Surprise! 11 Peekaboo Cakes for Every Occasion
Plain ol’ cake is SO yesterday. When you have beautiful decoration options like DIY watercolor cakes and rustic naked cakes, there are more reasons than ever to eat more cake and make it interesting. The newest trend in the cake world is baking images into the inside of your cakes, resulting in a peekaboo surprise when you slice your dessert. You can make them for all occasions, from Easter and engagement parties to Christmas and Halloween. We discovered 11 of these creative confections that will be the talk of every get-together all year long. Keep reading to get the lowdown on all the peekaboo cakes you need for *every* occasion.
1. Carrot Patch Cake: A little bit of planning and boxed cake mix can go a long way. Finish this carrot-themed treat off with cookie crumble dirt and fondant carrot leaves for a dessert the Easter bunny would be proud of. (via The Partiologist)
2. Cherry Cake: Any outdoor spring party is a perfect opportunity to make this fun cherry cake. Guests will initially be impressed by the outside detail, but they’ll be floored once they cut themselves a slice. (via Country Living)
3. Fourth of July Cake: Break out that box of food coloring you’ve had for ages and get ready to bake. This flag design is astonishingly easy and can be used for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July or really any other day you’re feeling patriotic. (via Glorious Treats)
4. Halloween Cake: Abstract swirls are the easiest kind of peekaboo effect to create. This color scheme is geared toward Halloween, but you could easily alter the colors for any holiday. (via Created by Diane)
5. Heart Cake: Valentine’s Day is a time for showing your significant other how much you care. What better way to do that than with a homemade white cake with a giant red heart inside? (via I Am Baker)
6. Hidden Heart Loaf Cake: Alternatively, random acts of appreciation are almost more meaningful than showing your love on Valentine’s Day. Serve this seemingly average cake on a date night and watch the flood of admiration wash over bae when they discover the tiny heart inside. (via My Diverse Kitchen)
7. Name Cake: Birthday cakes can be tricky to personalize for that special someone. This name cake is a great way to do that without having to shakily pipe a message on the top. If the name is too long, you could make a cake with their age in the middle. (via A Moment With Madam Meko)
9. Surprise-Inside Ring Cake: So your bestie just got engaged, and you couldn’t be happier. Throw her an epic engagement party with this stunning gray cake with a solitaire diamond engagement ring in the middle. Best. Friend. Ever. (via The Cake Blog)
10. Santa’s Belt Surprise-Inside Cake: From the outside, this cake looks like your average festive dessert. But once the hungry crowd starts to dig in, they’ll find an uncanny resemblance to Santa’s belly, complete with his signature black belt. (via I Am Baker)
11. Berry Star Surprise-Inside Cake: Stars have a place in baking decor all year long. If your occasion doesn’t call for a specific theme, this star presentation is a great way to have fun with your cake and eat it too. (via A Beautiful Mess)
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)