Lime & macadamia Pinata cake – Happy Birthday to me!

Lime & macadamia pinata cake

Lime & macadamia pinata cake

For at least a week I had the same after work routine. Come home, change into something more comfortable then mix up another batch of flour and water and carefully apply the newspaper strips to my craft project. What was it you ask? It was a piñata cake, but not just any pinata cake, a doodle pinata for my friend Sarah’s hens party. Sadly I can’t seem to find any photos of my work of art but you needn’t worry because I have a much better looking version for you today.

Pinata cake via Claire K Creations - www.clairekcreations.com

This piñata cake is extra special because today is my Birthday! That’s right today is the big 2-8 which means I have just two more years to come up with the-best-cake-ever for my 30th. In the mean time, I’m keen to celebrate this one with a whack bang and hope the celebrations spill over the next few weeks (get it…spill over like the filling in a piñata – oh yes I’m witty on my Birthday!).

A few weeks ago, my sister sent me a pic of a piñata cake and I knew it’s what I had to make for my Birthday blog cake. Just to fill you in, I get a Birthday cake for the day and a Birthday cake for the blog, ok and sometimes I bake an extra cake over the weekend closest. What can I say, I love mud cake!

Pinata cake via Claire K Creations - www.clairekcreations.com

My piñata cake was seriously easy to make and oh so much fun. The hardest part was probably choosing what to put inside. I settled on mini m&ms and freckles surprisingly fast. Don’t ask me why, they just jumped off the supermarket wall into my hands.

How to make a piñata cake via www.clairekcreations.com

Preparing the cakes

Preparing the cakes

I didn’t want the cake to just look fantastic I wanted it to be delicious too so my piñata cake shell is made of macadamia and lime pound cake and iced with lime cream cheese icing. If you’re not a fan of lime or macadamia, try out a pound cake recipe. You can really use any recipe you like as long as it’s a dense cake so it won’t collapse when you hollow it out.

You will need some sort of round dish to bake the cakes in. I used my pudding tin but had to bake the cakes one at a time and wash it out in between the two. It wasn’t a big deal, but if you have two the same size or can borrow an extra one, it makes it easier.

Side note, someone has invented a Pinata Cake Pan which could be rather handy if you don’t have the right shaped cake tin.

Once the cakes have cooled you will need to slice off the top and make sure that they’re both the same height so that their circular tops match up. You may need to trim one down to match. Then, carefully dig out the middle of each one leaving at least a three centimeter border because you don’t want the piñata cake to collapse before it’s smash cutting time. I challenge you to do this part without eating all the offcuts sampling the cake.

Stuffing the piñata

Stuffing the piñata

Next up, fill one of the halves with your treats of choice – mine were m&ms and Freckles. You can use whatever you like but don’t put anything too big in there or it will be really hard to cut the cake later. Even the Freckles provided a little bit of a challenge.

Cement

Cement

Pipe a thick border of icing around the outside of the base cake.

Securing the lid

Securing the lid

Then secure the lid. I then covered mine with a thin coating of white icing to lock in all the crumbs and make decorating easy. Once that was set it was time for the fun to begin.

Four colours of icing

Four colours of icing

To me, it’s not really a pinata without crazy colours so I went all out with my cream cheese buttercream icing (you can use any thick icing that pipes well). So I could use all four colours at once, I wrapped each one in a plastic wrap sausage and tied off one end and twisted the other end tight.

The snip

The snip

Then I gathered the twisted (not tied) ends all together and gave them the snip then carefully dropped them into my piping bag fitted with the star icing tip.

Pinata cake via Claire K Creations - www.clairekcreations.com

After squeezing out a bit of icing to make sure all the colours were coming out together I went to town decorating. Feel free to go crazy with this step. It is a fiesta after all. My icing was a little bit runny so drizzled down the sides a bit but I wanted it to look like it was draped the way the crepe paper hangs from a paper pinata.

Now for the best bit…

Pinata cake via Claire K Creations - www.clairekcreations.com

The cutting! I imagine it would be pretty exciting to cut into it if you didn’t know it was filled with goodies. Ok, I’ll admit it was pretty exciting even though I knew there was hidden treasure inside. Enjoy!

What about you? What would you fill your pinata cake with?

