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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Pipe a thick border of icing around the outside of the base cake.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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?
- 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
- 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
- Pre-heat the oven to 160C fan-forced.
- Grease a pudding dish and line the bottom (prepare two if you have two the same).
- Place the butter and sugar in the food processor and process until smooth.
- Scrape down the sides.
- Add the eggs, one at a time and blitz until mixed in.
- Slowly add the flour and macadamia meal then once they're mixed in add the lime zest and vanilla.
- Scrape the sides down again and process for a few seconds to incorporate the scraped bits.
- Divide the batter in half and pour half into each pudding dish (or save the other half for later).
- Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
- Leave the cake to sit in the tin for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Clean out the tin and repeat with the rest of the batter if you're only using one tin.
- Beat the butter and cream cheese together in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
- Slowly add the icing sugar then the lime juice and beat until it is light and fluffy.
- You may need to add a little water or icing sugar to get it to the right consistency.
- Hollow out the middle of the cooled cakes and fill one half with your goodies.
- Pipe icing around the edge of the cake and place the 'lid' on top and press to secure.
- Ice the cake with a thin layer of icing.
- Divide the remaining icing into however many colours you would like and tint them with food colouring.
- 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.
- 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.
- Press from the end of the bag to squeeze out all the colours at once and decorate the cake with icing.
- Leave to set.
- 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
- 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
- puqueños chocolates y caramelos para rellenar el centro de la torta par a hacer 'la piñata"!
- Pre calentar el horno a 160oC (ventilador forzada).
- Engrasar con mantequilla un plato de pudin (como 18cm x 9cm) o dos si tiene dos iguales.
- Batir la mantequilla y azucar hasta que esten bien mezcladas.
- Anadir los huevos una a una.
- Despaciamente añadir la harina y la harina de almendra, ralladua de lima y la vainilla.
- Batirlo bien encorporandolo todo.
- 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.
- Ponerlo al horno para 45-55 minutos probandolo a ver si esta hecho.
- 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.
- Batir la manteqilla y queso crema con una maquina electrica hasta que este bien mezclada y suave.
- Añadir el azucar en polvo hasta que este bien lijera.
- Puede necesitar añadir un poquito de agua si esta demasiado espeso.
- Invertir la torta. Hace un hoyo en la base de cada torta y rellenarlos con los caramelos.
- 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.
- Cubrir la torta con la guinda.
- Compartir el resto de la guinda en cuarto cantidades y mezclar con 4 colores distintos.
- Envolver los 4 porciones separados en plastico formando como una salchica a cada y atandolo a un extremo y enrociendolo muy fuertemente el otro.
- 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.
- Dejarlo establecer.
- Buen fiesta!!