Surprise Flower Inside Orange Pound Cake

A surprise-inside bread. An orange flower center inside a cream cheese pound cake and coated with a cream cheese glaze and orange zest. The perfect dessert for Mother’s Day!

Surprise Inside Orange Bread

Mother’s Day is coming up! Like pretty soon.

And this pound cake is the perfect dessert slash breakfast or brunch for the day.

Plus it’s a lot easier than it looks! Or maybe it already looks easy to you… ? I made a red-velvet heart stuffed pound cake back in February, which would also be great for Mother’s Day. But I thought it would be fun to change things up a bit and make it a little more Spring-ish. Hence the bright orange flower in the middle of this cake.

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Surprise Inside Orange Bread

The most important thing to being successful with this cake is to have a small flower cookie cutter. This one above actually didn’t turn out all that fantastically because the flower shape was too big. I mean it still tasted good and we ate it, but it wasn’t so pretty.

So I re-made the pound cake, this time with a much smaller flower cookie cutter.

Except I didn’t take step-by-step pictures of that one and so you are getting the step-by-step pictures of the one with the over-sized flower. Which still worked, but not as well. Got that all? :)

Surprise Inside Orange Bread

This cake has two steps. Both easy, but a little time consuming just because pound cakes take some time to bake.

The first one is from a mix – an Orange Supreme cake mix. Super delicious orange goodness right there! You make up the cake just how it says to on the package. Once it has been cooked and cooled, you slice it and cut out the shapes in the slices.

Then those slices get placed on top of a teeny-tiny amount of batter for the cream cheese pound cake. And then the shapes get covered and baked again.

The cool part is the flower inside doesn’t dry out from being baked twice. It tastes awesome still! The finishing touches include a glaze and some oranges + orange zest as a garnish, if desired.

And then you can wrap it all up pretty for your mom! :)

Surprise Inside Orange Bread

Surprise Inside Orange Bread
Orange Flower
  • 1 (10.5 oz) Duncan Hines Orange Supreme Cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
Cream Cheese Pound Cake
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (I used full-fat), softened
  • 1 and 1/2 sticks of salted butter, softened (3/4 cup or 12 tablespoons)
  • 1 and 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp. salt, depending on preference
  • Glaze *
  • 1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp. vanilla extract, depending on taste preference
  • 2-3 tbsp. orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest, optional
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F for metal or glass pans and 325 degrees F for dark or coated pans. Spray a bread pan with cooking spray and coat well in flour.
  2. Prepare the orange supreme cake according to package instructions. Pour the batter into the greased bread pan and bake according to the time on the instructions.
  3. Let cool for about 10 minutes and then remove from pan.
  4. Cut the bread into slices and let slices continue to cool while you prepare the next layer.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese and butter. Using hand mixers, beat for about 2 minutes or until soft and creamy.
  6. Add in the sugar and eggs and continue to beat.
  7. Sift the flour and salt in another small bowl and then slowly mix in with the wet ingredients. Continue to beat and add in vanilla extract.
  8. Set aside and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F if you turned it off.
  9. Using a small flower cookie cutter, cut out the flower in the sliced orange supreme cake.
  10. Grease and flour the bread pan very well.
  11. Pour a very small amount (about 1/4 cup) of the pound cake layer into the bottom of the pan and spread it along the bottom. Then stick the orange flower pieces from the back of the pan to the front. Pack the flowers in tightly so cake can't seep between the layers.
  12. Pour the remaining pound cake on top so that all the hearts should be completely covered. Use a spoon if needed to place the batter around the flowers. Be gentle so you don't ruin any of the flowers.
  13. Cook for about 60-80 minutes or until a toothpick (stuck in only the pound cake layer) comes out clean. This time variance is so large because of altitude differences.
  14. Watch the cake and make sure the top and sides aren't burning. If they seem to be browning too quickly, cover with a tin foil tent,
  15. Let the cake cool for about 10-15 minutes and then remove onto a large plate or platter.
  16. While the cake is cooling, whisk together the powdered sugar and butter. Add in vanilla extract and orange juice to meet your taste preferences. If desired stir in the orange zest.
  17. Spoon the glaze over the cake and let the glaze drip down the sides. Add more orange zest and orange slices as an optional garnish.
  18. Using the cookie cutter as a guide for how thick your pieces should be cut, cut and serve.
If the cookie cutter is too large, the cake won't work out. Try to find a very small flower cookie cutter for optimal results.

Check out what everyone else made for #Brunchweek:

Brunch Beverages:

Raspberry-Mango Batido from Foxes Love Lemons

Blackberry Mimosas from Quarter Life (Crisis) Cuisine

Brunch Egg Dishes:

Spinach Bell Pepper Frittata from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Corn Souffle from Hungry Couple

Croque Madame Muffins from Cooking in Stilettos

Fajita Vegetable Quesadillas with Eggs and Avocado Hollandaise from Sarcastic Cooking

Bacon, Cheddar, Zucchini Quiche from The Kitchen Prep

Brunch Breads and Grains:

Blueberry Cornmeal Waffles from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

Busy Bee’s Granola from Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Chocolate Dipped Banana Hazelnut Pancake Kebabs from Food Faith Fitness

Springtime Sweet Rolls from Eat Your Heart Out

10 Minute English Muffin Cream Cheese Danish from Neighborfood

Lemon Poppyseed Scones from Real Housemoms

Apple Croissants from Hip Foodie Mom

Vanilla Chai Quick Bread from Savvy Eats

Fig and Oatmeal Breakfast Bar from My Catholic Kitchen

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Brunch Fruits, Vegetables, Sides: 

Roasted Beet Salad with Pistachios and Blue Cheese from Healthy. Delicious.