Pinata cake via Claire K Creations - www.clairekcreations.com

 

5.0 from 20 reviews
Lime & macadamia Pinata cake
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Serves: 10
Ingredients
Cake
  • 250g (8oz) unsalted butter
  • 250g (8oz) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 4 free-range eggs
  • 175g (5½ oz) self-raising flour
  • 75g (2½ oz) almond meal (or macadamia meal)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • grated zest of one lime
Icing
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2-3 cups icing (confectioner's) sugar
  • juice of one lime
  • food colouring
  • chocolate or lollies to fill
Instructions
Cake
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160C fan-forced.
  2. Grease a pudding dish and line the bottom (prepare two if you have two the same).
  3. Place the butter and sugar in the food processor and process until smooth.
  4. Scrape down the sides.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time and blitz until mixed in.
  6. Slowly add the flour and macadamia meal then once they're mixed in add the lime zest and vanilla.
  7. Scrape the sides down again and process for a few seconds to incorporate the scraped bits.
  8. Divide the batter in half and pour half into each pudding dish (or save the other half for later).
  9. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  10. Leave the cake to sit in the tin for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Clean out the tin and repeat with the rest of the batter if you're only using one tin.
Icing
  1. Beat the butter and cream cheese together in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
  2. Slowly add the icing sugar then the lime juice and beat until it is light and fluffy.
  3. You may need to add a little water or icing sugar to get it to the right consistency.
  4. Hollow out the middle of the cooled cakes and fill one half with your goodies.
  5. Pipe icing around the edge of the cake and place the 'lid' on top and press to secure.
  6. Ice the cake with a thin layer of icing.
  7. Divide the remaining icing into however many colours you would like and tint them with food colouring.
  8. Wrap the icings up in plastic wrap to form a sausage and twist and tie it off at one end and twist the other end tightly.
  9. Gather all the twisted ends together and snip them with scissors then drop them, snipped end first, altogether into a piping bag fitted with a star tip.
  10. Press from the end of the bag to squeeze out all the colours at once and decorate the cake with icing.
  11. Leave to set.
5.0 from 20 reviews
Torta de Piñata
 
Author:
: Torta
Ingredients
Torta
  • 250g mantequilla sin sal
  • 250g azucar muy fina
  • 4 huevos
  • 175g harina con levadura
  • 75g harina de almendras
  • 1 cucharadita de vainilla
  • ralladura de una lima
Guinda
  • 2 cucharas de sopa de queso crema
  • 1 cuchara de sopa de mantequilla
  • 2-3 tazas (de 250g) de azucar en polvo
  • jugo de una lima
  • colorante
  • puqueños chocolates y caramelos para rellenar el centro de la torta par a hacer 'la piñata"!
Instructions
Torta
  1. Pre calentar el horno a 160oC (ventilador forzada).
  2. Engrasar con mantequilla un plato de pudin (como 18cm x 9cm) o dos si tiene dos iguales.
  3. Batir la mantequilla y azucar hasta que esten bien mezcladas.
  4. Anadir los huevos una a una.
  5. Despaciamente añadir la harina y la harina de almendra, ralladua de lima y la vainilla.
  6. Batirlo bien encorporandolo todo.
  7. Dividir la masa por la mitad y si tiene 2 platos de pudin echar los dos o guardar la mitad para cocinar despues del primer plato de pudin.
  8. Ponerlo al horno para 45-55 minutos probandolo a ver si esta hecho.
  9. Dejarlo 5 minutos en el plato despues transferiendolo a una sitio para enfriarse.10. Repetir puntos 7-9 si es necesario para cocinar la otra mitad de la masa.
Guinda
  1. Batir la manteqilla y queso crema con una maquina electrica hasta que este bien mezclada y suave.
  2. Añadir el azucar en polvo hasta que este bien lijera.
  3. Puede necesitar añadir un poquito de agua si esta demasiado espeso.
  4. Invertir la torta. Hace un hoyo en la base de cada torta y rellenarlos con los caramelos.
  5. Poner un poco de la guinda por el borde de la torta y con mucho cuido invertir la una al otra apretandolo para fijar las dos tortas juntas haciendo un globo.
  6. Cubrir la torta con la guinda.
  7. Compartir el resto de la guinda en cuarto cantidades y mezclar con 4 colores distintos.
  8. Envolver los 4 porciones separados en plastico formando como una salchica a cada y atandolo a un extremo y enrociendolo muy fuertemente el otro.
  9. Coger los cuarto extremos enrociendolos juntos y con unas tijeras cortar los 4 extremos juntos y al mismo momento bajandolo en una manga pastelera que tiene boquilla de estrella puesta par despues cubrir la torta con los cuatro colores de guinda.
  10. Dejarlo establecer.
  11. Buen fiesta!!

 

167 Comments

  • YAY! Happiest of birthdays to you Claire. I love the fun, bright colours on this cake. I imagine it would have been really fun to break into it. I’m not going to lie to you… I would really like to see a photo of the phallic pinata at the hen’s party haha Have a great day xo

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 22, 2013

      Thanks Sophie! If I can find it I’ll share it!

      • Marguerite Crockem

        Reply Reply April 1, 2013

        This is the most beautiful cake I have ever seen! Where did you get the pan to bake the cake in?

        • Claire

          Reply Reply April 1, 2013

          Thanks Marguerite! I used a pudding dish which you can get at most kitchen shops.

      • Michelle

        Reply Reply May 12, 2013

        I had a question. I don’t understand baking two cakes. the first cake you cut the top off of and hollow out, fill with choice candies and place the part we cut off right back onto it. Right? What do we do with the other one? I’m sorry I am just lost. Thanks for any help you can offer. From Georgia.

