I was inspired by a birthday cake my friend Vicki had for her son’s birthday which held a bunch of mini smarties inside and decided to try it out for my dad and Stuart’s joint party this weekend. I’ve since learned that it is called a piñata cake, so here’s how I made this one.
I baked up a sponge cake mix and split it in two, making one vanilla, one chocolate. I then baked them and cut each in half so I would have four layers, but of course you could go as simple as you like and just make one simple vanilla sponge of two layers.
(Here’s the simplest sponge: 250g butter & 250g sugar whisked & 4 eggs whisked & 1tsp vanilla; fold in 250g flour and bake at 180)
Then I assembled the first three layers of sponge with vanilla buttercream in each layer. Before adding the last layer of sponge take a circular cutter and cut right through the centre of the cake to leave a hole. Fill the hole with mini smarties.
Then add the final layer of cake. Ice the outside (I used chocolate buttercream) and decorate.
To decorate I got normal sized smarties and did this wavy pattern which really looked fab. It took 4 sharing bags of smarties to have enough of all the colours to do this.
And… Ta da! When you cut open the cake the piñata of mini smarties bursts! It’s a great showstopper!
And of course loved by the little ones, sandy couldn’t keep his mitts off it!
And Roslyn loved helping me bake it!