Caramelized Onion, Apple and Gruyere Bites from Take a Bite out of Boca

Savory Truffles from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner

Brunch Desserts: 

Orange Marmalade Pound Cake from Love and Confections

Hazelnut-Blackberry Cottage Pudding from The Vintage Cook

Orange Surprise Inside Pound Cake from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Strawberry Hazelnut Crumble with Coconut Whipped Cream from The Little Ferraro Kitchen

Corn Fritter Shortcakes with Maple Whipped Cream from The Spiffy Cookie

Here are some more breakfast/brunch ideas that would be perfect for Mother’s Day:

Strawberry-Orange Sweet Bread

Strawberry-Orange Sweet Bread

Miniature toaster strudels with an orange cream cheese and raspberry filling. These toaster strudels are covered with a simple cream cheese glaze and take less than thirty minutes to make.

Miniature orange-raspberry toaster strudels

Fruity Cheesecake with a Sugar Cookie Crust

Fruity Cheesecake with a Sugar Cookie Crust


  1. says

    This is the perfect thing to make for Mother’s Day. I’ve always been so intimidated to try my hand at a surprise-inside cake, but you make it look so easy. Love the step-by-step pictures :). Just gorgeous, Chelsea!!

  2. Lori says

    That is the most beautiful looking pound cake, what a fun surprise for a mom to cut into it and discover a flower inside!

  3. says

    Perfect cake for spring! I made a Christmas tree version for the holidays, and had a heck of a time coming up with a cookie cutter that would work. I’m going to have to hunt down a few more small ones so I can try your cake, too!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      That’s probably the hardest part of this cake – finding a cookie cutter that works! Thanks Liz :)

  4. says

    I’ve learned in life that not all surprises are good, but this one, yes, yes, yes!!!

    Just looking at this cake makes me smile, that popping orange inside.

    I’m afraid I might hoard it and not let people actually eat it because it’s so smashing!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Haha! Thanks so much Laura! I don’t blame you if you want to hoard this cake – it’s that good 😉

  5. says

    I love baked goods with surprises on the inside. :) I tried this for Valentine’s Day last year with a heart shape in the middle, and it turned out terribly, haha! I love your tip about putting some batter in the bottom of the pan first because that totally would have helped. This is so pretty, Chelsea! Pinning!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      They are so fun! Oh I hate when recipes don’t work out! I’ve had a few fails with these cakes too actually haha. The tiny bit of batter at the bottom and small cookie cutters is what has worked for me. Thanks so much for the pin Beth!

  6. says

    These “surprise inside” pound cakes are so much fun! I made one last Halloween that everyone loved. Creamsicle flavored things are on the top of my list, and I imagine this has that kind of taste with the orange and cream cheese cakes combined. Beautiful & delicious!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Thank you Dianna – they are so much fun! I bet a Halloween one was super cute! It definitely has a creamsicle taste which is delicious :)

  7. says

    Chelsea this is so fun!!! Love little surprises inside! And orange is such a great flavor. This bread is beautiful :) but all of your stuff is always so gorgeous! Hope you’re having a great week!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      I know it certainly crept up! Haha thank you so much Gloria! I hope you have a wonderful one too and that all your boys spoil you :)

  8. says

    How cool!! We’ll be spending Mother’s Day with my boyfriend’s mom, so we’ll have to try this if we have time!! I’m really surprised that the flower part doesn’t end up dried out after being baked twice – ingenious!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Well I hope you enjoy it if you get the time! :) It’s pretty amazing it doesn’t dry out getting cooked twice!

  9. says

    I would’ve never known the difference! I think both loaves look incredible. I’ve always wanted to try this trick, especially once I figured out the middle wouldn’t dry out (I still think that is the coolest thing :) ) What a gorgeous Mother’s Day treat, I love the orange!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Thank you Mary! :) It’s amazing how the center doesn’t dry out! Thanks again, I hope you are having a great week!

  10. says

    This is such a cute pound cake, Chelsea! I like that you showed a pic of how you placed the flower cutouts. I’ve never made anything like this before so it’s nice to get a visual of how to do it. Pinned! Have a great week, Chelsea!

  11. says

    How stunning is this cake! I’ve never baked anything like this before. As long as it’s easy to prepare, I don’t mind waiting ;). Can’t believe mother’s day is just around the corner! My mom is in Korea so I won’t get to bake her anything…I sure do miss her terribly.

  12. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    This cake makes me smile, Chelsea! SO cute with the flower in the middle! :)

  13. says

    OMG cream cheese in this pound cake?! I love how thick pound cake is, and that buttery, rich flavor. The design is so lovely, and would truly be a pleasant surprise to cut into. Lovely mother’s day brunch item! Thanks, Chelsea! :)

  14. says

    This orange cake is so cute Chelsea! I love all your surprise cakes and these step-by-step pics :) This would be perfect for Mother’s Day – I can’t believe it’s this week already too – hope you have an amazing one with your adorable family :)

  15. says

    so pretty! I just did one of these cakes but with yoda (from star wars) inside. Tricky, but it came out! your flower inside is really perfect for mothers day!

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