        • Claire

          Reply Reply May 13, 2013

          Hi Michelle,
          You could make it with just the one cake. I wanted the top and bottom to both be rounded so that’s why I made it with two cakes. You hollow them both out and one becomes the base and the other the lid (like they’re a mirror of each other?).

          • Runa

            June 14, 2013

            I wondered about the same thing :p Does that mean your cake was round as a basketball? Or like, round on the top and ufo-shaped/plate on the bottom?

          • Claire

            June 16, 2013

            Hi Runa. Because the pudding dish has a little flat round bottom it was a little flat on the bottom.

  • Barb Bamber

    Reply Reply March 22, 2013

    As I said on Facebook.. Happy Birthday!! What a cake to celebrate with.. I think this would be so fun to take to a birthday and have them cut into it and see the look on their faces! You’ve really done a fantastic job.. love the swirly icing, love the colors.. the surprise center.. and the flavours in the cake! Awesome!!

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLAIRE! and OMG this cake is like an explosion of fun! Well done, you are so creative. I hope you have a fab day, get super spoilt and son’t OD too much on sugar ;P x

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 22, 2013

      Thanks Kirsty! I will try but no guarantees! x

  • Kristin

    Reply Reply March 22, 2013

    So pretty!! A BIG Happy Birthday. Have an extra slice for me x x

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Reply Reply March 22, 2013

    Oh my goodness, I absolutely love this! Such a fun idea, happy birthday Claire! 🙂

  • What’s better than eating a piece of cake with a fork? A piece of cake you can eat with a shovel. I love this cake and happy birthday, sweet Claire!

  • Lucy

    Reply Reply March 23, 2013

    Happy Birthday! I’ve never seen a cake like this – it’s amazing! Love the swirly icing too, it’s so cheery 😀

  • Very fun and pretty Claire and a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you. So sorry I missed the day itself as I was working back to back 12 hour shifts. Hope you had a wonderful day. I can see how much fun you had with this delightful cake!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 24, 2013

      Thank you lovely Chris! I had a wonderful day and the celebrations are still going!

  • eileen reeves

    Reply Reply March 24, 2013

    this looks great

  • Happy 28th Birthday! What a wonderful and vibrant cake! You can’t help but smile seeing that beautiful creation

  • Stacey

    Reply Reply March 25, 2013

    Happy Birthday, I hope you had a great day! I just have a question, what kind of icing did you use, if it wasn’t fondant, how did you make it so thick?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 25, 2013

      Hi Stacey. I just used a buttercream made with some cream cheese. You can find the recipe and instructions at the bottom of the post. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  • Stephanie

    Reply Reply March 26, 2013

    Please enter me to receive all the fabulous recipes as well as the recipe above. Thank you

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 27, 2013

      Hi Stephanie. You should receive a confirmation email soon.

  • Dané Starr

    Reply Reply March 27, 2013

    I love this idea… I am gonna use it for my son to take to school next month I think all the kids will love it 🙂 happy birthday for the other day 🙂 happy caking also

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 27, 2013

      Thanks Dane! I’d love to see a photo when you make it!

  • Tracey

    Reply Reply March 27, 2013

    Hi I tried to subscribe to recieve emails but don’t think it worked. Can you join me to the list please? Luv the cake and so gonna make it for my 2yr olds Bday in June 🙂

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 27, 2013

      Hi Tracey. Oh dear, no problem I’ll add you to the list. How exciting! I’d love to see a photo when you make it.

  • MARY ANN MULLINS

    Reply Reply March 27, 2013

    such a beautiful cake cant wait till its someones birthday so i can make this it looks like so much fun.

  • MARY ANN MULLINS

    Reply Reply March 27, 2013

    such a beautiful cake cant wait till its someones birthday so i can make this it looks like so much fun. would you please add me to the e-mail notifications since it wont accept it here so looking forward to recieving lots of recipes and baking tips thanks

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 27, 2013

      Not a problem Mary Ann I’ll add you now.

  • Pam

    Reply Reply March 27, 2013

    I cook all the time and my cake looks more like a pancake. the bowl was a rounded bowl not tapered.

  • Leila

    Reply Reply March 27, 2013

    Happy Birthday! I absolutely love the idea and Im sure I will use this recipe in the future! Can you please add me to the emails so I can receive more of your genious work!

  • Melissa

    Reply Reply March 28, 2013

    This is AMAZING and I want to make it! Could you give me the demensions of your pudding bowl, to try to replicate the cake? Also, is the amount of cake batter you made enough for two cakes, or does it need to be doubled? Thanks!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 28, 2013

      Hi Melissa. My pudding dish is about 10cm in diameter on the bottom. I made the whole thing out of one lot of batter but if you wanted to make it big, I’d double the recipe. Mine would feed 10-12.

  • Amazing Parties

    Reply Reply March 30, 2013

    I just share this link on my FB page because is really AMAZING!!!!

