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10 Blow Your Mind Surprises You Can Hide In A Cake!

10 Blow Your Mind Surprises You Can Hide In A Cake!

Cakes are a staple at most celebrations: birthday parties, weddings, special occasions. You’ve probably received and made many cakes that were very similar, with a couple layers of cake covered in frosting. These are great, but they can become boring pretty quickly. To up your cake game with very little extra effort, consider making any one of these 10 cakes with surprises hidden inside! Patterns, candy, even toys can spice up any plain cake in just a few additional easy steps.

1. Zebra striped cake

This cake may look like a regular cake at first glance, but once you cut into it, you’ll see fun black and white alternating zebra stripes! To make this cake, simply make both chocolate and vanilla cake batter, and scoop small dollops of each on top of each other to fill the pan.

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      Then, bake as normal and voila! An easy and impressive zebra cake. More detailed instructions here.

      2. Polka dot cake

      Cut into this cake to reveal multi-colored polka dots studding the inside!

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      Hidden Polka Dot Collage

        To make this cake, color white cake batter with several colors using food coloring, bake them in a cake ball mold, and bake them right into your cake! This twice baked cake may take a little extra time to finish, but with no extra effort on your part. Dye the polka dots all one color for themed parties or baby showers! Full instructions here.

        3. Valentine’s Day heart cake

        Surprise your sweetheart with a cake with hearts baked right into the center!

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          This cake also requires double baking, but the end result is an impossibly cute cake that says “I love you” to its recipient. Cut out heart shapes from pink cake and bake in a white cake, making sure the hearts all line up in the pan prior to baking. Instructions here.

          4. Candy filled cake

          This cake spills forth an avalanche of m&ms, or other chocolate candies of your choice, when you cut into it. Although described as a gender reveal cake for baby showers on the website, this cake can be made for any occasion and with any colors of candy you choose!

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            To make this cake, bake four layers of cake as instructed. Then cut small rounds out of two layers. Put one whole layer on the bottom, followed by one rounded out layer. Fill the rounded out portion with candies, and place the other rounded out layer on top of it. Place the remaining whole layer on top. Detailed instructions can be found here.

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            5. Piñata cake

            This cake takes candy-stuffed confections to the next level. Baking the cakes in oven-safe bowls, rather than traditional cake pans, gives them the perfect round shape for the piñata.

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              Once the cakes are done baking, hollow them out, fill one half with candy, and place the other half on top, securing the seam with frosting. Then all that’s left is to dig in and enjoy! Detailed instructions here.

              6. Rainbow cake

              This cake may take a little extra time, but the end result is worth the wait!

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                To create this stunning cake, divide white cake batter into six bowls. Add food coloring to each to create the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. Bake each layer separately and layer in reverse rainbow order once baked and cooled, then just frost and serve! Full instructions here.

                7. Fourth of July flag cake

                Celebrate Independence Day with this American flag cake.

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                  To make, bake four pans of white cake batter: one white, one dyed blue, and two dyed red. Once baked, slice two of the red layers in half, creating four red layers. Cut a four inch circle out of one of these halved layers. Cut the white cake in half and cut a four inch circle out of it, as well. Finally, cut a four inch circle out of the center of the blue cake. To assemble, place the red layer without the circle at the bottom, followed by the same white layer. Then another whole red layer, the blue layer, and the two four inch white and red layers. Ice in between layers and all around to finish! Detailed instructions here.

                  8. Candy corn cupcakes

                  Celebrate halloween with a treat inside a treat! Candy corn is a staple of fall, but candy corn inside cupcakes is an extra dose of fun.

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                    To make these cupcakes, bake your favorite cupcake recipe as normal. Once cooled, gently slice the tops off of your cupcakes and set them to the side. Using a knife, make a hollow in the cupcake, discarding the extra cake. Then place small dollops of white, orange, and yellow colored frosting inside the hollow. Replace the tops and frost as normal. Once you cut them open, you’ll be able to see the fun design! Instructions can be found here.

                    9. Rainy day cupcakes

                    These sweet cupcakes have a rainy day baked right in (and are the perfect rainy day activity)!

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                      To make these, dye a small portion of white cake batter blue. Mix small blue sprinkles into the remaining white batter for the rain drops. Pour a small amount of the blue batter into the cupcake liner and top with white cake batter. Once they’re done, frost with a fluffy white cloud and voila! Full instructions here.

                      10. Checkerboard cake

                      This cake lets you make a cool checkerboard pattern using any two colors you like, including good old chocolate and vanilla!

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                          To make this cake, bake four layers of any two colors of cake you’d like. Once cooled, cut a four inch circle out of each cake. Cut two inch circles out of each of the four-inch circles. Place the rings of cake back inside one another, but alternating colors. Then layer, alternating the outside ring color until stacked completely, icing between layers. Ice all the way around and serve! Detailed instructions here.

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                          Last Updated on May 28, 2020

                          How to Overcome Boredom

                          How to Overcome Boredom

                          Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

                          I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

                          If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

                          What is Boredom?

                          We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

                          You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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                          It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

                          If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

                          When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

                          Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

                          If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

                          Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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                          Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

                          In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

                          It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

                          Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

                          Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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                          In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

                          3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

                          1. Get Focused

                          Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

                          You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

                          Here are a few ideas:

                          • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
                          • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
                          • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

                          2. Kill Procrastination

                          Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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                          So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

                          Here are some ideas:

                          • Do some exercise.
                          • Read a book.
                          • Learn something new.
                          • Call a friend.
                          • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
                          • Do a spring cleaning.
                          • Wash the car.
                          • Renovate the house.
                          • Re-arrange the furniture.
                          • Write your shopping list.
                          • Water the plants.
                          • Walk the dog.
                          • Sort out your mail & email.
                          • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

                          3. Enjoy Boredom

                          If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

                          Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

                          So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

                          Final Thoughts

                          Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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