Ann Reardon

Surprise Inside Money Cake


To make this surprise inside money cake you will need:

150g (5.29 ounces) white fondant
32 x 45g (1.59 ounces) kitkats
3 x my rich chocolate cake recipe baked in four tins, my trays are 15″ x 10″
Triple quantity of chocolate buttercream
Simple syrup (make using 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water heated in the microwave until the sugar is dissolved)
Milk chocolate ganache (made using 800g (28.22 ounces) milk chocolate heated with 270mL (9.13 fluid ounces) of cream, stir until smooth and leave at room temp overnight to firm up)

Non-food items:
Plastic self sealing bags (mine were 8.5cm (3.35 inches) x 16cm (6.3 inches), buy a size that fits the notes in your country)
8″ square cake board
7″ square cake board
5 cake support sticks
4 cake pop sticks
edible black marker
A box small enough to go inside the cake
cake box if you’re travelling with the cake

Money Cake Directions

Make ahead:
Put the money, tickets and whatever else you want inside the cake into the plastic bags. Make your box and assemble.

harry styles cake tutorial
Make your fondant decoration for on top of the cake and add two cake pop sticks with a cross bar. Leave to dry out. This can be stored in an airtight container once dry.

The day before assembly
Make your ganache and leave at room temperature overnight to firm up.

Bake the chocolate cake and leave to cool completely (once cooled you can wrap in plastic wrap and leave at room temperature).
Cut the kitkats to size, keep in mind that two sides need to be wider 8″ and two narrower 7″ to allow for the corners.

kitkat cake ann reardon

Assembly day:
Make your buttercream.
Cut 7″ squares of cake and assemble as shown in the video with ganache between the layers and buttercream around the outside.
Cut a hole and add the box.
Cover the cake in buttercream
Add the kitkats into place
Add the fondant decoration, attach the bag and push down.

hidden surprise inside cake

Cover with a little more buttercream to hide.

Then get your video camera ready and have fun surprising someone special with this awesome cake.

how to make a money cake ann reardon

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18 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 5

    this is so good(and yummy)
    im 13 and i love you videos

  2. Rating: 5

    This is an amazing dessert! Can we also put something else apart from money in it like a watch? I want to know so I can make one for my dad!
    From Xion Borhai
    12 Years old.

  3. Rating: 4.5

    Hi where can I buy those bags in Australia

  4. Rating: 5

    Could you please make a ocean cake ?
    Thank you

  5. Rating: 5

    I really like this ! How special

    • It was a great day. ?

  6. Rating: 5

    You’re amazing. What a fabulous gift of cake and a true act of kindness. ?

    • ??

  7. Rating: 5

    That was amazing! Thank you for sharing the surprise. That made it so very special. I also liked the surprise that was hidden in the cake. I will be using that idea! I work with children, and it would be great for a special event with them.

    • Thanks Daleana, I’m glad you liked it ?

  8. Rating: 5

    Hello – I recently traveled with cake components for my mom’s B-day. I actually baked the cake and crumb coated each of the three layers. I wrapped them in foil, bubble wrap and a plastic container (guard against crushing) for each. I took along the carmel and italian buttercream in containers. I checked my luggage. I assembled the cake when I arrived at my location. TSA did inspect my bag but didn’t take away any of the items.

    • That’s brave putting it in the checked luggage. Looks great by the way.?

  9. Rating: 5

    Wow wow wow!!! Just amazing to make someone day

    • ? thanks Jade

  10. Rating: 5

    That was outstanding,amazing .I love baking and making all sorts of wonderful creations

    • Thanks Amanda ?

  11. Rating: 5

    Ohmygosh! That made me cry! How thoughtful you are! Well done! Keep baking, never stop !

    • ? I’m glad you liked it Carole

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