  • Jeanne

    Reply Reply March 30, 2013

    This would be a great way to hide a gift in the cake!!! Maybe a cupcake inside with a ring sticking out of the top???? Let the birthday gal or guy make the first cut!! SO fun.

  • Sonya

    Reply Reply April 4, 2013

    As soon as I saw this I just knew right there and then that I will be making this cake for my grandson’s first birthday in November. I love it !! Great job there, it looks amazing.
    I would also like to be added to the email notifications too please.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 4, 2013

      Thanks so much Sonya. I’d love to see a photo of the cake when you make it. I have added you to the list.

  • Bernadette

    Reply Reply April 5, 2013

    Hi there!
    Love this cake idea! Can’t wait to try it out. Also, could you add me to your email list. Every time I try, it tells me that my email address is not valid. Thanks!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 6, 2013

      Thanks Bernadette! I sure can. You have been added!

  • Jamie

    Reply Reply April 8, 2013

    I just wanted to say that this is a beautiful cake and that I just had to share it on my food stuff I think are interesting page <3

  • Jayme

    Reply Reply April 9, 2013

    This cake is stunning! My daughter turns four in a few weeks and she would just ooze with excitement if she found that centre in her cake! I guess I’m an “alright” baker and can possibly pull it off! Just a few questions. Can I use any cake recipe? My daughters not into lime but also wondered if you have an alternate icing recipe that tastes great but would pipe on nice and thick with minimal running!
    Thanks Claire. Happy belated Birthday!
    Jayme

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 9, 2013

      Thanks Jayme! I’ve just sent you an email 🙂

  • Kim burrows

    Reply Reply April 15, 2013

    I made this cake today for my brothers bday and it was a huuuge success!!! My son was crying when I wouldn’t let him sample anymore icing!! Haha!! Beautiful idea thank you so much for sharing! Please add me to receive email recipes 😀

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 15, 2013

      Thanks so much Kim I’m glad it was a hit!

  • cathie

    Reply Reply April 15, 2013

    Hi, claire, the cake looks fantastic and I’m going to attempt to make it for my friends little girl. I am thinking the lime will not be to a 2 yo’s taste. I was thinking about making a choc mud cake instead – I assume this would work. I noticed that in the icing you put lime juice – do you have an alternative that would be a bit more tantalising to the kids? Thanks Cathie

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 15, 2013

      Hi Cathie,
      I’ve just sent you an email 🙂

  • Bianca

    Reply Reply April 18, 2013

    This is amazing!! You are so talented. I am thinking I would like to make this for my daughters 1st birthday party. Can you add me to your list as I can’t enter my email on the link.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 18, 2013

      Thanks so much Bianca! I sure can. I’d love to see a photo when you make it for your daughter.

  • Maryanne

    Reply Reply April 18, 2013

    Hello! fabulous cake… what size pudding tins did you use?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 19, 2013

      Hi Maryanne. My tins were about 15cm wide at the top.

  • Guin R

    Reply Reply April 19, 2013

    Hi, I came across this cake today and think I will make it for my birthday 5 May – Cinco de Mayo – I will probably change the icing colors to yellow and orange tones. Thanks for this amazing idea 🙂

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 19, 2013

      Thanks Guin I’m glad you like it! I’d love to see a photo!

  • Sara

    Reply Reply April 19, 2013

    I tried to subscribe but received an error telling me I had an invalid email address. Please add me to your list…thanks

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 19, 2013

      Hi Sara. No problem I’ll add you now.

  • Cat

    Reply Reply April 23, 2013

    Great cake! Silly question but why do u need to bake 2? Do they join together?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 23, 2013

      Not silly Cat! Yep you fill one and put the other on top.

  • Debbie

    Reply Reply April 23, 2013

    This looks awesome!!! I tried to subscribe but it wouldn’t work. Will you please add me to your list. Thank you!!!!!

  • Louise

    Reply Reply April 23, 2013

    Hi,

    This cake looks awesome and my kids want me to make it for my hubby, have you another recipe for the cake as my hubby isn’t keen on lime and stupid question would a square tin work also as I don’t have any pudding basins

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 23, 2013

      Hi Louise. I’ve just sent you an email. I’d recommend a pound cake because they’re nice and dense. You could use a square but make sure it’s not too big or it may collapse when you scoop out the inside.

  • Brooke

    Reply Reply April 23, 2013

    LOVE THIS CAKE!!
    Some questions… is icing sugar also known as confectionery sugar?
    What is Caster Sugar?
    Is macadamia meal just ground macadamia nuts?
    Is this cake cooked to be on the ‘dry side’ in order to hold up better?

    Thanks

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 24, 2013

      Hi Brooke. Thank you!
      In answer to your questions….
      Icing sugar is also known as confectioners sugar.
      Caster sugar is super fine sugar.
      Macadamia meal is ground macadamia nuts (you could substitute almond meal if you like).
      Not necessarily dry but a dense cake like pound cake is best as it’s nice and sturdy.

