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Surprise Cakes App

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Surprise Cakes App

Bringing your cakes to life.

Step 1: Purchase the app

or google-play-badge

Step 2: Print out your markers and cut out

click to download markers

Surprise Cakes App Markers (click to open pdf)

Step 3: Open the app and press the button for the animation you want, line up the square directly above the appropriate marker until it locks on.  Once it is locked on you can move it around as long as the marker stays on screen.

howtocookthat app

Watch the videos below to see the surprise cakes app in action:

Get the How To Cook That Surprise Cakes App


or google-play-badge


With thanks to Brendan Votano who came on board to program the app.

by Ann Reardon How To Cook That

226 Comments View Comments

  1. Do you know where the photos save to? My child and all his friends loved the cake and the dragon but can’t seem to find the photos, any tips most welcomed.

    • Ann

      the photos should save to your phone’s photostream 🙂

  2. Hi – the markers link does not work. It says its downloaded 222KB/00.00KB! Please help.

  3. Hi pleas make spider glazz cake with recipe😁😊
    thank you

  4. ,Hi Ann,
    I would request you to kindly SERIOUSLY consider making a Christmas theme for the Surprise Cakes App. Just cannot wait to get one.
    Thank You in advance

  5. Hi Ann, wanted to see if you could make a template for this cake? I want to do it for my sons birthday.

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Susana, Ann is unable to make templates to order. This cake is cute though!

  6. Hi Ann. I would like to request for a Rich Christmas Fruit Cake. Hoping to use your recipe for my Christmas cake this year, 2017.
    Thinking of it, am hearing the Christmas bells…Thanking you in advance.

  7. I am really interested in seeing a Super Girls theme birthday cake. My daughter really wants this for her birthday theme in a couple of months. Would this be possible/

  8. Hi,can you make a Snapchat cake please

  9. Hi Ann,
    Amazing idea! Looking forward to making the dragon cake next month.
    Question about the marker, is it possible to colour it in? I saw on the princess flag you said it can be coloured, but not too dark. Is this the same with the dragon marker? Are there any colours that the app struggles with?
    Thank you!

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Trish, The dark outlines of the marker need to be very clearly distinguishable, so it really doesn’t matter what colour you use as long as it is clearly paler than the outlines.

  10. I had purchased this awesome app back when it first came out. Will there be any new releases in the near future? 🙂

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Melissa, Ann will let everyone know when there any plans for a new release.

  11. lookin for an almond cake recipe

  12. I purchased the app a few days ago. The unicorn, pirate ship, and fireworks work beautifully. However, I am having problems with the dragon marker. It seems not to load properly. Do you have any suggestions or helpful hints to fix the issue?

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Johanna, Thanks for touching base. I have forwarded your comment to our tech department to see if they can assist.

  13. I once saw a vedio of you making a “Black Forest Cake” December or so of last year. I would very much like to have the recipie. All I can remember is it had 12 eggs in it!! Very magnificent looking!!

  14. Got it! Thanks a lot again for helpnig me out!

  15. Hi! I absolutely love the app, but I need to please get some help with it. It worked right away and is a lot of fun, but after trying them, all of a sudden it stopped working, now all I see is a black screen with the dotted white lined box in the middle… I’m planning to use this as an awesome addition to a pirate party I’m having, so any help will be really appreciated. Thank you so much, it is absolutely a genius idea!

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