Easy Surprise Batman Cake

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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4.7 from 10 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 1 hour

Surprise Batman Cake is perfect for playdates, fun, soft and flavorful, kids and parents will enjoy it equally.

We love making cakes that are moist and tender like our famous Chocolate Banana BreadChocolate Brownie Cake, and Chocolate Coffee Bread.

Surprise Batman Cake

The Surprise Batman Cake was a big hit with kids and adults alike. I made this cake for a playdate, and all the kids were equally impressed when I cut and exposed the batman inside. The cake is guaranteed to make the party booming. With this cake, you can rest assured a playdate or party event will be a success with kids and adults alike.

This is a very easy cake to make and is actually very tender and flavorful. I absolutely hate dry cakes, so I decided to make this Surprise Batman Cake dense and moist. It will be loved by kids and adults, with its soft texture and sweet taste. It is also super easy to make, no crazy ingredients are needed. The same batter is used for the Batman Shapes, just add some food coloring. If you want to keep it on the natural side you can add a little cacao powder, but the Batman shapes will be brown in that case.

Why you will love this Surprise Batman Cake?

  • It is very easy to make with limited ingredients.
  • The cake will be a hit with kids and adults alike.
  • Cool project to have with kids.
  • Easily transportable.
  • Can be made 1-2 days in advance, so you don’t have to bother making it the last minute.

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Surprise Batman Cake Recipe Tips:

  • If you are having trouble cutting the Batman shapes, I recommend putting the black cake in the freezer for 30-40 minutes so it hardens. Also, spraying the cookie cutter with the baking spray will help as well.
  • When adding the lemon batter over the Batman shapes, make sure you don’t add too much. It just needs to cover the shapes, and not to overflow from the pan when baking.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • You can play with the flavors, you can skip the lemon and add vanilla extract.
  • The cake can be made using different shapes or colors as well.

How Long Will the Batman Cake Stay Fresh?

The Batman Cake can be stored wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature for about 3-4 days.

How to make lemon zest?

Follow the easy steps below:

  • Rinse the lemon.
  • Set your tool over a cutting board. A microplane produces a very fine zest, perfect for baking and cooking. If you don’t have a microplane, use the smallest holes on an ordinary grater.
  • Grate the yellow skin of the lemon only. Grate just enough to get through the yellow skin, this way you can avoid the bitter white pith underneath.
  • Rotate the lemon and repeat. Once the white pith is exposed, rotate the lemon and zest the next strip of peel. Repeat until most of the peel is removed, or until you have enough zest for your recipe.

CAN YOU STORE AND FREEZE BATMAN CAKE?

Absolutely! Cool the cake completely and fully wrap it in plastic wrap, tightly. After that wrap in aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 2-3 months. Defrost before slicing.

Tools/Ingredients that I used to make the Batman Cake:

  • Loaf Pan – love this pan, it cleans so well and it’s very durable
  • Batman Cookie Cutter – this is a fun one, it can be used to make Batman cookies, cut into fondant or even make Batman toast
  • Gel Food Coloring – I like having a range of colors of hand for when I bake something fun, gel food coloring is the best as it doesn’t add extra moisture to the batter or frosting
  • See after the recipe card how I have arranged the batman cut-outs
Surprise Batman Cake

Surprise Batman Cake

Surprise Batman Cake is perfect for playdates, fun, soft and flavorful, kids and parents will enjoy it equally.
4.7 from 10 votes
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Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 475kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

Batman Shape:

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter (softened + more for buttering the pans)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream or whole milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • black food coloring gel

Lemon Cake:

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter (softened + more for buttering the pans)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream or whole milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

Instructions

Batman Shape:

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Butter a half 13x9 inch pan and set side.
  • In a medium bowl mix dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • In the large bowl of an electric mixer, whisk softened butter on medium speed for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add dry ingredients and combine with butter for 30-40 seconds.
  • Add heavy cream, oil, vanilla extract and eggs one at a time, mix on medium-high for one minute. Add the black food coloring gel, as much as needed, until you achieve the shade of black you want. Mix until well combined.
  • Pour batter into prepared half sheet pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, a tooth stick inserted into the center of the cake must come clean.
  • Remove cake from oven and set aside to chill. Once chilled, using a batman cookie cutter, cut batman shapes from the black cake and set aside. For better results refrigerate the Batman shapes for one hour, this will help maintaining their shape under the pressure of the Lemon Cake Batter. You can even freeze them for 30 minutes.

Lemon Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Butter a 9x5 inch loaf pan and set side.
  • In a medium bowl mix dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • In the large bowl of an electric mixer, whisk softened butter on medium speed for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add dry ingredients and combine with butter for 30-40 seconds.
  • Add heavy cream, oil, lemon juice, lemon zest and eggs one at a time, mix on medium-high for one minute, until well combined.
  • In a buttered loaf pan, pour 1/3 on the lemon batter on the bottom of the pan. Start stacking the batman shapes one inch from the front of the pan, stack them thru the length until the end of the loaf pan (see picture at the end of the post). Carefully, pour the remaining batter over the batman shapes and transfer to the oven.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, a tooth stick inserted into the center of the cake must come clean.
  • Once baked, remove from oven, let it chill, sprinkle with powdered sugar, slice and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 3.7mg
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Maura

Does the inside cake end up dry or overcooked because of being baked twice?