  • Lynda

    Reply Reply April 25, 2013

    This looks amazing! I just found it on Pinterest and am making this weekend for my husbands birthday! Can’t wait to see him cut it!
    Please add me to your email list 🙂

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 26, 2013

      Thanks Lynda! I’d love to see a photo when you finish! Re the hollowing… I didn’t really thing about it. I guess you don’t have to but I wanted it to be a round hollow in the middle to look more like a pinata. You could mound up the filling too.

  • Lynda

    Reply Reply April 25, 2013

    One quick question. If you fill one half with lollies, why do you need to hollow out the second cake?

  • Janet

    Reply Reply April 26, 2013

    Awesome job on the cake! I’m a cake decorator and always looking for some new ideas. Why are both cakes hollowed out if you are filling only one? I understand that if you filled both you wouldn’t be able to put them together but it seems like a lot of air space in the top. Or do you fill it with enough candy that it is a huge mound? It didn’t look that way in the pictures you provided.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 26, 2013

      Thanks Janet! I wanted it to be totally hollow in the middle like a pinata but I guess you don’t really have to hollow out the top if you don’t want to. You could mound up the candy in the middle.
      I’d suggest making cake pops with the bits of cake that you scoop out. Yum!

  • Ivi

    Reply Reply May 2, 2013

    Sorry Claire, but I too am wondering why both cakes have to be hollowed out if only one half is filled with the goodies? Would this not cause the cake to collapse or did you pile the treats into a mound (not depicted in your picture)?
    Do you have an alternative icing recipe which does not use cream cheese? Can’t wait to try it. 🙂

    • Claire

      Reply Reply May 2, 2013

      Hi Ivi – I hollowed out the top cake as well because I wanted it to look hollow when you cut into it like a piñata. You don’t have to to get the filling in but I thought it was more authentic.

  • Sharron Sheining

    Reply Reply May 3, 2013

    Absolutely amazing cake. I love it! I will practice and try and do it for my daughter’s 5th birthday. Thanks so much for your beautiful pictures, explanations and blog.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply May 3, 2013

      Thanks Sharron! I would love to see a photo when you make it for your daughter 🙂

  • Rebecca

    Reply Reply May 3, 2013

    Oh my gosh! This looks amazing and it looks like one of those things I’m going to try and fail miserably at, but it looks so fun, I’m going to go for it anyway! Thanks for sharing!!
    http://thisfineday.com/

    • Claire

      Reply Reply May 3, 2013

      Rebecca you won’t fail! It’s surprisingly easy to make! I’d love to see a pic when you make it 🙂

  • Tammy

    Reply Reply May 3, 2013

    Great looking cake!! My question is regarding the icing. I think everything seams pretty straight forward with making the icing, but how hard was it to get it rolled in the clingwrap (sausage) stage. Thanks for sharing

  • Jan

    Reply Reply May 4, 2013

    This is amazing, I have loads of grandchildren and can think of many items to place inside it. Happy Birthday by the way.

    Could you please add my email address to your mail out as for some reason it keeps coming back with invalid email address….????

    • Claire

      Reply Reply May 5, 2013

      Thanks Jan! Not a problem I’ll add you to the list.

  • Natalie

    Reply Reply May 6, 2013

    thanks for this great idea. Made your cake for work tomorrow. Can wait to bring it in 🙂 will try to post a picture on my blog in a few days!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply May 6, 2013

      Will look forward to seeing your photos Natalie!

  • Elenore Hiltjes

    Reply Reply May 9, 2013

    Would love to make this cake for my birthday.
    Thankyou very much for sharing Claire and Thankyou M & M’s

    • Claire

      Reply Reply May 10, 2013

      So glad you like it Elenore. I’d love to see it when you make it!

  • Bridgette

    Reply Reply May 10, 2013

    How long did the icing take to set? Going to make this for mothers day.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply May 10, 2013

      Hi Bridgett. I would ice it the day before. It takes a couple of hours depending on the weather.

  • trisha

    Reply Reply May 12, 2013

    About the hollowing out the top cake… and this is just my two cents worth, based on my 40-years or so of cooking & baking. I would think if you DIDN’T hollow out the top portion, IT would be too heavy and crush the bottom – especially when you tried to cut into it (and especially with such a dense cake – by the time you got the knife thru the top layer, the bottom would be crushed and totally lost it’s form – just my observation — like with those “Barbie cakes” our mothers made so many years ago – they didn’t stick an entire DOLL in the cake or it would split & totally collapse & lose it’s shape – I know, I did it in my younger years – lol! – so it’s a matter of physics! 🙂 )

    • Claire

      Reply Reply May 12, 2013

      Yes that’s what I thought too Trisha.

