The Coolest, Easy To Make Piñata Cakes

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By: Phoebe Ackland, ellaslist

No cake is more surprising or delightful! Cut through it and a world of chocolate and lollies will be discovered.
Check out Food To Love’s easy Piñata Cake recipe:

What You’ll Need

  • 340g packet buttercake mix

  • 30 cm round prepared board chocolate butter cream

  • 200g softened butter

  • 2 1/4 cups icing sugar

  • 3 tbsp milk

  • 1/2 tsp vegetable oil

  • 1.3 cup cocoa powder

  • 150 g rainbow choc chips

  • Packet M&M’s

  • Mini M&M’s

  • 450g chocolate melts, melted

  • 50g milk chocolate, melted

  • Lots of chocolate coins


pinata cake

Source: Food To Love

How To Make It

  • Make the butter cake: Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Grease and line deep 15cm-round cake pan. Make cake according to packet directions, pour into pan until 3/4 full; bake for 45 minutes. Stand cake in pan 5 minutes; turn onto wire rack to cool

  • Chocolate Butter Cream: Meanwhile, beat butter in small bowl with electric mixer until as white as possible. Gradually beat in half the icing sugar, cocoa powder, milk, then remaining icing sugar

  • Hollow it out: Position cake on prepared board. Using ruler and toothpicks, mark 11cm circle in centre of cake. Using markings as a guide, cut deep hollow into cake with a small serrated knife

  • Decorate: Spread chocolate butter cream all over cake; fill hollow with coins and half of the rainbow choc-chips

  • The Hard Coating: make chocolate shell: grease 2.25-litre (9-cup) pudding steamer with oil; place bowl in freezer 10 minutes. Place melted chocolate Melts in steamer; swirl chocolate to coat inside of steamer evenly. Continue swirling until chocolate begins to set and stops flowing around the steamer; try to keep the chocolate a uniform thickness, particularly at the top edge. Stand until chocolate is almost set. Freeze until chocolate sets completely

  • Carefully place pudding steamer with set chocolate shell over cake; using hot cloth, briefly rub outside of bowl. Chocolate shell will slip from bowl to completely enclose cake.

  • Decorate: Using melted milk chocolate, secure remaining rainbow choc chips, mini M&M’s and M&M’s to chocolate shell

  • Allow birthday child to break chocolate shell open with a toy hammer!


Thanks to Food To Love for this awesome recipe.

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