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piñata cake

23 July, 2016

Having a strong cake game is a really big thing now. 

Making a birthday cake is no longer a birthday formality, but rather a spectacular showcase of creative, loving genius. 

Think a simple tea cake will suffice? No no no my friend. Add some caramelised salted fig and then we can talk. And unless your carrot cake is a two-layered, naked version with quinoa, then I’m sorry, but it’s a no go. 

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I mean, have you been to a first birthday party lately? No one will admit it, but I think that cake might actually be more important than the child. 

So naturally, when I had to make a birthday cake for my aunty’s best friend, it was on

I have wanted to make a piñata cake for a while now. And this fit the birthday girl perfectly – trust me when I say, this woman is full of surprises and enough gumption to keep you on the edge of your seat. 

I wanted to keep the flavours classic, and create a moist, delicious cake. After all, no matter how incredible it looks, life is too short for a dry piece of cake. Warning: this cake is not healthy. It’s definitely more one of those “relationship nourishing” rather than “body nourishing” things. 

And although it’s time consuming, it’s actually surprisingly easy to make. 

piñata cake
A surprisingly easy surprise cake!
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  1. Cake
  2. 500g butter, softened
  3. 1 1/2 cups caster sugar
  4. 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  5. 6 eggs
  6. 4 2/3 cups self-raising flour
  7. 1 1/2 cups milk
  8. 2 cups lollies or chocolates (I used malteasers and chocolate munchies)
  9. Popping candy (optional)
  10. Vanilla buttercream icing
  11. 500g butter, softened
  12. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  13. 6 cups icing sugar mixture, sifted
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan-forced. Grease 2 x 7cm-deep, 20cm round cake pans.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat 1/2 the butter, 1/2 the sugar and 1/2 the vanilla for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add 3 eggs, 1 at a time, beating until just combined after each addition. Gradually beat in 1/2 the flour and 1/2 the milk, in batches, until just combined.
  3. Divide the mixture evenly between prepared pans. Bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of 1 cake comes out clean. Stand in pans for 10 minutes. Turn, top-side up, onto baking paper-lined wire racks. Cool completely.
  4. Repeat process with remaining butter, sugar, vanilla, eggs, flour and milk, to make another 2 cakes.
  5. Make Vanilla buttercream icing: Using electric mixer, beat butter and vanilla for 5 to 7 minutes or until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until well combined.
  6. Trim tops of cakes so they are flat and the same thickness. Cut a 10cm round from the centre of 2 cakes. Remove centres (you can use them for a smaller cake later on).
  7. Place 1 whole cake on a serving plate. Spread 1/4 cup of buttercream icing over top of cake. Top with 1 cut cake. Spread 2 tablespoons icing over top of cake. Top with remaining cut cake. Spread top and inside the hole with 1/4 cup icing. Spoon enough assorted lollies into the centre of cake to fill to the top of the hole. Top with remaining cake. Spread remaining buttercream icing over top and side of cake.
  1. You make like to add some popping candy into icing between the middle layers for an extra surprise!
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Travelling Table Tales
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Now this is a cake for a real fiesta. 

xx Liz 


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  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law 24 July, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Pinata cakes are so fun and yours looks SERIOUSLY perfect! It’s my birthday in a few weeks and I have no idea what cake to make!

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 26 July, 2016 at 8:13 am

      I tried to make it look as plain on the outside as possible to make it a real surprise. The birthday girl loved it! She is in her mid 60s, but still a child at heart. Its always so hard to decide what to make. I saw the most incredible cake last night on Instagram that I need an excuse to make – a naked three layered salted caramel mud cake with a caramel drizzle and caramel popcorn! xx

  • Reply Claire at My Pink & Green Life 26 July, 2016 at 12:16 am

    I had NO idea that piñata cakes were so easy to make! This looks amazing–there is really nothing better than homemade frosting 😛

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 26 July, 2016 at 8:11 am

      It is always so much fun to make something with this much wow factor, but so little complication. If you are going to indulge, indulge well I say! xx

  • Reply Kelly 27 July, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    *drool* Your last picture…. I’ll dream of that tonight!

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 28 July, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Sweet dream. Hehe. xx

  • Reply districtofchic 29 July, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    How friggin’ cute! My son’s birthday is coming up soon and I want to make this!

    District of Chic

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 29 July, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      I hope that it works well for you! xx

  • Reply Cassie 8 August, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Coolest cake ever! Definitely thinking about creating a pinata cake for my birthday!

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 8 August, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      I hope that it works for you! x

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