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Strawberry Surprise Cake

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Strawberry Surprise Cake
  • Prep Time 2 hr 0 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 30 min
  • Servings 12
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Strawberry Surprise Cake

Cut into this strawberry-shaped cake to find fresh strawberries hiding inside.


Betty Crocker™ pound cake mixes
Butter, eggs, and water (or milk) needed for cake mix
tubs Betty Crocker™ Whipped white frosting
(8 ounce) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 1/2
pounds strawberries, wiped clean with a damp paper towel
ounces red fondant
ounces green fondant
Black food coloring marker


  • 1 Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • 2 Spray four heart-shaped pans with non-stick cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
  • 3 Make cake mixes according to package instructions. Divide batter equally among four heart shaped pans (each cake mix will make two layers of the cake for a total of four layers.)
  • 4 Bake cakes for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • 5 Allow cakes to cool completely, then remove from pan and level them by cutting off any parts that puffed up past the edges.
  • 6 Set one cake on a heart-shaped piece of cardboard. Cut 6-inch hearts out of two of the other cake layers.
  • 7 Whisk frosting and whipped topping together.
  • 8 Spread or pipe frosting around the edge of the bottom layer.
  • 9 Stack the one cut out layer on top, then pipe on more frosting and add the second cut out cake layer.
  • 10 Fill the heart-shaped hole with strawberries.
  • 11 Spread frosting around the top edge of the cake, then place the final cake layer on top.
  • 12 Carve cake into a more rounded-looking strawberry shape, if desired.
  • 13 Frost cake.
  • 14 Cover with red fondant.
  • 15 Cut leaves out of green fondant and attach to the fondant covered cake using a very small amount of water.
  • 16 Draw on seeds using a black food coloring marker.
  • 17 Serve cake the day it is made.
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This cute strawberry-shaped cake holds a special surprise inside – even more strawberries!

As prepared by Hungry Happenings,

Celebrate summer with this impressive piñata style strawberry cake at your next party or backyard barbecue. 

In the spring and summer months my go-to dessert is strawberry shortcake. I love the combination of cake with whipped cream and fresh berries! So, I thought it would be fun to create a strawberry-shaped piñata-style version with fresh strawberries hiding inside. 

The easiest way to create a strawberry-shaped cake is to bake your cakes in heart shaped pans. I covered my cake in fondant, but if you prefer, you could color frosting red and spread it over the cake. For a really smooth and shiny look, heat the frosting until it's thin enough to pour over the cake. Mini chocolate chips can be used as seeds.

Fresh strawberries hidden inside a cake won't stay fresh for too long, so be sure to add them and decorate the cake the day you plan to serve it. Instead of washing the strawberries under running water, wet a paper towel and brush the dirt off the strawberries. This will help keep the berries fresh. 

Strawberry Surprise Cake

Spray the inside your heart-shaped pans with non-stick spray. To make sure my cakes came out cleanly, I also lined my pans with parchment paper. 

Strawberry Surprise Cake

Mix up a pound cake and divide the batter into two pans. 

Strawberry Surprise Cake

Bake the cakes, then clean the pan and do the same thing again. You need four cake layers. Once the cakes are cooled cut them into even layers, removing any part of the cake that has puffed up in the middle. Don't you just love when there are scraps of cake to snack on? 

Now you need to create a well to hold the strawberries. I chose to use a 6-inch heart cutter, but a knife would work just fine.

Strawberry Surprise Cake

Set one cake on a piece of cardboard that has been cut into a heart-shape and is 1/4-inch larger than the baked cakes. 

To make my cakes have that strawberry shortcake flavor, I whipped two tubs of Betty Crocker Whipped White Frosting with an 8-ounce tub of whipped topping. That made for a nice light frosting that was still sturdy enough to frost the entire cake. I put some of my frosting into a large zip top bag and used that to pipe it around the edges of my cake layers.

Strawberry Surprise Cake

Stack the two cutout cakes on top of the bottom layer with frosting in between each. 

Strawberry Surprise Cake

Pile strawberries into the heart-shaped well. Make sure none are sticking up above the top edge of the cake. Attach the final layer with some frosting. 

Strawberry Surprise Cake

Carve the cake. This step is optional, but it really gives the cake a natural strawberry shape. It's pretty easy to do. Just carve the top edge curving downward and the bottom edge curving upward.

Strawberry Surprise Cake

Cover the cake with the remaining frosting, smoothing it out well. If you aren't using fondant, be sure to tint the frosting red before doing this step. 

Strawberry Surprise Cake

If you are covering your cake in fondant, smooth fondant will look nice, but if you add indentations to it, your strawberry will have a more natural appearance. You can purchase fondant rollers with a dot pattern at craft stores and they are simple to use. Just roll out your fondant and then gently roll the pattern over the fondant. 

Strawberry Surprise Cake

Cover your cake with the red fondant. For detailed instructions on covering a cake in fondant, see the How to Use Fondant tutorial. 

Strawberry Surprise Cake

Now finish off the cake by adding some green fondant leaves. You can attach the fondant leaves to the strawberry with a tiny bit of water. My fondant stuck without using anything. If you want, you can even curl your leaves up a bit to give them a more natural look. 

Strawberry Surprise Cake

Use a black food-coloring marker to draw on seeds. 

Strawberry Surprise Cake

Move cake to a cake stand or serving platter. 

Strawberry Surprise Cake

Serve the cake whole, then slice into it so everyone can see the strawberries hiding inside.

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