  • Alicia Ramirez-Wiella

    Reply Reply May 12, 2013

    Hi Claire
    I`m writing you from Mexico City and of course i`m going to try this wonderful recipe,but….only what question: can you translate for me or you can try to explain me what the “ICY” is?Thanks a lot and thanks for share

    • Claire

      Reply Reply May 12, 2013

      Hi Alicia. I have sent you an email.

      • chris

        Reply Reply May 12, 2013

        Hello Claire,
        I am so sorry for reaching you this way, but this page will not accept my email address, and there were no other ways to reach you that I could find on this page….. I would love to be added to your list, if possible
        thank you so much….
        chris

        • Claire

          Reply Reply May 13, 2013

          Hi Chris,
          That’s not a problem at all. I have added you to the list.
          Claire

  • Shyla Ramos

    Reply Reply May 13, 2013

    This cake looks so fun! Since I am in the United States, what is a Pudding Dish? Where can I find them, and can you double the recipe?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply May 13, 2013

      Hi Shyla,
      Thanks so much! A pudding dish is basically just a rounded tin or bowl that can go in the oven. You just need something oven-proof that will give it that nice ball-like rounded shape. Yes you can double the recipe.

  • Kai Jalland

    Reply Reply May 14, 2013

    I made it! Well, a much simplified version. For my son’s fifth birthday! It was great! The kids LOVED it! Just did 2 simple lemony sponges in a glass bowl, stuck them together with ganache, and went mad with the icing bag! OK, so my colours made the super duper cake look more like the shell of a prehistoric tortoise, but there was a bit of a dino theme going on too, so it was all fine! Oh, and put M&Ms and jelly bears inside. It was pretty easy and the kids were awestruck. Well worth a try. Thanks!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply May 14, 2013

      Well done Kai! It sounds perfect. I’m so glad it was a hit!

  • Becca

    Reply Reply May 17, 2013

    This cake looks awesome and I plan to make it for a work party that is candy land themed however I have to make it nut free due to an allergy. Do you have a plain cake recipe that you would recommend? And could you add me to the email list got an error message.

  • laurie

    Reply Reply June 1, 2013

    love this! so creative! passing along to famil and friends! can you add me? wont take my email 🙁

  • Melanie

    Reply Reply June 6, 2013

    Hi, I thought your was AMAZING!! I’m planning on doing it with my fixing to be 7 year old. She wouldn’t care for that flavor you had and I was reading all the posts and you commented that it’d be best to have a pound cake? Well, is there a good dense chocolate pound cake recipe available? Or could I just use a Chocolate Box Mix cake? Would I need two of them? I was looking to see what bowls I had that would work for this. The only thing I could come up with was a Pyrex mixing bowl that says Microwave safe, No Broiler, No Stovetop….I’m guessing that means that it’s not safe to do in the oven for baking…. I’m very limited on store choices where I live…Walmart’s my best bet and even then that’s not so good…. :/
    Btw, Happy Late Birthday! 🙂

  • Rheannon

    Reply Reply June 14, 2013

    Hiya..

    Such a fab cake, which I’m looking to make for my brother! He’s slightly fussy and I was looking to make a plain cake, I saw somewhere about a pound cake, but I was wondering, if I just took out the lime and macadamia meal, would that make the cake all wrong, would they have to be substituted?

    Also, if just making a pound cake is the better idea, which measurements of ingredients do you suggest and what size bowl did you use?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply June 16, 2013

      Hi Rheannon. Yep you could just use extra flour in place of the macadamia meal and leave out the macadamia meal. My pudding dish was about 15cm in diameter.

  • Sharon

    Reply Reply June 19, 2013

    I wish I could pin this yummy recipe

  • Louise

    Reply Reply July 19, 2013

    Hi Claire, I just love this cake of yours I want to try for a friends birthday and was wondering if I can make it a week in advance and freeze, would the m&m’s unfreeze ok or not?
    Thanks,

    • Claire

      Reply Reply July 20, 2013

      Hi Louise,
      I’m not too sure. m&ms tend to be a bit funny after being defrosted. You could bake the two cakes and freeze them and then you just need to assemble them at the last minute?

  • K.D. Rausin

    Reply Reply July 22, 2013

    Hi! This cake is delicious! I just wanted you to know I’m putting it on my blog and linking back to you. Thank you!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply July 22, 2013

      So glad you like it KD. Thanks for linking.

  • Jo

    Reply Reply August 1, 2013

    Hi Claire

    The amount of cream cheese & butter doesn’t seem right. Its definitely 2 TABLESPOONS of cream cheese & 1 TABLESPOON of butter?

    Cheers!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply August 2, 2013

      Hi Jo. Yep that’s right. Good luck!

      • Sapna

        Reply Reply June 7, 2015

        Please confirm the quantities for the icing.

        • Claire

          Reply Reply June 9, 2015

          Hi Sapna. The quantities are as listed in the recipe. Good luck!