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No Maura, don't worry, it does not come out dry at all!

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cindy

I know this may sound silly but what exactly is a sheet pan? It looks like a loaf pan to me. TY so much and I cannot wait to make it~~

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Oh, I just saw at the end you also say loaf pan! LOL! What size and, again, TY!!

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Hi Cindy, I am sorry, I have update the recipe to reflect the right pan measurements. So for the black Batman batter you need a 13x9 pan like this one http://www.amazon.com/USA-Bakeware-Aluminized-Steel-Rectangular/dp/B0029JOC6I/ref=sr_1_37?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1454807113&sr=1-37&keywords=9+inch+cake+pan. After, you need a 9inch loaf pan, where you will arrange the shapes and cover in lemon batter. hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

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Wen

How do you cut the yellow part of the cake so it'll line up perfectly with the pre-cut batman shapes?

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Hi Wen, you dont cut the yellow cake at all, please scroll to the bottom on the post, there is a photo showing how you arrange the batman cut cakes into a loaf pan, at the bottom of the pan there is a little yellow cake batter, after that you pour the rest of the batter on the batman cakes and bake.

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I don't think that's what Wen was asking. You put in several Batman slices into the batter. I assume that when you bake it, it doesn't become one solid Batman-shaped log again. So when you're slicing the finished cake, do you need to slice it so that it's aligned with where the Batman cake is sliced? Otherwise you'd end up with the Batman parts falling out, right?

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Hi Michelle, nope thats not right, check the last photo in this post, you dont put "several pieces" you align the batman pieces very close, expect the start and the end of the log, you need the space to pour the batter, so except that tiny space, every single slice will have a Batman shape. The parts can't fall out, you arrange the Batman logs on batter and top it with extra batter, you bake it as the recipe states, and it becomes one solid cake. There is no need to have batter in the middle of the Batman shapes, side, up and down is enough, and the baking process solidifies everything. Makes sense?

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Also, check the photos, you can see the Batman shapes are fully integrated with the cake, let me know if you have any other questions.

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Any suggestions how to get the Batman ears to come out evenly? My chocolate cake was a bit crumbly, so the tiny ears didn’t cut out well. The rest of the shape was fine though.

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Hi, Jenna, yes - I recommend putting the black cake in the freezer for 30-40 minutes so it hardens, also spraying the cookie cutter with baking spray will help as well.

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Nicole Taggart

love the surprise inside the cake!

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Joy

Can you cook the batman shapes and freeze a batch for future cakes? would they still taste ok?

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Yes, they will :)

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Billie E Byrd

I am making this cake right now. I am worried it won't be done on the bottom. I am looking at closer to 33-35 minutes before its done. Any recommendations?

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The bottom is the first that is usually done, you should check the top as its the last one to bake. 35 minutes is ok, every oven is different, so make sure to insert a toothpick in the middle to see if it comes out with clean or with minimal crumbs.

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Kitty

Made this over the weekend and it came out fantastic. Perfect surprise for my 47 year old batman fan! Wish I could post a pic :)

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hi Kitty! So happy that you enjoyed the cake, you can post it on intagram and tag me :) if you do, use the hashtag #peasandpeonies

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Dal

1 stick of butter, whats the conversion to weight? dont live in the US. thanks!! cant wait to make this for my hubbys bday

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115 grams :)

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Alyssa B.

Can I bake this in a Bundt pan/tube pan instead of a loaf pan? What would be the conversion? I need to serve 14-16. Thanks!

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ANA

Has anyone tried to make this cake using box cake mix?

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Yes! I actually made it a few times with yellow cake.

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S Kaur

Hi there, What were the dimensions of your loaf tin that you used? It says 9x13 but seems a bit large??? The one I have is a 9x5...hmm....

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First you need a 9x13 pan to bale the black cake to cut the batman cakes, after you will use a 9x5 inch loaf pan.

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Rachel Young

I am really excited to try this for my daughters 2nd birthday this weekend- she loves batman! Due to time and stress, would like to just make it easier and use yellow cake mix as suggested- could I use chocolate cake mix and add black food coloring for the batman cake or would that make it too dry to cook with the yellow cake mix?

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Hi, and happy birthday to your daughter! Yes, I believe it will work just fine. Although I did not try it, I am quite confident it will work out just fine. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

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Rachel Young

Thanks!!!

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Leah

Planning to try this for teacher appreciation week with superhero theme. For the half 13x9 inch pan, do you just use an 8x8?

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that should work

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Jaci

Hi, What's the measurement for (stick of butter)?? Also can I double the recipe, half for the Batman & other for the outter cake, and is the cooking time the same?? Sorry for all the questions!! Thanks, Jaci AUS

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If you double the recipe, the cooking time will increase, you will have to test the cake with a toothpick to see when its ready. A stick of butter is 112 grams.

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