What's better than making a birthday cake for the most excellent eleven year old girl? Helping that eleven year old make her OWN birthday cake! Seriously, I never had this much fun when I make a cake all by myself in the kitchen.
The top of this cake is the tie dye cake that was featured on yesterday's blog post. The bottom of the cake is a surprise cake with hidden tie dye stars in the center.
This was my first attempt at trying to bake a shape inside of another cake so I wasn't quite sure how it would turn out but fortunately for me (and the birthday girl) it was a huge success.
I placed my stars on a cooling rack and put them into the freezer for an hour.
And the best part about cutting cake shapes - are the SCRAPS. Yum!
Once the stars were firm, we arranged them into a ring inside a 10 inch round cake pan.
Then I made more cake batter (the same recipe that I used for the tie dye cake) and poured it around, inside and behind the star ring. It was a bit messy - but it turns out - it didn't even matter.
My 10 inch cake baked for 45 minutes! That seemed like a REALLY long time to bake a cake but it just wasn't getting done in the center.
Cool 10 minutes in the pan and then invert onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
You've got to admit - that's a pretty cool slice of cake. (Sorry about the blurry photo.)