Patterns inside a cake

I have seen other tutorials on this “Patterns inside a cake” technique but I didn’t know the importance of making the inside image tight if you want each piece to reflect a perfect image. My husband thought up this idea and it works great!

I baked a pink cake and cut a small wedge to cut my piece out of.

This is all the pieces.. see how they are wedge shaped? This allows for a tight image.

Now place the hearts upside down in a small pool of cake mix. I used a nail in the center to get the center to cook while the edges cooked.

Now cover the hearts with batter and bake. This was an 8″×3″ pan and I think it took about an hour at 350 degrees….but keep checking.


This was the finished baby reveal cake… it was a girl!

Karen

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Kazza ...

Excellent! Thanks for sharing x

Ahimsa ...

Cool effect. What kind of nail and how did you retrieve it (after cooking/before?) Is that foodsafe? ~ Thank you

Pamela ...

When you place them together, do you put a skinny side of the wedge to a fat side or are all the fat sides together and the skinny sides together? Thanks for the info. Lovely cake!

Karen Seeley ...

Thanks ladies!

Ahimsa – I used a flower nail (from Wilton) made out of the same material as the pans (flat on top) and when the cake comes out of the pan, it is at the top of my cake. You can easily remove it.

PamsTiersofJoy – Yes, all the fat sides go together on the outside, this makes them turn in the circle you desire. Otherwise you would have gaps and when you cut the cake open, you would not see a perfect heart. I did one before this and did not get them very tight because I had tried it with a flat cake, not the wedge pieces and I had a lot of blobby looking pink spots, not pretty hearts. Hope that makes sense.

Ciccio ...

Thanks for sharing this is awesome :-)

Laurie ...

Thank you sooo much for posting this. Some people sell this information.

Karen Seeley ...

Thanks FlattCatt…. I have looked at a few tutorials on this but no one ever really said how they cut the pieces and when I tried it flat it just didn’t work. This is just a twist. Also I am a hobby cake maker… not a business so I wouldn’t sell it. My info is all free.. haha

Pamela ...

Thank you for your reply. :)

Raewyn Read - Cakes by Raewyn ...

Hey Karen!!! This is fabulous! Well done and thanks SO much for sharing it with us :) xx

Laurie ...

So very cool of you Karen. By the way. Have you every seen the colorful balls inside of a cake? Do you suppose it’s done the same way? somehow?

Karen Seeley ...

Yes FlattCatt, same technique with the balls except those are not so tightly packed in. There is a great picture tutorial out by the person that maybe even invented this process… the balls are spaced out a bit but that is such a cool effect. That is what got me interested in doing this!! Love this effect! Same person does butterflies inside. The person is “Once Upon a Pedestal” where I got the original information from. She is a great website!!

Karen de Perez ...

Thank you so much Karen!! I want to find this tutorial!!
Thank you again :)

Laurie ...

Thanks Karen!

Radhika ...

Thank you so much for sharing this! Its so beautiful! Lots of work though… Why do you put a flower nail in though? Didn’t understand that bit.

Karen Seeley ...

Hi Raika,

I use the flower nail because the outside edges cook a lot faster than the center “blog” of mix. This way the center can cook faster making the outside edges less dry. I did it both ways, but you have to cook longer to get the center done without the nail.