  • sonias

    Reply Reply September 21, 2013

    Pourriez menvoyer la recette en français par email

  • Vicky

    Reply Reply September 21, 2013

    Thank you for this. It was so easy to follow, (i did mud cake though, and changed the lime juice to lemon, but only 1/4 of a lemon) my icing definitely did NOT look like yours but my 8 year old didn’t care! (I think my star nozzle was too big and I ran out of icing too quickly and had to spread it around the sides)- should I have used a smaller nozzle? Anyway the look on the children’s faces was priceless and they all loved it

    • Claire

      Reply Reply September 22, 2013

      You’re welcome Vicky! That could have been the problem but it sounds like it was a success anyway!

  • Steffi

    Reply Reply October 15, 2013

    Wow, so a beautyful cake!!!!!!

  • Morgan

    Reply Reply January 16, 2014

    I would use different types of skittles.

  • Hellen

    Reply Reply February 5, 2014

    Love the idea, and the colors used for the decoration are just so pretty.
    http://pocketfullofcharm.wordpress.com/

  • Rick Panesar

    Reply Reply March 3, 2014

    This is a great idea…fun and creative at the same time! I love it…love it…LOVE IT!

  • Claire

    Reply Reply March 23, 2014

    Hi there. I was wondering if the scooped out middle of the cakes could be used to make cake pops? I’ve never made them, but it would be a shame not to have a go… 🙂
    Thank you for this lovely recipe.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 23, 2014

      Hi Claire. They sure could. It’s a good mix for cake pops cause it’s nice and dense. Just mix with a bit of melted chocolate to bind 🙂

  • Christine

    Reply Reply April 13, 2014

    What a fab cake I am going to try and make it next week for our family Easter lunch and fill it with mini Easter Eggs – I will be keeping my fingers crossed as I have never used an icing bag before!!!!!!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 14, 2014

      Ooh that’s a great idea Christine! The icing bag isn’t too scary. You’ll do great!

  • dorothy barber

    Reply Reply April 17, 2014

    Claire fab recipe thank you. My first attempt at icing yesterday. Need to use a less wet frosting. Gave this to my helpful neighbour it’s his birthday on Easter Monday. Next go for a surprise French boys 20th party. How do I post the attachment photo to you?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 17, 2014

      So glad you liked it Dorothy! Yes it takes a bit of practice to get the consistency right. Do you have Facebook? You could share it on my Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ClaireKCreations

      • dorothy barber

        Reply Reply April 17, 2014

        Thanks Claire have posted you my pinata cake attempt photo on Facebook for you now. Unfortunately, the surprise French birthday pinata cake will be seen by him now! Never mind he will not know he’ll be getting one too! He loves M&Ms- had to get my mini ones from the USA. Do you know a cheaper way to buy? As I will make these cakes often now as surprises. Thank you so much for sharing your creations.

        • Claire

          Reply Reply April 20, 2014

          Hi Dorothy. Are you in Australia? You can get them here just at the supermarket. Thank you for sharing I saw the cake and it’s great! Well done!

          • dorothy barber

            April 20, 2014

            Hi Claire,
            No, I am from Somerset in England.
            We do not have mini M&Ms only the normal size ones mores the pity! It cost me £25 plus to buy 24 small tubes of mini M&Ms on internet from USA. How ever it was worth it to make your cake! The next one I’m making goes to France! Your cake is so international now- eh! Is it your most popular recipe to date?

          • Claire

            April 22, 2014

            Oh dear that’s quite expensive!Wow that’s so exciting that it’s travelling the world! It is actually my most popular.

  • M

    Reply Reply May 13, 2014

    Could i suggest that with the left overs of this cake (any extra icing or the hollowed out cake) it would be very simple to make little cake pops for the birthday person and friends? Wow i am definateky going to make this and bring it in for a friends birthday! all of my school friends will love it! Thanks <3

  • Jennifer

    Reply Reply May 30, 2014

    This cake looks like so much fun! I want to make a mini version for my daughter. Can you please add me to your email list? I’m also having a hard time subscribing.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply May 31, 2014

      That’s a great idea Jennifer. I’d love to see a photo when you make it. You are now subscribed!

  • michelle mota

    Reply Reply July 8, 2014

    I am going to make this for my friends mum and fill it with smarties as she loves smarties. It needs to ready by Saturday and eaten on Sunday. I’m going to use almond meal and lemon flavours, do you think I could bake the cakes on thursday(do you think the cakes will still be fresh on sunday?, I will decorate them on saturday.

    Thanks

    • Claire

      Reply Reply July 9, 2014

      Hi Michelle. I think they would be fine. It’s a pound cake so lasts quite well. I’m sure she will love it! I’d love you to share a photo on my Facebook page if take one! Happy Baking!

