to own the cookbook!

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22 Samantha Meraz March 15, 2014 at 12:18 pm

My favorite cake is maple cake with maple buttercream.

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23 Kathleen March 15, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Obviously I don’t follow directions well. Being from the South my favorite cake is yellow with a cooked caramel icing. Many layers!

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24 Luanna R March 15, 2014 at 12:23 pm

My daughter and I love to bake! This would be such a fun book!!! Thanks for the chance

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25 Luanna R March 15, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Oops! German Chocolate Cake is my favorite :)

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26 Tia H March 15, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Would love to try these cakes

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27 Monica Tan March 15, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Chocolate or anything citrus-y! :D

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28 Amanda P March 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Love me some spice cake!

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29 Cameron March 15, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Chocolate

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30 Gianna March 15, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Vanilla cake.

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31 Susana I. March 15, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Carrot cake, tres leches cake, a really moist kind of cake.

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32 Marilyn M. March 15, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Vanilla cake with strawberries and coconut!

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33 Cindy Leonard March 15, 2014 at 1:56 pm

I recently made a white chocolate lemony cheesecake that was yummy and I love chocolate mousse cake too!

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34 Kim Henrichs March 15, 2014 at 2:12 pm

White cake with buttercream frosting. Basically a quality wedding cake!!

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35 CindyZS March 15, 2014 at 2:15 pm

black cherry forest and carrot cake with cream cheese!

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36 Ilene March 15, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Carrot cake!

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37 Tammy Vazquez March 15, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Hummingbird cake!

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38 Denise L. March 15, 2014 at 3:10 pm

I love angel food cake with homemade whipped cream!

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39 Stephanie Galbraith March 15, 2014 at 3:12 pm

I had this amazing champagne cake flavor recently when trying wedding cakes.

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40 Artavie March 15, 2014 at 3:14 pm

I can’t wait to try the spotty cake.

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41 Judith M. March 15, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Cold oven recipe for vanilla pound cake.

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42 Pam Beers March 15, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Black Forrest has to be my favorite and I would love to win!

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43 Cheryl Moulthrop March 15, 2014 at 3:17 pm

My favorite is German Chocolate!

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44 Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine March 15, 2014 at 3:18 pm

German Chocolate!!

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45 Christy March 15, 2014 at 3:21 pm

I’m pretty simple… yellow cake with chocolate frosting.

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46 Sarah C March 15, 2014 at 3:22 pm

My favorite flavor of cake is lemon cake.

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47 anne March 15, 2014 at 3:24 pm

I love marble cake with chocolate icing.

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48 Gregory Anderson March 15, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Death by Chocolate cake

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49 ROSALIND March 15, 2014 at 4:40 pm

My Grandma was from Denmark. She made the best recipes. She made the best strawberry cake. I always requested this for my birthday when I was growing up! When I moved to America I learned that my cousins favorite cake was also Grandma’s strawberry cake! I was talking to my sister on the phone the other day and she said for her son’s birthday she was making Grandma’s strawberry cake!

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50 Gretchen Dalrymple March 15, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Not sure I can pick a favorite! Right now I will go with chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, but that could change at any moment.

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51 Brandi Bryant March 15, 2014 at 4:54 pm

My favorite cake is caramel. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone.

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52 Jori March 15, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Cheesecake and Angel food cake!

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53 Karen March 15, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Carrot cake with walnuts, pineapple, and coconut with cream cheese frosting!

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54 Stephanie March 15, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Chocolate

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55 Maria Malaveci March 15, 2014 at 5:38 pm

I really love Carrot Cake! Especially the one I make ♥

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56 Rena March 15, 2014 at 5:40 pm

chocolate!!

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57 Marcia March 15, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Chocolate is my favorite. I am so taken with the surprises in the cake…maybe a star for July Fourth

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58 Sarah March 15, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Any cake with chocolate – yum!

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59 Andrea M March 15, 2014 at 6:13 pm

I like pistachio cake :)

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60 Helen Zhang March 15, 2014 at 6:26 pm

My favorite type of cake is chocolate buttercream cake made at my local bakery! Its not too sweet and it practically melts in your mouth :)

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61 Faith B March 15, 2014 at 6:29 pm

chocolate

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62 sarah C March 15, 2014 at 7:19 pm

I love Lemon Cakes.

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63 Heather B March 15, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Banana Cream Poke Cake is my fave!

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64 Londa March 15, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Vanilla!

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65 Sandra March 15, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Dark chocolate fudge cake, warm from the oven .. OR … cooled and filled with peanut butter cup filling! Mmmmmm!

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66 Lyn March 15, 2014 at 8:23 pm

I love carrot cake

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67 Tracy March 15, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Lemon!

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68 Melody James March 15, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Triple Salted Caramel Cake

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69 Amy W March 15, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Key Lime Coconut Cake!!

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70 Kelster March 15, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Chocolate

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71 Linda March 15, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Love Amanda’s work. She is such an inspiration.

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72 Amy S March 15, 2014 at 10:54 pm

I love chocolate cake!

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73 Mel March 15, 2014 at 11:39 pm

Red velvet

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74 Fern March 16, 2014 at 12:24 am

My favorite cake is tiramisu!

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75 Pip March 16, 2014 at 12:34 am

Carrot cake with sour cream frosting!

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76 Carol March 16, 2014 at 4:13 am

Gooey ooooie German Chocolate…..yum
Thanks for the chance to win.

