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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 August 12, 2019

                          12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                          12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                          Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                          But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                          I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                          Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                          1. Nuts

                          The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                          Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                          Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                          Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                          2. Blueberries

                          Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                          When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                          3. Tomatoes

                          Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                          4. Broccoli

                          While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                          Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                          Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                          5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                          Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                          The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                          Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                          6. Soy

                          Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                          Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                          Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                          7. Dark Chocolate

                          When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                          Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                          8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                          Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                          B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                          Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                          Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                          To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                          9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                          Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                          Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                          Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                          10. Gingko Biloba

                          This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                          It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                          However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                          11. Green and Black Tea

                          Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                          Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                          Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                          12. Sage and Rosemary

                          Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                          Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                          When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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