  • weasellover149

    Reply Reply August 22, 2014

    I bet my weasel freddie would love this cake. he just learned to talk and I think this would be a great present to reward him with. Thank you Claire K! also, would you like to come to Freddie’s birthday party it’s tomato themed. please respond to: popgoestheweasel@iluvmypet.com by august 40th
    thanks,
    weasellover149

    • Claire

      Reply Reply August 22, 2014

      Hi Weasel lover. You’re very welcome! I hope Freddie likes his cake. Thank you very much for the invitation but I have a friend’s wedding on the 30th! I would love to see a photo of the cake though if you’re happy to share it on the Facebook page?

  • Veena

    Reply Reply September 9, 2014

    Wow, I had never heard of a Pinata cake. Now I can’t wait to make one. I discovered your blog by accident, saw a comment on chocolate mud cake somewhere, googled it and found your blog. Lucky me 🙂 I love to bake, though not everything turns out the way it is intended. But I keep trying. This week I tried the chocolate mud cake, and it turned out good. Will let you know how this cake turns out.
    Thank you Claire. More power to you and your blog.
    Please could you add my email too. Thank you.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply September 12, 2014

      Haha don’t worry Veena my baking doesn’t always turn out either! So glad you discovered my blog. Thank you I will add you although I think I saw your name pop up yesterday but I will make sure.

  • Jesamine

    Reply Reply September 11, 2014

    The new Asda cake looks exactly like this…!

  • Sarah

    Reply Reply September 14, 2014

    Yes I hope Asda have paid you for your design!

    I made this for my daughters birthday, I was disappointed as my icing was nothing like yours however as my daughter hadn’t seen the photo she thought it was wonderful and loved it! Went down a treat with everyone.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply September 15, 2014

      Hi Sarah. I just found what you are talking about. I can’t believe it! No they didn’t even contact me 🙁 Yay! I’m glad it was a hit for your daughter’s Birthday!!!

  • Emma

    Reply Reply September 15, 2014

    Stumbled across your cake whist browsing and remembered seeing it on the asda site, its shocking they can get away with that!
    So much creative talent has gone into this, its such an amazing original idea.
    I would be taking this up with ASDA if I where you, its not right
    They have it on the front page of their website as a featured product!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply September 16, 2014

      Thanks so much Emma! It just came to my attention this week and while I’m flattered that they liked my idea so much I am pretty hmm… annoyed?… that there wasn’t so much as an email from them! You are quite right, it took a lot of effort (squeezing my brain!) to come up with the design and to have someone use it for commercial gain is pretty disappointing!

  • Sharon Mackenzie

    Reply Reply October 14, 2014

    Hi your cake looks amazing and I would so love to make it for my daughter’s birthday, she is not very well at the minute so can’t have a party and I think this cake would cheer her up very much. The only thing is I’m one of these people that isn’t very good at just following a recipe and pictures, I actually need to see it done to be able to replicate, daft I know but unfortunately that’s how it is with me. What I was wondering is do you have an actual video tutorial out so I could watch how you make this cake ? I really hope so as this would definitely make Leah’s day if I was able to make her this. Also I cannot join your newsletter link for some reason would you please be able to add me. Thank you, and once again congratulations on such a stunning cake.

    Sharon…..

    • Claire

      Reply Reply October 14, 2014

      Hi Sharon. Thanks so much! Unfortunately I don’t have an actual video of it being made but if you’d like to email me to claire@clairekcreations.com I can help you as much as I can. I only have the photos of it being put together but feel free to ask as many questions as you like. You can do it!

  • Wine and lipstick

    Reply Reply October 21, 2014

    I think this is the best cake that I’ve seen in a looong time. I love it, can’t wait to make this myself!

  • Funny Bunny

    Reply Reply November 13, 2014

    Love it! you’ve just given me an amazing idea 🙂 I’m hosting the family’s New Year bash, so I recon I’ll be making this cake in Christmas-y colours as the centre piece on the table! maybe spray it with a bit of silver shimmer after its fully iced…sprig of holy…the ideas are endless! Ohhhhhh, I am oh so excited now, thanks!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 13, 2014

      Oh please please please would you share a photo of the finished cake on my Facebook page? I would LOVE to see it. Great idea!

      • Funny Bunny

        Reply Reply November 13, 2014

        Will do. 😀

  • Elise Moloney

    Reply Reply November 29, 2014

    Hi Claire, My eyes are blown away by this cake; if it’s possible to be starstruck over a cake well then i have been by this one. Anyway I was wondering for the swirl icing of the cake, is it hard to combine all the colour together??
    Thanks Elise

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 30, 2014

      Hi Elise. Haha thanks! Nope the icing isn’t difficult at all if you use the plastic wrap trick. Good luck!

  • Dawn

    Reply Reply August 9, 2015

    Wanting to make this cake filled with m&ms for my son’s 10th birthday. My question is can I fillet decorate it two days in advance or will the M&Ms get soggy and discolored ?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply August 9, 2015

      Hi Dawn. I couldn’t tell you 100% I’m sorry. There is a chance that they could lose their colour. I would suggest making the cakes and you could make the icing and wrap them up in the plastic wrap two days in advance and then assemble it all on the day.

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