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77 Lindsay Lee March 16, 2014 at 5:11 am

Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Frosting! YUM!!!

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78 rebekah March 16, 2014 at 6:07 am

chocolate with PB icing!

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79 Gammy March 16, 2014 at 7:53 am

White cake with vanilla almond buttercream frosting!

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80 Gina Guthrie March 16, 2014 at 8:13 am

vanilla with strawberry buttercream.

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81 Carol Page March 16, 2014 at 8:34 am

I love a yellow cake with chocolate frosting

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82 Karo March 16, 2014 at 9:40 am

CHOCOLATE!

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83 Alice F March 16, 2014 at 12:08 pm

I love all cakes….they are all delicious! If I had to pick one type, it would be German Chocolate Cake.

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84 Jessica Z March 16, 2014 at 1:16 pm

I love casatta cake!

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85 Shane R. March 16, 2014 at 1:29 pm

I love chocolate cake the most.

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86 Lynda M. March 16, 2014 at 6:18 pm

What a beautiful book! Yellow cake with chocolate frosting is my favorite.

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87 Julianne March 16, 2014 at 6:55 pm

My mother-in-law’s Cold Coffee Cake!!

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88 Heather March 16, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Yellow cake with thick fudgy chocolate frosting! Yummmm, really want some now!

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89 MaryBeth March 16, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Burnt almond torte!!

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90 Courtney Brock March 16, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Yellow cake with chocolate icing!

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91 Diana March 16, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Chocolate, with cream cheese buttercream frosting!

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92 Sandra Siow March 16, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Cheese cake

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93 Georgi March 16, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Chocolate!

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94 Jeanie March 16, 2014 at 11:36 pm

Yellow. Thanks.

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95 Jill Hartley March 17, 2014 at 6:15 am

I love banana cake with cream cheese frosting.

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96 Wendy March 17, 2014 at 7:42 am

Carrot Cake is my favorite

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97 Sharon Langenburg March 17, 2014 at 8:03 am

I love banana cake with peanut butter frosting.

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98 Lori Haase March 17, 2014 at 8:05 am

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!!

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99 Amy Holland March 17, 2014 at 9:36 am

Favorite cake is a classic white cake with lemon curd filling, and swiss meringue buttercream.

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100 mona March 17, 2014 at 9:50 am

coconut cake

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101 Sarah @ Sarah Cooks the Books March 17, 2014 at 10:44 am

Funfetti cake will always be my favorite!

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102 Dee Parker March 17, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Chocolate cake, please.

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103 Jason March 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Banana Cream cake is by far my favorite!

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104 Saniel March 17, 2014 at 8:52 pm

My favorite all time cake is vegan lemon cake made with fresh lemons. Thanks

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105 Gloria R, March 17, 2014 at 10:56 pm

If I have to pick a favorite cake it would be German chocolate loaded with coconut pecan frosting. YUM! :)

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106 Renuka Lallbahadur March 17, 2014 at 11:47 pm

Moist chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.

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107 Emily March 18, 2014 at 4:41 am

I love a simple vanilla cake with vanilla frosting!

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108 Tricia March 18, 2014 at 5:52 am

My favorite cake is probably lemon. There is something so fresh and light about it and so delicious!!!

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109 Tina March 18, 2014 at 5:55 am

I’m a plain kind of person vanilla. Or cheesecake. ^.^

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110 Fang March 18, 2014 at 6:29 am

A dense, moist chocolate cake with frosting!

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111 Kari M March 18, 2014 at 1:06 pm

We always do banana cake with whipped cream frosting for family birthdays.

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112 Heather March 19, 2014 at 8:36 am

red velvet!

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113 Lauren March 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

Angel food cake is my absolute favorite!

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114 Jisun Chun March 19, 2014 at 12:13 pm

I love vanilla cake with whipped cream fristing and filled with custard.
Im a pretty simple kind of girl with the cakes I like

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115 Nikki March 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm

vanilla with vanilla icing

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116 cori March 20, 2014 at 8:53 am

hummingbird!

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117 Naomi March 20, 2014 at 10:23 am

chocolate pumpkin marble cake with brown sugar glaze (for now…. )

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118 Kath U March 20, 2014 at 7:26 pm

I love Coffee Crunch Cake with crushed coffee-flavored honeycomb candy pressed into the whipped cream frosting….YUM!!

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119 Sandy j March 21, 2014 at 7:52 am

Old fashioned vanilla birthday cake with lemon or strawberry filling topped with buttercream icing of course!

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120 Marty Musser March 21, 2014 at 10:35 am

Cheesecake! or Ice Cream Cake! Or anything with chocolate, really… agh, who am I trying to kid, I love them ALL!

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121 Debbie March 22, 2014 at 7:53 am

I like chocolate cake with butter cream frosting.

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122 Annette March 22, 2014 at 10:48 am

Red Velvet is my favorite kind of cake, but I like the old fashion kind that doesn’t call for cocoa – it’s more like a spice cake.

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123 Carmen March 22, 2014 at 11:37 am

vanilla cake with vanilla frosting

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124 Lisa M March 22, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Chocolate with vanilla frosting.

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125 Leah March 22, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Carrot

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126 Heather Bonniville March 22, 2014 at 10:49 pm

Red velvet cake
:)

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127 Steph March 25, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Vanilla

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