Thursday, May 29, 2014

Rainbow Tie-Dye Surprise Cake for Tablespoon.com's 5th Birthday

Rainbow Tie-Dye Surprise Inside Cake | HungryHappenings.com

Tablespoon.com turns five this week and to help them celebrate I baked a Tie-Dye Surprise Cake with brightly colored 5's hiding inside. Tablespoon.com has lots of rainbow colored foods on their website, so this was the perfect cake for their celebration. 

This tie-dye design was inspired by the brilliant Sandra Denneler who made the most amazing Tie-Dye Peace Sign Cake.  I loved how she created a multi colored cake and cut out peace signs then hid them inside her cake. 


To mimic the 5's which I hid inside my cake, I covered the cake with marbleized rainbow colored fondant then added some rainbow candles on top.

You can see the step-by-step tutorial to make my Rainbow Tie-Dye Surprise Cake over at Tablespoon.com

Neon Tie-Dye Pound Cake | HungryHappenings.com

As I was making the surprise cake, I really fell in love with the look of the colorful cake slices, so for our recent game night, I made a lemon pound cake with lemon glaze on top.

I had an extra box of Betty Crocker Pound cake mix which I just doctored up by adding a tablespoon of lemon zest and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. To make it extra lemony I mixed together 3 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 cups powdered sugar then poured it over top of the cake.

The loaf turned out so pretty and was such a nice spring time dessert. To make the surprise inside cake I used a very large 16 inch long loaf pan, but for this cake, I used a normal sized 9 inch long pan.


Making a single pound cake is a nice alternative if you have a small gathering and want a really festive cake. 

Neon Tie-Dye Pound Cake | HungryHappenings.com


Items used to create this cake are available on Amazon.com (commission earned for sales)

52 comments:

  1. What a beautiful cake! I'll have to try that tie-dye pound cake, that is probably the coolest loaf cake I've ever seen. :)

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    1. Thanks, June. I thought the colors in the pound cake were so pretty and everyone who got a slice was intrigued by the method I used to create the colorful effect.

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  2. HOLY COW!!!!!! you are just WAAAAAY too cool for school! :>D

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    1. LOL! I was a total dork in school, so it's nice to know that at my age I'm now cool:)

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  3. Lemon pound cake sounds delicious and to serve a tie dye version would be a surprise to all! I think the 5 year surprise inside cake is one of my favorites of all time!

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    1. I ate way too much of the lemon pound cake. It was such a nice change from cookies and yellow cakes.

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  4. wow, beth. I checked out the post on tablespoon.com. you continue to amaze... this is SO COOL! (I've always been a fan of your surprise cupcakes, but the possibilities for this are endless...) the tie-dye cake alone rocks! so excited. I'm hopeful to hear about the new wilton fondant though - I think fondant is so yuck! I much prefer using your candy clay.... :0) thanks again!!

    jodi from atlanta

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    1. Thanks Jodi. I love how this cake turned out. I too prefer modeling chocolate (candy clay) over fondant, but covering a large cake with modeling chocolate can be challenging. This new fondant is so good that I now am happy to cover a cake in fondant. I'll still use modeling chocolate for lots of projects, but am happy to finally have a fondant I like using.

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  5. Stupendously awesome!! So colorfully cheerful. I know they were thrilled with such a festive 5th birthday cake! :o)

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  6. Loved it!!!

    I'm intrigued by the texture of the 'twice-baked' cake... is it too different from the white pound cake?

    Regards from PerĂº! =)

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    1. Anilu, it is the strangest thing, but even though the 5's are already baked when they go into the pan with the raw cake batter, they don't taste any different than the rest of the cake once it's all baked. I really can't explain the science behind it. I'm just happy it works:)

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    2. It is because the cake mixes you are using are full of chemicals and have an indefinite shelf life.
      All those food dyes are SO harmful for human consumption.

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    3. Party pooper

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  7. This is the coolest most creative "surprise inside" cake I have ever seen, love it Beth!!

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  8. This cake is a eye catcher. I can't imagine more creative surprise :) Well done!
    Domestic cleaning Ashford

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  9. Wow, what an awesome cake. I'm pinning this! :)

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  10. Hi Beth! This cake is amazing! I wanted to let you know that we will definitely be featuring it at Fun Family Crafts, but I had to change the address to direct our readers to where the tutorial actually is at Tablespoon.com. Looking forward to seeing your next creation!

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    1. That is great Cindy. I like to link here so that people can leave comments and engage with me, then they head over to see the tutorial.

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  11. And it works wonderfully!!!... I'll try to make it!, hope it comes out as perfect as yours! =)

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  12. Hey, how did I miss this last week? So awesome! I really love your matching tie-dye fondant and number inside. Great idea. (Thanks for the baker's love too. You're sweet to link to my Peace Cake, Beth.)

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    1. Your peace cake was one of my favorite surprise inside cakes and it was the perfect inspiration for my cake. You are really the most brilliant food designer I know!

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  13. Wow! One of the coolest cakes I have seen! This is awesome, Beth!

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  14. This is just beautiful! Really pretty little cake...pinned. found at cast party wed. Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and for pinning:) I hope you have a great week too.

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  15. WOW ... sooo cool! Love how the tie-dyed number and fondant coordinate! You made tie dye cool again ... just like the 70's!

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    1. Having grown up in the 70's, I was all about tie-dye. We made new shirts every summer.

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  16. I love your recipies! :)

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  17. You are a genius!!! This is SUCH a fun and clever idea!!!!

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  18. You should do a video im more of a visual person.

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  19. You should do a video im more of a visual person that just reading and knowing how to do it! Plz and thank you

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    1. I need to learn how to edit videos before I can start making them, but I do hope to do that sooner than later.

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  20. Wow! thank you so much Beth! I was wondering what I'd do for my kid's birthday. This is perfect!

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  21. Omg! Where can I get directions for putting the number inside? My daughter would live this for her 2nd birthday!

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  22. Omg! Where can I get directions for putting the number inside? My daughter would live this for her 2nd birthday!

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    1. Hi Michelle,

      You can find the directions at Tablespoon.com - http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/rainbow-tie-dye-surprise-cake/15086094-ad54-4d4f-82b3-68bffd7a0c9a/

      Have fun!

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  23. Can you make this with a basic homemade batter? I have two children with dairy and egg allergies so I have my own recipes. I would love to do this for my oldest son's birthday in September.

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    1. Yes you an use any homemade cake you like. I just used a white cake to make a similar cake and it worked great.

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  24. These cakes look amazing. Will be trying them. God has blessed you with a wonderful gift, keep it up.

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  25. Love this idea! Is there a way to pin it?

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    1. If you hover over any image on my page you'll see big "P" pin button. Just click on that and you can add the pin. You can also scroll to the end of the post and use the P button in the row of social media share buttons. It's in between the G+ and the Facebook button. Thanks!

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  26. Very nice looks like ill be trying this out :)

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  27. Very nice looks like ill be trying this out :)

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  28. I love this I'm gonna try it sometime this week ;)

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  29. I was asked to make this for my goddaughter' s son's second birthday!! Trying a dry run this weekend!!!!

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    1. I hope you have fun and that your cake turns out great! Be sure to snap a picture to share with me:)

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  30. I was asked to make this for my goddaughter' s son's second birthday!! Trying a dry run this weekend!!!!

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